This morning, Brendan Kiley told you the complicated story of Bowe Bergdahl, the POW who was "traded" for five men who were being held at Guantanamo Bay. Republicans, who were previously trying to revive Benghazi as the witch hunt du jour, are now expending all their energy on Bergdahl. But it took a while for them to get the message that they were hopping mad about this. Brian Ries at Mashable collected a little anthology of Republican lawmakers (and one Democrat) who deleted their posts welcoming Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl home.
At least three prominent Republicans appeared to offer praise on Twitter for the rescue of American POW Bowe Bergdahl — only to later backtrack, scrubbing their tweets or websites of any mention of the soldier after questions arose over the prisoner swap that freed him.
It's not the flip-flop that bothers me about this—it's a strange story, and more information is coming out all the time—but rather the attempt to expunge the record. Why wouldn't you admit that you made a mistake? Because of Obama. Republicans can't be seen agreeing with Obama, even once. They're terrified to even court the momentary perception that they're standing on his side, and the minute this story slipped from black-and-white "support our troops" hagiography into shades of grey, they had to pretend that they were never for a second standing on Obama's side. Essential Twitter user Matt Binder collected a record of the most obvious sign of this conservative dementia in a single screenshot.
hot damn pic.twitter.com/WumcEBQezu— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) June 4, 2014
That is a spectacular about-face, right there.