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Tweets of the Week

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.

9:29 AM Jul 15th: New attack line for all 2010 candidates: “My opponent is as incompetent as Mel Gibson’s therapist!”

10:06 AM Jul 16th: Who the hell is Carte Goodwin? Well, 4 1 thing, the next U.S. senator from WV. 36 y.o. Manchin ex-aide. Only in ’til Nov. Safe boring choice

10:07 AM Jul 16th: Only real requirement for appointee: be totally loyal to Manchin, make no waves to interfere w/Manchin election. Sets Goodwin up for future.

10:09 AM Jul 16th: There are worse things than to be an ex-U.S. senator at 36. Permanent floor privileges & other perks. Sycophants call you ‘senator’ for life

10:29 AM Jul 16th: CA friend called to laugh about coverage of DC’s measly 3.6 quake.Says he: “Proves that Beltway thinks anything that happens there is big.”

9:14 PM Jul 16th: Many of my tweeps enjoy the coincidences of history, as I do. There are few days cumulatively more historic for the USA than this one (7/16)

9:16 PM Jul 16th: DC became the seat of govt(1790). 1st experimental atomic bomb exploded in NM(1946). Apollo 11 left for the moon(1969).

9:20 PM Jul 16th: Goldwater(’64) & Reagan(’80) won GOP nomination for POTUS. Nixon taping system revealed(1973). JFK Jr killed in air crash(1999). What a day!

9:49 PM Jul 16th: Watching streaming AZ SEN debate. McCain & Hayworth have one thing in common. Their consultants told them to smile a lot.

3:35 PM Jul 17th: Scott Brown is to the Senate what Anthony Kennedy is to the Supreme Court–the key swing vote.

10:31 PM Jul 17th: Watch Aussie snap election (Aug), just called by new PM Julia Gillard(Lab). Close. If Gordon Brown had done same in ’07, he’d still be UK PM

10:53 AM Jul 19th: Greens doing well in IL GOV & SEN races, due to dislike of D&R nominees. Precedent: 2006 GOV, Green got 10% against Blago(D-48%) & R(38%).

10:57 AM Jul 19th: Tweeps, check out Taegan Goddard’s for some fun entries. The late great William Safire would approve.

2:49 PM Jul 19th: All the world’s a stage, even social websites where made-up words can cause controversy. Et tu, Twitter? #bardofwasilla #shakespalin

2:51 PM Jul 19th: Not to worry, Sarah. We’ve all said things we’d like to refudiate.