If you've ever seen Sen. Chuck Grassley's (R-IA) Twitter feed, you know that it's a confusing mess of Republican messages composed of abbreviations, Internet shorthand and just plain weirdness.
C me intrvud by greta van sunshine on FOX tonite at 9pm central. Fast and furious and white house stonewall my investigation— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) March 29, 2012
But Stephen Colbert comes not to bury Grassley's baffling Twitter account, but to praise it. Because even though Grassley, 78, set off a mini-firestorm over this weekend after he appeared to call President Obama "stupid" in a tweet, Colbert pointed out that the context in which he did it was far more relevant than the offending adjective.
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— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) April 7, 2012
After reading out the tweet phonetically, Colbert said, "I believe Grassley's just proving that he's a fiscal conservative by refusing to buy a vowel."
"This isn't just tweeting! This is avant-garde stream of consciousness poetry! It's Jack Kerouac typing 'On the Road' with his thumbs!"
Obviously, Colbert was inspired to copy Grassley's new messaging style, and did so right there on his show.
i m so xitEd 2 twt l1ke mY h3ro gr asslee u ess A!!! you ez Ey!! #igotthetweetslikegrassley— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) April 11, 2012
Since last night, he's sent about a dozen other Grassley-style missives from @StephenAtHome, all with the hashtag #igotthetweetslikegrassley. He encouraged his viewers to do the same -- so go wild, readers! Chuck Grassley would want it that way.