To many progressives on Twitter, UniteBlue is a closed issue. Over 11,000 have joined and are connected and amplified and “protected,” or at least so they say. To them, any questioning of Zach Green’s past indicates possible nefarious motives and a likely GOP affiliation. However, I enjoy a good mystery, and trying to figure out what Zach Green has been up to is definitely mysterious. This post will likely be my last on the subject, as it covers one of the last issues that has been bothering me.
Mr. Green is the President of UniteBlue, a nonprofit organized in Massachusetts ostensibly to “connect the left.” Until recently he was the owner. He and his father built web “aggregators” for GOP candidates in 2011. They say the most popular one was for Herman Cain. I have yet to see any signs of the others, but I’ll take them at their word. The Greens have stated they shut down the Cain “aggregator” when they realized Herman Cain’s positions were incompatible with their own (“Once we realized Cain’s real beliefs, we shut down the site.”)
Due to a wholesale deletion of webpages, references, tweets, and twitter accounts it is only possible to reconstruct their 140Cain work from the WayBack machine, Topsy and Retweets. My investigation has revealed significantly more effort than creating a simple “aggregator.”
The joint “project” webpage has been deleted and is only accessible via internet archives. It clearly states 140Cain.com is “Helping Cainiacs on Twitter.” (Should you doubt the veracity of this information, you may search the WayBackMachine. This information is public).
I consider it likely that at the time it appeared just as the current UniteBlue page. Furthermore, this tweet (available through Topsy), which was retweeted by Zach Green, establishes that they were “behind” the website:
Click and see yourself: https://twitter.com/jmsummers/status/100745607123189760
The website was not merely an “aggregator.” It appears to have been an early version of UniteBlue. This tweet by 140Cain establishes that the 140Cain site provides much of the same information as UniteBlue:
The following tweets are a sample of those published by 140Cain, a joint project of 140Dev and 140Elect:
There are hundreds more available to view if you care. They even jumped on the anti-Anthony Weiner bandwagon. Say it ain’t so Zach!
A further fascinating element I have discovered is that the @140Cain account apparently morphed into @ElectRoemer and still later into @TheReformProj which is an account that currently tweets and promotes, you guessed it, Buddy Roemer. By clicking on older, since deleted 140Cain tweets in Topsy, such as this:
It appears as @TheReformProj tweets:
Click and see yourself (before it gets deleted): https://twitter.com/TheReformProj/status/82217942456074240
The same happens with older @ElectRoemer tweets. Twitter API shows @TheReformProj username was created 5/16/2011, just before 140Cain began tweeting. Twitter API doesn’t care what name is on an account or whether tweets have been deleted or not. That’s why when you click on the deleted tweets in Topsy it links to their originating account on Twitter. Therefore, I believe this Twitter username tweeted as @140Cain, then was renamed @ElectRoemer, then renamed again to @TheReformProj from 3/8/12 until now. I’m sure someone will let me know if I’ve misconstrued this data. Recall, @ElectRoemer was admittedly run by Zach Green, according to this Mashable article. Ah, the tangled webs we weave.
In researching 140Cain I also found 140Elect has a history of retweeting right wing politicians and entertainment conservatives. I found the following retweets of right wing Congressmen mocking President Obama:
Later Zach Green retweeted Fox News right wing commentator Sean Hannity:
Mr. Green even once saw fit to repeat the wisdom of one “Sarah Palin”:
Anyone who doesn’t believe the information presented above can take a few minutes to find the tweets themselves via Topsy and the WayBackMachine. It’s not hard and only takes a few minutes. If you can’t bother to check the veracity please don’t accuse me of fabricating or lying.
So, what the heck does this all mean?
I don’t think Mr. Green really is a Republican charlatan who created UniteBlue to organize, manipulate and control a portion of liberals on Twitter— it’s not impossible, but I don’t think that’s what is going on. I suppose it’s somewhat possible that Buddy Roemer is somehow involved in UniteBlue. If, as I suspect, the Buddy Roemer reform project is still controlled by 140Elect, then he is simultaneously working for Buddy Roemer (which he has denied) and presiding over UniteBlue. Troubling, if that is the case.
But, given his recent activities and public disclaimers, I think it most likely he is a young and aggressive opportunist who may personally have left-leaning ideals, but is willing to, chameleon-like, take whatever position he thinks will make him money. If the person who wrote the above tweets about President Obama is the same person that I saw in this video defending gay marriage, well, I find that concerning. Perhaps he had a “Paul On The Road To Damascus” moment and figures it’s none of our business. He definitely felt that these tweets and webpages were none of our business.
Whether you wish to elevate him to a leadership position of the left on Twitter and help him make a ton of money by manipulating progressive trends on Twitter, well, that is up to you.