Jeff Smith is Back! (On Twitter Anyway)


Jeff Smith used to be big fan of Twitter. The former state senator was on the social media site almost every day -- sometimes posting as many as a dozen observations and/or updates about his life.

But the tweets came to a crashing halt on August 8 -- less than a week before rumors began swirling that he would soon be leaving his post. By the end of the month -- August 25 -- Smith had pleaded guilty to two felony counts of obstructing justice in a bizarre campaign cover-up and resigned the state senate.

Smith, 35, is now out on a $10,000 bond awaiting sentencing on Nov. 20 in which he could be assigned up to 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.

In the meantime, he has once again discovered his old friend Twitter.

Smith's first post in six weeks came on September 20 when he tweeted about a New York Times article.

In fact, it seems that Smith is now spending a lot of time reading the New York Times, as all but one of his tweets in the past week have linked to articles in the Old Gray Lady.

Today's tweet links to a David Brooks column. The column fittingly begins.
Centuries ago, historians came up with a classic theory to explain the rise and decline of nations. The theory was that great nations start out tough-minded and energetic. Toughness and energy lead to wealth and power. Wealth and power lead to affluence and luxury. Affluence and luxury lead to decadence, corruption and decline.