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Newt Gingrich Holding War Reenactment On Twitter, Whatever That Means

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We don’t even want to know the mechanics of this: “Washington, DC – To celebrate the launch of Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) and Bill Forstchen’s new book, To Try Men’s Souls, about the Christmas Night 1776 crossing of the Delaware River and attack on the Hessians stationed in Trenton, NJ, St. Martin’s Press and Gingrich Communications are excited to announce the first ever twitter reenactment of the crossing!” Intern Riley will be liveblogging this on Sunday! Yes, Riley, it’s true! []

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Jim Newell is Wonkette's beloved Capitol Hill Typing Demon. He joined in 2007, left for some other dumb job in 2010, and proudly returned in 2012 as our "Senior Editor at Large." He lives in Washington and also writes for things such as The Guardian, the Manchester paper of liberals.

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  • V572625694

    “Twitternactment.” Ouch.

    God bless us, every one!

  • ManchuCandidate

    @Hessians: Drinking and feasting. I see nothing!
    @Washington: Freezing toes off and starving.

    Repeat for 5 hours

    @Hessians: Hey, whiskey tango foxtrot?!?
    @Washington: We’re in foxtroting Trenton

    @Hessians: Achtung! Achtung!!! Amerikaners!!!
    @Washington: We win! Yay

    Then end…

  • El Pinche

    Riley getting his orders via Wonkette is almost as bad as getting fire via google alert. Harsh.

  • Scruffy_The_Janitor

    Longing for the years before Civil Rights and women’s ability to vote is just not enough for some people.

  • Scruffy_The_Janitor

    @Scruffy_The_Janitor: I’ve been shot by a red coat. Tell my wife I loved her.

  • Suds McKenzie

    I’m blocked from this site (work)so I will assume the “Newts” will stand outside at night, in the cold, with Popsicle’s shoved up their ass, for the 43 minutes it took to cross the Delaware River and cold Newt-Twit about it.

    Please correct me if I’m wrong.

  • Aflac Shrugged

    This inspired me to Twitter my high-school geometry teacher and a random cancer-stricken woman recovering in post-op, telling them that I had filed my divorce petition.

  • drrty martini

    If memory serves, Newt is “the smart one” of the GOP. A “twitternactment” makes my brain collapse.

  • WadISay

    Hopefully Intern Riley has Google Alert so he learns of this assignment.

  • drewonline

    But Sunday night was finally going to be my “special” time with Riley in the closet – remember that horrible gif thingie, that was our prize for submitting one…

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    This has EPIC FAIL twatted all over it.

  • Humpback

    It somehow involves Washington crossing the Verizon.

  • zhubajie

    Is this NG’s war on Christmas?

  • slappypaddy

    will they fight over who gets to stand up in the boat? this could be entertaining…

  • sati demise

    [re=442004]ManchuCandidate[/re]: thanks! now I can skip the whole thing.

  • Extemporanus

    This all makes perfect sense:

    A Hessian is a type of matrix that lent its name to a web protocol.

    This simulated attack on the Hessians will take place in a virtual reality online environment, also known as a matrix.

    Thus, Newt Gingrich knows kung fu.

  • Extemporanus

    [re=442028]Humpback[/re]: Presently, doth thou possess the faculties to hear me?

  • problemwithcaring

    Ah! This reminds me to buy a copy of “Gloryland” on Amazon. Now…what are fat, lonely people doing on Twitter?

  • Crank Tango

    I thought twitternacht was in November, no? Or is twitternachtment a French adverb?

  • imissopus

    BenArn: Crossing Delaware 2 attack Hessians
    GeneralGW: @BenArn Twitter blackout in effect until 2morrow!

  • hobospacejunkie

    Leave it to the imagination-challenged republics to write about one of the most famous events of the revo war. Next up for Neut: a book on the battle of Gettysburg, or maybe just the Address. Then Appamattox, the Ford Theater, the USS Maine, followed by the Lusitania, D-Day, Hiroshima, and perhaps a dramatization of the Kennedy assasination, because none of these events have been done to death by historians or writers of historical fiction.

  • Dean Booth

    In the lower half of that photo, does Newt have his hands on his hips like Superman? Justice!

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    [re=442036]Extemporanus[/re]: Wow, win.

  • hobospacejunkie

    Hey hey Neut-ee-eh
    How many wives did you divorce today?

    Meh, needs some work.

  • Jukesgrrl

    Riley, please tell Newt Catholics are supposed to spend Sundays in church. Especially newly baptised Catholics with a lot of divorces for which to beg forgiveness.

  • Humpback

    [re=442036]Extemporanus[/re]: Verily! This devil’s box does speak!

  • OzoneTom

    …brought to you by Carl’s Jr.

  • Guppy06

    So, will Newt be rooting for the entrenched, monied classes of a global empire that hired mercenaries to exercise their imperial will in a far-off continent, or will Gingrich be cheering for the Americans?

    Republicans: You really should avoid mentioning the Revolution, it was against everything you’re in favor of.

  • Snarkalicious

    [re=442014]Suds McKenzie[/re]: Instead, I think we should correct THEM if you’re wrong.

    I, for one, applaud Newt’s efforts towards the death of Twitter. Carry on.

  • Guppy06

    The freedom-loving British troops had to fight the rebels in New Jersey so that they didn’t have to fight them in London!

  • hockeymom

    can Megs McCain somehow get on board with this?

  • Bearheim

    Newt is starting the Society for Creative Assholism. He is frantically stitching his virtual costume as we speak. Many trips to Jo-Ann Fabrics for unnecessary buckles and figuring out how to attach a bayonet to his Blackberry.

  • Jim89048

    [re=442086]hockeymom[/re]: It’s going to take a lot more than that to atone for her less than stellar performance on TV last night…

  • BlueStateLibtard

    So Gingrich will be commemorating the first War on Christmas? Because that’s what it was. The poor Hesseins were just celebrating their Christmas,and Washington decided to ambush them on their religious holiday. Not that I wouldn’t have done the same, we hate Hessians in Jersey.

  • El Pinche

    newt. zzzZZZzzzz

    skoalrebel. YES!

  • shortsshortsshorts
  • problemwithcaring

    [re=442101]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Next time they should save 300 words and title the post Reid, Pelosi, Obama, Lenin, Ayers and Hitler Open thread.

  • Johnny Zhivago

    Doesn’t the Friendship Czar have to get involved when more than 3 Twitter accounts are mentioned in a story?

  • Boo Boo Hoff

    Trenton Makes The World Takes

  • Trigvhe from Texas

    Newtington Crossing the Delaware
    By David Shulman

    A hard, howling, tossing water scene.
    Strong tide was washing hero clean.
    “How cold!” Weather stings as in anger.
    O Silent night shows Newty in danger!

  • blader

    I’ll play:

    @Newt! bang! pow! boom!

  • Lazy Media

    Tweeting about your surprise attack = OPSEC fail. Way to let the Hessians win, Newt.

  • DustBowlBlues

    I don’t twat, so someone is going to explain to me how this works. Are there emoticans in twatter? Will this be a series of happy/sad faces? And how the fuck is Young Riley suppose to live blog emoticans, by spelling them out in twats? SML. SD. SML. SD.

    This makes absolutely no sense but then, I was raised during a kinder, gentler, more whole-word driven world, so I can’t be expected to keep up.

  • artpepper

    Next can they please twitternact Valley Forge? But has to be in real time only!

  • artpepper

    Also: “Real change requires real change.” Shit, that’s deep, man. Like, is the universe all there is in the universe? Gimmee another toke.

  • DustBowlBlues

    [re=442081]Guppy06[/re]: Republicans: You really should avoid mentioning the Revolution, it was against everything you’re in favor of.”

    As I have perhaps mentioned, I recently read five serious books about the Revolutionary period politics to the Constitutional Convention and Jefferson and Adams. Thus, I’m damn smart on this subject.

    Add to my knowledge the highpoints of history of 1800 forward that I’ve picked up from the teevee, I can safely say that anything the southerners were for, was bad. Every time they lost, America won, and vice versa.

  • el donaldo

    I live less than half a mile from where Washington landed when he crossed the Delaware. It’d be so sweet if they actually tried to re-enact it in place while twittering. I could walk down, find someone in a canoe working their Blackberry like crazy, and capsize them.

  • DustBowlBlues

    [re=442124]artpepper[/re]: Change require real change does resemble something I might have found really, really deep, man, back in the days I took acid. Twatter would have been awesome back then. All we had was Western Union and the US Postal service.

    Of course, here in rural Okrahoma, we still rely pretty heavily on pony express.

    Just for the hell of it (I’m watching Rachel) and need to interject the fact that Faux news sucks big piles of steaming hypocritical shit.

  • hobospacejunkie

    [re=442126]el donaldo[/re]: Just to be safe, better go on down there Sunday evening & capsize any small craft you see in the area.

  • hobospacejunkie

    FOX can spew whatever hateful bullshit they want, it’s gonna be a while before I come down from the high of R. Gibbs smacking them down earlier today.

  • WickedWitch

    This is just so laughably wrong in so many ways. I’m going to need to drink more before I can find the words to appropriately comment on this. Who’s with me?

  • trondant

    @chorus: @Washington, @Washington, six ft. 20 fuckn killn 4 fun!

  • Hunger Tallest Palin

    I bet they all wind up fighting over the special General Washington hat and go home.

  • Atheist Nun

    A “virtual” reenactment of the battle during the 1776 crossing of the Delaware River? Can Newt Gingrich get shot in the ass with a “virtual” musket and then get “virtual” gangrene?

  • PoignancySelz

    What, no Office Space reference. Jim Newell with the infernal coffee cup, Yeah…uhhhhm…Riley….I’ll need you to LiveTwat…On Sunday….Yeeaah….

    Is that tophat flare?

  • obfuscator

    wow newt how bad you suck? did anyone else read ‘twitternactment’ as ‘twitternacht’? ‘anals of new media’ also feels more appropriate, too.

  • El Pinche

    Tommorrow @newtgingrich will purchase 100 virtual African slaves for 2 virtual shillings in celebration. Good times!

  • tranch coat

    [re=442070]Jukesgrrl[/re]: “Especially newly baptised Catholics with a lot of divorces for which to beg forgiveness.”

    Hmmph. Used to be that papists ATONED for their sins and sought forgiveness via PENANCE, i.e., real suffering. Sin: fail to sit up straight, as Jesus and Mary deserve. Penance: a sharp blow between the shoulder blades with the pointy edge of a ruler. Sin: whack a sibling in the face with a Hot Wheels track. Penance: consider yourself one of the Romans who lashed Jesus and think about the fate of your eternal soul and go pray a gazillion rosaries, and then keep going out of sheer terror until your mother has to drag you out of the pew.

    Before my 10th birthday, the Holy Mother Church forced me to spend more time considering my wrong-doing and extracted more suffering as expiation than Neut has ever experienced. I base this assumption on the fact that he has not yet vaporized in a greasy mist.

    [re=442101]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Wasn’t there some ruckus a few years ago, about Dick Cheney refusing to release the list of whoever he talked to while considering some sort of energy thing?

  • Jukesgrrl

    [re=442163]tranch coat[/re]: Wow. May I offer you a virtual drink (as a virtual corporal work of mercy)? I have a dear friend who told me he confessed to “impure thoughts” as a five-year-old because he secretly desired to go for a dip in a dirty old swimming hole.

    [re=442144]Atheist Nun[/re]: Brilliant revision!

  • Extemporanus

    [re=442029]zhubajie[/re]: [re=442094]BlueStateLibtard[/re]: Twitter is how the Gingrinch stole Christmas!

  • Guppy06

    Wait, we’ve gone so long without remembering the most important historical apocrypha from the Battle of Trenton! Who gets to be the lone frozen-to-death Negro lawn jockey?

  • hobospacejunkie

    [re=442177]Guppy06[/re]: J.C. Watts

  • LowerdPeninsula

    [re=442182]hobospacejunkie[/re]: I’ll do you one better, my friend: Mikey Steele, FTW.

  • LowerdPeninsula

    Only Mike would be stupid enough to volunteer for something like this. He could be relegated to playing to role of some Hessian bovine, or something. “Moo, baby, moo” is what I always say.

  • TGY

    Riley, Ace of Spies

  • swayzeland

    Next year, the Boston Massacre reenactment. With @Crispus_attucks played by a fat white teabagger who wants his country back. #america_built_by_whites_supposably

  • dijetlo

    [re=442120]Lazy Media[/re]: Truly, if Newt has been running the continental army in 1778, we’d still be speaking British.

  • disgustedcitizen

    Poor Riley. Gonna miss football and beer all to read twits from one of the biggest GOP twits around. By the way, Suds McKenzie, I loved the “popcycles up their asses” part of your post although I don’t think I will ever be able to eat a popcycle again.

  • Kingbee

    Jim, by notifying Riley of his next assignment on Wonkette, you are assuming that Riley actually reads your posts on Wonkette.

  • Monsieur Grumpe

    Maybe they’re just going to stand out in field and throw their Blackberries at each other. I‘d pay to see that.

  • gurukalehuru

    I vote they follow this with a twitternactment of the Battle of the Wilderness. That was a good ‘un.

  • Clever_Sobriquet

    In an upset, I’m going to take the Hessians and the 3 points.
    They can’t lose every game can they?

  • Larry McAwful

    Liveblogging a twitternactment? The internet has gone almost totally meta. Soon, nothing done on the internet will have anything to do with anything but the internet, and it will be irrelevent forever. I’m looking forward to it.

    Who’s Colonel Rall? Do they mean Ted Rall?

  • Oh hell to the no

    Forget Newt, let’s talk about @levijohnston05 who helpfully announced KFC’s free chicken offer to his black friends last night.

  • drpangloss

    @generalwashington. joins
    @colonialpvt. joins
    @hessianmerc. joins
    @hessianpvt. joins

    @generalwashington. (boards boat) I’m off to Trenton lads won’t you join me to smite the tyrant!
    @colonialpvt. (boards) huzzah! Let’s have at our dread foe by god! Also.
    @hessianmerc. Attention! You gaurs here vile I go play pattycakes mitt Trenton hausfrau Ja?
    @hessianpvt. Ja wohl! Herr!

    @trenttory. joins

    @generalwasington & @colonialpvt. (setsail) cold.Cold.coldfuckingcold
    zounds the blighted shores of new jersey. (disembarck)
    @hessianmerc & @trentory. Oh my Herr is that a sausage in your pocket or are you just happy to see me. Pattcake.pattycake.meingottPATTYCAKE!.
    @hessianpvt. Guard.cold.guard.coldguardcold.sleep zzZzz.

    You get the rest.

  • TGY

    [re=442328]drpangloss[/re]: Your thespian skills leave me speechless, and I bet you’re not even from Thespis.

  • natoslug

    If he runs for Prez in 2012, at least now he can claim to have military experience. Surely a twattenactment is more experiency than fighting in the Great Blogwars.

  • sanantonerose

    Larry King helped Twitter jump the shark, now Newt is gonna help it cross the Delaware.