NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd is on the receiving end of a social media shitstorm today, all thanks to the incredibly poor reputation of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.
It all started earlier today with this tweet:
I’ll admit, I was intrigued. Until I realized that Husted and Todd agreeing that our process for drawing legislative and congressional districts is broken and needs fixed is not controversial. It’s actually something I agree with. Husted even has a half-decent plan floating out there if both sides could agree to implement it in a reasonable period of time.
But, the fact is, Husted has destroyed his reputation with his voter suppression antics in 2012. And, as a result, his innocuous tweet about agreeing with a national political reporter about redistricting reform has set the left wing on fire. Here’s a snapshot of the responses to Husted’s initial tweet:
Clearly, people are confusing the issue of redistricting – better known as gerrymandering as practiced by today’s GOP – and that of allocating Ohio’s electoral votes in Presidential elections. As we first reported, Husted did indeed float an idea to award Ohio’s electoral votes according to those unfairly-drawn, GOP-leaning district lines. But that is a bad idea because of gerrymandering. Redistricting reform, if done correctly, would improve the situation, not worsen it. It’s something all of us — not just Chuck Todd — should agree with.
But that didn’t stop people from piling on the unsuspecting journalist. Here’s a sampling from moments ago:
Even another reporter and former colleague has asked Todd to explain:
The bottom line is that Husted has so badly damaged his own reputation that many are willing to assume the worst about him and anyone he associates with.
It’s ironic, too, as I assume today’s tweet was intended to improve his image after the damage it suffered in 2012. Too bad it backfired.