The Year In Dumb Political Tweets

The Year In Dumb Political Tweets

It’s as inevitable as the tides: Politicians will say stupid things – especially in an election year. And if you thought Twitter was any less of an ideal platform for putting your foot squarely your in mouth, think again.

This one didn’t come from an actual politician. But still, its awesomeness is undeniable. What was supposed to be a standard-issue endorsement tweet from Governor of California candidate Meg Whitman’s spokesperson became an even better endorsement: one for a cross-dressing Asian pop dubber. Remember to double check those addresses people.

Easy prey, we know. But when it comes to cringe-worthy tweets and Facebook updates, it’s hard to top former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. Here’s the first of a series of tweets about the Ground Zero mosque that set off a veritable shitstorm earlier this year for both its inherent logical errors as well as Palin’s inability to use real words.

This tweet was promptly deleted in favour of the one below. Unfortunately, ‘refute’ (while a real word) is still not the correct one to use in this context. Try again?

Eventually, she simply decided to give up, posting this gem comparing herself (and George W. Bush) to Shakespeare. Ugh.

Oh, and when she’s not inventing new words, Palin also enjoys confusing Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey with John Raese (or Pennsylvania with West Virginia). In her defence, the two states do touch.

Horrible pun? Check. Unrepentant political pandering? Yessir. After Jersey Shore’s Snooki lamented the 10 per cent excise tax on tanning beds (thanks a lot, Obama!), McCain rushed in to show his support on Twitter.

It’s one of the nation’s tightest races. The latest polls show Republican Ken Buck leading Democratic Senator Michael Bennet by one measly point in Colorado. Bennet has been hammering Buck on his “extreme positions” in ads and tweets lately. These, however, aren’t extreme positions we had in mind when we first read the post.

No one does stupid twitter updates quite like Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. Whether it’s his insistence on tweeting like a 6th grade girl, or just the non-stop stream of 140-character nonsense contained within, there’s always something to marvel at in Grassley stream. Also: He is not a nail.

Um, perhaps this is something that Congresswoman Giffords, who serves southern Arizona, should know?

Another fierce battle for the Senate is taking place in Nevada. Thank goodness ultra-conservative Republican nominee Sharron Angle was able to break down Harry Reid’s position on Viagra and child molesters so eloquently for us earlier this year. Bet you didn’t know the Senate voted on such things, huh?

Congressman Peter Hoekstra hasn’t had a good couple years on Twitter, either. First, he got in trouble for tweeting live updates of his trip to Iraq last year (security risk!). More recently, he likened the oppression of the Iranian people to the plight of House Republicans.

Things you learn from reading Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller’s Twitter stream: The man loves to quote Dwight D. Eisenhower. He’s a hashtag fiend. And he also suffers from an acute case of hubris. If you ever wanted to see a person obliterate the line between self confidence and douchiness, tune into Miller’s feed. All of following tweets were later deleted.

@JoeWMiller Think I’ll do some house hunting while I’m in DC #teaparty #tcot #tpp #alaska #ak

@JoeWMiller Guess I should pick up some office furniture, as well, while in DC #teaparty #tcot #tpp #alaska #ak

@JoeWMiller Then there’s the matter of a name plaque for the door #teaparty #tcot #tpp #alaska #ak

@JoeWMiller My sincere appreciation for the warm welcome, including from future colleagues in DC #teaparty #tcot #tpp #alaska #ak

Earlier in August, Miller also compared his rival, current Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, to a prostitute before deleting the post. He did apologise for that one. Psyche, he blamed it on a staffer.

@JoeWMiller What’s the difference between selling out your party’s values and the oldest profession?