Chuck Grassley, Iowa Senator, is hilariously awful at Twitter

Categories: Media, Politics
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A for effort, F- for execution.
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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):
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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?

@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.
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?


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swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Seems the Senator should take the advice so many should heed; no electronics when drunk/high.  And I thank the Lord Above neither of my parents tweet.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Ha, what do you expect?  The man is no spring chicken, he's 79.  The b&w TV wasn't even standardized in the U.S. until the 50's. 

Besides, has anyone seen Joe Biden speak while on his feet?  Hilarity almost always ensues.

No wonder the White House has kept Joe in the closet for the last couple years. 

panndder
panndder

@atrupar You're *just* seeing this?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @TheConservativeJerk  I'm just glad for any post where kirk doesn't type out his fantasies of pedophilia like you did on the other stories today.

DickHerbisonisHUGE
DickHerbisonisHUGE

 @TheConservativeJerk yeah that's it jackass, the story is about Joe Binden.  And the award for PROJECTION TROLL of the year goes to you, the sorriest stupid fuck I've ever had the misfortune of reading.  And about the photo, yeah, fuck you too.

atrupar
atrupar

@panndder Yes. Me along with a healthy number of readers, apparently :)

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