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#AskDems and They Shall Retweet

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 10 2011

Or, at least, tweet you back. Maybe. The House of Representatives' Democratic Caucus New Media Working Group is hosting a "Twitter Town Hall about the Budget" from noon to 1pm EST today, wherein an assortment of Democratic members are responding to what the public has to say. Your window unto it is above. The hashtag of choice is #AskDems.

As you'll notice, their colleagues on the other side of the aisle are having some fun with the affair. Rep. Darrell Issa, chair of the House's oversight committee, for example, tweeted this question: "When Americans are tightening their belts at home, isn't it time for the federal gov't to do the same?" He wasn't ignored. Tweeted back California's Rep. Mike Honda, "The tightening of the belt is a tourniquet around the necks of the middle class." Sassy.