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A lovely political journo sends to FBDC, saying, “Reporters waiting for the time honored tradition of members walking the aisle in Statuary Hall.”

A packed Statuary Hall Tuesday night

Civility comes and goes

“#SOTU civility was fun while it lasted. RT @RepPaulBrounMD: Mr. President, you don’t believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism.” — NJ‘s Susan Davis in a Tuesday night tweet.

Cheesy talk

“My friends think I’m cheesy thank you,” — Former RNC Spokesman Doug Heye to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow at 12:26 a.m. Wednesday. Heye was responding to Maddow, who told him he is “the big cheese” of Republicans and she’s glad he returns her phone calls.

Weiner TV

“I felt like I just needed a drink when I was done with Paul Ryan and then Michele Bachmann who is clearly not in touch with the mother ship.” — Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow at 12:39 a.m.

Speaking of civility…Olbermann makes fun of congressman’s ears

“Cong. Ryan was selected because he is the House GOP Economic Czar, works out a lot, and can vie with POTUS in an Ear Battle #sotu” — Ex-MSNBCer Keith Olbermann in a Tuesday night live tweet on SOTU. (Note: Olbermann has blocked FBDC on Twitter along with Boy Banders such as Slate’s Dave Weigel and WaPo‘s Ezra Klein. We can, however, still follow his verbose messages.)

Speak of the Devil

“As I was talking to Mark Udall, Anthony Weiner walked by, mocked his “dopey idea” for seating. #SOTU” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Tuesday night tweet.

MTP Producer questions Bachmann’s staging

“Does Michele Bachmann have stage manager that can point her to look at camera?” — NBC MTP Executive Producer Betsy Fischer in a Tuesday night tweet.

Journo offers ‘Cougartown’ shout-out

“We now rejoin Cougartown already in progress.” — ABC News’s Jake Tapper in a Tuesday night tweet.

Computers and a giant hat

“CONFIRMED: Reporters will be allowed to bring computers into the chamber during #SOTU for the first time ever.” – The Daily Caller‘s Chris Moody in a Tuesday night tweet. That’s the logical journo news quote, but we also appreciate this one from Moody: “Rep. Frederica Wilson is saving her seat at SOTU with her giant hat.”

An evening of frustration and cussing

“OK, 12:23 & I’m leaving the office to finish this work at home. Lots of frustration/profanity tonight. May have scared new intern.” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art in an early Wednesday morning tweet.

Tie change

“Just like President Obama, @RepPaulRyan changed his tie from earlier today.” — PBS Political Editor David Chalian in a Tuesday night tweet. Chalian, who sent “Twitter photo evidence,” explained to FBDC that while Obama went from purple/lavender in the Oval Office to blue in the evening, Ryan went from gold by day to silver during his SOTU GOP response.

First Lady fashion alert

“For those who have DMed me or tweeted to ask, the first lady was wearing Rachel Roy. #flotusfashion” — Politico‘s Amie Parnes in a Tuesday night tweet.

HuffPost‘s Sam Stein wants guidance

“I need Frank Luntz to tell me what to think.” — HuffPost Senior Political Reporter Sam Stein in a Tuesday night tweet referring to the GOP pollster.

Paul vs. Pawlenty

“Paul Ryan is very Pawlenty-esque.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake in a Tuesday night tweet.

A quick SOTU Separated at Birth

“As a reader points out, Rep. Paul Ryan is dead ringer for Gabe on #theoffice.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese in a Tuesday night tweet.