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Stop the Presses! Congress Has a Case of the Twitters

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, February 12 2009

Twitter / ChuckGrassley

Are we quickly nearing the day when reporting on technology and politics becomes simply, you know, reporting on politics? The horror! But you can't open a newspaper know without reading about how Congressman Jones going straight to constituents using this newfangled thing called the Twitter. Case in point: this Time Magazine by Jay Newton-Small rounding up who's tweeting what on Capitol Hill. For what it's worth, Pete Hoekstra isn't making any apologies for all that posting to Twitter while on a codel in Baghdad. And if the thrill has worn off of Claire McCaskill's refreshingly honest and slightly zany tweets, might we suggest a new senatorial tweeter: Iowa's Chuck Grassley. It seems to be Grassley, all right. A staffer couldn't get away with "On way bk to frigid waterloo. Will my car start at airport." Fully spelled-out words and correct punctuation are about as common in Grassley's Twitter stream as an ethanol-hating politician is in Des Moines.

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