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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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  • Re:LOL (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Daniel Dvorkin ( 106857 ) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @08:58PM (#41926971) Homepage Journal

    In the unlikely event that a large batch of Obama votes turn up in Virginia, Ohio & Florida as fraudulent and the electoral college swings to him... the presidency is his, concession or not.

    That would be the largest legal battle the country has ever seen. Given that Romney's campaign shut down so quickly that staffers found their credit cards had been canceled when they tried to pay for cabs on the way home from campaign headquarters [], I kind of doubt he has the machinery in place for that kind of fight.

  • Re:"Fortunately" (Score:4, Interesting)

    by siddesu ( 698447 ) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @09:08PM (#41927077)

    Well, it is, for one thing, providing a very interesting glimpse into the mindset of the people who ran Romney's campaign. I also recall them talking about their transition team in early July. Add to that the famous unprepared Romney speech, and you get quite a diagnosis.

    I personally have a hard time believing they were so detached from reality all the way through the campaign that they'd focus on inessential tasks like selecting a transition team early and preparing this mockup rather than focussing on the platform and their campaign.

    It is really telling how close to lunacy the Republican party leadership is.

    Which is sad, really, as weak competition in politics only further lowers the quality of politicians. Adverse selection in action, so to speak.

  • Re:"Fortunately" (Score:3, Interesting)

    by fm6 ( 162816 ) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @11:06PM (#41928045) Homepage Journal

    "Fortunately" because it's interesting to see what they planned. And because it says a lot about their mindset that the only contingency they had planned for was victory.

    I've always been fascinated by a document that turned up in Dwight Eisenhower's papers. It was a letter to his superiors taking sole responsibility for the failure of the D-Day invasion! Of course, he never sent it, because the damn thing succeeded, and he got credit for it, which is as it should be. But it says a lot about him that he was ready to face the very real possibility of total failure, at a huge cost.

    Contrast this with the current Republican crowd that always cherry-pick their facts to support what they want to believe. (And I mean you, Carl Rove.) Maybe, just maybe, the stupidity of this is finally going to become apparent, and we can go back to having political arguments that are based on honest differences of opinion instead of Destroy The Enemy at All Costs crap.

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. -- F. Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"