Rep. Emanuel Cleaver hates ‘Twilight,’ partisan bickering

Politico has a story about how Rep. Emanuel Cleaver has developed a strong bipartisan readership for his weekly emails decrying the lack of civility in Congress. They are funny, and a bit bizarre.

To wit:

“As my family and congregation are well aware, I am a monster movie maestro. In fact, I am protesting these new Twilight vampire movies,” he wrote. “They are disgusting. After all, everyone knows that real vampires and real werewolves don’t date the same girl. This is a travesty that must be addressed by the horror scholars of this generation, otherwise millions of young kids will grow to adulthood thinking that Twilight movies are as accurate as Bram Stoker’s Dracula.”

But quickly, Cleaver pivoted to his point: Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein” is a brilliant horror film, and Congress has created a monster that “needlessly obstructs the goodwill and statesmanship of this body.”

Politico also includes a letter he wrote, in which he likens Congress to dimwitted boiling frogs, who can’t tell they’re being boiled alive. The former Kansas City mayor says he has fun writing the letters, and is trying to write the 10 commandments for Congressional civility, including this one:“Thou shalt exercise introspection to make sure that thy convictions are not opinions in disguise.”


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