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How Congress Is Ruining the Olympics

From left, United States' Michael Phelps, United States' Conor Dwyer, United States' Ricky Berens and United States' Ryan Lochte pose with their gold medals for the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

August 8, 2012
The time delay on some of the most highly anticipated Olympic events, and NBC's decision to not air them live, has made it very difficult for those of us working schmucks to remain in the dark about the results before we get a chance to watch them.

It's bad enough that news outlets tweet and send email alerts, with The New York Times and the Washington Post among the most egregious of offenders (look, I don't need to know that the American women's gymnastics team won gold in the middle of the day). But members of Congress are also spoiling the Olympics, too. 

Can you blame them? As Americans from across the nation medal, many senators and members are behaving just like proud parents, broadcasting who won what well before the events air on television.  

Sen. Barbara Mikulski sure has a lot to tweet about, given that swimming great Michael Phelps is from her great state of Maryland, as is Katie Ledecky. The Senator sent out this tweet hours before the broadcast of Ledecky's race, which made her the youngest American to medal this year:

And while we appreciate Virginia Sen. Mark Warner's attempts to warn us of a spoiler, this is not how you do it:

Perhaps members could take their cues from the likes of Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. Now, this is how you tweet about the Olympics -- a preemptive good luck message to his state's own Aly Raisman:

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