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The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Republican Senator from Texas, John Cornyn, is either a) his white hair b) his preference for cowboy boots or c) “Big John” .
It is not “the most prolific tweeter in Congress.”
And yet, that’s exactly what Cornyn is, according to a Hamilton Place Strategies analysis of the first three months (and 157,757 tweets!) Of congressman social media activity.
Cornyn, in fact, made circles – tweeted circles? – around its competitors. Between January 1 and March 31, Cornyn sent a huge 2,198 tweets, more than double the Republican second place (Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs at 1,006 tweets.)
The most active tweeter on the Democratic side was Pennsylvania Rep. Dwight Evans (no, not the big Red Sox) who sent 1,740 tweets in the first three months of 2021.
Interestingly, Cornyn was one of six Senators in the GOP’s Top 10 Tweeters. Only Chuck Schumer, who sent the 10th most tweets on the Democratic side, broke into the top 10 Democrats in Congress.
But it’s the large number of Cornyn’s tweets that emerge from the HPS analysis. As Texas Monthly noted earlier this week, Cornyn’s pace slows down to about one tweet for every hour of the day. All day between January 1 and March 31.
And what is he tweeting? Again, Texas Monthly provides an overview:
“Cornyn’s tweets come in many forms: staff (do you remember his chest?), the cryptic (often unassigned extracts from the articles he read), and the sarcastic (“It’s summer, ChuckHe wrote in response to a 2019 tweet from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, pointing out that July was the hottest month on record on the planet). Sometimes Cornyn wants to push a political stance such as border reform, sometimes he wants to let you into his life, and sometimes he just wants to make fun of his rivals with a beer. “
What is clear is that Cornyn expects other politicians to reach the high bar he has set for himself to tweet. He recently made national headlines by citing a Politico article that President Joe Biden’s tweets were “limited” and “unimaginably conventional,” adding, “Invites the question: is he really responsible?”
Does he do it?
Point: Cornyn clearly loves Twitter. But maybe he loves her too much?