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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Fun with Capitol Words

The Sunlight Foundation released a fun (and useful) new tool today for tracking words that our representatives are using in Congress called CapitolWords. The words can be sorted by state and representative and day, week, month, year, or session. Words can be viewed as a list or as a cloud. So far it looks pretty interesting.

For instance, Dick Durbin's word cloud for the month ending December 12, 2008, indicates he used the word "studs" 33 times. That's got to be about the recently departed Studs Terkel. I hope. Maybe.

The word cloud for the year for my own representative, Phil Hare, who has a reputation for caring very much about veterans, looks like this:


To the north of me is Ray LaHood, who is of Lebanese descent, and who was recently appointed transportation secretary. His word cloud for the year:


I looked up Jesse Jackson Jr.'s words and noticed he didn't have any for the month ending December 12th. Maybe he was doing other stuff during that time frame.

Anyway, CapitolWords makes it easy to see at a glance what our congress persons are yakking about.

Posted by Marie at December 18, 2008 8:53 PM


Hmmm, wonder what Blago would look like?!

Posted by: Matt Penning at December 18, 2008 9:41 PM

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