It’s not often we see an apology from a pol on Twitter. But Wednesday, the White House’s incoming adviser, John Podesta, did just that.

In an interview with Politico in the fall, the former Clinton chief of staff compared Republicans to a murderous cult saying, “They need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress.”

National Review’s Greg Pollowitz compared the comment to President Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina.

The outrage on Twitter – and elsewhere -- resulted in this Podesta tweet:

And Mr. Speaker? It doesn’t seem like he’s in a forgiving mood. His spokesman had this to say to reporters: “For those who’ve forgotten, a Democratic member of Congress was murdered in Jonestown and a current one, Rep. Jackie Speier, was shot five times during the same incident … If this is the attitude of the new White House, it’s hard to see how the president gets anything done again.”


Budget deal? What budget deal?

Roston is right. The Senate voted 64-36 to approve the budget Wednesday night, but there wasn’t a lot of chatter on Twitter. Except when it came to vets.

Arizona Republican candidate Andrew Walter is using the vote to slam his opponent.

Virginia’s Mark Warner tweets his plan to restore vet funding.


We knew Max Baucus was outta here – we just didn’t know how far. The senior senator from Montana may soon have the president to thank for his first ambassadorship.

What makes this semi-surprising is that the chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee tangled with the White House this summer, calling the roll-out of ObamaCare a "train wreck." He’s taken flak from Democrats for giving Republicans too many concessions in the tax reform battle.

Washington Post’s Dylan Matthews wins the funniest Baucus tweet, playing off of the popularity of Chinese proverbs.

But, forget the jokes. Agence France-Presse’s Felicia Sonmez sounds the wake-up call.

Mànzŏu, Senator. (It means take care in Chinese, but it also generally means “walk carefully.”)


Average Jane moms made their way to the White House to meet with Michelle Obama and hear about … ObamaCare.

The Weekly Standard sees the story a slightly different way.


The verdict is in for Obama. The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan tweets about the agreement among D.C. scribes.

Doesn’t seem like it can get much worse, but the year ain’t over yet.


And finally, the Fiscal Times’ national reporter Rob Garver has made my job a heckuvalot easier. He’s compiled his bipartisan list of Twitter “uh-oh” moments from 2013, including this one from Valerie Jarrett:

Twitter is the gift that keeps on giving.

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