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Politicians using Twitter: Morons or visionaries?

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Tweets California Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack: "Sitting at the NRCC dinner watching Joe Barton twitter away!"

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What was Joe Barton twittering about?

"Sitting at nrcc dinner listening to gov bobby Jindal of louisiana."

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By the way, punctuation? Completely optional. Correct spelling? Not necessary.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley proves it.

"Bfast free bremer co Farm buro Ag Wk Recognition. Took Pat to his constituents too Got great support for AIG stand. Adressed group Listnd 2."

Making sense is optional too.

"Barb I went to neighbor on nxt farm she british. Boxer day is nxt aftr Xmas for commoners to celebrate aftr working for Br upperclass. W."

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Then there was the Congressman who tweeted his trip to Iraq. The problem was, no one was supposed to know about it. It was a secret trip.

“Just landed in Baghdad,” blabbed Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra. “I believe it may be the first time I’ve had BlackBerry service in Iraq.”

Comedy

Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake attempted sarcasm in one of his tweets.

"Pres Obama assured us tonight that he "doesn't believe in big government." Dang, that's a relief!"

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While Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree twittered a distorted photo of circus animals for her constituents. "Seriously,I was trying to get to work and there were elephants crossing street thought this was a Democratic town?!" http://twitpic.com/26l0p

Go Tigers

Missouri Senator Claire MccCaskill has embraced Twitter. Her support for the Missouri basketball team is undying. And she let it be known last night.

"Curses. Just realized that CBS in DCland is carrying Villanova vs Duke. Now I have to figure out if streaming on my laptop is only way. MIZ."

"Just went to Duke game, now watching on laptop. Go black and gold Tigers...run em ragged."

"Z O U! Lordy Lordy what a shot!!!! Now one more half like that......."

"Almost gave me a heart attack...but yahoo!!... Now on to UConn. Please make free throws on Sat guys.Go Tigers!"

Role of Twitter

So no, these members of Congress aren't going to win any literary awards for these pronouncements. But brevity can be refreshing.

Take President Obama's insomnia-curing Internet town hall meeting yesterday, for example. It proved a very important point.

It proved the value of Twitter.

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