It’s been another tough week for State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf.
Two days after she was ridiculed for criticizing the “big words” used in an editorial co-authored by former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Schultz, the Obama administration staffer engaged in a long, drawn-out Facebook battle with a family friend who posted an article critical of the incident, according to The Daily Caller.
The skirmish came at an inopportune time for Harf: on a Friday afternoon, in the middle of the workday.
Harf’s Facebook friend, William M. Todd, posted a Daily Caller article that quoted New York Times columnist David Brooks mocking Harf’s “big words” criticism, adding a comment: “Team Obama bans polysyllabic words!!”
In a radio interview later that day with conservative author and lawyer Hugh Hewitt, Brooks called Harf’s response “the lamest rebuttal” possible.
“Are we in nursery school?” the columnist said. “No polysyllabic words?”
Taxpayers may expect federal employees to have better things to do than spend their day arguing on social media, but Harf’s calendar was apparently clear that day, because she responded twice to assail Todd for posting “a hurtful comment and a mean-spirited story.”