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Longoria does her part to put the 'twit' in 'Twitter'

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Photo - NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13:  Actress Eva Longoria attends BET's Black Girls Rock 2012 CHEVY Red Carpet at Paradise Theater on October 13, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for BET)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Actress Eva Longoria attends BET's Black Girls Rock 2012 CHEVY Red Carpet at Paradise Theater on October 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for BET)
Opinion,Gregory Kane,Columnists

Why, oh why is actress Eva Longoria still a co-chair of President Obama's campaign?

Liberal commentator Alan Colmes has already given his view on the subject: Longoria has to go. But we haven't heard from the man we knew none of us would hear from: one Barack Hussein Obama.

Some nasty Obama supporter -- probably a liberal or a Democrat, or both -- with his or her nose permanently out of joint sent Longoria this message on Twitter: "I have no idea why any woman/minority can vote for Romney. You have to be stupid to vote for such a racist/misogynistic tw-t."

If you think the missing letter of the last word of the tweet was an "i," you're sadly mistaken. It was one of the other four vowels, and in case you still haven't got the drift, the letter wasn't "e," "o" or "u," either.

That leaves only one letter. Yes, the tweeter, in addition to calling Romney a racist and misogynist, called him a vulgar term for a part of the female anatomy.

Now did Longoria, who's supporting a candidate that claims he's all about the rights of women, all about defending the dignity of women and all about chiding those mean old Republicans that are waging a war on women, take the tweeter to task about the message?

Oh, absolutely not. She retweeted the darned thing, thus invoking Kane's law: There is a reason "Twitter" contains the word "twit."

When she started to take the inevitable heat, Longoria tried to blame Twitter. She sent out what might be called a Cover Longoria's Derriere tweet: "Is anyone else's twitter bugging out? There are things in my timeline I didn't retweet today. Hmmm. Standby trying to fix."

I suspect somewhere Longoria has an adviser who pulled her aside and told her that the above tweet wasn't going to quite cut it, that while those objecting to the retweet might have been born at night, it wasn't last night. After sending out her tweet about her Twitter account bugging out, Longoria sent this tweet:

"I use Twitter as a platform for all Americans and their opinions. Sorry if people were offended by retweet. Obviously not my words or my personal view. I respect all Americans #FreedomOfSpeech."

Later, Longoria made nice with a conservative Latino organization called Cafe Con Leche. Now, everything is supposed to be ever so cool. But not really. Longoria -- and the man she's campaigning for -- still have some explaining to do. Does either of them believe what the original tweet implies? Because it implies several things, none of which reflect well on liberals or Democrats that believe such nonsense.

1. All women should think the same.

2. All minorities should think the same.

3. Any woman or minority that doesn't think like the majority of women and minorities is, by definition, "stupid."

Is there anything more misogynistic than claiming that ALL women should think alike? Is there anything more racist than claiming that ALL minorities should think alike? And isn't the word tw-t a word cherished by every misogynist that's ever disrespected a woman, or women?

Did that bold knight Sir Barack the Noble sally forth to condemn the use of the tweet with the misogynistic word, or hint that the co-chair of his campaign had to go? Now there's a "Do Rockefellers eat Spam?" question if ever there was one. Of course he didn't. Obama was too busy chiding Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for not taking back his endorsement of Indiana U.S. Senate Republican candidate Richard Mourdock, who said that the life of a child conceived through rape is "something that God intended to happen."

Of course, Mourdock isn't a chair of Romney's campaign. Longoria, who retweeted a racist, misogynistic vulgar screed, is co-chair of Obama's campaign.

The president had best clean his own house before he looks at Romney's.

Examiner Columnist Gregory Kane is a Pulitzer nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.

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