The Nebraska Republican Party decided to apparently have some fun with the nascent 1st District Max Yashirin for Congress campaign. They bought the domain MaxYashirin.com, and put it up with photos of Max Yashirin, from his FaceBook page. The site is now down.
(And while all of this bears some similarity to our recent post on this campaign, Leavenworth Street has no affiliation or connection with the NRP, nor have we been in communication with them on any of this.)
However, MaxCongress.com has been purchased by Matthew Samp of Dem politico firm Clear Communication Partners. That site currently is using the do-it-yourself website program that WordPress gives you and it looks like a twelve-year-old put it together.
The point of all this? We’re not real sure.
There were no comments on the photos. There was no other editorializing. There was nothing “mean” put up there. The only thing that would seem “bad” about this is that Yashirin has one less domain name he can use for his campaign. And by the way, “Yashirin2008” is still available.
Now according to the Dem’s favorite blog (you can find it in the list to the right), you would have thought that Dick Nixon and the Plumbers (which would be a great band name) had come back to life and put up this post themselves.
They’ve described this new website as “really low”, “just plain cheap”, a “cheap attack”, “childish antics”, “stooping so low”, “fake websites”, “low standards”, and “Rovian tactics”.
Wow guys. Over-react much?
Now “cheap” we’d agree with, only because it doesn’t cost much to put up a website these days. A good allocation of the NEGOP’s resources? Well…you be the judge on that. Frankly, we don’t see how this site is (was) negative, other than it showed Yashirin smoking, but so what? Heck, until a few months ago, the current Dem-demigod, Barack Obama was a known smoker. Shouldn’t that be some sort of badge of honor these days?
And in the mean time, it gave Yashirin some face-time that he didn’t (and apparently doesn’t) have. As one poster put up here recently, it does show that Nebraska Democrat Chairman Matt Conneally ought to give a little advice to a young campaigner like Yashirin before he throws him into the big leagues of running for freaking Congress. But you can’t blame Conneally, he’s only had, oh, the past fourteen months or so to prepare for this…
In any case, it’s made everyone real busy and excited over the weekend, so that’s a good thing, right? Keep out of the cold, and all that.
You see, the NEBRASKA DEMOCRATIC PARTY purchased all those domain names back in 2005. You can read more about it in this old LJS story, here.
Why, you might even call that tactic by the Dems…”Rovian”…