Tea party candidate Chistine O’Donnell has long history of taking outrageous stances on everything from evolution to lying to Nazis, but now that she is the GOP Senate nominee from Delaware, she may try tacking towards the middle to reach out a wider base, starting with her website. Christine2010.com, O’Donnell’s website, now resolves to nothing more than splash page asking people to donate. There is no content, contact info, or biography.
However, until at least 9:32 last night, there were several other pages, including one titled “About Christie,” another explaining, “Why Christie?” another supposedly debunking smears against O’Donnell, a list of endorsements, and several press releases. Here is a screen grab, recovered from Google cache, of the many options a visitor to O’Donnell’s website would have had, had they visited her site before it was stripped:
The URL for all of these pages now direct to an error page. Could O’Donnell be trying to reinvent herself?
O’Donnell’s team is apparently following Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle’s lead. Immediately after she won the nomination, the Angle website was stripped to just a splash page, much like O’Donnell’s, and given an “overhaul that included softening and even deleting a number of her hard-right positions.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) revived pages from Internet archives and posted it online, but Angle’s campaign fired back by threatening legal action, sending a cease-and-desist letter and telling the New York Times that Reid was “breaking several laws and trying to deceive the voters.”