On Opening Morning, Congress all A-Twitter About GOP Ethics Kill-Off (Unless You’re a Republican)

Steve Israel: Congressional Republicans are not Draining the Swamp; They're Handing Out Free Swim Passes

The 535 Senators and U.S. Representatives who make up the United States Congress have been busy communicating on Twitter this morning, the opening morning of the new 115th Congress. What are they talking about?

In the Senate, every single Democratic tweet today has brought up the unannounced, no-debate, closed-door, secret ballot vote by the House Republican Caucus to muzzle and gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. This move takes the Republican Party in Washington DC in the exact opposite direction from that of President-Elect Donald Trump, who promised repeatedly to “drain the swamp” of corrupt DC politics.

In stark contrast, not a single one of the Republican members of the Senate has tweeted this morning about the Republican Party’s decision to muzzle and gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. Instead, Republican Senators are putting sunglasses on the founding fathers…

Senator Ted Cruz avoids Congressional Ethics Scandal, Focuses Instead on Founding Fathers with Sunglasses

…and promoting their appearances on radio shows:

Senator Tom Cotton Tweets About A Big Radio Show Appearance. Only 3 people pay attention.

In the House of Representatives, by far the most common subject of Twitter posts among Democrats this morning is the secretive vote by Republican members of Congress to kill off independent ethics investigations. Democratic Representative Steve Israel offers a typical observation:

Steve Israel: Congressional Republicans are not Draining the Swamp; They're Handing Out Free Swim Passes

In repeated contrast, not a single one of the Republican members of the Senate has tweeted this morning about the Republican Party’s decision to muzzle and gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. Instead, Republican Senators are preferring to discuss subjects such as the Rose Bowl Parade…

Lamar Smith Ignores Congressional Ethics Scandal of January 2017, redirects constituents to the Rose Bowl Parade that took place outside his state.

and, in the most common theme among their tweets, announcing that they’ll shortly be appearing on TV and radio.

The first act of Republicans in Congress is something that Congressional Democrats are eager to discuss, but that Congressional Republicans are striving to push off the front page. Look for a final vote on killing the Office of Congressional Ethics later today.