Now that Newt Gingrich understands that his past statements are going to extensively mined for evidence of flipping and flopping, it makes sense that suddenly, a whole bunch of his old tweets have been sent down the memory hole. Here's Juli Weiner:
Long before launching his exploratory committee, he frequently chronicled his life's joys on his Twitter feed. Our favorite of Gingrich's tweets was a series he wrote around Easter of last year, shown above. His recollection of snacks of yore, and their relationship to tender memories, was positively Proustian in its subject matter, if not its duration.
Now, it seems as if his childhood wonder has been expunged from the Internet.
These tweets and all others composed before July 22, 2010 are unable to be found. According to Twitter, Gingrich has written more than 2,300 tweets, but just a small portion of the sum total are currently available on his feed. Additionally, permalinks to many earlier tweets are broken.
As Weiner points out, the good news is that Wonkette has preserved Gingrich's many tweets about chocolate bunnies for posterity. (Also, isn't the Library of Congress keeping a record of Twitter, for some reason?)
Donald Trump may have taken U.S. foreign policy to the next level with his plan to bring down dictatorships through a series of real estate swindles, but Daily Intel's Dan Amira really, really thinks it's high time The Donald learned to use Google. That's called being intelligent. [Daily Intel]
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Sarah Palin says she's "through whining about a liberal press that holds, especially conservative women, to a different standard," thus enabling her to spend more time with her family. [TPM]
Rudy Giulani says he plans to get into the presidential race "If all we are faced with are candidates that are too far right so that they can't win the general election." [Political Wire]