Tweet Beat: The Best Congressional Tweets of the Week

By: Sophie Gilbert

It’s becoming clear that the only thing more tedious than the 2000+ page healthcare bill is the sheer volume of our representatives’ tweets about it. To their merit however, the GOP congressmen on Twitter are livening things up by becoming increasingly inventive with their metaphors. This week alone we have the healthcare bill depicted as a giant monolithic structure; as “abominable works” passed under cover of darkness; and as a deliberate homage to Cold War-era communism. Gresham Barrett even states that our forefathers are weeping tears of sorrow somewhere over this scandalous piece of legislation. Sources tell us that despite the frosty weather, the air conditioning is still blasting away in the Longworth building this week- possibly to blow away all the rampant melodrama.

In other news, (and there isn’t much- nobody except Rick Perry seemed to even notice the tragedy at Fort Hood) Michele Bachmann is wearing a lei, John McCain is still still STILL obsessed with earmarks, Earl Blumenauer is taking nods from the Darrell Issa school of tweet humor (jokes your dad makes in front of all your friends), Virginia Foxx and John Shimkus are praying for a way out from all this rampant socialism and John Barrow is eating tacos. Jason Chaffetz is going to need his generous federal insurance plan if he keeps having Pop-Tarts for dinner. And there’s surely nothing more unnerving in the Twittersphere than Zach Wamp talking about “mojo.”

JoeSestak: I’ll honor any champion as long as it’s not the Mets. I look forward to my colleagues voting to honor another Phils’ series win in 2010.
Rep. Joe Sestak, PA.

bobinglis: Ds seem to be having trouble rounding up the votes for Pelosi bill. We hope to peel off pro-life Ds and public option opponents.
Rep. Bob Inglis, SC.

SenJohnMcCain: Earmarking corruption is a practice that has lead to ethics investigations and members of congress sent to federal prison…
Sen. John McCain, AZ.

petehoekstra: Did you know that if you put pelosi health care as scroll it would be as tall as the Sears tower,oh and with the Washington monument on top
Rep. Pete Hoekstra, MI.

CynthiaLummis: This weekend could be it. Will the Speaker win and the American people lose? Or will common sense win out? Stay vigilant!
Rep. Cynthia Lummis, WY.

zachwamp: Standing against govt takeover of healthcare now. 11 counties next week- Veterans tributes, 20/20 Vision, all 3 grand dvsns. We have “mojo”
Rep. Zach Wamp, TN.

clairecmc: Watching the House debate.Very messy. Honestly if I’m objective it kinda looks silly. Trying to keep people from talking seems dumb.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

clairecmc: Rs objected to every D statement. Ds are now listening to Rs without objecting. Ds look more like grown ups.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

RepPaulBrounMD: I’m in the trenches fighting for freedom and against the socialist health care bill.
Rep. Paul Broun, GA.

CongJoeWilson: Just on Fox News, as we approach vote we find out if Blue Dogs are independent or Lap Dogs of Speaker Pelosi, citizens can still call!
Rep. Joe Wilson, SC.

GovernorPerry: just left Scott and White Hospital. What a fabulous facility. They are doing a great job of caring for the victims from Ft Hood.
Gov. Rick Perry, TX.

LEETERRYNE: I am voting NO on Speaker Peolosi’s disastrous piece of legislation.
Rep. Lee Terry, NE.

keithellison: Only 22 Republicans voted for Medicare in 1965; none are likely to vote for
Rep. Keith Ellison, MN.

RepLynnJenkins: Pelosi drafted this bill behind closed doors and now Democrats are trying to pass it in the dark of night
Rep. Lynn Jenkins, KS.

repblumenauer
: I wonder if Michele Bachmann wearing a lei (on the Floor) means she has recognized that Hawaii is a state and President Obama is a citizen?
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, OR.

repblumenauer: Trial Lawyers are the only group the Republicans dislike more than immigrants!
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, OR.

keithellison: Happy day!!!!!! The House reaches 218 votes to get a majority of the House. The Ds explode in CHEERS!
Rep. Keith Ellison, MN.

greshambarrett: Sad day 4 Freedom. I worry abt my children. Big Gvt-more red tape-more debt-is NOT the answer. Today-our Forefathers cry.
Rep. Gresham Barrett, SC.

timryan: House passes historic reform to provide health care for every American. Congratulating my colleagues on the floor.
Rep Tim Ryan, OH.

CongJoeWilson: Sadly for America the Pelosi Takeover prevailed by 220 to 215, armtwisting and threats prevailed against interests of constituents.
Rep. Joe Wilson, SC.

virginiafoxx: Very sad for our country but close vote will spook Senate. That is next challenge. Keep praying. God has a plan
Rep. Virginia Foxx, NC.

DanaRohrabacher: When the Berlin Wall came down 20 years ago, we made the mistake thinking that socialism was defeated
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, CA.

RepShimkus: Psalm 14:1 The fool said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
Rep. John Shimkus, IL.

jasoninthehouse: Had to stay in DC. Tonight’s dinner was Pop-Tarts, popcorn & Oreos. I can’t wait to get have and have a real meal.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, UT.

SenJohnMcCain: 20 years ago today, the Berlin Wall fell, Germany was United, Europe was transformed, and history was made.
Sen. John McCain, AZ.

DavidVitter: Met with FDA today to make case for LA oysters - will keep pushing to protect these LA jobs and our ability to enjoy raw Gulf oysters.
Sen. David Vitter, LA.

repjohnbarrow: Taco Tuesday at the American Legion in Thunderbolt tonight--good way to kick off Veterans Day
Rep. John Barrow, GA.

jaredpolis: RT @JonHenke : Wouldn’t it be awesome if CNN gave Lou Dobbs’ job to a broadcaster who had immigrated from Mexico?
Rep. Jared Polis, CO.

CynthiaLummis: I spent a wonderful Veterans’ Day in northeast Wyoming. Great to be back in God’s Country where sanity and common sense prevail.
Rep. Cynthia Lummis, WY.

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