Ben Foster, the man behind the vomit


We told you earlier about Ben Foster, the Pawlenty staffer who was arrested this morning in Iowa after trying to break into a home and drunkenly puking in its front lawn.

But who is this guy, really? When 24-year-olds make headlines, there's usually a trove of social media to shed some light on what they're all about. Foster is no exception.

Foster's LinkedIn page offers a thumbnail biography -- the 24-year-old graduated from the University of Alabama where he was a promising young Republican. There's his Flickr site, full of photographs of him posing with Republican luminaries like a fanboy at Comic-Con. According to his Facebook page, he's a fan of Matchbox 20 and God.

But it's on his Tumblr site that Foster really bares his soul.

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Actually, the site is mostly dedicated to posts big-upping Foster's boss (example: "Pawlenty: Freedom is key"). But sprinkled in among the campaign static are the kind of inane non-sequitors that remind you that Pawlenty's first hire in Iowa is just your average 24-year-old doofus.

We learn, for example, that alcohol isn't the only thing he loves to drink. He's also a big fan of Dr. Pepper Ten.

He's a big Alabama football fan.

He likes the design of Pete Yorn's website.

And he's got some theories about plagiarism, based on his insight that "art is rooted in deviance."

There's another social media asset that might provide some insight into Foster's character, but it's unconfirmed. Maybe Foster isn't the man behind the Twitter handle PawlentyPuker. Maybe he is.

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