Someone goofed up and briefly displayed the official website of President-elect Mitt Romney
. What does this peek tell us about a presidency that will never be?
Romney reportedly wasn't prepared for defeat. He didn't even write a
concession speech ahead of time. If he had won, however, Romney
would have been ready to hit the ground running. The failed
presidential candidate who started Tuesay with a well-honed, 1,000-word
victory speech tucked into his pocket also had a transition website
ready to go live under the title, "Mitt Romney Elected the 45th
President of The United States of America." In fact, the site did go
live, briefly and mistakenly, on Wednesday. It was promptly taken down,
but not before Taegan Goddard at Political Wire got screenshots. (See them all here.) What does the site say about the presidency that will never be? Here's what you should know:
What was on Romney's transition site?
homepage featured a photo of Romney smiling confidently next to a quote
from the "president-elect": "I'm excited about our prospects as a
nation. My priority it putting people back to work." There was also a
spot for a link to Romney's victory speech, and a place to list his
cabinet nominees. All the positions were blank, except the spot for the man who would have been his vice president, Rep. Paul Ryan.
There was also a "Join the Administration" page inviting people to
apply to work for Romney, but warning that "government service is not
Did the site give hints about what Romney would have done in office?
site suggested Romney was going to adopt an ambitious foreign policy. A
section entitled "Restoring America's Leadership" said that Romney was
going to show that America is "still capable of leading" despite "our
ailing economy, and our massive debt, and after 11 years at war." The
site devoted another page to describing how Romney would repeal
ObamaCare. It declared that on his first day in office, Romney would
issue an executive order paving the way for the government to issue
Affordable Care Act waivers to all 50 states. Then, it said, he would
work with Congress to repeal Obama's health-care law altogether.
How did the site go public?
was visible, accidentally, on the server of a Utah software company
called SolutionStream. One of the company's owners, Jason Thelin, told The Huffington Post
that the draft site was just a "tiny" project his team put together at
the request of volunteers on Romney's transition team, who contacted
them about 10 days before the election. "We were able to throw it
together in a day and a half," said Thelin, who added that he wasn't
sure he was allowed to talk about the site.
What are people saying about the site?
The site vanished as quickly as Romney's White House dreams, says the Vancouver Sun,
but it still offers an interesting "peek into an alternate universe
where Mitt Romney is the next American president." But don't look at
these screenshots if you're a conservative, says Jonathan M. Seidl at The Blaze.
This glimpse of what might have been — smaller government, a simpler
tax code — is too painful while the sting of defeat is so fresh.
See the screenshots at Political Wire.
Edited by Claudie - Nov 08 2012 at 10:47am