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The Tweet Beat: The Best Congressional Tweets of the Week
Comments () | Published August 28, 2009
In times like these (AKA the Summer of Death) we all need some humor. And luckily, it turns out that Arlen Specter is a comedian. Who knew? The summer recess continues: John McCain is getting back to nature, Tim Ryan is loving cable, Thaddeus McCotter is worried about spam, Newt Gingrich is reviewing stuff again, Barack Obama is compelling people to spread the truth and Roger Wicker is helping fight swine flu. The sad passing of Ted Kennedy prompted many members from both sides to offer their condolences, and Orrin Hatch’s announcement about that he wrote a song for his good friend is one of the most emotive tweets we’ve seen all year. Not Dana Rohrabacher though—he’s too busy thanking God for... Dick Cheney.

SenArlenSpecter: Performed at the Pittsburgh Improv last night to a very charitable audience. http://tinyurl.com/ldhldu
Sen. Arlen Specter, PA.

keithellison: Happy Ramadan everyone! Starts tomorrow in N. America. Be fasting with others around the world. Thinking about wellness, peace, justice.
Rep. Keith Ellison, MN.

SenJohnMcCain: Great to be @ the Grand Canyon with Sec Ken Salazar & Sen Mark Udall http://yfrog.com/5jlgcpj
Sen. John McCain, AZ.

johnculberson: Our Founders’ generation used paper Petitions for Redress to demand and get Congressional action under First Amend: we can use social media!
Rep. John Culberson, TX.

ChuckGrassley: 55 yrs ago Barb and I started PrairieLakesChurch 1wk aftr Wedding at Little Brown Church. outdoor service today 2000 attending
Sen. Chuck Grassley, IA.

timryan: This Mad Men series is phenomenal.
Rep. Tim Ryan, OH.

SenJohnMcCain: Hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park with Senator Mark Udall - he is an amazing outdoorsman! http://yfrog.com/7bgbyj
Sen. John McCain, AZ.

clairecmc: Hannibal was great! Strong opinions, good manners. On to Moberly....
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

MarkUdall: Hearing testimony with John McCain on climate change in Estes Park. Just toured beetle kill devastation in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Sen. Mark Udall, CO.

ThadMcCotter: On America’s Newsroom with Megyn Kelly Discussing White House Unsolicited Spam Email http://tinyurl.com/llykso
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, MI.

newtgingrich: Ilan Berman’s Long War gives thought-provoking challenges & clear solutions to hasten the end of radical Islamism http://bit.ly/DlupH
Newt Gingrich.

Schwarzenegger: Some interesting bills coming down. Give me your thoughts on the water package, Harvey Milk Day, and the prison reform bills.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, CA.

GovernorPerry: here is the site to read about Glacier Girl, a most interesting story. She resides in San Antonio now. http://tinyurl.com/m2s8qt
Gov. Rick Perry, TX.

BarackObama: Spread the truth: How to respond to the lie that health reform means “pulling the plug on grandma” http://bit.ly/1WWuu4 #hc09
Pres. Barack Obama.

rogerwicker: In my weekly column I outlined some simple steps to protect against the Swine Flu. http://tinyurl.com/SwineFlu...
Sen. Roger Wicker, MS.

jasoninthehouse: Great townhall tonight. Good exchange and 1,100 showed up. #2 in S Jordan tomorrow. Loved it.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, UT.

MarkWarner: I didn’t know Sen. Kennedy well, but his public service and legacy is an inspiration for all of us in the Senate.
Sen. Mark Warner, VA.

keithellison: Sen. Ted Kennedy was been calling for true health care reform for more than thirty years. Rest in Peace.
Rep. Keith Ellison, MN.

kendrickbmeek: is mourning the life of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the Lion of the Senate
Rep. Kendrick Meek, FL.

DanaRohrabacher: Cheney’s right, thank God after 911 he was there instead of his detractors, lest America would have suffered even more terrorist attacks.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, CA.

SenChrisDodd: “I will miss him every day I serve, and every day I live.”
Sen. Chris Dodd, CT.

SenBillNelson: Most Americans cannot even remember a time without Ted Kennedy.
Sen. Bill Nelson, FL.

clairecmc: The lion sleeps. Funny, smart, caring and never afraid to negotiate or compromise. My heart goes out to his family. God Bless Ted Kennedy
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

DarrellIssa: America has lost a true Democratic warrior: http://bit.ly/4LK5r.
Rep. Darrell Issa, CA.

OrrinHatch: I wrote a tribute song to my friend Ted called ‘Headed Home’.
Sen Orrin Hatch, UT.

OrrinHatch: If you’d like to listen to ‘Headed Home’ click on this link: http://bit.ly/GgZg6
Sen. Orrin Hatch, UT.

ChuckGrassley: In order for Bernanke to earn my vote for second term he will hv to show me he is not joined at the hip w Treasuryie buyin fed debt/4stimlus
Sen. Chuck Grassley, IA.

petehoekstra: Town hall last night was very good. Well run by Rep Knollenberg. Good ideas from folks. That’s why they happen. Folks are passionate.
Rep. Pete Hoekstra, MI.

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