Scott Brown got a little carried away responding to critics on Twitter over the weekend, which shouldn't be a big deal, but apparently it is when you're expected to run for a vacant Senate seat and now everyone is taking his "whatevers" so very, very seriously.
After watching his daughter perform on Friday evening, now former Senator Brown sent out a few tweets that might suggest he'd had a few glasses of wine — the late delivery time, the content, and the subsequent deletion seem to have offered some credence to those theories. The Internet grabbed on to Brown's "Bqhatevwr" tweet, which spawned a trending hashtag and two different parody accounts, because it is clearly hilarious.
But the Internet won't let a series of tweets from a recently unemployed man go unnoticed, and now pundits continue to go over them with a fine-tooth comb to see what they can glean about Brown's political future (will it be a run for Senate or Governor?) as we wait to see what shakes out in Massachusetts. Here are your two camps of over-analysis:
These Tweets Are Serious Business
The Washington Post's The Fix writer Aaron Blake thinks these tweets should be taken very seriously, and that Brown "needs to say something — and the sooner the better." Brown's silence is only feeding the beast, Blake insists, and because Brown won't talk about it, everyone is going to keep talking about it. "By deleting the tweets and not saying anything, though, Brown only feeds the robust rumor mill that is Twitter," Blake writes. "Quite frankly, Twitter matters in the broader political discussion, since what is big on Twitter almost always penetrates into the political dialogue." Blake seems to argue that the story will die as soon as Brown comes out with a public oops, and that the silence only raises more questions than necessary. Which might be asking more questions than necessary in the first place, but we digress.