Quick Hit: The downside of Twitter

On Saturday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said on his Twitter feed (@ChuckGrassley): Constituents askd why i am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Bcause Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law.

Liberals today are up in arms about it.

Many conservatives will defend it even though, my guess is, they would have been equally upset if Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, had publicly called President George W. Bush  stupid.

Here’s the deal: Please name one senator in U.S. history who didn’t think — from time to time — that a sitting president from a different political party was stupid. Heck, I’d guess plenty of them have harbored similar thoughts about presidents who were from their political parties.

But the difference is that most of those senators didn’t have anything like Twitter with which to blurt out thoughts as soon as they rumbled through their heads. If I learned one thing as a newspaper editor it’s that it was almost always bad to say the first thing that flashed through my mind. The same thing is true for U.S. senators.

And while I get the need for brevity when restrained to 140 characters in order to use Twitter, it doesn’t sound senatorial to say something such as: Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law.

Grassley should: 1. Be more concise in saying what he thinks or. 2. Find a better forum for sharing his thoughts.

Monday = Joke Day: I used one joke as a blog post and people started sending me more jokes. Here was one of them:

Two old guys, one 80 and one 87, were sitting on a park bench one morning. The 87-year-old had just finished his morning jog and wasn’t even short of breath.

The 80-year-old was amazed at the guy’s stamina and asked him what he did to have so much energy.

The 87-year-old said, “Well, I eat rye bread every day. It keeps your energy level high and you’ll have great stamina with the ladies.”

So, on the way home the 80-year-old stopped at the bakery. As he was looking around, the saleslady asked if he needed any help.

He said, “Do you have any rye bread?

She said, “Yes, there’s a whole shelf of it. Would you like some?”

He said, “I want 5 loaves.”

She said, “My goodness, 5 loaves! By the time you get to the 3rd loaf, it’ll be hard.”

He replied, “I can’t believe everybody knows about this but me.”

Today’s quote: I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn’t itch. — Gilda Radner, American actress(1946-1989)

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