Continuing a theme, it appears that certain ideologies and modern social networking technology just don't mix. Michigan Congressman Peter Hoekstra, last covered in these pages in February, led us to call his judgment into question through inappropriate use of Twitter.
Today it's not his judgment that's in question. It's his perspective.
Yesterday Hoekstra demonstrated that 140 characters are more than enough to make an ass of oneself.
Iranian twitter activity similar to what we did in House last year when Republicans were shut down in the House.
Hoekstra refers to an incident in which Speaker Nancy Pelosi limited debate on a bill, while House Republicans bravely protested on the service. And yes, apart from the fact that House Republicans were stymied by parliamentary manuevers rather than truncheon wielding imported goons, and were fighting on a budget bill rather than against a fraudulent election, it was just like what's going on in Iran today.
Not to be outdone, Hoekstra's Texas Republican colleague John Culberson tweeted:
Oppressed minorities includeHouseRepubs: We are using social media to expose repression such as last night's D clampdown shutting off amends
Forgive my grief, Mr. Culberson.
If you'd like to see what other Twitter users have responded to Mr. Hoekstra's plight, you can follow along at Donklephant's brand new website, Pete Hoekstra is a Meme.
I was particularly pleased with Tweets like:
@petehoekstra I didn't put milk in my coffee this morning. It was just like being held in a Vietnamese tiger cage.
Our own small effort to communicate with Hoekstra, about our own difficulties, very similar to those of the House Republicans, may be found here.
If you have a Twitter account, perhaps you have exaggerated tales of distress to share with the House Republicans. They're your congressmen. Let them know all about it!
Via Radley Balko.