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Romney Campaign Accidentally Launches Transition Web Site 185

stevegee58 writes "The Mitt Romney presidential campaign accidentally launched a transition website the day after the election. Sporting a 'President Elect' seal and a catchy new tagline ('Smaller, Simpler, Smarter') , the site was up briefly before the gaffe was discovered and the site taken down. Fortunately an alert blogger, Taegan Goddard, found the errant site and published some screen shots."
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Romney Campaign Accidentally Launches Transition Web Site

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 08, 2012 @08:08PM (#41926493)

    Look at the electoral map by county. If all of those red counties unite and choose to secede, they'll control a good chunk of the oil, coal and farmland. Not to mention access to the gulf of Mexico for shipping. That might explain why the "department of homeland security" has been buying all that ammo lately.

  • by Andy Prough ( 2730467 ) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @08:25PM (#41926649)
    Texas would beg to differ, I'm sure.
  • "Fortunately" (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Dan East ( 318230 ) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @08:36PM (#41926747) Journal

    "Fortunately" a blogger captured this? Why exactly is this a fortunate thing? It's not like the site shows Romney doing something wrong, or trying to cover up something. Is there something particularly great about the site design that can benefit us in some way? Perhaps it contains some great scripts that we are now fortunate to have access to?

    Someone made a mistake, and you say it is a "fortunate" that they can now be made fun of because of it. Politics aside, let's simply not act like assholes please. Also, be thankful that your mistakes don't turn into Slashdot stories.

  • Re:"Fortunately" (Score:5, Insightful)

    by artor3 ( 1344997 ) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @08:46PM (#41926859)

    It's fortunate because it's humorous. It's like that time that Biden asked the guy in the wheelchair to stand up and greet the crowd. Momentarily funny, ultimately meaningless.

    It's not like anyone's feelings are getting hurt here. The IT guy who posted it goofed, but no one knows or cares who he is. The posting doesn't reflect on Romney at all, and even if it did, so what? His political career is over regardless, and all he's got left is his piles of money, good health, and loving family. Do you really think he cares if people poke fun at one of staffer's slip-ups?

  • Re:LOL (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Fred Ferrigno ( 122319 ) on Friday November 09, 2012 @12:12AM (#41928555)

    The electors are picked by the state parties. They're die-hard partisans who've drunk more of the campaign kool-aid than anyone. It's not like people who have been working to elect Obama for years are suddenly going to change their minds and vote for Romney or vice versa.

    In the rare instances when electors have switched their votes, it's usually been for someone else in the same party and wouldn't affect the outcome of the election. For instance, there's been speculation that some of the Romney electors might cast votes for Ron Paul, but obviously that wouldn't change Obama's numbers either way.

  • Re:Haha (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 09, 2012 @04:33AM (#41929913)

    Republican decision methodology: constrain choices to what they believe right, choose what benefits self.

    Democrat decision methodology: choose what benefits self.

    So, it's not that the Republicans can't do something (yes, I know this isn't what you meant, but it's instructive) -- it's that they choose not too. They really are the party of the idealists, believing one should be permitted to do almost anything (limited gov't) but expected to do the right thing (conservative morality). The Democrats, on the other hand, discount the idea of absolute right/wrong. To them, all ideas are equally valid. Well, unless it's a Republican, Christian, etc. idea that constrains, in which case they quickly become the party of intolerance. Some folks might not like them, but at least the R's aren't intellectual hypocrites.

  • by Coisiche ( 2000870 ) on Friday November 09, 2012 @07:35AM (#41930509)

    Hopefully the Republicans can find a better candidate than a used car salesman next time. And hire a better IT staff.

    And don't have an agenda that only benefits a shrinking percentage of the population; or at least don't piss off the growing part of the electorate so much.

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