You know that jaded employee who decides to stop doing his job, and instead just sits with his feet up on his desk and watches baseball instead, because he thinks the company he works for is going out of business anyway? That’s become Sean Spicer in a nutshell. And based on what transpired tonight, it might be what Spicer is literally doing as we speak.
Tonight Sean Spicer posted his first update to his @SeanSpicer account on Twitter in a week, and it looks like this: “1st place @RedSox rally in the 9th to beat @Yankees 5-4 in NY #RedSoxNation #redsox #RedSoxVSYankees
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) July 15, 2017
That’s right, Sean Spicer officially no longer gives a crap. To be clear, this is his own Twitter account, and not the @PressSec account, so he can tweet whatever he wants from it. But in the past he’s largely used his @SeanSpicer account to promote the Donald Trump administration and his goals. Instead, in the time since he’s been yanked from press briefing duty, and no one seems to even be sure what job title he even holds anymore, he’s stopped promoting Trump. He’s stopped promoting anything. Now he’s just sitting around tweeting baseball scores for no apparent reason.
It’s not that Spicer ever had the best grasp on how to effectively use social media to begin with. He accidentally tweeted his own Twitter password, had to change it, and then accidentally tweeted his new Twitter password. He once retweeted a satirical article about himself from The Onion that he appeared to believe was real. But this feels different. Now that he’s been symbolically scapegoated in an administration that he knows is going to fail anyway, his decision to suddenly start tweeting about baseball almost feels like a targeted shrug at the scandals that are tearing down the entire administration. It’s as if Spicer is saying, “…and I’m supposed to be the problem here?”
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report