March 31st, 2009
03:45 PM ET
5 years ago

TX Republican calls for social media-led revolution

Rep. John Culberson spoke with conservative bloggers about social media Tuesday at the Heritage Foundation.
Rep. John Culberson spoke with conservative bloggers about social media Tuesday at the Heritage Foundation.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - One of the pioneers in the use of social media by Congress said Tuesday that the micro-blogging service Twitter might sometimes allow for a little too much transparency.

"Oh, sure, that's always possible," Texas Republican Rep. John Culberson said when asked by CNN whether members of Congress might come to regret thoughts tweeted in the heat of the moment.

"I remember Benjamin Franklin's admonition that... if you're really, really mad, to write it all down and then look at it and think about it and wad it up and throw it in the fireplace and let it burn. And, there's a few twitters that I get - I get really frustrated and angry because I am really concerned. For the first time, I'm really spooked about the financial solvency of America," he said.

While the Texas Republican is aware of the potential pitfalls of social media, he also believes social networking technologies can catalyze political organizing and advocacy.

"This is a horizontal revolution," Culberson said also Tuesday at the Heritage Foundation's weekly gathering of conservative bloggers. "Think of a flock of birds or a school of fish and how they move: absolute synchronization. That's possible using this technology."

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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Baze

    Better late than never I guess

    March 31, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Moderate Democrat

    "Think of a flock of birds or a school of fish and how they move: absolute synchronization. That's possible using this technology."

    The message: Conservatives and their bloggers expect you to move lock stock and failing barrel with their every thought and propoganda agenda. Do not think for yourselves, do not add productive debate to the equation, and do not dare disagree with us. Fly in the same direction, in perfect synchronization and with out a mind of your own. We are conservatives, and we do not welcome any form of change to our thought process, even though it has failed us miserably.

    March 31, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Michael - USAF Veteran

    I like Tweets from congress and a lot of the congress members I subscribe too, don't really a lot of personal information or insight that would damage them. It's nice to see people like McCain, Jindal and others tweeting it's fun.

    March 31, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Someone is definitely going to regret something they tweet. As much hypocracy there is in the republican party, i'm sure it will be one of them.

    March 31, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. Dylan from Minneapolis

    Hey GOP,
    A revolution is going on right now, you're just on the other side of it. Tough luck.

    March 31, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Mari

    So....... let me get this straight, when Bush was lying about the reason to go to war with Iraq.

    When we found out that Bush's administration had outed a CIA agent.
    When we found out that Bush had condoned torture, breaking our Constitutional laws and the Geneva Convention.
    When we found out about Bush's secret prisons in foreign countries.
    Etc., etc.

    God help us IF we, Democrats, Independents, even Republicans who were outraged ......... IF we would have talked about a ........ REVOLUTION.......... of ANY kind. WE would have been condemned at the enemy .......... and ANTI-AMERICAN!

    However IF the far-right-nuts call for a revolution that's okay?

    President Obama has been in Office for TWO months, and the GOP is constantly obstructing, their mouthpieces calling for a revolution!

    Thing is that our president INHERITED the Bush Disaster. Obama has been dealing with catastrophic issues since even before he took the oath of Office! And the GOP-extremists want a .......... revolution!

    Do they not know...... that 63% of Americans approve of Obama's work so far??

    Who is anti-American?

    March 31, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Jon

    This is the second article I have read on this subject today.

    March 31, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Enlightened Voter

    Republicans don't believe in transparency, it goes against their agenda of not caring about what the people think.

    March 31, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Chris

    Only now he's spooked? Now that there's a Democrat in office, all of a sudden he realizes we're in financial trouble? Awesome leadership, Culberson.

    March 31, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Brian Crooks

    Personally troubled by 2 things in this post:

    "For the first time, I'm really spooked about the financial solvency of America," he said.
    ================
    So he wasn't "spooked" in September when the Dow lost 1500 points in 2 days?

    "Think of a flock of birds or a school of fish and how they move: absolute synchronization. That's possible using this technology."
    =================
    That's what he wants? A mindless herd that moves in "absolute synchronization?" And this is what he told a group of Conservative bloggers, huh? Is that why all we hear is "teleprompter, cocktail party" on every blog? Sounds like they're already moving as a herd, Mr. Culberson.

    March 31, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Texas Annie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Quote of Rep. Culberson: "Think of a flock of birds or a school of fish and how they move: absolute synchronization. That's possible using this technology."

    Yikes– that sounds dangerously like mind control of a bunch of lemmings, does't it??

    March 31, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Shadysider

    If Republicans think Twitter is the future then they are sadly mistaken. Tweets are like the severely retarded cousin of blogs.

    March 31, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. JL

    Right, ok republicans really are the LAST humans on earth to ever have people anywhere in the World believe they are 1. Morel or 2. Have any values other humans desire. Get a clue, it was republicans "morels" that put GW Bush and R. Cheney in office and the entire World is to aware what we got out that joke. OMG, they really are "nuts". Republican's you really might consider moving from the banks of DENIAL (not the river in Africa folks). CRAZIE!

    March 31, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    @Moderate Democrat

    Your rant about "do not think for yourselves," "do not dare disagree with us," . is particularly inapt considering the searing condemnation a lot of Democrats heap on anyone daring to disagree with their Chosen One. I'm by no means a Republican–as far as I'm concerned, both "major" parties are run by imbeciles–but you really oughtn't condemn where you are so condemnable.

    March 31, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. thomas

    When you jump into the pool, don't be shocked if the water is cold.

    March 31, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Mel

    Yes Mari, exactly. Its amazing how two faced the Republicans are being.

    March 31, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. delicia Lewis

    I would love to get a tweet, concerning any bridge loans the Government anticipates giving Ford Motor Company. The NTSA knows there track record of failing to recall defective products until pushed to the limit after many people have died, and homes burned down. We are Americans that are just trying to make it. example: the car you bought from Ford , burns up, because Ford failed to recall the $20 defective part. This can cause a ripple effect, from lack of transportation to go to work, loose job, loose housing, medical insurance and it goes on and on. all because of Ford Motor Company's greed and lack of integrity. Look at this company's victims, make them take care of them! Stop dishing out money so they can hire attorney's to send threatening express mail letters to grieving mothers that son was burned to death over poorly designed cars.
    Thank you,
    Paytonsmom twitter

    March 31, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Mel

    Why are the Republicans still missing the point? Its not the technology thats the problem, its the message. Republicans are just continuing to show how severely out of touch with the world they really are.

    March 31, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Mari

    @ Obama-mama............. Please explain, Clinton, Kerry, Gore "also lying about WND's"......... don't think so.

    Look up the speech Bush gave when he sent our Troops to invade Iraq, to refresh your memory.

    Clinton did not LIE to we, Americans in order to start a war.
    Gore did not LIE to Americans in order to start a war.
    Nor....... did Kerry.

    March 31, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Minnesotan

    @Dylan from Minneapolis March 31st, 2009 3:52 pm ET

    Hey GOP,
    A revolution is going on right now, you're just on the other side of it. Tough luck.

    VERY WELL SAID!!!

    March 31, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Paul

    So what he is saying is that he wants to use the internet to try to get everyone to think like he does. And what is going to happen if we don't? Will he become 'armed and dangerous' like GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann would suggest?

    March 31, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. sue

    NOW he's spooked about the economy? 10 million dollars wasted per month in Iraq over 7 years didn't quite do it for him?

    March 31, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. David

    "Think of a flock of birds or a school of fish and how they move: absolute synchronization. That's possible using this technology."

    In other words, get the Republican talking points out so everyone can parrot them all at once. They'll start with soshulizm, communist, muslim, radical, teleprompter, etc. Oh wait, the conservatives already parrot talking points. This is so very sad and pathetic.

    It seems the Republican leadership still hasn't figured out that their problem isn't the mediuim, it's their message.

    March 31, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Olivia

    What a mess the Republican party has become.

    March 31, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. mike

    hahahaha, now that Obama is on the net talking to people.

    How about revolutionizing our media to tell us the truth and report the news instead of making them?

    March 31, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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