According to a recent study, a first of it’s kind, a group of professors got together to rank the digital IQ of every member of the United States Senate. The Pink Flamingo has done screen shots of the whole ranking because it is fun, and because the information is a bit difficult to find.
The Pink Flamingo does question the accuracy of this study, though. Lindsey is ranked #30 with a digital IQ of 112, putting him in the “average” group. The problem is his staff handles everything. If the study were fair and balanced, this is one time I fear he would be close to the bottom in rankings.
Jim DeMint, on the other hand, is good at tweeting. I think there-in lies the tale. I would like to see Lindsey deal with technology and start tweeting. I think it would help him, would help explain his positions, which are 90% conservative.
“…The Digital IQ index combined senators’ use of social media websites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube with the frequency with which members posted as well as their followings.
But it’s not just McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, who’s the GOP standard-bearer for social media. In a social media game mastered by the campaign of Barack Obama, the study found Republicans have “struck back,” with GOP senators averaging more than 5.5 IQ points higher than their Democratic counterparts.
Of the seven senators who scored “genius” social media rankings, four were Republicans: McCain — the top tweeter, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Scott Brown of Massachusetts and John Cornyn of Texas.
DeMint is a tea party force, and Brown rode significant grass-roots tea party support to upset Martha Coakley for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s seat last winter. Cornyn is the head of the Senate GOP campaign organization.
“This study underscores the reality that social media is not a toy, and that digital literacy and agility are powerful tools in today’s business and political arenas,” said George Washington University School of Business Dean Doug Guthrie. “It appears that U.S. senators are making their comprehension of the social media realm a priority and are using it as a way to engage prospective voters and mobilize grass-roots efforts.”…”
John McCain is ranked #1. Then again, he is a Republican and we Republicans seem to have higher “digital IQs” than Dems! I always thought we were brighter than liberals, but I guess we now have the “proof”!