Michigan congressman Justin Amash engaged in a successful smackdown of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in a Tweet war February 13-14. The social media snit got started after Carney tried to make political hay of Amash's criticism of GOP leadership over the budget sequester, and ended with Amash burning the White House's position that the sequester was a looming evil: “@PressSec It's even more disingenuous for Pres O to call sequester 'devastating' when he came up w/it & signed it into law.”
“I occasionally use hashtags, but I think it's kind of 2008,” Rep. Amash told BuzzFeed.com February 13 of the GOP's blame Obama campaign. The Republican Party leadership had created the Twitter hashtag “#Obamaquester” to pin the blame for the spending cuts on President Obama, even though the deal passed the Republican-controlled House and House Speaker John Boehner claimed he got “98 percent” of what he wanted in the deal.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney tweeted a link to the article, followed by tweets quoting Amash from the article:
GOP Rep. Amash says "it's a mistake on the part of Republicans to try to pin the sequester on Obama. It's totally disingenuous."
Amash: "The debt ceiling deal in 2011 was agreed to by Rs & Ds, and regardless of who came up with the sequester, they all voted for it."
Amash: "You can't vote for something and, with a straight face, go blame the other guy for its existence in law."
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Photo of Rep. Justin Amash: AP Images