The Tweet Beat: The Best Congressional Tweets of the Week

By: Sophie Gilbert

The Tweetosphere in Congress this week has been all abuzz about the Iranian election and some guy named “Ahminajad.” All this talk of freedom has inspired the Republicans, who see much similarity between the fortitude of repressed masses in Iran and their own struggle against oppression within the House. Because using Twitter to moan about Nancy Pelosi and using Twitter to tell the world about being beaten by a masked basiji are on the same level, naturally.

In other news, John McCain has a new car (his 14th?) and he loves it. He was also probably thrilled that a couple of people finally got round to re-tweeting his joke about Obama and the Romanovs, which he has repeated several times on Twitter. Thaddeus McCotter seems to be anti-Romanov, which presumably means he’s a communist. Jason Chaffetz wears “short pants” to work, Jared Polis makes two cartoon references and Mary Bono Mack sounds bored.

CynthiaLummis: The final panel just started - rural electric coops and fertilizer reps.
Rep. Cynthia Lummis, WY.

clairecmc: Nervous about digital tv transition.We’ve done so much outreach helpng people prepare.There’ll be some cranky folks if their sets go fuzzy.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

RepPaulBrounMD: Passing a 900 page bill without anyone having a chance to read it is about as funny as Letterman’s sense of humor. http://tinyurl.com/o9hap7
Rep. Paul Broun, GA.

jaredpolis: Ay Caramba! The Simpsons always stay the same age, but the years go on. Marge and Homer were my parents generation when I was growing up...
Rep. Jared Polis, CO.

IRL: Time to get outta bed, sleepy heads! Ocean drive and 15 st. Gonna clean up our beaches. Pick up trash, cans. Win prizes. The big sweep today
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, FL.

petehoekstra: Today we’ll eat the asparagus I picked on job 1. Picked yesterday in Oceana Cnty and then did asparagus festival parade. Great day.
Rep. Pete Hoekstra, MI.

SenJohnMcCain: Time to get a new car - decided on the Ford Fusion Hybrid http://www.ford.com/
Sen. John McCain, AZ.

JudgeCarter: In 300 years, the Romanovs had 18 Czars. In 146 Days Obama has 22.
Rep. John Carter, TX.

DanaRohrabacher: The fraudulent Iranian election has mobilized opposition to the Mullah regime; the U.S. should back them, now’s the time for a regime change
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, CA.

ThadMcCotter
: Autos and pay czars: Romanovs weren’t enough of a warning? http://tinyurl.com/lmvfts
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, MI.

jasoninthehouse: Hearings regarding Pine Beetles in the West on the agenda this morning
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, UT.

ChuckGrassley: I’m getting my picture taken now for a prees>tory on my tweeying
Sen. Chuck Grassley, IA.

RepShimkus: Ahminajad stole the election. Just what dictators do.
Rep. John Shimkus, IL.

RepMikePence: In the cause of freedom, America cannot be neutral: http://twurl.nl/slpjp8
Rep. Mike Pence, IN.

IRL: About to go to india caucus reception for the director of slumdog millionaire. To talk about expanding US/India relations. Haven’t seen film
Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, FL.

jasoninthehouse: First time I voted in short pants. Dems pulled a fast one and offered a “motion to rise” to twart the Repub amendments
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, UT.

jasoninthehouse: We did not anticipate a vote tonight, so I was at the grocery store. Upon notice I ran a mile or so to cast my NO vote.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, UT.

jasoninthehouse: Despite the shorts, I made the vote and I am sweating in the cloak room.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, UT.

johnculberson: Oppressed minorities includeHouseRepubs: We are using social media to expose repression such as last night’s D clampdown shutting off amends
Rep. John Culberson, TX.

petehoekstra: Iranian twitter activity similar to what we did in House last year when Republicans were shut down in the House.
Rep. Pete Hoekstra, MI.

johnculberson: Pelosi led majority shuts out the public, shuts down debate, silences ALL dissent & blots out transparency. What do liberals say about it?
Rep. John Culberson, TX.

jaredpolis: Feel like George Jetson,pushing a button all day.Every 5 mins have to slide my card in and vote. We all know the outcomes,just delay tactics
Rep. Jared Polis, CO.

zachwamp: All time one day record on US House floor is 40 recorded votes. We are about to blow by that record fighting against runaway spending.
Rep. Zach Wamp, TN.

jasoninthehouse: We are in the midst of one of the longest series of votes in the Congress.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, UT.

MaryBonoMack: Sitting through what may be the longest series of votes on the House floor in history.
Rep. Mary Bono Mack, CA.

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