You were saying? Counting how much your U.S. rep talks

Image by Flickr user SuperFantastic Image by 20081219-lips.jpg He's not saying, but Capitol Words will tell you what lawmakers have been talking about.

Hopping to shed some insight into who's talking in Washington about what, the new Web site "Capitol Words" tracks just those things: How many words did a state rep say, and what were they.

Check out the site, or watch a video intro.

Here's a breakdown of how much everyone from South Carolina has been talking:
1 James DeMint (R-SC): 2,885
2 John Spratt (D-SC-5): 2,652
3 Joe Wilson (R-SC-2): 2,206
4 Lindsey Graham (R-SC): 2,088
5 James Clyburn (D-SC-6): 997
6 James Barrett (R-SC-3): 923
7 Henry Brown (R-SC-1): 533
8 Robert Inglis (R-SC-4): 474
*Totals from December 13, 2007 to December 12.

Our state's five favorite words? Budget, South, Carolina, energy, and Iraq.

All that may seem like a lot of lip flappin', until you realize the top 10 in the nation have all said more than 5,000 words in the last 60 days.

They've got a page with all the details on how they calculate the word count, but, yes, words like "and, or, but, and, the" are not counted.

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