ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: How do you end a political food fight in 140 characters or less?
A series of delectable, anonymous quotes were forming an early front in the battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination – until former Gov. Mitt Romney took to Twitter today to put a stop to it.
The fun began when a pair of Romney intimates sounded off – without their names attached –about former Gov. Sarah Palin:
“She's not a serious human being,” one Romney adviser told Time’s Mark Halperin. Said a “Romney intimate”: “If she's standing up there in a debate and the answers are more than 15 seconds long, she's in trouble.”
Aides to Palin followed suit – anonymously, of course.
“It shocks me that anyone would try to do that,” a Palin aide told Politico’s Andy Barr. “Those who try to claim the mantle of Reagan would be good to follow one of his most sacred tenets. … For Washington consultants to sit around and personally disparage the Governor anonymously to reporters is unfortunate and counterproductive and frankly immature.”
Enter Romney – with his name attached.
On Twitter this morning, Romney said: “TIME says unnamed advisors disparaged @SarahPalinUSA. Anonymous numbskulls. She’s proven her smarts; they’ve disproven theirs.”
No response yet from Palin. For the record – and perhaps suggesting why one of the players may have wanted a ceasefire — Palin had more than 191,000 followers on Twitter as of this afternoon; Romney had fewer than 15,000.