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June 25, 2012

Hulk, Smashed

Hulk, SmashedUpdated, 7:23 p.m.: Washington’s latest fake Twitter account had a lifespan comparable to a tweet: short and sweet.

@ReutersHulk was born this morning after the news agency Reuters (or @reuters, if you will) tweeted in all caps that the Supreme Court’s upholding of part of an Arizona immigration law was a “DEFEAT FOR OBAMA.”

D.C. insiders took issue with that interpretation, arguing it was a win for the administration. They also took issue with the caps.

One insider, who spoke with Heard on the Hill on condition of anonymity, took issue with the taking of issue and created a parody account in the vein of @DRUNKHULK.

“HULK THINK CRITICS SMASHED TOO HARD,” the creator told us in an email. “SEEMS TO HULK, ALL CAPS NO LONGER ALWAYS DENOTE SHOUTING ON INTERNET. ALL CAPS CAN BE REPRESENTATIVE OF URGENCY. ALL CAPS COMMONLY USED TO DENOTE MULTI-MEDIA CONTENT (EXAMPLE: ‘PHOTOS’ OR ‘VIDEO’).”

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June 3, 2012

Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That

Not That Theres Anything Wrong With That

Don't call Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison a moderate. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison may not think “moderate” is an epithet, but she sure doesn’t want to be called it.

In an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” this morning, the Texas Republican was asked if the word “moderate” has become “a dirty word.”

The context was a Club for Growth¬†attack ad in Texas criticizing Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is running for Hutchison’s Senate seat, as a “moderate.” This got the blood boiling of the old-fashioned host Bob Schieffer, a self-described “hopeless romantic” who regularly editorializes against the fallen state of American politics today. (He actually said “my heavens!” after showing the ad.)

Hutchison threaded a careful line in her response, saying that of course there’s nothing wrong with being a moderate, but it’s just that she’s not one, and neither is Dewhurst. (Shades of George Costanza on being mistaken for gay.)

“People have called me a moderate,” she said, defending her honor. “I’ve always been a conservative.”

She added that Gov. Rick Perry, who is supporting Dewhurst, is also conservative, as is the Texas Legislature. So, no one is a moderate, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

“I think you can differ on issues, of course, but making moderate seem like you’re a liberal when you’re really a conservative I think is kind of a misstatement,” she said. “I think that moderate is a different type of approach to things. I don’t think it’s bad. It’s just labeling people wrongly is what’s bad.”

May 29, 2012

A United Wisconsin … in Maryland?

A United Wisconsin ... in Maryland?

(Ryan Teague Beckwith/CQ Roll Call)

On Sunday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) downplayed any national repercussions if Wisconsin voters fail to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

“It’s an election that’s based in Wisconsin,” the Democratic National Committee chairwoman said in an interview on C-SPAN.

Sure, she said, it might be important for the rest of the country to see what happens, but “at the end of the day,” it will be “a Wisconsin-based election.”

Above is a photograph of a “Recall Walker” sign spotted over the weekend. It was taken in Hyattsville, Md., about 800 miles from Wisconsin.

April 18, 2012

The C in C-SPAN Also Stands for Classical

The C in C SPAN Also Stands for Classical

(Courtesy C-SPAN)

Ever wonder what that classical music is on C-SPAN?

No? OK, maybe it is just us.

But if you’re curious now, you may want to follow a new Twitter feed curated by network executive Rob Kennedy, @cspanmusic.

As Roll Call noted last year, C-SPAN plays quite a bit of music by long-dead European composers to fill all that dead air during, say, Senate quorum calls.

The new Twitter feed focuses solely on its musical selection, not the particular legislative procedure being deployed.

But, this being C-SPAN, there’s still room for some wonkery. The icon for the Twitter account is a C clef, an older notation now mainly used by viola players. It features a quarter note on middle C.

“We like all of the ‘C’ references,” Kennedy explained in a tweet.

February 14, 2012

Congress’ Most-Driven Lawmakers

Congress Most Driven Lawmakers

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Rob Wittman wants you to know that he’s cheap.

The Virginia Republican tweeted this evening that he drives a really old car, and he’s proud of it. Full story

January 30, 2012

Bedtime Reading From Grandpa Joe

Bedtime Reading From Grandpa Joe

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Joe Lieberman dug deep into the grandpa collection for some Senate bedtime reading today.

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The 63-Timers Club

The 63 Timers Club

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. John McCain will soon be the Alec Baldwin of “Meet the Press.” Full story

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