Did Missouri's U.S. senator, Claire McCaskill, just use Twitter to blab the timing of President Barack Obama's choice to run the Department of Health and Human Services?
On Saturday afternoon, McCaskill left this post on the microblogging site: "A little anxious about the announcement of HHS Sec. Hopeful that my pal Gov of Kansas will get the call. It should happen today or tomorrow."
Obama's initial choice for the post, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, withdrew his candidacy after he acknowledged failing to pay $140,000 in taxes and interest.
Actually, the announcement--whenever it gets made--comes as a bit of an anticlimax. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius has, indeed, been widely reported to be Obama's choice for the post, according to press leaks over the last couple of days. Still, there is that small matter of presidential prerogative to consider.
Oh well. I'm sure that McCaskill can "tweet" her apologies to the Twitter-in-chief, and all will be forgotten.
Besides, McCaskill has carved out a reputation as one of the most avid Twitter users in the Senate. When she noticed that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg showed up for President Obama's speech to Congress Tuesday night, following an operation related to her pancreatic cancer, McCaskill posted the following: "I did big wooohoo for Justice Ginsberg (sic). She looks good."
Last week, much was written after several members of Congress were found to have twittered during the president's nationally televised speech.