The longest serving member of Congress is better on Twitter than all of us. Rep. John Dingell, the 88-year-old Michigan Democrat first elected in 1955, has quickly solidified himself as the best politician on Twitter.
With the rise of social media, most politicians have clumsily used social media as just another means of self-promotion or extended press releases. Most posts by politicians on social media take the form of a congratulatory note after a meeting, a sort of digital thank you card to groups with whom they meet.
Dingell, however, is a member of select class of lawmakers who have used social media to engage positively in the hyper-obsessive Washington, D.C., political Twitter environment.
And Dingell’s response:
He followed up Monday morning with:
Last week, he parodied LeBron James’ essay about returning to Cleveland:
He also has been know to take shots at his own age:
- The Trump administration is rolling back an Obama-era policy aimed at protecting transgender students in public schools.
- North Dakota police have begun clearing out Standing Rock protester camps at the Dakota Access Pipeline site.
- Seven Earth-sized planets that could have water and possibly sustain life have been discovered orbiting a dwarf star, NASA announced today.
- Facebook is in negotiations with the Major League Baseball League to possibly stream one game per week during the 2017 season.