There’s little doubt that Marsha Blackburn is making a positive first impression on conservatives, though she apparently can’t count Twitter as one of her earliest admirers. Rep. Blackburn is demanding that Twitter apologize for blocking her opening campaign video. In the now-famous, Ms. Blackburn said “I’m 100% pro-life. I fought Planned Parenthood, and we stopped the sale of baby body parts –thank God.” According to the article, “Twitter told Blackburn’s campaign in an email obtained by Fox News that the line was ‘deemed an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.'”
Ms. Blackburn replied, saying “I am appalled by Twitter’s attempt to censor my pro-life record, and I believe that the entire pro-life community deserves an apology and explanation for their actions. I have spent my entire career fighting to protect and honor life, and I refuse to allow an organization whose stated mission is to ‘provide information instantly, without barriers’ the ability to silence our efforts to protect the unborn.'”
Twitter isn’t winning this fight because Ms. Blackburn isn’t running from the fight. She’s running towards the fight. She’s portraying Twitter as the online thought police. That’s smart politics. This is the video that’s been banned:
Banning that video is counterproductive to Twitter’s political goals. It’s helping Ms. Blackburn, not hurting her, because it’s gained her tons of free media right at the start of the campaign. If Twitter’s goal was to hurt Ms. Blackburn’s campaign, they failed. She’s capitalized on the publicity by becoming a southern firebrand who wants to take on the Swamp.
It’s difficult not picturing Ms. Blackburn as Tennessee’s next US Senator. The last Democrat elected to the US Senate was Jim Sasser. He lost his re-election bid in 1994. Since then, Fred Thompson, Bill Frist, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker have represented Tennessee in the US Senate. Tennessee would’ve been a difficult seat to flip during a good year for Democrats. This isn’t a good year.