Need any more proof that newspapers are finished? Now Washington Post columnists are compelled to report on their “twitters.” If you are one of those people who continue to spend their time reading and sending old fashioned email,  “twitter” is a “social networking and micro-blogging service” through which readers and writers of blogs and news sites can engage text messaging to comment instantaneously to one another on news events like the vice presidential debate last week between Sen. Joe Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin:

The Fix spent Thursday night “Twittering”– in 140-character chunks of wit and wisdom! — the first and, unfortunately, only vice presidential debate between Alaska Gov. Sarah “Doggone Right” Palin and Delaware Sen. Joe “I Love John McCain” Biden. Some of our favorite tweets are below. Missed our vice presidential Twitter? There’s always tomorrow — literally. We’ll be Twittering the second presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain in Nashville. Go to http://www.twitter.com/thefix to sign up.

· “The navel-gazing question: ‘What is your Achilles heel?’ No chance either answers.”

· “Who can out-folksy the other? Wasilla versus Wilmington!”

· “Palin is going to make sure you know that McCain is a ‘maverick.’ ”

· “Biden has obviously been told not to call Palin by her first name . . . he just did and corrected himself to say ‘Governor Palin.’ “

Hysterical. Is there any question now how George W. Bush was re-elected in 2004?