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March 26, 2014

House GOP Had A Really Great Idea...I Wonder Where It Came From

You guys know that I've been hard on Republicans in general and the House GOP in particular, from time to time. No, it's true.

But credit where it's due (hold on to that concept for a minute), they had a really clever graphic on Twitter today to mark the latest ObamaCare delay.


It was so clever a number of GOP members of Congress used it today in their twitter feeds.

As I said, credit where it's due, right?

Ok, here's where it's due.

Compare to the GOP's version (resized):

Hmmm, they look awful similar, no? Why, other than the font they are...exactly the same.

Now I'm not saying someone on the House GOP social media team just copied Slu's work and pretended it was their own. I'm just saying you'd have to be an idiot if you think anyone would believe you if you said it was just a coincidence that the House GOP social media folks had the same idea a few short hours after Slu's worked appeared.

Contrary to what some people seem to think, I'm not an idiot. Are you?

In the spirit of full disclosure, John Ekdahl tracked down the members who used the image (and it's not their fault) and that the source was the House GOP's Twitter feed.

Furthermore, Slu wanted me to make it clear the original idea for the image came from a group discussion and that he makes no claim to being the sole originator of the idea.

Related, Slu is a very nice guy who is far too modest.

We contacted the House GOP caucus asking for comment but they declined. The original tweet has been removed from their feed.

Hopefully we all can agree that that best way to handle these types of situations in the future is simple attribution.

Post Edited By Ace. I added a blow-up of the GOP's image, so people can see how similar it is to Slu's, and the sentence introducing that ("Compare...").

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