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File this one under mission critical.

The RNC’s Facebook friends total recently surpassed the DNC total. So what does an organization do when that happens? Simple, you attempt to pitch it to the media and hope that JoMa isn’t asleep at the keyboard. [Riveting, isn’t it?]

Only this time, it didn’t play well for the Republicans.

A few minutes after the rumors of the RNC Facebook pitch idea hit the blogosphere, Daily Kos went front page, urging people to sign up for the DNC’s Facebook group.

Seconds later, the RNC lead had evaporated.

We know what you’re thinking. This is all very fascinating and important, especially given the fact that we are constantly told the importance of the social networks this political season.

According to the political propeller-heads, the more friends you have on Facebook, the better the chances to be voted Prom King. And if you have 15,000 friends, compared to 14,000, in the case of the DNC vs. the RNC, it quickly becomes clear that, not only are you more popular, but chances are, you’ll be awarded the finest fruits and cheeses upon your arrival at the Gigabyte Gates – particularly given the fact that there are over 200,000,000 age eligible voters in the United States.

That’s right. Over 200,000,000 possible voters and both parties are pissing and moaning about friends’ lists that don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the political radar screen? Not to mention, their missing the entire point of the platform anyway.

Sarcasm aside, imagine what a 1000 friend differential could do for a presidential candidate?

1000 divided by 200 million is about .000002.

Perhaps this perspective helps:

In the United States about 1,000 people are injured by lightning every year, so 1,000 divided by 300 million or about .000003.

Conclusion: If you ignore political Facebook groups and even take it a step further and don’t vote- then chances are you won’t get struck by lightning.