Embarrassing SNAFUs Dog Romney Web Team
The one day that matters most to Mitt Romney, and the one feature on his Web site that matters most on this day of days – “Find Where You Vote” – doesn’t even work (more on that at the bottom of this story).
Earlier today, Mitt Romney’s campaign emailed a friend of mine this morning and told him to vote – tomorrow.
I was about to write this off as yet another Romney screw up, then I realized that the friend who received the email is a Democrat and black. (Just sayin’.) The email subject line, time stamped, is below.
It’s not the first time that Team Romney had an Internet malfunction. Romney digital director Zac Moffatt, who was one of the lucky few Romney employees to receive a whopping $50,000 bonus from the campaign, but judging by just how many snafus Romney has had online, it’d be fair to ask whether Moffatt has been asked to pay the money back, and then some.
Let me walk you through some of my favorites.
God Bless Amercia
Probably my favorite Romney campaign online disaster was the launch of Mitt Romney’s iphone app. Check out the app’s welcome slogan:
Romney Ad on Video of Marines Urinating on Dead Taliban Soldiers
Then there was the time that a YouTube video of US Marines urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban soldiers included a prominent Romney for President ad:
Plagiarizing Obama’s Donation Page
Or the time the Romney campaign plagiarized Barack Obama’s online donation page:
Not Understand Venn Diagrams
Or the time that the Romney campaign had no idea how a Venn Diagram actually works, and Upworthy helped them with a few examples.
Mis-Spelling Romney’s Own Name
Or the time Mitt Romney himself instagrammed a photo of an event, showing the “big” crowds,” when in fact they’d been poorly Photoshopped to the point that Mitt Romney’s own named was misspelled on a banner!
First, here’s the “real” photo that I reverse-engineered by getting rid of the obvious photoshoppping, followed by the “original” that Romney sent out. I have them both left justified so you can see the difference.
And below is the fake photo that Romney sent out online:
Or the time the Romney campaign spent millions of dollars buying engagement on Facebook…. everywhere but the key battleground states, where President Obama has more “likes” than Romney in every single state. The map below shows who has more likes each state – you’ll note that Romney is kicking A in every state that isn’t key, otherwise it’s Obama.
Or the time that Romney plagiarized Obama’s bumper stickers:
Or the time Romney emailed out the exact same email to Romney voters following two different presidential debates:
“Where to Vote” Tool Broken on Election Day
So I went to Mitt Romney’s web site to see what it says today, and it has a nice button for me to use if I want to find out where to vote. So I click the button and get a page that’s a mess. The formatting is a wreck, and where exactly is it telling me where to vote? It doesn’t Look at this page – it’s live right now.
And here’s the Romney “Find where to vote” page for people in Ohio, a key swing state:
And here’s Romney’s “find where to vote” page for Virginians, another key swing state:
Now take a look at what the Obama campaign gives me when I ask where to vote – it asked for my address, so I plugged in the White House’s address:
$50,000 bonus. Wow, just wow. But remember my post from a month ago: “Romney’s poor management skills aren’t a gaffe, they’re a feature.”
Chris argues this morning that Mitt’s much-famed CEO skills don’t necessarily make him a good president, and Chris is right. But I’m wondering whether we’ve got the story wrong. Mitt Romney isn’t a bad presidential candidate because he’s a good CEO. Maybe he’s a bad candidate because he’s a bad CEO.
There’s a good reason “a mood of gloom afflicts the Romney campaign.” Their boss is a lousy CEO.