Everyone’s got reboot fever these days — the makers of the Bond films, the Batman series, Star Trek, and socialism. Senator John Cornyn has replaced John Ensign as the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, but he doesn’t really need a reboot. Cornyn already had a good platform on which to start:
Hello, I’m Senator John Cornyn, Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
There’s no doubt that recent elections have shown the incredible impact that new media and social networking can have on the outcome of an election. I pledge to run an interactive, issues-driven committee both on and offline in which we can engage with one another; fostering discussion and encouraging ideas.
In the past month we’ve added more than 500 Facebook supporters, bolstered our e-campaign staff and launched a new Web site at http://www.REIDistributeWealth.com. Twenty-thousand supporters have already visited the site, and I encourage you to check it out.
Continuing the work of my predecessor, Senator John Ensign, the NRSC plans to run an active Twitter page, and I encourage you to follow us over there if you are not already. http://www.twitter.com/NRSC. To receive our Twitter updates directly to your phone simply text “Follow NRSC” to 40404. From there you will receive updated information on what the NRSC is doing straight to your phone.
Whether through blogs or social networks, I need your help to win as many Republican Senate seats as we can in 2010.
Please check back often to our website at http://www.NRSC.org as we will be making some significant changes in the weeks and months ahead. I look forward to communicating with you online this cycle.
Thank you and God Bless.
I worked closely with the NRSC and John Randall over the past year, and they actually did a good job in exploiting the latest technology. Their web ads worked very well and they had more investment than the RNC did in social networking. What the NRSC lacked last year was candidates and cash, thanks to the advent of Obama and some deep dissatisfaction with the performance of Republicans in Congress. In that sense, Cornyn may have a tougher job than the RNC in defending Republicans in a Congressional session that will probably see them succeed in blocking only occasional parts of the Democratic steamroller. Cornyn’s a tough man, though, and he’ll be up to it — and I think Cornyn will use his NRSC chair position to force more discipline on members in the 111th.
John Randall went to the NRCC this year, which really does need a reboot, and he’s the guy to help make that happen.