Newt Gingrich fails Campaigning 101 in porn prank: When a domain name becomes a political weapon
News to Newt: You shouldn’t have left www.NewtGingrich.com unattended.
The real Republican hopeful hosts his campaign site at Newt.org, so American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic PAC, scooped up the domain name last week and set it up for a prank. At each click, the site redirects to feature Newt Gingrich low points and weak spots in his struggle for the presidential nomination.
Some are subtle, like a “Greece Travel Guide” website or the Tiffany Co. splash page, but others are a bit more blatant: An article entitled “Gingrich’s Campaign Still Looks an Awful Lot Like a Book Tour,” from the Atlantic Wire; a 2008 ad for WeCanSolveIt.org, a climate change collaboration with then house speaker Nancy Pelosi; a story about granting and then retracting an “Entrepreneur of the Year” award to the owner of a pornographic DVD store — giving a new meaning to “economic stimulation.”
A redirect to Freddie Mac reminds supporters and skeptics of Gingrich’s $1.6 to $1.8 million consulting deal with the mortgage lender, and an article published after the mass exodus of his advisers speaks to the volatility of his campaign.}