Thanks to the eternal memory of the Internet, campaign aides are getting the same level of background scrutiny as their candidates.
On Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker dropped a senior campaign aide who made a disparaging remark about the Iowa caucus in a Tweet. The New York Times noted that the woman “is known for strongly worded Twitter messages often laced with profanities.”
Last month, Jeb Bush was forced to let go his chief technology officer of his PAC for past tweets that included the word “slut” in it.
In many cases, campaign aides tried to delete their posts, only to find them no less accessible to political adversaries and the media. The permanence and searchability of the online world makes it likely that we’re all going to be held to the standards of a national political candidate.