ALWAYS PLAYING THE VICTIM… It’s never been clear to me why Republicans present themselves as members of the “tough” and “strong” party. Given all the time they spend feeling sorry for themselves, the GOP seems to send the opposite message.

Rep. John Culberson (R-Tex.), for example, is annoyed about the number of amendments considered in the House to appropriation bills. He’s so annoyed, in fact, that he’s tweeting about the similarities between House Republicans and Iranian demonstrators.

“Good to see Iranian people move mountains w social media, shining sunlight on their repressive govt – Texans support their bid for freedom”

“Oppressed minorities includeHouseRepubs: We are using social media to expose repression such as last night’s D clampdown shutting off amends”

I see. Iranian dissidents are protesting a presidential election that may have been stolen from them by an oppressive regime, only to face threats and violence. At least eight Iranians have already been killed. They’re using Twitter to shine a light on developments in a country that’s cracking down on free press and free speech. House Republicans, meanwhile, want more amendments considered on appropriations bills. I can’t believe I didn’t notice the “repressive” similarities.

It’s not just Culberson. Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), who’s gearing up for a gubernatorial campaign in Michigan, had a similar tweet.

“Iranian twitter activity similar to what we did in House last year when Republicans were shut down in the House.”

Remember, these guys aren’t kidding. This isn’t satire, and it’s not sarcasm. These House Republicans see Iranian demonstrators being beaten for standing up for their rights, and they think they’re in a comparable situation. The GOP is made up of oppressed victims, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the Ayatollah Khamenei.

The Hill‘s Eric Zimmermann noted, “…I think protesters in Iran, who are using Twitter to compensate for a crackdown on foreign media, would take issue with the comparison.”

Seems like a safe bet.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.