A decidedly skeptical look at what Members of Congress are Tweeting:
From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
John McCain goes pork-hunting, vowing to reveal the "top 10 projects." His list so far (expect to hear all about these):
"#7. $300,000 for the Montana World Trade Center - enough said"
"#8. $200,000 "tattoo removal violence outreach program to could help gang members or others shed visible signs of their past" REALLY?"
"#9. $475,000 to build a parking garage in Provo City, Utah"
"#10. $1.7M 'for a honey bee factory' in Weslaco, TX" ...
Video: GOP all a-Twitter.
John Cornyn feels the need to post a "Twit pic" from "backstage" at CPAC.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is organizing Santelli tea parties: "Please ReTweet: Tea Party for Orange County at Huntington Beach Pier 9:00 a.m. tomorrow http://bit.ly/eWsVB (I will be there.)"
Pete Hoekstra wants you to know he landed safely ... again. (Didn't he learn his lesson the first time?) "Safe landing. Very windy and bouncy. A little late but thank you NWA."
Hoekstra also feels about "spending" the way some do about Twitter. "Doesn't it ever stop?Now 750 billion more for banks!Stimulus/omnibus/banks?No!We can't afford this and it needs to stop." ...
Uh, I guess Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) likes cats? "Apparently my micro-blogging was covered on Colbert. Meow."
And Roy Blunt likes maps: "I met with the Missouri Geographic Alliance today. Last year I received their Geography Legislator of the Year award."
Claire McCaskill jumps into 2010 politics, by the way: "Nice visit with Gov Blunt in airport. We're on same flight to St Louis.He seems happy and content to be out of the pressure cooker."
She's also "really disappointed with all the earmarks,both D&R."
She's happy though -- "yay" -- that she gets to go home to Missouri.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher loves Kosovo and wants you to, too: "Had lunch with President & PM of Kosovo; we can be proud that we stood with the Kosovars in their quest 4 freedom & self determination."
John Ensign "will continue to stand up against liberal attempts to silence conservative talk radio." Just so you know.
He also really wants you to be his friend. "Just checked my Facebook page and saw I that I was one supporter short of 800. Will you be #800?"
Ensign was on Tweet fire yesterday: "Everyone will see a tax increase. If you use electricity you will be taxed to pay for @BarackObama's budget" and "The Democrats' priorities are clear: grow the size of government until it is entwined into every aspect of our lives."
Ed Perlmutter is tech'd out: "See photos and my most recent press release regarding NEW DEMS RELEASE REG REFORM PLAN on my facebook page."
Jim DeMint doesn't like the "Fairness Doctrine" and gets in a dig at Dick Durbin: "Voting just started on Durbin's backdoor Fairness Doctrine amendment, mine to ban FD is up right after."
There were also some reactions from House members who got to meet with Secretary of State Clinton yesterday:
-- Rep. Donald Manzullo: "Had productive meeting with Sec of State Clinton this morning. Shared concerns with $900 million US funding for Gaza."
-- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher: "Had breakfast w Sec of State Clinton; pushed hard on Afghan policy & human rights issues, including China & Ethiopia."
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen liked her intern. "At our DC office. Saying bye to alex, a fab intern from australia. Have many intern slots for YOU! Sign up! U will work on impt issues." Like Twittering?
And sign of the apocalypse? McCain became the second Member of Congress (Chuck Grassley was the other) to Tweet about being interviewed about Twitter. McCain calls it his "new found love."