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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Post-Modern Political Warfare

Posted by Tim Tagaris

Internet gamesmanship in the run-up to the race for Governor of Massachusettes in 2006:

Massachusetts Republicans have launched a pre-emptive strike against Democratic Attorney General Tom Reilly by snapping up online Internet addresses that would have been obvious picks for him if he decides to run for governor in 2006.

Reilly has not yet said whether he will challenge Republican Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006. But if Reilly does run, it will be hard for him to use the Web sites reillyforgovernor.com, tomreillyforgovernor.com, reillyforgovernor2006.com and reillyforgovernor06.com.

A smart move is a smart move, regardless of what party is behind the tactic. Get ready to see increased political warfare on-line during the 2006 election cycle. Since most web campaigns begin with a simple URL, I can't think of a better place to start.

So, if you have a credit card handy and $7 you are willing to invest...

santorum06.com is available.
santorum06.org is available.
santorumforsenate.com is available.
santorumforsenate.org is available.
santorumforsenate2006.com is available.
santorumforsenate2006.org is available.

Doesn't have to be Santorum; choose your race and knock yourself out. http://www.networksolutions.com can tell you if there are domains available.

If you buy any, for any Republican candidate, please email me to let me know.

Posted at 10:10 AM in 2006 Elections, 2006 Elections - House, 2006 Elections - Senate, 2006 Elections - State, Activism, Netroots | Technorati


Not a bad idea to buy up Dem addresses to (if this is something you want to spend money on). Then you can offer to transfer them to the right candidate for free (or at cost) - in case some Republican gets the same idea as Tim.

Posted by: DavidNYC at January 13, 2005 11:42 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Do you guys know where the poll that DailyKos referenced that has Bob Casey, Jr. up on Santorum 52-38 came from?

Posted by: Brian at January 13, 2005 03:42 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Speaking of the MA Governor's race, I just live-blogged Romney's state of the state address - if you're interested, it's here.

Posted by: David at January 13, 2005 08:44 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment


He's already got his site up and running, guess we'll have to invest in someone else.

Posted by: Pete at January 14, 2005 12:28 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Regardless of if a (potential) candidate has a site up already, buying similar sites can have benefits. You can often have them redirected to other sites (such as the Dem candidate, for instance) for free. Or, if you're feeling really saucy, you can set up a satirical 'please vote for me' page, highlighting the candidate's failures/shortcomings, etc. If the search engines picked it up, it would be worth something.

Posted by: KyleMSN at January 15, 2005 06:48 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

doesn't seem to be taken
thank me later.
Nintendo DS Rules you.

Posted by: Nintendo DS [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 9, 2005 11:15 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment