March 21, 2009

Unclear on the social media concept

Filed under: General,Hawaii State Politics — Doug @ 5:40 am

Ed Case has sent another bulk spam message announcing that he is on Twitter and Utterli. I clicked through to his Twitter page and see that a few dozen people are already following him … currently, however, Ed Case is following ZERO people.

Not exactly how the medium was intended to be used. He is sending the message, “listen to me, while I ignore you.”

BTW, I am on Twitter as Poinographer. And, no, I don’t follow everyone who follows me. The difference is that I’m not running for office and selling myself as a great listener. Heh.


  1. “listen to me, while I ignore you.”

    That’s Ed.

    Ed brags about the many “public Talk Story” sessions he held as congressman. But he didn’t LISTEN, he talked!

    As the Bush administration moved closer and closer to launching their war on Iraq, residents raised their concerns about the war with Ed at these meetings. He dismissed them outright, telling them they were “on the fringe of public opinion!”

    I’m not talking about the semi-professional “hippie peace activists,” I am talking about ordinary middle-class professionals. Ed angered enough of these people and I heard DIFFERENT people relate their same experience multiple times.

    When Ed was House Majority Leader in the state Lege, he went from being a well-liked guy to a very isolated figure. As he would tell it, it was because of his uncompromising integrity. His colleagues tell a different story. They say he became a petty dictator, ordering people around and not working towards consensus. He refused to listen.

    Comment by kolea — March 21, 2009 @ 9:34 am

  2. Over the yearsI have had six or eight conversations with Ed and the moment I expressed an opinion
    I could see his eyes glaze over. Ed is simply not interested in what anyone else thinks. Too bad,
    because he could have a lot to offer and it’s a fatal flaw that will continue to be his undoing.

    Comment by Kimo — March 21, 2009 @ 6:13 pm

  3. remember back in 96 or 97 when he wanted to do that Alaska Native like Hawaiian “settlement” and every Hawaiian showed up at the leg and testified against his bill in his committee? it was funny because I swore he was sleeping with his eyes open the whole time. but then when he first ran for governor (or was it Congress?) he had an anecdote about Hawaiians telling him to “go home haole” and how “hurt” he “felt” and i was like, maybe he wasn’t asleep. but then later, it occurred to me that he may have read the “go home haole” statements in the newspaper at a later date.

    Comment by line of flight — March 21, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

  4. I have had similar experiences. A group of us met with him while he was running for Congress to discuss health care issues. The discussion couldn’t take place because for each point we wanted to talk about, he had his own opinion and we never got to voice ours.

    Comment by Larry — March 22, 2009 @ 12:17 am

  5. Reading Case’s twitter reinforces all my prior, rather low, estimations of his essential “Chamber of Commerceness” mentality. With good fortune the political world has passed beyond his backward looking view.

    Comment by stevelaudig — March 22, 2009 @ 2:12 pm

  6. Abercrombie actually interacts with some of his Twitter followers.

    Comment by damon — March 22, 2009 @ 8:10 pm

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