Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made an awfully shaky prediction after the Senate confirmed Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to a seat on the Supreme Court. Asked about the partisan anger lingering after the confirmation fight, he said, “These things always blow over.”

Or they blow up.

On Sunday evening, the Twitter account of the Log Cabin Republicans revealed the results of an investigation into the past statements of Kaitlan Collins, a CNN White House correspondent of rising stardom:

The tweets in question are seven years old; Collins is 26. They stem from her days as a college student at the University of Alabama. One of them uses the word “fag” and the other says, “Idk if I wanna room with a lesbian.” According to the group’s Twitter bio, Log Cabin Republicans is the “largest Republican organization dedicated to representing LGBT conservatives and allies.”

The archival tweets caused a furor against Collins on Twitter Sunday evening, with detractors seizing on the apparent contradiction of a CNN reporter having a blemish on her scholastic record, while her network pursued now-Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh for his behavior during a similar period in his life. Collins apologized:

A heartfelt apology in the year 2018, however, is no match for political anger. Have a look at these responses:

Nothing is blowing over.

Collins arrived at CNN from the conservative website the Daily Caller. There, according to a short bio, Collins “covered the 2016 presidential campaign for the Tucker Carlson-owned site while also leading the news outlet’s entertainment coverage.” On the latter front, Collins wrote up light content, such as how Jennifer Lopez is showing a lot of skin these days; how there are “nine hotties” named Autumn; and how people should celebrate Oktoberfest with “hot women and beer.”

Also at the Daily Caller, Collins covered the Trump White House. Her move to CNN was announced in June 2017, and she has done a fine job of pressing the president and his lieutenants on the issues of the day. Upon the announcement of a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico last week, she jousted with the president over her insistence on asking a question about the Kavanaugh controversy. The president treated her rudely.

Gregory T. Angelo, the president of the Log Cabin Republicans, told the Erik Wemple Blog, “The left has made it very clear that past statements and even tweets are things that speak to the character” of people. “And there [are] instances where past tweets that have said far less than what Ms. Collins has have destroyed the careers of Republicans,” said Angelo. As an example of this alleged double standard, Angelo cited the case of a staffer for Jeb Bush who, in Angelo’s recollection, was fired over a tweet discussing how men at a San Francisco gym “undress you with their eyes.” But there were several other instances of offensive comments, as Gawker noted.

There was nothing special about the timing of the Log Cabin Republicans’ tweet on Collins, says Angelo. It was not a response to the controversy over Kavanaugh, despite the inferences that many are drawing about accountability for youthful mistakes. Angelo says there are “differences in the way that contrition is responded to in the United States today” — with folks on the left receiving forgiveness and folks on the right wearing the event as an “albatross.”

To round out the ironies in this episode, CNN is home to the “KFile” reporting hub, headed by former BuzzFeed digital archive wiz Andrew Kaczynski. Digging up old tweets, old videos and old blog posts is the specialty of that group, which has a number of adverse Trump personnel actions to its credit.

Twitter archives can hurt. Sarah Jeong survived a backlash over demeaning old tweets about white people after she was hired for a position on the New York Times editorial board. Kevin Williamson, on the other hand, lost his brand-new gig at the Atlantic after the publication learned of an old tweet in which the conservative writer had riffed about “hanging” as a possible punishment for abortion.

The Erik Wemple Blog asked CNN whether it would be making a statement beyond Collins’ apology. No. Matt Dornic, the company’s vice president of communications and digital partnerships, tweeted:

Unlike Bill Maher, the Erik Wemple Blog has always been a believer in airtight apologies, and Collins delivered just that.