If you’re looking to check in on what the candidates in the Arkansas Fourth Congressional District Republican primary have to say on the issues, then you do not want to miss the Twitter debate to be hosted tomorrow (Wednesday, January 18), by the Arkansas College Republicans.
And by “do not want to miss,” I of course mean that you absolutely want to miss this, because a Twitter debate is just a terrible idea. Who needs this? This, this Twitter debate, I do not think anybody needs.
Here, to make things simpler for you, I have developed a short checklist to let you know if you should, uh, watch the Twitter debate. (watch? view? read? endure?):
- You are a masochist.
- You like to read boilerplate political statements in incoherent, decontextualized, non-sequential 140 character bursts.
- You are Jason Tolbert.
If you suffer from one or more of the above conditions, please tune in to Twitter on Wednesday for the Arkansas Fourth Congressional District at 2 p.m. CST. The rest of you, please, for the love of god, just go about your business as previously planned.
I’m not 100 percent sure how it will work—presumably you’ll have to follow the @ARkCR feed and all the participants, if you’re not already? The College Republicans’ news release says that the two confirmed participants are Tom Cotton and Marcus Richmond, which I guess means Beth Ann Rankin won’t be participating, which I guess means we have a winner. Congratulations, Beth Ann, on your sound judgment and your decisive Twitter debate victory!
In conclusion: Terrible.