Big one today: all of the winners this round get an automatic bid into next year’s competition (save whichever two end up in the finals, who will retire from TFC). We are in for an outstanding Sweet 16, and already have the foundations of a great TFC16.
(1) @Lesley_Warner 59% 3 votes vs. (9) @elliebartels 41%
The (1) seed shows why she’s the (1) seed with a decisive victory over a tough competitor.
(12) @pptsapper 59% 3 votes vs. (13) @BerlayMonster 41%
The ppt sapper advances handily on the strength of his twitterfighting slidesmanship.
(14) @soonergrunt 61% vs. (6) @maximumplum 39% 3 votes
The popular vote goes to @soonergrunt, but all three judges hand the contest to @maximumplum.
(7) @drfarls 65% 2 votes vs. (2) @RyanJSuto 35% 1 vote
Travel didn’t dull @drfarls game, and he takes the majority to advance past a tough opponent.
(1) @Lesley_Warner vs. (9) @elliebartels
@EllierBartels damn near pulled this thing off, responding to a judge’s challenge with a Mashina song that I’d never even heard before—something that intriguingly seems to straddle the gap between their new-wave early days and the what-the-fuckery of their late period. But thanks to Lesley, I now have a new career goal:Trinidadian Minister of Road! That, plus some pictures from one of the most sublime places I’ve ever had the incredible luck of finding myself, pushes her over the top here.
(12) @pptsapper vs. (13) @BerlayMonster
I expected more like, I dunno, anger out of Angry Staff Officer? Kinda more like Sardonic Staff Officer if you ask me. Anyway @pptsapper somehow recovered from one of the more amusing burns of the day (two, really) capping an overall-solid effort with the kind of groundbreaking, high-concept Twitter combat that separates your true Tweetfighter from your standard-issue, happy-to-be-here networker-by-other-means.
Also he made a M*A*S*H GIF.
(14) @soonergrunt vs. (6) @maximumplum
Is @maximumplum actually a bear? I think I have a right to know. Definitely not voting against some kind of sentient, hyper-intelligent, probably bloodthirsty bear. TFC judging is important, but life is short and precious.
Also short and precious: Kevin Durant’s time as a Thunder. God I hope. Sometimes I think about seeing him in a Wizards jersey and lapse into a kind of sweet jouissance that takes several cups of coffee to break out of.
(7) @drfarls vs. (2) @RyanJSuto
No, Doc, this is not a debate. A fairly major religion are rooted in the unique weirdness of America’s west. Is there anything in Canada’s leftmost half that can hang with the Salton Sea, or Vegas, or I dunno, the entire state of New Mexico? Was Blood Meridian written about Vancouver? I’ll have to double-check this one, but I don’t think so.
Although God, I dunno, those Canadian War Museum photos. Like Ryan had a worthwhile insight or five, but this is Twitter fight club, and this fascist-slaying beaver just isn’t taking it any shit from any of you.
This year’s Twitter Fight Club has been awesome to watch, as well as to judge. Having been a spectator for years and a judge last year, I have to say, the #TFC15 contestants definitely are displaying more commitment and spirit than I’ve personally seen in past tournaments. It makes the role of judge both exciting, and exceedingly hard when it comes to voting.
That being said …
@Lesley_Warner vs. @elliebartels
Going into this match, I tried to only focus on today’s tweets because I already know @Lesley_Warner well (at least in the Twitterverse), and wanted to remain objective. However, in Twitter Fight Club, having some knowledge of your judges’ background always provides an advantage over your opponent, and in this case, it worked to @Lesley_Warner’s advantage. She is well versed in my love for my former home, Namibia, and my unnatural obsession with baby baboons. So when she tweeted the picture below at me, it was pretty much game over. I also really enjoyed Lesley’s music breaks and her vast tweet coverage of ongoing African affairs.
— Lesley Anne Warner (@Lesley_Warner) March 26, 2015
However, @elliebartels was also a fantastic competitor all day and a worthy opponent to Lesley. She should get a special award for her #TFC15 Cocktail Chronicles and for being smart as hell. I’d also really like to hang out with her cat.
I am glad to have discovered her through #TFC15 (Hope we can still be friends).
Vote goes to @Lesley_Warner.
@soonergrunt vs. @maximumplum
It took @soonergrunt until 3:15 pm to figure whom his correct judges were, and only after my colleague and fellow judge @bjones broke the news.
— soonergrunt (@soonergrunt) March 26, 2015
Then he proceeded to try to bribe us with $100 chips for some casino in Oklahoma where I will never go. Time would’ve been better spent tweeting about national security, or a topical issue outside of winning Round Two.
And even though @maximumplum took a three-hour nap in the middle of the day, she did spend the afternoon tweeting about war-related PTSD, which provided some nice context about her background.
— Flair Bear (@maximumplum) March 27, 2015
Vote goes to @maximumplum.
@pptsapper vs. @BerlayMonster This was another difficult match to judge. I really enjoyed this tweet from @berlaymonster early in the day:
However, @pptsapper had some really great charts. I like charts.
— Angry Staff Officer (@pptsapper) March 26, 2015
I really enjoyed the banter between these two all day; valiant efforts from both sides. However, there can only be one … Vote goes to @pptsapper.
@drfarls vs. @RyanJSuto I was super impressed that @drfarls stayed in the #TFC15 game while flying to Canada to give a presentation (which @StephanieCarvin live-tweeted). He was also doing this:
However, @RyanJSuto got some solid tweeting in while @drfals was offline, even if it did read a bit like an online dating profile.
Otherwise, I have 2nd degree black belts in TaeKwonDo & Judo, play guitar, love to cook, watch football & soccer, & I’m a proud NYer. #TFC15
— Ryan J. Suto (@RyanJSuto) March 26, 2015
Guys, at the end of the day, I couldn’t decide. so I flipped a coin. Seriously. Vote goes to @drfarls.
Lesley – endorsed me. I campaigned for her last year, which she ably referenced in her first tweet of the day. Then she knew that I love dogs and am not fond of cats, so she went there. Plus, Lesley brought up BBQ and offered to learn how to call the Hogs. Finally, both @DaveedGR and @draperha endorsed her. Not much else needs to be said, because my trust for those endorsements is high, very high. So #TeamAfrica with the Woo Pig Sooie and @Lesley_Warner for the win…
@BerlayMonster lobbed the first blow of the today’s matches. It was a heavy push of trousers and cheese dip. @pptsapper upped the ante by appealing to my Army roots by throwing into the mix the Army’s backbone, aka PowerPoint, in the mix. This was a very strong move. @pptsapper continued throughout the day on the pro-Army track reaching a culminating point with his foray into camo patterns and @BerlayMonster’s weak, very weak response in favor of the Brits, particularly Her Majesty’s Navy. Go Army Sink Navy. Therefore, sappers forward and @pptsapper goes rolling along caisson style with the win.
@soonergrunt openly offered weak bribes of watching Kevin Durant, but he did want to require an Arkie to go to Oklahoma to see him. @maximumplum on the other hand, I’ve followed for some time. These factors gave the overall early edge to @maximumplum. Then #TeamPlum trotted out war stories to include PTSD. @maximumplum wins here.
@RyanJSuto stumbled out of the block calling the judges “placid.” He quickly apologized and @drfarls never jumped on this weakness. @drfarls further eroded his cause by failing to follow #TFC protocol and following all of the judges, namely me.. Furthermore, @drfarls had folks hyping his appearance in Canada. I’m the ‘Murica judge, so the win goes to @RyanJSuto.
(1) @laurenist 60% 3 votes vs. (9) @APDiploWriter 40% The (1) seed proves too much to overcome in this match-up.
(5) @BA_Friedman 75% 2 votes vs. (13) @JohnAllenGay 25% 1 vote The Marine wins handily, and goes on to face top seed @laurenist in the Sweet 16.
(14) @ryansradar 24% vs. (6) @draperha 76% 3 votes One of the breakout starts of #TFC15 advances handily (although I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of @ryansradar).
(10) @scrivenlking 34% 1 vote vs. (2) @LibyaLiberty 66% 2 votes @scrivenlking puts up a serious fight, but it’s not enough to take down @LibyaLiberty.
(1) @laurenist vs. (9) @APDiploWriter Lauren is the only person in the Atherton bracket I’ve hung out with IRL (and on two coasts, no less). Pandering to my Airborne sensibilities with a golden retriever puppy gif:
is as professional a twitterfighting move as I’ve seen. Matt was busy galavanting with the Secretary of State in Switzerland today, and I can’t help but think it affected his tweeting. This Mos Eisley/ISIS crack was great:
but not nearly enough. Lauren is the 1 seed for many reasons, and she showed them all again today in a dominating performance. Vote: @laurenist —
(5) @BA_Friedman vs. (13) @JohnAllenGay Brett has some of the most advanced English language skills I’ve ever seen in a Marine. (He even wrote a book, and it doesn’t even come with crayons!) I’m always impressed with people who overcome adversity like that. John (like Brett) is an excellent follow, intelligent and witty, but a late attempt at pandering wasn’t enough to overcome this exchange:
(#sorrynotsorry, @forbesmm) Vote: @BA_Friedman —
(14) @ryansradar vs. (6) @draperha Score one for Ryan:
but Hannah’s TL has been the unexpected highlight of #TFC15 so far. (I even find myself unable to hold being from Arkansas against her, which is kind of a big deal.) I feel like we’re all better for her participation in it, so I’m going to do what I can to keep her here.
(10) @scrivenlking vs. (2) @LibyaLiberty
Scriven. My dude. There aren’t many other private security folks in this little corner of Twitter. Scriven is a knowledgeable practitioner of the dark arts with a passion for the little details that aren’t sexy but can make or break you. I always appreciate his dispassionate explanations of emotionally fraught law enforcement issues, especially surrounding use of force. More than once he’s been able to eloquently state what I’ve had a hard time saying at all. Plus the man knows his hip hop.
I don’t know Hend well, but she seems like someone who could offer you the greatest hospitality in the world or straight-up cut you. I respect the hell out of that.
Scriven’s talks on CCTVs and interrogations were, as always, enlightening, entertaining, and insightful. Hend started to lose me with an extended series of tweets about the coverage of the Germanwings crash, but bounced back with a heart-rending soliloquy at the end of the day that you all need to go read if you haven’t.
This was a difficult one to judge and I wish both could stay, but they can’t so I’m going to let my professional bias tip the scales this time.
@Laurenist vs @APDiploWriter
@Laurenist is a font of knowledge on all issues relating to veterans. Everything from public awareness to policy change to reflecting on the big national issues. She even managed to cram in a shoutout to vets’ issues in Canada. There was an awkward geography malfunction when @laurenist thought Lausanne was in France but as she deftly pointed out in the face of @APDiploWriter’s mocking, she’s American. She doesn’t have to know geography. @Laurenist’s snark was on point and she was a veritable master of the GIF and meme (are one-off pictures still called memes?) She also managed to RT an article written by another judge and sent me a kitten GIF so +1 in the pandering department. She also heavily engaged with tweeps in things both serious and saucy. She tried to provoke @APDiploWriter into some much absent TFC scrapping but the twisticuffs were few.
To be perfectly fair though, @APDiploWriter is in Lausanne covering the Iran nuclear talks. TFC is all in good fun but lots of competitors just aren’t in the position to participate. But, @APDiploWriter managed a couple of decent swipes. He pushed back hard on the Lausanne gaffe but the figs and memes were kinda wet noodly. TFC is about robustness of engagement and breadth of tweeting (I’m old school). The snark and added colour (yes, that’s Canadian spelling) are part of the deal. I’m assuming @APDiploWriter couldn’t engage effectively because he was covering the Iran nuclear talks (and not because he’s too cool for school) but TFC is what it is.
Judgment for @laurenist
@BA_Friedman vs @JohnAllenGay
@BA_Friedman had a nice start to the day tweeting with a doff of the hat to the judges because he was raised right. He got some good self-promo in there tweeting a link to his book. He managed to bring some auxiliary fighting forces on board which is always a good intimidation move. His snark was on point. There was a lot of military-related teasing going on (do military men tease?) and since I don’t know too much about that world I couldn’t get into it. I have a few good stories from my interactions with military types in Pakistan (a great bunch of stories from the LoC in Kashmir) and my mother’s family is military. As my uncle, a retired brigadier, likes to say: if you want to be a good Pakistani soldier just remember two things: if it stands still, paint it and if it moves, salute it.
But enough about me! Let’s talk @JohnAllenGay. He mostly tweeted about Iran but had some excellent clips and gifs in his feed. He had heavy engagement with his tweeps but seemed to lose the overall tough guy contest which is fine. I’m not tough either. I have zero hand eye coordination and get air sick. @BA_Friedman took the snark category but @JohnAllenGay had some strong pushback. He also tweeted something about Persian vs. Farsi which generated a big ass reply from @encyclopaediairanica which taught me a couple things I didn’t know. So, while @BA_Friedman had some great moments, when it came to breadth of tweeting and robustness of engagement, @JohnAllenGay takes it.
Judgment for @JohnAllenGay
I’m going to make this short and to the point. There really wasn’t any contest here. @draperha took it hands down. She started the day with some hashtagged social mediafied crowdsourced Q and A for students (I think). She tweeted about Jewish Turks, Syria, NGO fundraising, and refugees. She heavily engaged with tweeps and managed to throw herself into rallying troops for other competitors as well. BUT I would like to say that I thought @Ryansradar has a lot of potential. I visited her blog and I was delighted to see she spent time in Khartoum. I spent my childhood in Khartoum and some of my best memories are from growing up there. Her pictures of the city and surrounding areas brought back a lot of sweet memories. I hope @Ryansradar participates again next year, maybe against an opponent who is more evenly matched.
Judgment for @draperha
Easily, this match up was king. Tweet for tweet, snark for snark, gif for gif, these two managed to keep it going and kept it engaging without descending into meanness. I didn’t know @Scrivenlking at all and so I was pleasantly surprised to watch his TL and read some of his very interesting thoughts about security. He made a boldly passive aggressive move by parodying @Libyaliberty’s bio. +1 for that! I RT’ed a bunch of his tweets. He tweeted links on ISIS, a fire in NY, police in schools and the school-to-prison pipeline, a picture of his super cutie pie kid, aaaaand the weather. That last one was sad. He was interesting enough that I could forgive the overabundance of links to MEMRI.
BUT @Libyaliberty did today what she does every day which is to make you stop, fingers poised over the keyboard, and think. She talked about war and poverty, oppression and profiling. All that mixed in with her sharp wit and hilarious insights. She matched @scrivenlking in all other aspects but it was this added dimenson that pushed it over the top in her favour. It was a great bout and a model for TFC.
Judgment for @libyaliberty
1.) Lauren: Far better engagement, SILKIES
2.) BA_Friedman: He’s a Marine. Sorry. I’m bound by god not to vote for anyone else.
(1) @HayesBrown 53% 2 votes vs. (8) @ZeddRebel 47% 1 vote
The tournament’s top seed gets a tough battle, but shows why he’s the (1) and advances to the Sweet 16.
(5) @Doctrine_Man 67% vs. (13) @13F2PL7 33% 3 votes
@Doctrine_Man’s strong showing in the popular vote isn’t enough to put him through, as all three judges decide for his opponent.
(3) @tweetsintheme 39% vs. (6) @johnsonr 61% 3 votes
A genteel battle as TFC matches go ends up in favor of the Ethics professor.
(7) @PaulSzoldra 54% vs. (2) @kohenari 46% 3 votes
@PaulSzoldra came out with a slight edge in the public poll, but all three judges went for @kohenari, giving him the win.
@HayesBrown vs @ZeddRebel This was by far the closest and hardest fought match of the day. Both contestants brought it with the GIFs, brought it with the knowledge, and then unleashed a fury of snark that had no rival. In the end, @ZeddRebel squeaked by on the power of these two tweets:
@Doctrine_Man vs @13F2PL7
This was also almost too close to call. @Doctrine_Man came out swinging early, had strong endorsements across the board, and made me laugh by pandering to celebrities for votes. In the end though, @13F2PL7 pulled out the win with a combination of engaging stories and G.I.Joe GIFs. It was the GIFs that really made the difference, but a truly heartfelt story about how badly the VA needs reform didn’t hurt either.
@tweetsintheme vs @johnsonr
This was the friendliest matchup of the day, with both sides lobbing half-hearted invectives that were clearly just for show. @johnsonr seemed more interested in the battle and then sealed the deal with this tweet:
@PaulSzoldra vs @kohenari This started out as a much easier decision than I anticipated, as @paulszoldra seemed to have left the fight behind him in Round 1. Then, in the late afternoon, it started to heat up with some excellent accusations of anti-Americanism and some ill-considered West Coast bashing. Still, @kohenari takes it. Winner: @kohenari
@HayesBrown vs. @ZeddRebel This is probably my favorite match-up of the day. Both contenders showed up to battle and, frankly it was a lot of fun to watch (Ok, catch up on late in the evening, but you get my drift).
— Zeddonymous (@ZeddRebel) March 26, 2015
Both of these combatants were great throughout the day, Zedd with a long, masterful breakdown of Middle Eastern political and military intrigue (in true twitter style) and Hayes with, well, what Hayes does best, NatSec and World Politics commentary packaged in smart, humorous chunks…. …but also, .gifs. So, lets just acknowledge publicly what we all know deep in our heart, if .gifs are nunchucks, Hayes is our Bruce Lee.
This is something that even @ZeddRebel was forced to acknowledge (ironically, via .gif)…
— Zeddonymous (@ZeddRebel) March 26, 2015
So, despite this stunning last minute alliance, Zedd simply did not roll deep enough.
Therefore, in the immortal words of Bruce Willis…
@Doctrine_Man vs. @13F2PL7
@Doctrine_Man came out swinging (and also sodomizing @PaulSzoldra)…
— Doctrine Man (@Doctrine_Man) March 26, 2015
Normally, I go snarky humor all the way for TFC, but Broken Handmic had a beautifully written string today about some of the work that he had the honor of doing to support those Veterans that came before us, the ones who didn’t get the kind of treatment and support that many of us more recent Vets sometimes take for granted. I’m including a couple of snapshots here, but you really should go in and read the whole thing.
Sorry, DM, but I got to give this one to @13F2PL7. It was a dirty maneuver, but he took the high road and made twitter a better place today, something that we should all strive to do more often.
(3) @tweetsintheme vs. (6) @johnsonr Two folks that I have followed on twitter forever and feel honored to have spent some time with IRL. Both of these folks are fun, smart and great follows on twitter. Unfortunately, for @tweetsintheme, Becky and I share a generational love of early Michael Jackson…
She also got a decent shot at @tweetsintheme here…
— Rebecca Johnson (@johnsonr) March 26, 2015
Unfortunately, the whole “fight” thing quickly degraded into some kind of weird declaration of appreciation for one another and acknowledgement of their respective skills and fields. Overall I found it very disconcerting…
So, by the slightest of margins, I’ve got to give it to @johnsonr.
As you can see, this developed into a very productive exchange. But, the early bird reads the judges profiles and finds a way to pander via Civil War geography references.
Winner here has got to be @kohenari.
When it comes to Twitter Fight Club, it’s the passion the contestant brings to their topic of expertise that impresses me the most followed by their geek cred, collection of cute animal gifs, and general fluency in internet memes.
These next two are new to me: @Doctrine_Man and @13F2PL7.
This next match-up is also pretty tough. It’s @tweetsintheme, my former neighbor with whom I have smoked sheesha, and @johnsonr, my former Religion and Peacebuilding professor. I’ve followed them both for a long time, but this vote will be just about their performance today. Which doesn’t actually make the choice any easier as they worked together with some other #TFC15ers to answer questions from Rebecca’s students on Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda in the Maghreb. While Andrew always brings his A game to his topics of expertise, this round is going to have to go to Rebecca for getting others on board her adorable and relevant #WarDogs hashtag.
The final tussle is also between two new faces for me: @PaulSzoldra and @kohenari.
(16) @eamonhamilton 64% 1 votes vs. (9) @hannahgais 36% 2 votes A very close match where the public went for the Aussie, but the judges tip the scales in favor of @hannahgais.
(5) @GrantRumley 67% .5 votes vs. (13) @KedarPavgi 33% 2.5 votes @GrantRumley’s dominance of the popular poll isn’t quite enough as one judge splits and the other two go for @KedarPavgi.
(14) @FOIAsaxa 30% 1 vote vs. (11) @combatcavscout 70% 2 votes @combatcavscout gets the majority of the judges and the people.
(10) @SharlynEgger 55% 2 votes vs. (2) @RadioFreeTom 45% 1 vote A spirited battle, but the Frenchwoman ends up with an edge in both fields of judgment.
(16) @eamonhamilton vs. (9) @hannahgais Putin riding a kitten? This wasn’t close. Winner: @hannahgais
(5) @GrantRumley vs. (13) @KedarPavgi This was the competition that engaged with me the most. @GrantRumley had the single best tweet, a funny evocation of the spaghetti Afghan strategy slide, but it wasn’t enough to overcome @KedarPavdi’s steady diet of graphics, jokes, and puppy gif pander. Winner: @KedarPavgi
(14) @FOIAsaxa vs. (11) @combatcavscout As much as I love Mattis quotes, I hate Army officers, but cav scouts are cool, so it was tough for me to get behind @combatcavscout; but his energy and engagement on a broad array of subjects distanced him from @FOIAsaxa today. Winner: @combatcavacout
(10) @SharlynEgger vs. (2) @RadioFreeTom Truly tough call. I thought @SharlynEgger and I bonded last round over francais, but there’s something engaging and approachable but smart and carefree about @RadioFreeTom. In the toughest decision tonight, @RadioFreeTom’s full court press of gifs and fake stories and substance win out. Desolé. Winner: @radiofreetom
First of all, my serious thanks to @caidid for her tireless work in the name of TFC, and for picking this newbie to serve as a second-round judge! I had a great time sparring with @ZeddRebel earlier in the week, and I hope to see some of you on the battleground next year. It turns out our bracket was unusually popular on Thursday, with some interlopers even trying to force their way in. Everyone showed up with their own ammo, and the results were both entertaining and informative.
(16) @eamonhamilton vs. (9) @hannahgais Both contestants started the panderfest early, bringing personalized tweets just for me starting on Wednesday night (though our Australian contestant may have had a slight hemispheric advantage on that front). Their efforts on this front have been noted. @hannahgais kept a steady stream of material related to my native Russia throughout the day, including a delightful thread of top-notch Putin-Kim fanfiction:
— Hannah Gais (@hannahgais) March 26, 2015
@eamonhamilton, meanwhile, did his best to #KeepTwitterWeird, with a series of impressive Photoshops involving exotic birds, poodles, intercepted radio comms, and, uh, semi-anthropomorphic airplanes:
— Eamon Hamilton (@eamonhamilton) March 26, 2015
Vladimir Vladimirovich could barely keep his shirt on.
The tip-off for this judge was @hannahgais flouting her theology degree, which suited my own tastes as well as the morning’s wide-ranging contributions to @johnsonr’s live-tweeted #CSC class, with its extensive digressions about analytical approaches to religion in terror studies. @hannahgais wins.
(5) @GrantRumley vs. (13) @KedarPavgi
Wow. I told these guys that I was short on time, and they delivered. First @KedarPavgi (or is it @KeDARPAvgi?) with a shade-throwing double-whammy:
— Kedar Pavgi (@KedarPavgi) March 26, 2015
Later in the day, @GrantRumley, perhaps inspired by his love for Abu Mazen’s antics, brought this beauty to the table:
— Grant Rumley (@GrantRumley) March 26, 2015
Which @KedarPavgi tried desperately to outclass with maximum seriousness:
— Kedar Pavgi (@KedarPavgi) March 27, 2015
Meanwhile, @GrantRumley kept up a consistent feed of Palestinian kitsch and inter-Arab dysfunction, while @KedarPavgi relied on the power of .gifs — whose pronunciation, after all, is just as contentious as debates about armed struggle in the PFLP’s heyday.
This one was uniquely well-matched, but ultimately @KedarPavgi wins my vote through general relentlessness, flexibility, and the solidarity that only belongs to dudes with surprisingly opaque immigrant names.
(14) @FOIAsaxa vs. (11) @combatcavscout
These gents both charmed me in earlier rounds. But for some reason, they stayed away from this judge on the day of competition, forcing me to actually read their tweets. Strike one.
The two spent most of the day duking it out, in the impressive way that only two hardened professionals (in a field that I know relatively little about) can.
At one point @FOIASaxa fell into the humiliating pitfall — to this prissy, civilian observer — of wearing dark-on-dark…
— Tom (@FOIAsaxa) March 26, 2015
…before immediately trying to pass it off on his opponent:
Results were mixed. @CombatCavScout, meanwhile, made the bold choice to livetweet the world’s worst intercity bus ride.
There was also an awful lot of ALL CAPS ALL AROUND:
OH MY GOD YOU GUYS, "BIG HERO 6" IS RIDICULOUSLY GOOD
— The Hate Machine (@CombatCavScout) March 26, 2015
For sass, banter, interspersed policy analysis, BABY, and #StruggleBus Danger Pay, this one goes to @CombatCavScout.
(10) @SharlynEgger vs. (2) @RadioFreeTom
Who’d have thought a week ago that a French avionics engineer would be this year’s breakout star? (Did she mention she’s French?) Just as she did against @ArminRosen in the first round, she more than held her own against 2-seed @RadioFreeTom.
Each competitor had an excellent mix of longer-form storytelling, one-liners, braggadocio, and charisma. Some highlights:
Reasons to vote for me this round of #TFC15 -I have never dated a sailor -my cat is the head of SPECTRE -also, never dated a sailor
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) March 26, 2015
— The Gallic Terror (@SharlynEgger) March 26, 2015
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) March 26, 2015
Honestly I should just stop talking about cockpits today and start talking about my dad's leishmaniasis in Guiana #TFC15
— The Gallic Terror (@SharlynEgger) March 26, 2015
Honestly, just go back and read each of their feeds.
It was an agonizing choice, but my vote goes to @SharlynEgger. Sure, Radio Free Europe helped convince my parents that leaving the Soviet Union was a pretty great option. But France is everyone’s weirdest, most seductive ally, and also a pillar of civilization. Hon hon hon.