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GOP.com Fail

October 14, 2009

The roll-out yesterday of the new GOP.com was nothing short of a disaster. You can’t fail to find plenty mention of it all over the web, so I won’t detail all its foibles here, just my favorites:

  1. Mini-Michael Steele! He pops up on screen with a friendly greeting just like Clippy from MS Office. Sadly, internet mockery has caused  Mini-Michael’s premature departure; he has been removed as of this morning.
  2. The “Future Leaders” page was widely derided yesterday for being blank. (The joke writes itself!) Today, of course, they’ve fixed that. The future leaders of the GOP? You! (It’s almost as exciting as the year you were Time magazine’s Person of the Year.)
  3. What Up?

    Short-lived title of Chairman Steele's blog

  4. Michael Steele’s blog, hipply titled, “What up?” starts with the phrase “The internet has been around for a while now…” Again, caving to the pressure of internet mockery and scorn, the blog’s name has been changed as of this morning  to the bland, and not nearly as fun “Change the Game.” (Why won’t they let Michael be Michael? They just can’t handle how “off the hook” he is!)
  5. On the “Accomplishments” page: nothing after 2004.
  6. The images. The large red banner across the top is adorned with a rotation of “faces” of the GOP.  The are just trying so hard to portray themselves as something they’re not: young and diverse. I don’t see how a few pictures of black, Latino or female faces are going to change anyone’s impression of the GOP, but I guess they can dream.

Of course, the site was also besieged by technical problems, like constant crashes (blithely spun by Steele as a good thing: “This thing has exploded off the blocks,” Steele insisted. “It’s a good thing when you get another email from [RNC New Media Director Todd Herman] saying, ‘It’s down again.’”) There was also the unintentional posting of admin instructions, files & passwords, and the claim of Jackie Robinson as a GOP “hero.” (While true that Robinson was at one time a Republican, he later left the GOP and roundly criticized it for its stance on race. Although he supported the candidacy of his friend Nelson Rockefeller, it should be pointed out that Rockefeller is the kind of Republican that would today be run out town on a rail by the Club for Growth.)

At any rate, the whole thing made me laugh, so: Thank you, GOP!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2009 2:07 pm

    Why is the whole site in a “red” theme? I mean, doesn’t it seem a bit too red? I love the blank future leader thought, obviously the web czar won’t make the list anytime soon…

    • October 14, 2009 2:21 pm

      You’re right – it’s VERY red. Like horror movie red, but then that makes a bit of sense. Maybe the web designer was a plant from the DNC! We should totally push that rumor 😉

    • October 20, 2009 9:23 am

      Maybe the GOP is really full of ….. communists!!! Eeeeeek!!! 🙂

  2. Perez Christina permalink
    October 14, 2009 2:01 pm

    wow

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