From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Dear Members of Congress and Other Elected Officials,
As much as we reporters enjoy your Tweets, or Twittering, or whatever it's called, you really need to ask yourself, "What am I doing??"
I mean, Pete Hoekstra, is it necessary to Tweet where and when you get into Baghdad?
And remember the guy who said Obama's like Osama because they both have "terrorist friends?" He Tweeted (Twittered? Who cares?) this Tuesday, per USA Today: "Big news coming out of Senate: Apparently one dem is either switching or leaving the dem caucus. Negotiations for power sharing underway."
"Shortly thereafter, Democrats piled onto the potential switcher and he didn't switch. National Review's Campaign Spot reported on the initial sequence of events here and followed up with Frederick saying his Twitter didn't scuttle the plan -- despite some lawmakers' views to the contrary."
But, honestly, what is the point? Who are you writing to and for? How does this help you?
Early 2010 issues: Not a bad wrap by Susan Davis of Dem ethics problems. So, for 2010, the issues we're looking at that Republicans will push: 1. The stimulus; 2. Dem ethics. That's quite a shift from '06 (provided GOPers between now and then don't turn up in jail.)
The ethics problems: Blagojevich, Richardson, Dodd, Rangel, Murtha (connected possibly to Jim Moran and Peter Visclosky). Not to mention mayors: Sam Adams (Portland), Eddie Perez (Hartford); Kwame Kilpatrick (Detroit); Sheila Dixon (Baltimore)
Obama v. Clinton: Ambinder goes all Venn diagram on Obama '09 and Bill Clinton '93.
Pondering New Mexico: Ben Smith notes that Val Kilmer was spotted in Alexandria at a political hangout.
Ads watch: In NY-20, Democrat Scott Murphy is up with his first ad in the special to replace Gillibrand. It's a good opening, 60-second bio spot. He needs to build Name ID vs. Tedisco, who is much more well known in the area and scores high marks, at least according to Tedisco's own internal poll by a reputable organization. These are the kinds of ads Murphy needs to blanket in the region if he hopes to be competitive. We'll see if he has the cash to keep it up.
Speaking of... Speaking of ads, MoveOn yesterday went up with a radio ad hitting Sen. John Cornyn "for missing a key vote on the economic stimulus bill to meet with Wall Street donors."
Speaking of speaking, Jon Tester continues to call the stimulus plan, the "Jobs Bill," eschewing the more popular "stimulus." Yesterday, he gave a fiery speech on the Senate floor. Armed with a photo of a man holding a sign on a street corner in Whitefish, Mont., that read: Work Needed," Tester said, "The word 'stimulus' is a Washington, D.C., word that doesn't mean much in my book. That's why -- from day one -- I have called this the Jobs Bill. Because that's exactly what it is. You're either for jobs. Or you're against jobs… Now some D.C. politicians say we don't need to pass a Jobs Bill because the current recession is only temporary. I ask you to tell that to this guy standing on the street in Whitefish, Montana."
Speaking of words, what does bipartisanship mean to you? Steny Hoyer says, in its current form, it somehow means "elitist." He said: " 'Bipartisanship' is one of those words that everyone is for -- words like freedom, or security, or happiness -- until we get down to the hard work of defining what they mean. ... To begin with, bipartisanship does not mean going to the same parties. It does not mean going out for drinks after the gavel goes down in the evening. It does not even mean that we in Congress have to like each other. That would be nice -- but frankly, none of that matters to the people who sent us here.
"Nor does bipartisanship mean that, because there are two parties, each party gets to write exactly half of every bill. I think that misconception underlies a lot of Republican anger right now. But that kind of bipartisanship would make elections irrelevant. It would say that, no matter what happens out in America, Washington will stay the same. It would say that the ideals that separate us are far less important than our membership in the club that is Congress. For that reason, it is a deeply elitist idea." (More here.)
Cillizza's got your bipartisanship right here. He looks at other potential GOP cross overs for the stimulus.
Vegas, baby: The Las Vegas mayor sticks up for his town (with friends), which he says is just a little misunderstood, Mr. President.
Obama's funny? After lamenting how un-funny Obama is, late-night comics actually made fun of Obama, Andrew Malcolm reports.
What's (not?) on tap? Is Hop Obama going away? ATF questions whether a Brooklyn brewery should be selling beer with names of famous people who haven't endorsed the product. Interestingly, remember the White House is looking at ways to limit the commercialization of this president. (Hop doesn't quite look like this one, does it?)
Era of responsibility: Looking for a summer house in the Hamptons? Jon Corzine can help you out with that, Real Clear Politics reports. For just a cool $900,000, according to Newsday, "The 6,200-square-foot, six-bedroom, 5.5-bath home is on a gated property. The 6.64-acre spread includes a heated gunite pool, a Har-tru tennis court and more than 500 feet of ocean frontage along Gibson Beach."
Not sure how well this and other examples of the former Goldman CEO's wealth will play in the angry populist year in his reelection campaign for NJ GOV.
Remainder: Whatever happened to.. Mike Duncan. He's taking over the Tennessee Valley Authority. (Good luck with this.)