There’s a reason many people in public life shy away from predictions on social media. This week’s case in point? Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

Reich received attention on Twitter and Facebook after quoting a “White House mole” who is apparently slipping him information about who President Obama will nominate to the Supreme Court. It started on Valentine’s Day, when Reich quoted his source as saying Obama will nominate D.C. Circuit Court Judge Sri Srinivasan to replace the late Antonin Scalia:

Here’s what Reich wrote on Facebook, receiving more than 46,000 reactions:

“My mole in the White House tells me Obama will nominate 46-year-old Judge Sri Srinivasan, an Indian-American jurist who Obama nominated in 2013 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit — and the Senate confirmed unanimously. Having confirmed him unanimously just three years ago, it would be difficult (but hardly impossible) for Republicans to oppose him now. (Twelve former Solicitors General, including Republican notables as Paul Clement and Kenneth Starr had endorsed his confirmation. Moreover, the D.C. Circuit has long been a Supreme Court farm team – Scalia himself, along with John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were judges there before ascending to the Supreme Court.)

Then, on Thursday, after The Washington Post broke the news that Nevada GOP governor Brian Sandoval was being vetted for the SCOTUS job, Reich wrote this:

Here’s part of Reich’s fuller statement on Facebook, which already has nearly 4,000 reactions:

“My White House mole now tells me the President is leaning toward nominating to the Supreme Court Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. Not only is he Hispanic, but Sandoval is also a Republican — so Mitch McConnell would be under intense pressure to allow the Senate to consider him,” Reich wrote. 

Of course, Sandoval withdrew his name from consideration shortly after Reich’s post. News stories went up less than an hour later.

Reich quickly became the target of some light trolling on Twitter (including from our Post colleagues):

Summing up the general reaction, here’s what former Obama adviser David Axelrod had to say: