GOP Digs HRC with 404 Page
Slate‘s Will Oremus calls attention to a clever Republican jab at the Democratic frontrunner for 2o16: “The Republicans’ 404 Error Page Is a Hillary Clinton Joke.”
The Republicans have not lately been known as the party of Internet savvy, as eventheir own party operatives will admit. But give them credit, at least, for making the best of a bad situation when something goes wrong on the party’s official website, GOP.com.
As of at least mid-September, the image above is what appears when you type in the wrong Web address or follow a link to a page that isn’t working. You can find it for yourself by mistyping the URL for any GOP.com page—e.g., https://www.gop.com/leaders/rational/ instead ofhttps://www.gop.com/leaders/national/.
Granted, the joke—a reference to a comment Clinton made in a June interview with Diane Sawyer—is not exactly comic genius. But it’s probably good for at least a chuckle from the party faithful, which is a step up from the frustration that 404 notices typically engender. And it’s certainly better than the “page not found” that appeared in 2010 when visitors to the re-launched GOP.com clicked on a link to its “Future GOP leaders” page.
It may not be comic genius but it’s pitch-perfect: poking fun at the opponent without being mean spirited and also subtle, intended to deliver a chuckle to those who stumble on it by accident rather than an in-your-face jab. Once upon a time, that was SOP for the GOP.
We’ll see if it’s true that Democrats can’t take a joke.
When was that?
I guess as Republican humor goes it’s okay. Laugh out loud funny, no. Logical – not really since she said she was dead broke, not that she is currently dead broke, which is what the website is now and she isn’t. At least they’re trying, bless their hearts.
Heh. I think it’s funny.
Not really seeing much humor here. Ann Romney says she knows what it means to struggle because they had to sell some stock to get through college. People with lots of money see the world a bit differently – is this news?
@gVOR08: It was pretty standard during the Reagan and Bush 41 period. There was less vitriol and more good natured humor.
@anjin-san: Ann Romney isn’t a professional politician, much less the frontrunner to be our next president. I think it’s a clever jab at a verbal stumble, not a keen insight into HRC’s character.
@James Joyner: To some extent. That period also included the Willie Horton ad, the Swift Boat campaign, and “Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”
Meh. On the clever scale of 1 to 10, I give it a “3” – it’s just that 3 is pretty good for Republicans these days.
I will agree that Hillary has been completely tone deaf on this issue, and that may become a real problem for her.
The one that gave us Lee Atwater? The vitriol really took off when a Democrat took the White House after 12 years of Republican administrations. Conservatives turned the rage up to 11. Now it is up to about 17, and real damage is being done to the country in the process.
“It may not be comic genius but it’s pitch-perfect: poking fun at the opponent without being mean spirited and also subtle, intended to deliver a chuckle to those who stumble on it by accident rather than an in-your-face jab. Once upon a time, that was SOP for the GOP.”
I’ll admit that it is a syntactically valid joke, but beyond that it’s the sort of aren’t-we-so-smart insider thing which people who don’t do well laugh at.
Too much analysis here. It’s fine, it’s a little joke.