For some reason Ann Althouse is defending Mitt Romney’s fake Twitter feed identity. She’s wrong.
This week it was revealed that Senator Romney has been maintaining an undercover Twitter account as “Pierre Delicto,” a funny choice for a Mormon, since it sounds like a porn star name that George Costanza might have used if he discarded his first choice, “Buck Naked.” Mitt confessed that he used to account to “lurk” on Twitter and read what others were writing. If that was all he was doing, I would have no problem with the ethics of being “Pierre.”
However, those perusing his account, notably Georgetown professor Don Moynihan, who revealed his discoveries on Twitter, found that Mitt also used his Twitter account to signal approval of post critical to other Republicans, like Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, Lindsay Graham, and Marco Rubio, whose critic got a “like” from Pierre for this tweet…
Rubio has been a prominent Romney supporter, and now Mitt mocks him online behind a fake name? I like Romney—I voted for him for President twice—but this is cowardice, and the equivalent of slurring someone behind his back, 21st Century -style. For the second time this month I have reason to quote George Washington’s 110 Rules of Civility, #89, “Speak not evil of the absent, for it is unjust.”
If George’s father were to have updated the rules that he made young George memorize to include guidance to not being a snake in the grass, it might have included, “Speak not evil of the absent while pretending to be someone else, for it is cowardly and dishonest.”
When long-time Romney foe Mike Huckabee attacked Senator Romney for his Twitter alter-ego with this…
….bloggress Ann Alhouse defended Mitt with a full-throated “everybody does it” along with a really terrible analogy, especially for a law professor: