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Tweeting in the Dark

I’m still not totally down with my colleague Matt Compton’s enthusiasm for Twitter. But I will have to say that its use by Republican politicians–which seems to short-circuit their mental filters–has been a source of constant edification.
The latest example is a tweet from warhorse GOP Rep. Peter Hoekstra of MI comparing his fellow House Republicans protesting a procedural maneuver by Nancy Pelosi last year to the people in the streets of Tehran. Politico’s Anne Schroeder Mullins says it all in her Shenanigans column:

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) may be reaching with his analogies here, Tweeting this: “Iranian twitter activity similar to what we did in House last year when Republicans were shut down in the House.”
So he’s comparing the Iranian uprising – and the use of technology to spread the word globally – to the House Republicans’ mini rebellion in the darkened House chamber last summer? Hundreds of thousands of people in the streets protesting for democracy, is comparable to Drill Here Drill Now?
Hoekstra spokesman Dave Yonkman cleared a few things up for Shenanigans and said: “Congressman Hoekstra did not compare the ongoing violence in Iran to when Democrats shut down the House chamber during the energy debate last summer. The two situations do share the similarity of government leadership attempting to limit debate and deliberation, and the ability of new technologies to bypass their efforts and allow for direct communication. That’s the only point that he was trying to make.”
That clears it up. So Hoekstra was merely comparing Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to hear drilling amendments to the censorship and crack down by the Iranian ruling regime.

These guys ought to stick to staff-edited press releases.

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