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Tweet Beat: Halftime Edition

Jelly beans, the Black Eyed Peas, and Jeopardy clues this week in congressional tweets

It’s been a busy week for Congress—two major retirements in the Senate, one embarrassing resignation in the House—but you’d never know it by looking at Twitter. Most members ignored these shake-ups completely, instead offering perspectives on truly important matters such as Jeopardy clues, jelly beans, and over-crowded post offices. But through all of this, there’s one important piece of news that broke on Twitter: at least one American enjoyed the Super Bowl halftime show.

Representative Tom Price: @RepTomPrice I nominate @GOPLeader for a Shorty Award in #government because of his great use of social media during the #SOTU

Is “use of social media” now code for “holding back tears”?


Howard Kurtz: @HowardKurtz Gawked: Christopher Lee quits over sending hot photos on Craigslist: This guy was basically Brett Favre with a House seat.

Now that’s a scary thought.


Senator Claire McCaskill: @clairemc Mom finally thinks Twitter is ok.An avid Jeopardy watcher,she just called me to say I was clue on Jeopardy!Category?”Congress is a-twitter”

Twitter: now Trebek-approved.


Representative Jim Himes: @jahimes Now that was one hell of a half-time show!

This is one platform that we can guarantee will be unpopular.


Representative Mike Rogers: @RepMikeRogersAL “You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.”–Ronald Reagan #Reagan100 #Gipper #tcot #GOP

American political theory at its finest.


Former Senator George LeMieux @George_LeMieux Standing in line at the post office. 20 people in line, 2 people behind the desk. Been here 30 minutes. Why do we let the Fed gov. do this?

Too bad LeMieux is no longer in office—we’re sure a Line Repeal Act would get top priority this session.

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