Newt Gingrich Sending Tweets Down The Memory Hole
It appears that Newt Gingrich has been busy scrubbing his Twitter feed:
Newt Gingrich—presidential contender, friend of polar bears, opponent/supporter of the invasion in Libya—is a simple man drawn to simple pleasures. 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. It also does not appear to be a normal Twitter thing: tweets from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IO) and Meghan McCain (“R”-Daily Beast), for instance, are still around from two years ago.
Most of what’s been deleted appears to be stuff that’s light-hearted in nature and not controversial in anyway so it’s odd that someone would go through the trouble to delete the material. Although perhaps Gingrich felt that Twitter messages about his favorite snack foods didn’t seem Presidential.