The third rule is that both of those rules will be quickly broken, as Slate’s Dave Weigel and Matt Yglesias demonstrated within moments of reports of a shooting on Capitol Hill:
Weigel thought it was a good time for some snark:
This wouldn't be happening if members of Congress were allowed to carry guns at all times.
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) October 3, 2013
Hilarious, except not really:
@daveweigel You don't even know what is happening. What's your problem Dave?
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) October 3, 2013
Yglesias thought the shooting was a good opportunity to discuss shutdown politics:
Capitol Police responding to shooting incident are working without pay today.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) October 3, 2013
We’re sure that was the first thing on officers’ minds as the bullets were flying.
What a fucking piece of shit. RT @mattyglesias: Capitol Police responding to shooting incident are working without pay today.
— H (@Tark31) October 3, 2013
@mattyglesias Geez, you really are a contemptible piece of shit
— JWF (@JammieWF) October 3, 2013
Not only is Yglesias’ comment not funny, but it’s also wrong:
FYI, Capitol Police are being paid. http://t.co/YaN1Q70XEN
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) October 3, 2013
Another futile reminder:
@mattyglesias It's too soon…
— Caracas Chronicles (@CaracasChron) October 3, 2013
Too soon? Unfortunately for some, it’s never too soon. Markos Moulitsas of The Daily Kos helped Weigel and Yglesias demonstrate that:
So, uh, pay them? MT @SenRandPaul: My staff and I are safe and accounted for. Praying for the safety of everyone
— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) October 3, 2013
The abhorrent douche is strong in this one.
FUCK YOU RT @markos: So, uh, pay them? MT @SenRandPaul: My staff and I are safe and accounted for. Praying for the safety of everyone
— Mary Chastain (@mchastain81) October 3, 2013
@markos how about we make sure no one is hurt before making stupid political remarks?
— John Stevens (@Joffen1981) October 3, 2013
Suspending politics for an hour or so during a story with potentially devastating consequences for people is so out of style.
"Screw 'em." Amirite? RT @markos: If you get hit by an NRA freedom kiss, don't worry! Republicans will give you thoughts and prayers.
— Cuffy (@CuffyMeh) October 3, 2013
This provides the best summary:
— KayBDay (@DayontheDay) October 3, 2013