The White House Twitter troll @NatSecWonk, unmasked last night as since-fired staffer Jofi Joseph, said a lot of uncouth things about his Washington, D.C., colleagues, but he saved a special vitriol for women and their bodies. "I'm abrasive and bring the snark. Unapologetically says what everyone else only thinks. A keen observer," is how the anonymous account sold itself, but the reality was more sophomoric and borderline fratty, often devolving into fat jokes and casual sexism in lieu of cutting humor. In worlds already known as boys' clubs — national security, D.C., the Obama administration — it's especially not a good look.
Targets over the two-plus years Joseph operated the account, which has been deleted but lives on in this complete archive, ranged across the aisle from Sarah Palin and Jennifer Rubin to Chelsea Clinton and Anthony Weiner's intern. Men got the body-snark, too (former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen was "fat and pastyfaced"), but not with the drooling glee he used when deciding whether women were hot or not. (For the record, this is the alleged truth-teller.) Below is a selection of his worst, because Google never forgets:
"I feel sorry for the husband of @jrubinblogger He has to have sex with her every five years."
"[Liz Cheney is ] what happens when rank nepotism meets sheer stupidity. Also, she takes after her father -- she's like 30 pounds overweight."
"Vitriol against @arifleischer entirely justified. He married a woman a decade younger than him - and she's as ugly as he is! #jackass"
"Who are the two blondes flanking [Chelsea Clinton]? And is it just me, or has she put on some weight?"
"Has rich kid Tagg Romney ever even been in a fight? What a piece of shit. He needs to tell his mom to lose about 15 pounds"
"Admit it, when you heard Helen Thomas went out on a date with JFK back in the day, you asked yourself, "Wait, she was attractive once?"
"Oh @danaperino you were such a gleaming hopefor dumb blonde airheads everywhere"
"@LizOBagyPhD You're attractive enough -screw coffee, how about a drink?"
"Bob McDonnell's biggest mistake? Marrying his wife. And, man, she's put on the pounds since her Redskins cheerleader days"
"Oh, Wes Clark, if you are going to date someone 40 years younger than you, at least try to make sure she's attractive. #wordsofadvice"
"Don't forget 'wife of creepy looking old guy' @AmbassadorPower U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, mother, HR defender, teacher, writer"
"Olivia Nuzzi can come intern for me anytime ...#justsayin"
"I'm dying to call out Liz Cheney for the overweight fat pig that she is. But then I remember that Mike Enzi weighs even more. #fail"
"Bonus: She's super hot! RT @GlennThrushSources: Top Schumer aide Katie Beirne tapped by White House as deputycommunications director"
"Does anyone have Audrey Tomasen's phone#? She's the new it girl in wonk circles, so I want to be mentioned in Reliable Source as her date"
"Funny how @jrubinblogger can't admit she screwed up on her Norway-Al Qaeda hypothesis. As stupid as she is ugly? Guess so …"
"So @jodikantor and @ronlieber are a perfect example of why people call Washington DC 'Hollywood for ugly people' #justsayin"
"Hey @SarahPalinUSA Divorce or not, I'm sure Todd is getting some on the side. I don't blame him, cause you're bat shit crazy…"
"Hey Obama campaign people, you may want to rethink sending emails from the First Lady with the subject Up Late. That sounds ... dirty."
"They were all at their weekly Lean In group session MT @ska_kongshan: none of these China panels in DC have included any women @CNASdc @CSIS"
"BTW - are all profiles of high pwered single women required to stipulate they nevertheless 'have a tight circle of loyal friends'?"
"Don't tell @annielowrey but the women are fantastic! MT @ezraklein: Hey tweeps -- in Rio de Janeiro. Any advice on where toeat/what to do?"
"So @NinaHachigian is an attractive woman-- so why does she have such a bizarre looking (and terrible) Twitter avatar?"