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Tweet Beat: Athletics Edition

From the World Cup to spirited political opposition, it’s all about competition for this week’s political tweeters

It’s a Tweet Beat sporting special this week: Randy Neugebauer and Gabrielle Giffords are following the World Cup, Lisa Murkowski’s taking part in a triathlon, and President Obama is apparently playing golf. Even John Cornyn’s watching a rugby-themed movie on his iTouch, which almost counts.

In other news, Bob Inglis has finally admitted that the main purpose of an opposition party is, well, opposing. Is anyone really surprised? Not Mike Pence, who again has taken it upon himself to speak on behalf of the American people. All 300 million of them. Presumably the 6.5 million people in Indiana aren’t enough. John McCain is having lunch (and worrying about his good friend General Petraeus), Steve King is standing up for the “constitutional and popular” immigration law in Arizona, Aaron Schock has his shirt on this time, and Jim Himes is masquerading as an intern. And Mary Bono Mack sounds like she’s really, really mad.

chelliepingree @repmikehonda Liked your oped on BP today. Did you hear Boehner said taxpayers should help pay for cleanup? #oilspill
Rep. Chellie Pingree, ME.

In Yuma today, having lunch at Chretin’s my favorite restaurant!
Sen. John McCain, AZ.

cathymcmorris I introduced legislation this week to make 2010 the “Year of the Father.” Father’s Day was founded in Spokane!
Rep. Cathy McMorris, WA.

Rep_Giffords Oil still spewing into the Gulf! @BP_America, we see what your recklessness has cost us!
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, AZ.

RandyNeugebauer Best wishes to everyone playing in the #worldcup . Good luck tomorrow Team #USA !
Rep. Randy Neugebauer, TX.

bobinglis While in the minority it’s largely about opposing the D agenda. If we take the majority, the job changes to proposing rather than opposing.
Rep. Bob Inglis, SC.

bobinglis Right now, we’re understandably focused on opposing. I want to win the majority & get to proposing. Some Rs will find it hard to transition
Rep. Bob Inglis, SC.

JohnCornyn Watched Invictus on my Itouch on the plane. Really good.
Sen. John Cornyn, TX.

davereichert To tweet or not to tweet? That is the question at the @nytimes. Hey, I tweet. (
Rep. Dave Reichert, WA.

SteveKingIA I’m in Phoenix right now for the event on Capitol Grounds to stand up for Arizonans and their Constitutional and popular immigration law.
Rep. Steve King, IA.

Rep_Giffords Go USA!!! 1-1 draw with England with a really crazy goal. Made my speech at The Forum more interesting today.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, AZ.

lisamurkowski From Lisa–Waiting at the pool for swimmer to finish so I can start my leg of the triathlon in the ‘Why Not Tri’ Triathlon in Wasilla.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, AZ.

timryan You’re a grand old flag, you’re a high-flying flag, and forever in peace may you wave… June 14 is Flag Day – get out your stars and stripes!
Rep. Tim Ryan, OH.

Toured Cat Island & Wildlife Receiving Center in Ft Jackson to survey wildlife affected by #oilspill.Heart sinks seeing oil covered animals
Sen. David Vitter, LA.

Aaron Schock repaaronschock Never thought a pic of me w/ my shirt on would go viral. Learned my lesson and burned the belt.
Rep. Aaron Schock, IL.

SenJohnMcCain I’m glad General Petraeus is ok!
Sen. John McCain, AZ.

GOPLeader Sen. Lieberman (ID-CT): Why does the President refuse to identify our enemy in the War on Terror as Islamist extremism?
Rep. John Boehner, OH.

RepMikePence The American people don’t want this administration to exploit the Gulf crisis to advance disastrous energy policies–
Rep. Mike Pence, IN.

jahimes Stumbled on Rep John Lewis telling 200 students on steps of Capitol about fightung segregation. Moment of history for them.
Rep. Jim Himes, CT.

OrrinHatch Introduced amend today to require drug testing in order to apply for unemployment benefits or welfare. #utpol
Sen. Orrin Hatch, UT.

PeterRoskam Has the President been to the golf course more than he’s been to the Gulf? #bp
Rep. Peter Roskam, IL.

Rep. Mary Bono Mack, CA.

jahimes Page on the Floor asked me if I was an intern. I thought she would then burst into tears, but told her it’s best compliment I’ve gotten.
Rep. Jim Himes, CT.

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