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The Tweet Beat: The Best Congressional Tweets of the Week

Congressional attempts at Tweet humor are rarely successful. Our representatives would do well to remember this, particularly Darrell Issa when he’s tempted to get creative with the sarcasm. This week: Rick Perry reminds us all of the shining example Texas can set for the rest of the country, Chuck Grassley wants you to know that he is nobody’s tool (in the handyman sense of the word), Claire McCaskill has some fighting talk, both John McCain and Jason Chaffetz come face to face with their idols, Arnold Schwarzenegger uses Twitter to ask California for help, and whoever runs Barack Obama’s Twitter account needs to realize that sometimes technology goes too far. And a very happy birthday to Charlie Rangel.

GovernorPerry: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id… good visual about how Texas will come out of the recession first and lead America!!!
Gov. Rick Perry, TX.

: Hv not been able to watch KWWL TV since Feb. When will I b able to get Ron Steele again
Sen. Chuck Grassley, IA.

IRL: At miami dade college north where I just introduced fez for “that 70s show”. Wilmer is encouraging students to stay in school, go to college
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, FL.

RoyBlunt: A reporter asked me a question I’m sure you all want to know. My favorite snow cone flavor is cherry.
Rep. Roy Blunt, MO.

bobinglis: I’m for a new way–new jobs, new energy. Solutions rather than scapegoats. Smiles rather than snarls. Reaching out rather than drawing back
Rep. Bob Inglis, SC.

SenatorMenendez: 65 yrs ago, our nation’s Greatest Generation swept on to the beaches of Normandy turning the tide against the forces of fascism and hate.
Sen. Robert Menendez, NJ.

DarrellIssa: What is your first memory of d-day? Were you alive and heard parents’ hushed pride transfixed by the radio news?
Rep. Darrell Issa, CA.

DarrellIssa: Was it hearing the awe in elders’ voices as d-day vets paraded past on the fourth of july? Saving Private Ryan?
Rep. Darrell Issa, CA.

IRL: Will be on fox manana (sunday) to talk about arrest of US spies for cuba. Prob passed so many senstive secrets to castro and commie thugs.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, FL.

ChuckGrassley: Pres Obama you got nerve while u sightseeing in Paris to tell us”time to deliver” on health care. We still on skedul/even workinWKEND.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, IA.

ChuckGrassley: Pres Obama while u sightseeing in Paris u said ‘time to delivr on healthcare’ When you are a “hammer” u think evrything is NAIL I’m no NAIL
Sen. Chuck Grassley, IA.

clairecmc: Rockies please leave town. Now. Ugly.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

chelliepingree: Starting with WGAN with Ken and Mike, hope I don’t run out of coffee before we finish discussing the performance tax. ://twitpic.com/6wckp
Rep. Chellie Pingree, MN.

petehoekstra: Is Time magazine right? Twitter changing the world? Having an impact yes, fundamentally changing? I don’t think so.
Rep. Pete Hoekstra, MI.

ChuckGrassley: Plsnt conv. w sotomyr. 1 hr mtg. Look frwd 2 hrg and mre details abt recrd.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, IA.

SenJohnMcCain: Great to see Sarah and Todd at the dinner tonight – nice reunion!
Sen. John McCain, AZ.

DarrellIssa: By President Obama’s metric, I just “saved or created” a million jobs sitting here! What a liberating prestidigitation! Try it yourself!
Rep. Darrell Issa, CA.

cathymcmorris: I had the chance to give Sarah Palin (@AKGovSarahPalin) a hug last night. She asked about Cole and remembered he was 2 years old.
Rep. Cathy McMorris, WA.

: I don’t want to cut your CalGrant, @heidi_luvs_jery. I hate these cuts. But we can’t spend $ we don’t have. I welcome creative solutions.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, CA.

clairecmc: Were 96 race relatd cases in front of Sotomayor.Only once did she find racial discrimination when her colleagues didn’t. Partisan tempest.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

SenJohnMcCain: Excellent briefing with General Petraeus on Iraq and Afghanistan – he remains my inspiration.
Sen. John McCain, AZ.

jasoninthehouse: Had dinner tonight with Vice President Cheney. A true honor and amazing experience.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, UT.

BarackObama: On Monday Supreme Court Nominee Judge Sotomayor fractured her ankle. Sign her virtual cast: http://bit.ly/nBsg0
President Barack Obama.

GovMikeHuckabee: just landed in Iowa. It is great to be back and at least there is no snow!
Gov. Mike Huckabee, AR.

clairecmc: Off to supper with my pal Sec Kathleen S, health care on the menu?
Sen. Claire McCaskill, MO.

cbrangel: Today is my birthday. The big 7-9.
Rep. Charles Rangel, NY.

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