First of all, let me clarify, I’m not condemning Daylin Leach. “Sh*t-gibbon” is quite clever, he was angry, and the man’s got a point that it’s time to play hardball. I applaud him and his team for not apologizing. While there’s something to be said for taking the high road, the days of civility in politics are gone and they’re not going to come back any time soon. So it’s time to ignite a few sparks. Sometimes you just have to tweet back.
But to the folks celebrating this guy, this tweet makes him no hero, and let’s be real here: A lot of the people celebrating him trolling Trump are the same people that criticize Trump for his Twitter-nonsense. Hate to say it, but that’s hypocritical.
When this story came out and started to impact the blogosphere I couldn’t help but notice Daylin Leach’s state—Pennsylvania. That’s my home state. I grew up in Pittsburgh. I don’t live there anymore—it isn’t a bad place, it’s just that I’m in show business and the way I like to put it is that Pittsburgh is a lot like insomnia, if you like to dream, it isn’t for you. Something else about Pennsylvania though: In November, it went red in a Presidential Election for the first time since 1988. Trump won Daylin’s state. In some ways, Daylin Leach trolling Trump would be a lot like a member of the Atlanta Falcons secondary trolling Tom Brady. I know this is not a perfect analogy for several reasons. First, the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl a good bit, Republicans haven’t won Pennsylvania in a Presidential since 1988. Also, Tom Brady, love him or hate him, is arguably the best Quarterback to ever play the game, whereas Trump will arguably be the worst President. But you get the idea.
Daylin Leach got a nice little moment in the spotlight from this whole ordeal. So, Daylin, time to do your part as a Senator to take your state back. There’s some wonderful Progressives in Pennsylvania. Time to mobilize, get a strong showing for the Midterms and carry that ground game with such a strong showing in 2020 that we won’t even be able to guess the next time a Republican will get those 20 Electoral Votes. To be clear though, there’s nothing wrong with channeling some of that anger in a tweet or two, just not all of it.
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