The Tweet Beat: The Best Congressional Tweets of the Week

By: Sophie Gilbert

Barack Obama may holiday in Martha’s Vineyard, but the rest of Congress is decidedly more ordinary. Or so they’d like us to think. What with Arnold Schwarzenegger raising funds for California with a garage sale, Dana Rohrabacher going surfing, Glenn Thompson watching a wing-eating contest, Roy Blunt buying Levis and Claire McCaskill shopping at Target, you’d be forgiven for believing they’re just like the rest of us. Newt Gingrich orders exactly the same breakfast we do! It’s almost enough to make you wish they’d go back to DC and do some good, solid politickin’. In other news, John McCain thinks Conan is funny, and Leonard Boswell is the only politician in America who’s happy about $30 million of government pork.

KarlRove: Furious over naming of spc prosecutor 2 investigate CIA 4 use of EITs. Hits at U.S security during time of war. http://tinyurl.com/lj7o4w
Karl Rove.

IRL: Trying to stop US from having Iranian thug, aka Prez, come to the US to share his anti US, anti Israel, anti Semitic rap at the UN soon.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, FL.

clairecmc: My kids all going back to school, I already miss them. The house will be cleaner, but too quiet.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

Schwarzenegger: http://twitpic.com/fkub0 - Saying hi to everyone at the CA garage sale.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, CA.

MarkSanford: waived confidentiality re: press/political detractors’ allegations, challenged all state govt to be transparent - http://tinyurl.com/ncxzrr
Gov. Mark Sanford, SC.

kendrickbmeek: on a tour of Planned Parenthood facilities in Pembroke Pines
Rep. Kendrick Meek, FL.

askgeorge: #FollowFriday -- follow @healthreformnow for information and updates on HR 3200 and health insurance reform.
Rep. George Miller, CA.

JeffFortenberry: Some of my younger staffers lamenting the end of Reading Rainbow’s 26-yr run today. Did you know it was inspired... http://bit.ly/12lbv4
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, NE.

DanaRohrabacher: Just met with LA County firefighters & local officials in #PalosVerdes and congratulated them on a job well done job in putting out the fire
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, CA.

DanaRohrabacher: Work done for the day, taking triplets surfing with @informedpatriot.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, CA.

SenatorMenendez: In Boston with Senators to pay tribute to Sen Kennedy. The Lion of the Senate roars no more, but in each of us the Dream will never die.
Sen. Robert Menedez, NJ.

petehoekstra: Jusst completed townhall in Cadillac. Very good participation. About 200 people. Heading to second one now.
Rep. Pete Hoekstra, MI.

neilabercrombie: The diversity that defines us, is what binds us! Saying aloha to the Greek community of Hawaii. This is a colorful event. Wonderful!
Rep. Neil Abercrombie, HI.

CongressmanGT: Judging the Centre County Grange Fair King of the Wings contest. Winner ate 37 hot wings in 10 minutes. Ouch!
Rep. Glenn Thompson, PA.

ChuckGrassley: Evry county evry year adds up to 2871 town meetings. Democracy at work. Is there any better way?
Sen. Chuck Grassley, IA.

GovernorPerry: Hunting season starts tomorrow! Just a friendly reminder to get those hunting licenses..Be safe and good hunting!!
Gov. Rick Perry, TX.

michaelcburgess: I hope the @whitehouse lets @michaelcburgess come over to discuss the #healthbill http://bit.ly/33Zo2G
Rep. Michael Burgess, TX.

RoyBlunt: While in St. Joseph I made a second stop at the Stetson outlet store to get a second pair of Levi’s.
Rep. Roy Blunt, MO.

newtgingrich: Good to be home about to go to mclean family restaurant for an american breakfast after 16 days in asia
Newt Gingrich.

newtgingrich: Mclean family restaurant breakfast was perfect reentry to american food--whole wheat toast, rwo poached eggs, fruit bowl, coffee
Newt Gingrich.

clairecmc: Yes @tigeranniemac that was me at Target in the soap aisle. You shoulda said hi. Was with my daughter Lily. We’re very friendly.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

RepDanBurton: The Holder/Obama CIA witch hunt is political and dangerous.
Rep. Dan Burton, IN.

SenJohnMcCain: Back in Arizona. Had a great time on the Tonight Show last night - Conan is a funny guy!!
Sen. John McCain, AZ.

LeonardBoswell: I had a great visit with Sec Vilsack this morning. USDA is making a $30 M Pork buy. Producers need the help and are very appreciative
Rep. Leonard Boswell, IA.

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