The Tweet Beat: The Best Congressional Tweets of the Week

By: Sophie Gilbert

They say a week is a long time in politics, but apparently it’s not long enough for Senator Joe Wilson to stop apologizing for his apology, or to let us know that the one apology he regrets issuing is more than sufficient. It’s exhausting just trying to get your head around it, which can also be said for Bob Inglis’s speeding-car analogy. Health care is still the most popular tweeting topic among our representatives, although the September 12 Tea Party march in DC comes a close second. One congressman assures us that he’ll “demand answers from Metro” as to why the District was unprepared for an influx of elderly, disabled veterans. To which we say: Good luck.

In other news, Claire McCaskill hearts Warren Buffett. Jim DeMint hearts freedom. Kevin Brady hearts Fox News, and Arlen Specter hearts Barack Obama, which isn’t helping to dispel the “bromance” rumors.

keithellison: Obama’s in Minnesota sat. to make the case for health care. Anybody planning to come hear him? What do you expect to hear?
Rep. Keith Ellison, MN.

clairecmc: Meeting w/ Warren Buffet yesterdy was terrific.Funny,super smart, successful,optimistic,capitalist,grounded,humble,& a Democrat. Great combo
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

ChuckGrassley: Remember victims of 9/11/01. God Bless and Comfort t o their family and friends. We must win War agst Terror. America/Stay Alert!!
Sen. Chuck Grassley, IA.

michaelcburgess: Neil Cavuto tries to make me say the word “liar.” http://bit.ly/2fPCpb
Rep. Michael Burgess, TX.

clairecmc: Having a nice old fashioned date with very patient husband Joe tonight. Doing Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace on Sunday.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

RepKevinBrady
: Boarding plane to DC for Tea Party Rally!!! Everyone excited. Let our voices be heard!
Rep. Kevin Brady, TX.

keithellison: Tempting to dismiss Rep. Wilson”you LIE” as an isolated emotional remark, but donors have given him $750,000 since the outburst.
Rep. Keith Ellison, MN.

keithellison: I was–past tense–ready to drop it after apology. Not now; he’s brazen. Worse, he’s hyping up rowdies & hoodlums, e.g. “tea party” ppl
Rep. Keith Ellison, MN.

keithellison: Several R legislators are embracing anti-Obama protests, encouraging bad behavior. Says Nat’l Teaparty spokeswoman in WashPost.
Rep. Keith Ellison, MN.

JimDeMint: Amazing turnout, thousands and thousands at DC march. Great celebration of freedom.
Sen. Jim DeMint, SC.

RepKevinBrady: Marched toward end of long, packed, enthusiastic crowd. Heard from veterans in wheel chairs, elderly that subway system inadequate.
Rep. Kevin Brady, TX.

RepKevinBrady: METRO did not prepare for Tea Party March! More stories. People counldn’t get on, missed start of march. I will demand answers from Metro.
Rep. Kevin Brady, TX.

RepKevinBrady: Interviewed by Austrian, Canada tv stations. Where’s U.S. mainstream media? FOX, as always, front and center. No surprise there. . .
Rep. Kevin Brady, TX.

michaelcburgess: Contrasting with the “Lecture” in the House on weds night, I have to wonder- was the WH listening in August? Because Americans were speaking
Rep. Michael Burgess, TX.

CongJoeWilson: “I am not going to apologize again.”–@CongJoeWilson on Fox News Sunday
Rep. Joe Wilson, SC.

clairecmc: Medicare D, passed by Repub Congress with strong lobbying by Pres Bush and drug cos, all put on credit card.Current price tag?900 billion.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

IRL: US policy: Reward NKorea and Iran yet punish democratic Honduras. US to engage in 1 on 1 dialogue w/horrid NK/Iran regimes but shut out Hond
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

jaredpolis: Gia got stung by a bee on her paw over the weekend, that was our drama. Now back in DC working on health care
Rep. Jared Polis, CO.

SenJohnMcCain: Just finished up taping Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel. . .Oops Jimmy Fallon. Watch tonight (or dvr)!
Sen. John McCain, AZ.

michaelcburgess: We are told it really does not take much time to do. Tweet, that is.
Rep. Michael Burgess, TX.

bobinglis: Just said to GOP Conference meeting what I said privately to Joe Wilson: apologize to House for rule violation.
Rep. Bob Inglis, SC.

bobinglis: Joe Wilson analogy: I speed, lose control of my car and hit your car. Part 1: I fix your car. Part 2: I pay my speeding ticket. Case closed.
Rep. Bob Inglis, SC.

JudgeCarter: Politico: GOP: Where’s the Rangel censure? http://bit.ly/M9evJ
Rep. John Carter, TX.

DarrellIssa: The crisis mentality is created in Washington. Let the private sector do what it does best. http://bit.ly/ysvku
Rep. Darrell Issa, CA.

repblumenauer: On July 12, 1996 I cast the worst vote of my political career, today I begin to make it right. http://tinyurl.com/ocahe2
Rep Earl Blumenauer, OR.

RepDanBurton: @congjoewilson To quote Mike Pence–I’m with Joe, vote no!
Rep. Dan Burton, IN.

SenArlenSpecter: I thank President Obama for campaigning with me today in Philadelphia. I appreciate his strong support.
Sen. Arlen Specter, PA.

zachwamp: Pres Carter is wrong again by making opposition to Pres Obamas policies a racial issue. People can disagree w/out everything being “racial.”
Rep. Zach Wamp, TN.

SenArlenSpecter: President Obama has tackled cynicism with hope.
Sen. Arlen Specter, PA.

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