Talking Points Memo and The Hill are today noting an apparent case of Twitter overreaction by Sarah Palin aimed at the Obama administration. To start things off, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley today tweeted a birthday message to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, calling on him to "celebrate" by freeing two American hikers who (along with a third who has already been freed) allegedly strayed into Iranian territory from Iraq in 2009 and were arrested. Crowley also called on Ahmadinejad to redeem a year of "missed opportunities" in relationships with the rest of the world. Sarah Palin's tweeted response seems to indicate that she didn't read past the first four words of Crowley's tweets: She accused the U.S. of coddling enemies and snubbing allies.
Crowley appeared bemused on Friday when informed of Palin's response (he apparently doesn't follow her on Twitter).
"My tweet was simply to suggest that a reasonable celebration of President Ahmadinejad's birthday would be to release Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal..I can't imagine why Sarah Palin would object to the release of the two hikers who remain in custody we think inappropriately," Crowley said.
Asked if he thought Palin - often floated as a possible future Republican presidential candidate - lacked a certain sense of irony, Crowley demurred.
"I have no particular comment," he said.