According to The Hill, The Republican Study Committee (RSC) declared Monday [March 1, 2010] a “Twitter Day,” encouraging its members to tweet about their “commitment,” or favorite issue in Congress. Fifty members of the RSC, a group of conservative House Republicans, are reported to have joined in.
Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) tweeted: My commitment is health reform that empowers patients and not Washington.
No doubt, Democrats–already reported to be lagging behind in social media marketing–will launch counter-measures. Republican Twitter Day is likely to be an early salvo in an escalating battle in the mini-blogosphere. With a limit of 140 characters per message, such is the sad, truncated, bumper-sticker nature of political “dialogue” inside the Beltway these days.
Gloria Shur Bilchik is a freelance writer and community volunteer in St. Louis, Missouri. She is the editor of Occasional Planet. She views the preservation of progressive values as vital to making the US a humane, livable place for her children and grandchildren.