About a year ago, when I first got into the Twitterverse, I was naive to its idiosyncratic Twittery ways. Seriously naive. Bordering on stupid.
When a fellow Tweeter named Rep. Jack Kimble followed me and started sending me right wing talking points, I responded to him as I would any right wing nut job. That was my first mistake.
As it turns out, Kimble is the ne'er do well alter ego of my very progressive, very devoted pal, the hilarious and insightful That's Right Nate. Being the kind soul he is, he filled me in immediately so that I wouldn't look even more idiotic than I already did. But let's face it...
I got punk'd.
But I'm not the only one. At least when I fell for Nate's evil twin, it was only in one or two measly tweets. HuffPo wasn't as fortunate.
They must have read "Rep. Kimble's" blog post, Congressman Kimble and Senator Graham Fight Against "Anchor Babies".
And then, right there on Huffington Post-- big, huge, widely read, constantly and publicly referenced, gargantuan site Huffington Post-- this was posted:
There are already a number of Republican officials who have preceded Kyl in calling for a reworking of the country's citizenship laws. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has proposed the piece of legislation that would repeal the 14th Amendment; he is joined on the House side by Rep. Jack Kimble (R-Calif.).
You can read "Kimble's" response to that here. Want a taste? It's really yummy:
Unfortunately, repealing the 14th Amendment will take a very long time. If anybody remembers the battle for that silly ERA Amendment in the 1970s, you know I'm not exaggerating when I say this may take a decade to fix. That is why we must immediately close off our borders to any sexually active women of child bearing age. President Obama, if you are serious about stopping the problem of anchor babies than every sexually active woman is a ticking time bomb.
Apparently, nobody over there has noticed the bolded part yet. Or the part where Kimble's a fictional character that skewers and spoofs and dupes people like... well, me.
Keep up the good work, Nate!
And yes, he came to me with this story and gave me permission to out him publicly.