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Soren Dayton Screws Up

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Social media giveth and social media taketh away…

Looks like the former blogger and current McCain aide made a pretty dumb gaffee today by sharing a YouTube video on Twitter, which is basically stream-of-consciousness blogging platform that allows people to share their thoughts, but nothing longer than 155 characters. I’m actually on Twitter as well, and subscribed to his feed, but I didn’t catch this one.

Here’s the screenshot (via TPM)…

And here’s more from Politico:

An aide to John McCain was suspended from the campaign today for blasting out an inflammatory video that raises questions about Barack Obama’s patriotism.

Soren Dayton, who works in McCain’s political department, sent out the YouTube link of “Is Obama Wright?” on twitter at 12:31 today with the tag, “Good video on Obama and Wright.” It has since been taken down. […]

The video Dayton sent, which includes images of Malcolm X, the black Olympians raising their hands in the black power salute and the rap song “Fight the Power,” has been rapidly spreading in political circles this week.

Very, very disappointing, and honestly, just plain dumb. Soren should have known better than to post this on Twitter, especially given how many liberal tech bloggers use the service and are subscribed to his feed. Perhaps he didn’t know?

By the way, in a couple posts recently I’ve said “Soren Dayton” when I actually meant to say “Patrick Ruffini” because Patrick is one of the leading tech bloggers on the right. My apologies to both.