The Tweet Beat: The Best Congressional Tweets of the Week

By: Sophie Gilbert

Grinch Grinch Grinch. In case you were thinking of enjoying the holiday season, the GOP are here to remind you what a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad government we have, and how our children and our children’s children are all DOOMED FOREVER. Which is their right and all, but it gets depressing after a while. Not to mention confusing.

In other news, John McCain (who is rapidly building a reputation for himself as The Most Outraged Man On Twitter) is sticking up for his pal Joe Lieberman who is being “viciously attacked” for his yo-yoing political affiliations- sorry, “principles.” Claire McCaskill gives us all some comic relief, Frank Pallone has been reading too many detective novels, Chellie Pingree is stuck in fog, Earl Blumenauer has been baking, Kevin Brady obviously doesn’t watch Monday Night Football and John Shimkus outdoes himself with the most questionable biblical quote ever. And Joe Wilson is live-tweeting the birth of his granddaughter. Bless.

clairecmc: Eating breakfast w/ husb Joe in Senate cafeteria. He handed me cash so I don’t have to go to ATM.Hope everyone here knos he’s my husband.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

RepPeteKing: Will vote against financial regulation bill this afternoon. Happy Hanukkah.
Rep. Pete King, NY.

reppaulryan: Crony capitalism is back: http://www.forbes.com/2009/12/11/business-government-politics-reform-opinions-contributors-paul-ryan.html
Rep. Paul Ryan, WI.

RepJohnShadegg: It’s working! Poll numbers collapsing: http://bit.ly/7id4Ju. Push Senate leadership. Thank Senate conservatives.
Rep. John Shadegg, AZ.

IRL: Congress just passed another 2,000 plus page bill that costs billions + w/out the required 72 hour notice for consts to read. Same bad biz.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, FL.

senatorsanders: “Get your act together, my Republican friends.” http://bit.ly/7SNgBj
Sen. Bernie Sanders, VT.

FrankPallone: Wall St wrecked the economy by playing Russian Roulette with our money. Not again. House reforms will put a cop on the beat to monitor them.
Rep. Frank Pallone, NJ.

johnthune: WSJ Editorial calls the newest health care plan from the Dems “worse than the public option.” Read more. http://bit.ly/92uDxc
Sen. John Thune, SD.

RepShimkus: Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots:
Rep. John Shimkus, IL.

clairecmc: Sometimes I have to laugh,someone tweeted today that we’re all disrespecting advent cause we’re working & then immediately used the F word.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

GOPLeader: Obama Administration wants to give away $350 million to other countries for ‘green’ programs (via @washingtonpost): http://bit.ly/6YCxry
Rep. John Boehner, OH.

chelliepingree: My plane is still suck on the runway (after 3 hours) so they took the 8 cans of almonds and divided them up between 50 people, kind of sweet
Rep. Chellie Pingree, ME.

SenJohnMcCain: Joe Lieberman – standing up for his principles on health care is being viciously attacked by the liberal left...what a disgrace!
Sen. John McCain, AZ.

petehoekstra: President to announce today that Gitmo folks moving to Illinois. No transparency! Dangerous. This is a terrible decision! Flawed logic!
Rep. Pete Hoekstra, MI.

RepKevinBrady: With rising debt ceilings, a health care takeover and huge spending that doesn’t create jobs, there is a vote to limit the volume of tv ads?
Rep. Kevin Brady, TX.

GOPWhip: Democrats mortgaging our future with little to show the American people except an IOU
Rep. John Boehner, OH.

repblumenauer: Enjoyed by few, appreciated by many, questioned by all - yes, it’s that time of year. I’m making the rounds to deliver my fruitcakes.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, OR.

PatrickMcHenry: Tony Horton of P90X fame just ran a group of us through a butt-kicking workout. For balance, I just ate a bagel with cream cheese.
Rep. Patrick McHenry, NC.

clairecmc: One caller said I would go to hell if I voted yes. Another caller said I would go to hell if I voted no. Merry Christmas to all!!
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

repblumenauer: Post’s food critic Tom Sietsema on my fruitcake “Having the pear brandy on it turns ordinary into extraordinary.” http://tinyurl.com/y9cpvfl
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, OR.

JohnCornyn: Even Howard Dean hates the HC bill http://bit.ly/7iJlOB
Sen. John Cornyn, TX.

CongJoeWilson: Latest news is Jennifer has experienced significant steps to delivery, could be any time now for Anna Grace to appear,
Rep. Joe Wilson, SC.

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