Best Philly/PA Representatives’ Deleted Tweets from Politwoops
If you haven’t checked out Politwoops yet, then you have no idea what you’re missing. The site promises “deleted tweets from politicians,” and, well, it delivers. In real time. We combed through it briefly and made up a list of your Philly/Pennsylvania representatives’ most hilarious deleted tweets.
They’re a mashup of misspellings, odd accusations and wrongly-linked hilarity. Nothing at the Anthony Weiner level of deleted cockshots, but for bored politicos, this is a great place to waste your time. Check out some screenshots and brief explanations below. (Note: Local politicians’ tweets are not yet part of the service.)
Sen. Pat Toomey:
This guy just deletes Tweets – all the time. Like, 30 times! Most of his deleted tweets are based around, apparently, spelling issues. But we found this one which is pretty hilarious.
Sure, maybe he deleted it because he misspelled Robert Greenstein’s last name. But maybe he had brief doubts about the “Liberal media strikes again,” outrage. And aside from most of his tweets, which are essentially 140 character press releases and links to Toomey’s website/a kind article, this one shows us the Pat Toomey no one really knows: The guy who sits in front of the TV watching CNN, waiting for them to talk about him so he vent his frustrations to the digital world. It should be noted here that he re-wrote the tweet soon after, including the “liberal media strikes again” anger. So while we can never know what was happening inside his head during that moment, if there were doubts, they were very brief.
Rep. Chaka Fattah:
Oh, Chaka Fattah, how you hate Fox News! Most of Fattah’s tweets are, like Toomey’s, press releases. He’s taking the same role as Toomey here, too, except ripping Fox News instead of CNN.
Sure, he might’ve deleted this tweet because he wrote “2010” when he meant “2012,” or that he forgot the “D” at the end of “Fair and Balance.” But maybe, four minutes in, he realized that’s Fox. They predict terrible things will happen to Obama in between interviewing people about how much Obama sucks and writing creative headlines about someone either “pulverizing,” “slamming,” “annihilating,” or “slapping” Obama “into next week.” What’s the point of saying they’re wrong and biased? (Note: In moments of Twitter rage, I, too, sometimes write “Fair and Balanced” next to retweets of neither fair nor balanced Fox headlined tweets, which never deliver in-article what they promise in-headline.) And unlike Toomey, Fattah did not re-write this tweet with correct spellings.
Rep. Bob Brady:
Dude has only deleted one tweet the Sunlight Foundation could get its megapixeled little hands on.
And all he did was write two “I”s. Lame.
Sen. Bob Casey:
This is hilarious.
If you’ll notice, there’s nothing specifically wrong with the tweet. And all he essentially did was quote the headline of the story about his touting of a farm bill, and left it at that. But if anyone were to actually click the link in said tweet, they’d find an article all about farmers criticizing Sen. Casey for the farm bill he’s touting. There’s actually a moment on video in which Casey is confronted by a farmer who says the bill is a terrible idea.
Casey responds, saying, “We need to get a farm bill done.”
Then he walks away from the constituent.
The pro-Casey farmer quote in the piece? Here’s what he has to say: “Maybe it’s not everything we’d like in it. But we need something. That’s better than nothing.” Casey did not, however, delete a tweet linking to his own website’s press release saying he toured farms to tout the new farm bill.