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Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy‘s bosses may have forced him to go on Twitter—with mixed results—but rest assured that Milloy has not dropped his cranky-uncle persona just because he’s taken the paper’s mandatory social-media class.
To wit: Last week marked the first anniversary of the meanest, most polarizing, and most irresistible political label in recent D.C. history: “Myopic little twits,” Milloy’s term for the young, white gentrifiers he identified with recently defeated mayor Adrian Fenty. A year later, with a new mayor in City Hall—and a coterie of senior officials with far fewer myopic little twits among them—I asked chocolate city’s ace metro columnist to reflect on his contribution to the District political dictionary. No, he doesn’t have any regrets:
Yeah, another year and the Myoptic Twits are older, blinder and wise-asser. I did notice that a few volunteered to help spruce up some DCPS buildings before classes began. So miracles do happen. The rest of them seem more interested in bringing a 19th century flava to the city, with their gas lamps and trolley cars. Then again, when you’re on their side of the wealth gap, inheritance gap, employment gap, education gap, you can act like landed gentry. But Im not hatin’. In fact, what I’d like to do in this next year is team up with DCist for a Myo-Twit public safety campaign. Tell these folks that if they want more Bike Share they could at least learn how to ride the damn bike, stop weaving in and out of traffic. Car bumpers are harder than their butts if not their helmetless heads. Hey, I just want them to live to see another birthday.
And that, my friends, is why Milloy is so freaking great.
Meanwhile, Milloy’s column this morning goes after President Barack Obama: “Now that the presidential campaign season has begun, it’s okay for President Obama to openly court black people again,” he scoffs. Obama, of course, is known for having a dog, liking nice restaurants, being a prolific social media presence, and even, on occasion, riding a bike. Could it be that Milloy’s latest target is America’s first Myopic Little Twit President?
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