The strangely amazing Twitter poetry of Sen. Charles Grassley

Peter Weber
The Week
Inside this stern-looking statesman lives an enigmatic poet who thrives within the restrictions of 140 characters.

Some people just have a way with words. A poetic retrospective of the haiku-like 140-character musings of Iowa's senior Republican

On Nov. 26, 2007, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) joined the still-young Twitter revolution, tweeting the simple-yet-direct message "Attending events in Iowa." Since then he has racked up more than 2,400 tweets, 65,500 followers, and a strangely loyal fan base. "If you're on Twitter and not following Sen. Chuck Grassley, you're not using Twitter correctly," says Elahe Izadi at National Journal. "Twitter just speaks to some people," says Virginia Heffernan at Yahoo News, and Grassley is definitely one of them. Iowa's senior senator says he took to Twitter to bypass the "liberal" media filter, but he's turned mundane musings into a sort of minimalist poetry. So here, some of the haiku-like 140-character (or less) musings of the Bard of New Hartford, starting with his greatest hit:

Fred and I hit a deer on hiway 136 south of Dyersville. After I pulled fender rubbing on tire we continued to farm. Assume deer dead

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— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) October 26, 2012

U hv herad saying:"deer in headlight look". It is a frightening xperience when a real deer is there

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) December 1, 2012

I was doing morning run at farm. Deer killed by car in ditch. He was dead. I didn't have to"assume" anything about his condition

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— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) December 1, 2012

Seen dead deer on way church. They didn't hit my car Unsafe if u drive in area where deer congregateIowa needs longerseason to kill more

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) November 19, 2012

My local steak house serves nothing but vegetarian bc cows are vegetarian

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— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) July 26, 2012

Michele Obama in DsMoines to fight obesity Good Tell the Pres to bk off stupid child farm labor rules Farm children workin at home is good

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) February 9, 2012

The govt food police came around to local school said"no catchup" so kids bring their own catchup. What's accomplished? Too much govt?

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— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) February 26, 2012

Iowa legislators and staff drink lots soft drink but are too carefree what they do w empty cans. Always recycle Deposit 5cents. Inflation?

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) February 1, 2012

2of us new Hartford lions wanted to be ambassadors Reinbeck lions. Found out Reinbeck not meeting So we ended up eating w AmLegion Auxiliary

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— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) February 21, 2012

Mother nature certified Hamburg levee last summer. Corps shld leave Hamburg alone. save $ and use common sense.

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) July 19, 2012

There will b weather in Iowa todaySo I'm flying bk to DC early

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— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) January 27, 2013

A team that is punting all the time isn't scoring.The senate dem teams been punting all yr: No budget/No approps/ no tax reform/All timeouts

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 22, 2012

Evrybody asking how Romney"relates"to avg person Me thinks"no problem" but if so I hv answer "just lv starch out of shirt"

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— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) February 4, 2012

Pres Obama while u sightseeing in Paris u said 'time to delivr on healthcare' When you are a "hammer" u think evrything is NAIL I'm no NAIL

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) June 7, 2009

C me intrvud by greta van sunshine on FOX tonite at 9pm central. Fast and furious and white house stonewall my investigation

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— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) March 29, 2012

Just turned to history channel.No history. I used to get history. Why do we h v such a channelwhen it doesntdo history

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) February 20, 2012

History. No history. Axe manTimberNothing historical.Back to FOX.Sigh. Suggest name to change channel name

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— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) March 19, 2012

Turned to history channel.No.HIstory again

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) March 11, 2012

Since History channel doesnt hv history anymore i advise National Geographic channel. At least that channel has some history

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— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) March 25, 2012

Wondering if No History Channel would be interest in covering my axe and chain saw work at my farm for Axeman. At least it would b new

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) April 1, 2012

I can't blieve itThere is actually history on history channelAbout ex presidents

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— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) October 6, 2012


— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) November 16, 2012


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— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) January 30, 2013


— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) November 3, 2012


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— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) January 20, 2012


— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) November 9, 2012


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— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) November 3, 2012


— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) October 16, 2012


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— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) April 7, 2012


— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) March 3, 2012


— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) March 3, 2012

I now h vaniphone

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) February 13, 2012

Welcome to Twitter Pope Benedict. U will find it useful and interesting

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) December 3, 2012

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