The Tweet Beat: The Best Congressional Tweets of the Week

By: Sophie Gilbert

Joe Wilson watchers must be thrilled: America’s most notorious heckler was in Washington this week to address the GW Young Republicans. Hopefully his audience treated him with the same respect and politeness that he treated... never mind.

In other news, Judge Carter starts the week by continuing on his bad news bears theme, but by Friday he’s trying to remove Charlie Rangel and doing a lot of retweeting. It’s nice to see that John Boehner has lost none of his passion for biting wit, and that Tony Blair is still useful these days. Denny Rehberg seems to have a lot less fun on his birthday than most people, Mike Honda likes garlic, Claire McCaskill used to be a cheerleader and David Vitter is still fighting Obamacare, regardless of what the Congressional Budget Office thinks. Also, our condolences to Arlen Specter after the loss of his sister.

JudgeCarter: Unemployment rate keeps climbing, hits 9.8 percent, Labor Dept says
Rep. John Carter, TX.

JeffFortenberry: Iranian nuclear talks end: mildly constructive but beware of Iranian leadership’s history of deception
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, NE.

JudgeCarter: Chicago loses out on Olympic bid
Rep. John Carter, TX.

GOPLeader: Charles Krauthammer: When France chides you for appeasement, you know you’re scraping bottom http://bit.ly/F07mD #tcot
Rep. John Boehner, OH.

SenJohnMcCain: Possible progress with Iran on nukes. “Trust but verify” - Ronald Reagan.
Sen. John McCain, AZ.

RepKenMarchant: In the midst of hours of Olympic bid speech preparation, Pres. finds only 25mins to speak with Gen. McChrystal about new Afghan war strategy
Rep. Ken Marchant, TX.

MaryBonoMack: Interesting WSJ article-We can’t have ‘viritual’ disarmament-http://tinyurl.com/ycxuu6h
Rep. Mary Bono Mack, CA.

Schwarzenegger: http://twitpic.com/jzs46 - My great friend Rob Lowe is introducing a discussion with me and Tony Blair
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, CA.

RepMikeHonda: Blog: Garlic, Much Like The Public Option, Is A Healthy Solution http://bit.ly/3FtxiV
Rep. Mike Honda, CA.

clairecmc: 1st Amndmnt lets people say & do ridiculous stuff like billboard in KC claimng”Obama-Nation..theyre comng for you..1st Amndmnt in Jeopardy”
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

clairecmc: @emptywheel No, I was a cheerleader, but didn’t make the squad my senior year. That’s when I began speech and debate tournaments.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

clairecmc: Kinda weird to have day alone.Read all the papers,now gonna experiment w/my version of Julia Child’s beef bourguinon recipe in my crock pot.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, CO.

zachwamp: At Volkswagen event today w/ top Chatt ldrship, Gov Bredesen, Sens Burke, Watson, Comm Kisber at new plant. Awesome ! Excellent ! Jobs, jobs
Rep. Zach Wamp, TN.

DennyRehberg: On my birthday, I’m reminded that each American newborn’s birthright is $38,864.55 in debt - paying for our reckless spending #tcot #gop
Rep. Denny Rehberg, MT.

ChuckGrassley: Ate at VFW fund raiser in Wloo Fri nite. Good food fellowship with those who put lives on line to defend our freedoms
Sen. Chuck Grassley, IZ.

chelliepingree: Starting the day watching His Holiness The Dalai Lama speak in Capitol auditorium.....
Rep. Chellie Pingree, ME.

RoyBlunt: Stop the infighting Washington. It is a good thing for our generals to speak plainly.
Rep. Roy Blunt, MO.

clairecmc: History lesson today.After Russia launched Sputnik in 57 Congress began providing some funding for education.Opponents called it socialism.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

CongJoeWilson: I am looking forward to your event tonight, @GWURepublicans. Thank you for inviting me.
Rep. Joe Wilson, SC.

SenArlenSpecter: “Arlen Specter reflects on the death of his eldest sister, Hilda Specter Morgenstern.” http://tinyurl.com/y92mf9m
Sen. Arlen Sepcter, PA.

DarrellIssa: Lots of taxes for you and none for Rangel ‘cause he’s Madame Speaker’s Tax Man: http://tinyurl.com/y93o93v
Rep. Darrell Issa, CA.

JudgeCarter: Thanks! RT @troubledblondie ur my hero to. keep going #removeRangel how dare he write tax laws for us to follow but not him! hes outta touch
Rep. John Carter, TX.

JudgeCarter: Thanks to everyone who supported the Rangel Resolution and to those who wrote in encouraging words.
Rep. John Carter, TX.

RoyBlunt: http://twitpic.com/kmp1j - Wearing pink tie in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Rep. Roy Blunt, MO.

MarkUdall: Very moving to be blessed by Dalai Lama. He is so inspirational. He will always fight for Tibetan people’s human rights.
Sen. Mark Udall, CO.

jasoninthehouse: I do not support this GITMO http://bit.ly/39pBxx
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, UT.

clairecmc: Why is it opponnts to HC reform lovd CBO score when it said House bill wouldnt decrease the deficit but say forgetaboutit when diff result?
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

DavidVitter: Congressional budget office released projection of Senate Finance Committee Obamacare bill -- $829 billion. Will keep fighting it.
Sen. David Vitter, LA.

DavidVitter: Good news for shreveport. I secured $1M for the Cyber Center in the DoD Bill. Pls let your Shrev-Bossier followers know.
Sen. David Vitter, LA.

RepShimkus: Just landed in St Louis after my basketball game with the President, Cabinet members. And colleagues from the house. It was an enjoyable.
Rep. John Shimkus, IL.

SenArlenSpecter: Congratulations President Obama on winning the Nobel Peace Prize, and thank you for your commitment to diplomacy.
Sen. Arlen Specter, PA.

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