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Interesting. Very interesting. Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) engaged in a very rare (if not, previously nonexistent) bit of 140 character debate via Twitter with at least one constituent today:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler ‏@RepHartzler

Working hard to ensure our men & women in uniform are not harmed w/ the Pres.’s shutdown. They ALL are essential. 12:15 PM – 2 Oct 13

John Wells ‏@JDubMo

@RepHartzler House republicans have created this mess. Shame on you. 12:19 PM – 2 Oct 13

Scotty C. ‏@0piate47

@RepHartzler ha ha the president’s shutdown? How about some truth. GOP shutdown. How’s your “welfare check” for your farm.Was it big enough 12:50 PM – 2 Oct 13

Ron Evans ‏@Crewylou

@RepHartzler Wow, way to own it — not. #GOPFail 1:12 PM – 2 Oct 13

Rita Wheeler ‏@rwmw7172

@RepHartzler Not the Pres shutdown. How about we bring that clean bill up for a vote? Your constituents in MO have had #enoughalready. 1:47 PM – 2 Oct 13

Bob Yates ‏@OldDrum

@RepHartzler Shame on you. Your votes created this mess. Allow your leadership to allow a clean CR and see what happens. 2:24 PM – 2 Oct 13

Bob Yates ‏@OldDrum

@RepHartzler How about the 10’s of 1000’s of families of government workers who are not getting their salaries? Why aren’t the essential?  2:27 PM – 2 Oct 13

Rep. Vicky Hartzler ‏@RepHartzler

.@OldDrum POTUS deemed them non-essential. House passed 5 bills to keep gov’t open. Senate won’t even come to the table. 2:28 PM – 2 Oct 13

Franklin Castillo ‏@sm_news

@RepHartzler @OldDrum shutting down the gvmt and keeping 800,000 from working just because you don’t like #ACA isn’t leadership, Ma’am. 2:33 PM – 2 Oct 13

Bob Yates ‏@OldDrum

@RepHartzler GOP controlled House passed 5 bills to repeal laws passed byCongress and signed by the President to keep government open. 2:37 PM – 2 Oct 13

Rep. Vicky Hartzler ‏@RepHartzler

@OldDrum So Congress should never repeal laws? Just because something is law doesn’t make it good policy. 2:48 PM – 2 Oct 13

Albie Y. Pabon ‏@PabonMatriarch

@RepHartzler @OldDrum Rewriting History Already: 18 times Senate asked for negotiators for debt deal. Denied 18 times by House. Facts. 3:07 PM – 2 Oct 13

I don’t think we’ll be seeing any open to the general public town halls in the district anytime soon.

And the incomparable Charles P. Pierce has a thing or two to say about Representative Hartzler (r) [first on the list!]:

Oct 2, 2013

Meet the Morons Who Caused the Shutdown

By Charles P. Pierce at 12:24PM

There have been Congresses more irresponsible, though not many of them. There have been lazier Congresses, more vicious Congresses, and Congresses less capable of seeing forests for trees. But there has never been in a single Congress — or, more precisely, in a single House of the Congress — a more lethal combination of political ambition, political stupidity, and political vainglory than exists in this one….

It’s not turning out to be such a good day for the right wingnut teabagger caucus, is it? Just asking.