Actor, director and producer Danny DeVito is currently best known for playing the role of Frank Reynolds on the hit FX sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. But he’s also a very active celebrity on social networking site Twitter, with more than 1.5 million followers who read his daily musings, jokes and sometimes his political opinions.
Last Monday, DeVito took notice of Republican presidential hopeful Buddy Roemer’s statements in support of the Occupy Wall Street protests. The star began a series of tweets that eventually engaged Roemer directly in a short discussion about abortion.
“Keep your eye on Buddy Roemer,” DeVito tweeted on October 10.
The following day, he added a pair of messages in support of Roemer’s campaign.
First up from DeVito on October 11: “
@buddyroemer You sound like you have a head on your shoulders. What to do…what to do…”
The lovefest came to a halt the next day when DeVito asked Roemer if he was pro-choice, and Roemer replied: “
@DannyDeVito I’ll be honest, I’m a pro-life guy, but only when it honors life of the mother. I vetoed two anti-abortion bills that didn’t.”
That was not enough for DeVito, who explained to Roemer that it had to be the woman’s choice. It seems that communication between the Hollywood heavyweight and the Louisiana long-shot broke down after that as no further messages were tweeted.
Frankly, I’m not sure what’s weirder about this whole thing, the fact that Danny DeVito and Buddy Roemer were publicly passing little notes back and forth or that DeVito has over 1.5 million followers on Twitter, while Roemer remains just short of 5,000 fans.
The pattern of their interaction, however, is a familiar one for Roemer’s campaign.
He goes out and appears on shows like Comedy Central’s Colbert Report or The Daily Show and he will seemingly win over a whole bunch of new fans based on his criticisms of the establishment and big money’s corrupting role in politics. The viewers love the 3 minutes of talk they hear coming out of his mouth, and they want to love him. But as they visit his Facebook page, they’re faced with photo galleries of Roemer speaking at Tea Party events and immediately rebel with postings that range from a simple “you just lost my vote” to those of the more obscene variety.
It’s a theme. People love Roemer the first time they hear him talk, but as soon as they dig a little deeper, most quickly find a reason not to support his campaign.
Democrats love him until they find out he’s a pro-life, pro-gun, Tea Partier.
Republicans like what he’s saying until they find out that he’s actually a former Democratic governor and is visiting the protest site on Wall Street with messages of support.
Running in a party’s primary is probably not Roemer’s best path to accomplishing his goal of bringing attention to the negative influence of big corporate money in politics. In reality, he might be better suited to John Anderson-style Independent bid.