Eric Cantor and TweetDeck Are Both Down, and Washington Is Panicking

National Journal
Marina Koren
June 11, 2014, 10:13 a.m.

Hil­lary who?

The me­dia has all but for­got­ten the biggest book tour of the year and is now fo­cused on two things that are not do­ing so well: Eric Can­tor and Tweet­Deck.

The House ma­jor­ity lead­er was de­feated in a ma­jor up­set in his Vir­gin­ia primary Tues­day night, and con­gres­sion­al sources say that he will step down from his lead­er­ship po­s­i­tion later on Wed­nes­day. Can­tor is the No. 2 Re­pub­lic­an in the House.

Mean­while, Twit­ter shut down its Tweet­Deck ap­plic­a­tion Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, after the site in­tro­duced a code fix meant to stop a se­cur­ity vul­ner­ab­il­ity, but it failed. Tweet­Deck is the lifeblood of D.C. journ­al­ism.

Twit­ter users are us­ing the so­cial me­dia net­work’s webpage for now. Many who de­pend on Tweet­Deck to track in­form­a­tion — es­pe­cially about Can­tor news, which is mov­ing fast — are pan­ick­ing. And some are us­ing that pan­ic to chan­nel jokes about the ill-timed, mid­week crash of a con­gress­man and a cru­cial news app.