Rep. Pete Hoekstra's staff was trying to make their boss look a little less dumb on Thursday (June 18, 2009), one day after he twittered that the Iranian protests were like what happened to the poor minority Republicans in the U.S. House.
The spokesman for the Michigan Republican tried to explain that Hoekstra wasn't comparing Republicans to Iranian protesters, who have had their cell phone, internet, and other communications shut down by the government, on top of being shot at. No, the spokesman said, he wasn't comparing them at all. Hoekstra was just saying they were similar.
Oh. That explains everything.