Tales from the Trail

Senator Dodd undone – tweeted and deleted

The hazards of the Twitter age became quite apparent for one senator today.

“U love torturing me w this shit” was tweeted on Senator Christopher Dodd’s Twitter account @SenChrisDodd. USA/

Then came the tweet ”From Dodd Staff – Apologies to Dodd’s followers, last tweet was not from Chris Dodd.”

The first tweet has vanished into twitterair with a little help from the delete button, but some followers who were on their toes took screenshots.

The Democratic chairman of the Senate Banking Committee who did not run for re-election will be leaving Congress after year-end.

But looks like that tweet gained him some followers. Dodd now has 12,780 compared with 12,690 when the tweet went out.

‘If I could live another 100 years, I’d like to continue in the Senate’ – Robert Byrd

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It was a sight that would have seemed unimaginable when Senator Robert Byrd was growing up in West Virginia.

On Friday at a memorial service for the longest-serving member of the U.S. Congress, the first black American president paid tribute to a man who in his youth had belonged to the Ku Klux Klan.

OBAMA/It was just a moment in time, but reflected the sweep of social and political change in U.S. history during the 92 years of Byrd’s life.