Fri. Dec 1st, 2023

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A politician who’s in a tough re-election fight deleted a Twitter posting earlier today because he thought it would offend voters in his home state. I know, I know, these days “politician-deletes-thoughtless-tweet” articles are the dog-bites-man stories of American journalism. So let’s see what outrageous and offensive thing Sen. Thad Cochran wanted to hide from the world:

Welcome home, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A grateful America thanks you for your service. — @SenThadCochran

Yikes! Welcoming home an American soldier after five years of captivity? No wonder Cochran is on the brink of getting the boot from the good people of Mississippi. Nor was he alone. Other politicians have been scrambling to hide the fact that they briefly thought an American gaining his freedom after a terrorist kidnapping in Afghanistan was a cause for celebration.

Here’s another: Iowa’s Joni Ernst, the Hawkeye State’s newly minted U.S. Senate nominee. She removed this embarrassing display of humanity after just 25 minutes:

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