Following on the advice of former RNC chair Mike Duncan, who recently told his party faithful to "do it in the Facebook, with the Twittering," famous tweeters--including, you may recall, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX)--soon began appending their messages with the #tcot hashtag. Some even thought that this little convention would reignite the conservative movement, and, predictably, a website--topconservativesontwitter.com--became a central hub for twitter's top conservatives.
But, alas, a national (or formerly national) political party can't organize around a tic-tac-toe sign. Just look at the record: #tcot didn't bring us the tea parties. FreedomWorks did. And just when the #tcot juggernaut seemed unstoppable, Norm Coleman lost his legal challenge, Jim Tedisco lost his New York congressional race, and Arlen Specter became a Democrat.
And it is with this record in mind, that we report, more in sadness than in laughter, the demise of #tcot. Or, perhaps more accurately, the divorce of #tcot's chief stewards.
The #tcot movement is (or was) the brainchild of conservative activists Rob Neppell and Michael Patrick Leahy. Together, the two created #tcot-themed websites, and when the idea went viral, it seemed like they had a good thing going. But, as is predictable when there's too much teabagging going on, it didn't take long for tensions to arise.
And then today, everything came to a head. "I do not feel comfortable continuing to operate...with a partner who deliberately refuses to communicate with me on fundamental issues," a scorned Neppel wrote an his now defunct website.
I am shutting down those aspects of TCOT which are under my control [and] asking Mike to in turn shut down http://tcotreport.com--or to relaunch it without using our group TCOT's name--and stating publicly that as co-founder of TCOT, that site does not have my approval or endorsement....
I regret that it has come to this, but here we are. I do not rule out re-activating TCOT should the situation change, but for now: we go dark.
Breaking up is hard to do. What a bummer. Anyhow, we wish them both the best, and will monitor the situation with bated breath. #tcot