There are renewed concerns about Lindsay Lohan’s welfare. Her dad recently attempted an intervention, a screenwriter accused her of skipping work, she seemingly can’t drive two blocks without bumping into someone or something, and she still likes the nightlife. So I was relieved yet surprised last night as I settled in with my iPhone for last night’s presidential debate to read a Tweet from Lohan nestled in between ones from my close personal viewing buddies, Chuck Todd, Albert Brooks, and The Fix’s Chris Cillizza. “OMG it is HAPPENING!!!!!!!! The Final Debate!!!!! I’m so nervous!” she wrote.
It was happening and she was nervous. How nervous? Fourteen exclamation points worth!
To her credit, Lohan picked her spots — or was an extremely slow texter. When President Obama stung Romney with the zinger that the Republican’s foreign policy was from the 1980s, his social policy from the 1950s, and financial positions from the 1920s, Lohan posted, “1920s, 1950s…. ITS ALL THE SAME, History repeats itself…. Only if you let it.”
Only if you let it, friends. Only if you let it.
Later, she responded to tweets from Bill Maher (“I really want to know your honest to G-D thoughts… would you please DM me?”) and Sarah Silverman (“Teachers are the BEST!”) that alternatively demonstrated an eagerness to engage and what appeared to be a malfunctioning sarcasm radar. While I momentarily debated whether Lohan was answering Silverman’s appreciation for moderator Bob Schieffer’s teacher comment or if she was simply took the opportunity to express her earnest support for the teaching profession, I concluded it was the latter when she responded to Vanity Fair‘s tweet about one of Romney’s anecdotes:
Defective sarcasm radar, right? OR… is her sarcasm radar so finely tuned and weaponized that her tweet just dismantled my own defenses? I’m going to be thinking about this all day.
Finally, Lohan capped the evening, with a generous pat on the back to both candidates:
It’s probably not overstating at all to say she’s more relieved than the candidates that the debate is finally over. Sometimes, watching others perform in high-pressure situations without a net can be more unnerving than being in the spotlight yourself. Sort of the way how we all felt watching Lohan host Saturday Night Live last season.