Chuck Grassley, Iowa Senator, is hilariously awful at Twitter
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We have our share of colorful social media political personalities up here in Minnesota. But there may not be another politician in the world that can rival longtime Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley when it comes to unintentional Twitter comedy.
Grassley has an enthusiasm for Twitter, and at 78 years old, he should be commended for that. But unfortunately, intelligible tweeting also requires a willingness to, you know, edit and proofread.
Here are some of Grassley's "greatest hits" (via favstar.fm):
It's not like Grassley is a Twitter newbie, either -- he created his account in November 2007 and has posted more than 2,000 tweets in the nearly half-decade since.
So what explains his knee-slapping ineptitude? The Senator was asked that question during an interview with The Blog of Legal Times earlier this year. Here's what he said:
@toddruger: Your tweets draw attention/criticism, often because they sometimes have random punctuation or capital letters. What is the story behind why you leave those in there? Do you pay attention to anyone's reaction to your tweets?A little too quickly? By the looks of things, Senator, your tweets need to be subjected to a couple-thirteen-fourteen rounds of edits before seeing the light of the world-wide web. Isn't that what staffers are for?
@chuckgrassley: I think there are a couple of factors involved. I suppose a lot has to do with the automatic correcting done by my iPhone. Second, I love Tweeting, but I don't like to type. So, I probably type and hit send a little too quickly.