Sabato's Crystal Ball

Tweets of the Week

Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics June 24th, 2010

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The Crystal Ball’s Tweets of the Week is a look back at the highlights of the past week in politics in snippets of 140 characters or less. To get this analysis as soon as news breaks, follow University of Virginia Center for Politics Director, and Crystal Ball founder, Larry Sabato on Twitter by clicking here.

3:06 PM Jun 23rd: Media have toned down “anti-incumbent fever” theme. Here’s why. As of today, 5 members of Congress have lost but 240 re-nominated (98%).

1:32 PM Jun 23rd: Obama was generous in praise of McChrystal, made smart choice in Petraeus, & put emphasis on winning Afghan war. 100% better than BP speech.

1:38 PM Jun 22nd: Msg from student: “I knew u were old, had no idea how old. What was Jefferson really like?” I will not ID u, but wish I could re-grade u

1:24 PM Jun 22nd: Harry Truman: “If there is one basic element in our Constitution, it is civilian control of the military.”

10:27 AM Jun 22nd: Founders understood need for civilian control of military, given classical history. See Geo. Washington farewell address (& Ike’s too).

9:05 AM Jun 22nd: McChrystal was lucky his comments weren’t on videotape. YouTube would break a record. Even the kid singing Lady Gaga couldn’t compete.

2:49 PM Jun 21st: Will the parties ever get new attack lines? Oldest, silliest jab at POTUS: Golfing while Rome burns. From Ike to Obama, nothing’s changed.

9:44 AM Jun 18th: Gulf spill producing as many gaffes as oil blobs: “I want my life back”, “the small people”, “shakedown apology”, etc.

9:42 AM Jun 18th: Ds & most Rs actually agree: Barton is King of Dumb. One of the most politically tone-deaf comments ever.