GOP hip & cool website launch FAIL

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The Internets are hard, Barbie!

The Republican National Committee is trying to make good on their intention to appeal to someone younger than Methuselah by utilizing the same website and social networking tools that helped sweep Barack Obama to power last year.  I guess the idea is to generate a “conservative netroots”, and with that in mind,  today they launched a brand spankin’ new, snazzy, hip and cool website:

The new, cooler-looking site devotes a ton of space to social media, particularly the party’s lively Facebook page. It seeks more broadly to tap into the current conservative ferment, with lots of blogs and organizing and fund-raising tools, as well as huge displays of user-submitted pictures and other grassroots material. The centerpiece is the new OurGOP: The Republican Action Network.

“It breaks the mold of a conventional political Web site in many ways and is a sign that Michael Steele is serious about changing the culture of the RNC,” said Patrick Ruffini, a conservative new-media strategist.

Break the mold, yes it can!  But apart from some diverse and youngish faces in the banner and RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s blog called “What Up?” (no, really…), there was a paucity of material in some key areas:

The Democratic National Committee was quick to pounce on the new site noting that the “Accomplishments” page on GOP.com does not list any accomplishments since 2004 and that a “Future Leaders” page is blank.

The “Future Leaders” page actually calls for users of the website to submit nominations by email.

But never mind the horrific metaphorical statement made by those tellingly blank pages.  The best part of all isn’t what they didn’t post — it’s what they did post:

In checking to see who was in the New York State section of the site, (in addition to the other gaffes people have noted) we noticed three members. One was the “rnc-admin.”

Curious, we clicked. And there, we found, and downloaded, the “ForumsAdministrationDocumentation,” the “ForumsUserGuide,” and the “Admin_Guide,” among other things.

BWAHAHA!

UPDATE: But then, their incompetence is understandable.  After all, it’s not even really a website.

10 Responses to “GOP hip & cool website launch FAIL”


  1. 1 Dan Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    They have something called The Republican Action Network? TRAN? Should we call the members TRANnies? Could the TRANnies start teabagging parties with the 2M4M gang?

  2. 2 JJ Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Dan

    Could the TRANnies start teabagging parties with the 2M4M gang?

    I think it’s gotten to the point where these people are no longer parody-able 😆

  3. 3 hemmingforddogblog Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Gotta feel sorry for the guys at The Onion. How can you compete with the GOP?

  4. 4 Robert Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 8:53 am

    2010. Deal with it lefties.

  5. 5 Sister Prole Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    2010. Deal with it lefties.

    Bwahahahahahaha! You’re cute.

    2016 – President Franken/Vice President Feingold. Deal with it, tighty righty!

  6. 6 JJ Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    SQ – They are unparodyable at this point 😆

  7. 7 JJ Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Robert – Put down the crack pipe. Now!

  8. 8 JJ Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Sister Prole – Some of them are really delusional. I just read an article about some wingnuts who think that Sarah Palin could win big in 2012. BWAHAHA!

  9. 9 Bina Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Oh look, fresh meat. 😈

    2010, eh Robert? I think we should bookmark this and call it yer Famous Last Words. 😆

  10. 10 JJ Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Bina – Robert apparently doesn’t know that 2010 is *next year*. The GOP has at least 5 or 6 years of work ahead of it to undo the damage done by their far right wing. If it can even be said that it’s a “wing” any more.

    Right now their approval ratings are in the low 20s, and not getting any better. By the time the midterms roll around, the Dems might just win by default.


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