"Ready for dinner"
Organizing for Action, the new version of what was once Organizing for America, has a tendency to try to promote Obamacare on Twitter with images that, one imagines, they think will be potentially viral. But what tends to happen instead is that OFA’s tweets are ignored by basically everyone — except for conservative tweeters. OFA’s latest attempt, posted through Barack Obama’s Twitter feed (which they’re leasing from the White House), is a case in point.
Here’s the tweet:
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 17, 2013
Admittedly, the guy in the photo does look a little silly. That’s what happens when you wear a onesie! But as one might expect, what to liberal eyes is “a little silly” is, to conservatives, outlandishly, ridiculously — even grotesquely — absurd. Indeed, conservative tweeters spent most of Thursday night and Wednesday morning mocking the subject of the photo as a fey beta male, a near self-parody of liberal masculinity (or the lack thereof). Here are a few representative examples.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) December 18, 2013
This is real. OMG pic.twitter.com/Z8sSTX6ypG
— Brit Hume (@brithume) December 18, 2013
Look at how they portray the American male: a hot chocolate drinking doofus in a onesie. Disgraceful. pic.twitter.com/Ov1wAaShk0
— Andrea Tantaros (@AndreaTantaros) December 17, 2013
“How did I get here? Well, one night two MSNBC anchors had too much to drink, and– Oh, sorry, a Prius.” pic.twitter.com/dgZleCAnCM
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) December 18, 2013
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) December 18, 2013
The tweet also inspired a hashtag, #pajamaboy, that some conservatives ran with for a while:
“I can’t wait for the big photo shoot,” said #pajamaboy, cupping his hot cocoa. “This will be my big modeling career break.”
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) December 18, 2013
It’s not the pajamas, it’s the arched eyebrows that scream “Thought Leader” #pajamaboy
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) December 18, 2013
— RB (@RBPundit) December 18, 2013
If I were sitting with #PajamaBoy, health insurance would be way down on the list of things we needed to talk about.
— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) December 18, 2013
if you are male, the only acceptable “onsie” to wear are long johns and you better hunting, chopping wood or something outside #PajamaBoy
— Thinking Man (@Collinsdw) December 18, 2013
— Michael Whalen (@michaelwhalen81) December 18, 2013
All in all, a very productive Thursday night and Wednesday morning for right-wing Twitter.
Elias Isquith is a staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith.More Elias Isquith.