Members of Congress aren't elected because they are funny. But sometimes, they manage to successfully execute jokes on Twitter that would draw at least polite chuckles at a dinner party. Often, the funniest jokes are the one that are least rehearsed, and that poke fun at the innate corny-ness of being a member of Congress. We're looking at you, Chuck Grassley:
Windsor Heights Dairy Queen is good place for u kno what— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) November 3, 2014
Sen. Rand Paul really enjoys ragging on Michelle Obama's Let's Move program (click through for the photos):
The female rapper Iggy Azalea was a popular topic of conversation:
Just discovered I am bigger fan of Iggy Azalea than the 2 20something staffers in car w me today. Should I be proud or ashamed?— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) June 20, 2014
When not holding forth on policy debates, U.S. representatives tried their best to be humorous:
BREAKING: Murphy Calls for Senate Hearing On Why So Many Airport McDonalds McFlurry Machines Are Out Of Order.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) August 28, 2014
Found myself watching DVR recording of Roosevelt series on #PBS instead of watching Monday Night Football. Am I just getting old?— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 23, 2014
And Sen. Ted Cruz provided some wry commentary on American politics:
No, but delusion is certainly in the air. pic.twitter.com/jegzeDEAti— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 31, 2014
But the MVP of Congress Twitter in 2014, by a landslide, was 88-year-old Rep. John Dingell:
Staff has now informed me of what a Kardashian is. I'm only left with more questions.— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) July 22, 2014
So it's a tornado full of sharks? That's what the entire film is about?— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) July 30, 2014
Monday, I got word I'd receive the Medal of Freedom. Today, staff wants me to watch Too Many Cooks. Life is a series of strikes & gutters.— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) November 14, 2014
Working on speech to an auditorium full of Congressional Interns tomorrow. Staff advises it should be less A, more B. pic.twitter.com/YRlJ31cj8c— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) July 15, 2014
- That time Rep. Steve Stockman tweeted an irreverent meme about gun control.
- That time Rep. Keith Ellison accidentally retweeted a mildly vulgar joke about amateur hibachi.
- That time an anti-gay-marriage state lawmaker in Texas accidentally tweeted, "MARRIAGE=ONE MAN & ONE MAN."
- That time Rep. Stephen Fincher accidentally tweeted about how much he loves "shagging."
- And that time Toronto Mayor Rob Ford thought Daylight Savings Time means you have to change the batteries in your smoke alarms.
Here's looking forward to 2015!