In our politically correct age, it's impossible not to offend someone somewhere, but this takes the cake.
Call it the perils of Twitter.
Or a new Maginot Line in what Slate's John Dickerson has called "the Umbrage War."
On his Facebook page, the Democratic National Committee's director of research, Mike Gehrke, was shown "twittering" -- meaning he was sending a message to his friends through "Twitter" -- the following message:
"Mike is twittering: You know what you call someone who digs up dirt on John McCain? An archeologist."
It's a Jay Leno joke, fyi.
DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney reports that the comment has been taken down and Mike "has been reprimanded."
I actually think the joke is funny and there's nothing wrong with it. I'm afraid this election cycle is gearing up to be the most boring and uptight election in years. *sigh*