House Republicans are dominating the YouTube scene, according to a Washington Times article today. Inflammatory videos, like the highly viewed clip of House MInority Leader John Boehner slamming down the the 1,100 page stimulus bill, contribute the GOP's popularity.
Republicans hold 8 of the 10 most popular channels despite having less videos posted. They beat Democrats 4.9 million to 4.3 million views as of Tuesday and receive double the average views per video.
The top YouTube channel belongs to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who boasts 332,678 on her most watched video of two cats playing in the U.S. Capitol. The viewing number can be attributed to a host of blogs that featured the videos to poke fun of the less than exciting content.
Rep. Don Young (AK) holds the holds the second most popular Congressional video with nearly 1 million views. The clip features Young in a floor speech promoting drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR.)
Illinois Republican Rep. Donald Manzullo follows Young with a video grilling Assistant Treasury Secretary Neel Kashkari over AIG bonuses.
So what does it take to find a faithful YouTube following? Short, hardhitting clips, like Boehner's or personal, off the record style conversations like the following vidoe by Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (CA) could be key. After you check out Boehner and McKeon below, bue sure to visit the Repulican Conference YouTube page for a collection of some of the best Congressional clips.
And here's Boehner: