As you may recall, I’m a Twitter defender. What I’m not trying to figure out is how the bizarre Sunday Twitter outburst from Senator Chuck Grassley fits into the picture. On the one hand, the quality of the prose is low:
On the other hand, this seems like a genuinely revealing moment about a US Senator who tends to get some respect from both sides of the aisle. He’s very upset at the President! But not about any issue of substance. Rather, he thinks it’s sad that Obama wants congress to work expeditiously on a crucial issue. I didn’t even take Obama’s “time to deliver” remarks as especially pointed—the point seemed to be less that congress has been taking two many days thinking about health reform than that congress has spent too many decades talking about the subject. Big change is hard, but the problem of our broken health care system isn’t one that’ll go away if we just choose to ignore it.