Heard on the Hill

Cyber Lobbying on Syria Invades Andy Barr’s TV Time

From the looks of things, Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., just wanted to shut out the drumbeat of impending war for a little while on Tuesday night and cheer aspiring country crooner Jimmy Rose into the finals of “America’s Got Talent.”

No such luck.



As soon as the Kentucky Republican broadcast his support for Rose, social media user @fermentation8 — whose own Twitter stream features a mix of political outrage (including regular shout-outs to tea-party-favorites Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky), pop culture worship (appears to be a heavily invested in AGT) and random pics of topless ladies — leapt into action, leaning on Barr to blow up President Barack Obama’s plan to teach Bashar al-Assad a little lesson.

Administration officials spent most of Tuesday courting Senate support for tactical strikes in Syria, and will plead their case before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday.

Based on Barr’s own Twitter posturing, it sounds like @fermentation8 is preaching to the choir: