The Tweet Beat: The Best Congressional Tweets of the Week

By: Sophie Gilbert

This week in politics: an opera inspires Newt Gingrich, a Tweet Beat favorite, to take “extraordinary rendition” one step further; Sarah Palin would like you to eat fish; John Culberson is hit by the subprime crisis; Claire McCaskill gets stuck in an underground Senate tram; Jason Chaffetz is obviously miffed that Obama didn’t invite HIM out for a burger, and worse, that the Pres. chose that elitist, Dijon-mustard serving locale Ray’s; Rick Perry thanks God for talk radio, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen manages to make a meeting with the presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan sound like a book club with her BFFs. And we suspect someone else has a crush.

GovernorPerry: Slugfest!!! DBU 11 Aggies 10 Rubber match tomorrow...get out and go to a ballpark! Live Life!!!
Gov. Rick Perry, Texas.

markkirk: Giving a congressional update to a group of 50 seniors in Lake Forest.
Rep. Mark Kirk, Illinois.

ChuckGrassley: Just read WStJ Fri HOUSE of WORSHIP column abt Antisemitism in Chavez venezuela Wakeup call for all who blev in freedom of religionStopChavz
Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa.

newtgingrich: Tonight we go to siegfried, wagners four and a half hour epic of power and the destruction of the Gods at the washington national opera
Newt Gingrich.

newtgingrich: The tenor sunging siegfried has bronchitis and is miming the role while another tenor sings off to the side. It is quite unusual
Newt Gingrich.

newtgingrich: Siegfried waterboards mime in the first act and as a result mime starts to talk. When mime stops talking siegfried threatens to strabgle him
Newt Gingrich.

AKGovSarahPalin: Learn how Wild AK Seafood can help combat world hunger. Pure, healthy, abundant protein; exciting initiative rolled out in NY this week.
Gov. Sarah Palin, Alaska.

johnculberson: I cannot refinance our Houston home bcz we hv lost 16% of its value in only 2 yrs; we have a fixed rate so at least our int rate wont go up
Rep. John Culberson, Texas.

GovMikeHuckabee: “Why I’m Not Afraid Of The Swine Flu” http://tinyurl.com/czk8nu
Gov. Mike Huckabee, Arkansas.

DanaRohrabacher: Just landed in Washington. Spent the flight reading the Jefferson Bible. Jesus Christ’s words are very inspiring.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California.

clairecmc: Stuck in tram from Capitol to Hart. Broken. Not moving. Lieberman and Alexander in next car. And Voiniitch. Wonder how long we’ll be here?
Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri.

JudyBiggert: Was voted one of the most bipartisan members of the House by other members!
Rep. Judy Biggert, Illinois.

CynthiaLummis: Carol King is now testifying. Always loved her songs and voice - still do. But I’m glad she chose a singing career.
Rep. Cynthia Lummis, Wyoming.

jasoninthehouse: http://tinyurl.com/cb3wnu I would hope the President would join me at 5 Guys Burgers & Fries
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah.

jasoninthehouse: No. I do not support “Civil Unions”
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah.

RobWittman: I also recently became a life member of Ducks Unlimited; great organization for sportsmen and wildlife.
Rep. Rob Wittman, Virginia.

IRL: On way to VP Biden’s official residence for a dinner w/afghanistan pres karzai and pakistan prez zardari: have to work tghtr 2 stop taliban.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida.

jaredpolis: Maine passes same-sex marriage! Coming soon to a state near you :-)
Rep. Jared Polis, Colorado.

GovernorPerry: Received Brad O’Leary’s book “Shut Up America! The end of free speech” This will open your eyes...thank God for Twitter/Facebook/talk radio!
Gov. Rick Perry, Texas.

jaredpolis: Charles Emerson Winchester III from M*A*S*H comes out as gay http://tinyurl.com/dxhexj I LOVED MASH as a kid.
Rep. Jared Polis, Colorado.

repblumenauer: Sebelius’ testimony, poise, precise manner, answering questions suggests she was worth the wait. Can see why GOP didn’t want to confirm her
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Oregon.

IRL: Afghan pres karzai now speaking. Working 2 zap poppy production n cultivate + crops instead. Fighting narco trade. Bldgn better manana.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida.

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