The RNC launched a new version of its GOP.com
homepage this morning and in a statement, party chair Michael Steele said the homepage was the reflection of his vision for the GOP:
"When I ran for RNC Chairman, I committed to improving the Republican Party's online ability to inform our grassroots supporters and mobilize them behind important issues, while also electing our great candidates. With the new GOP.com that went live today, the RNC will be able to accomplish exactly that."
Just a few hours after the launch, though, Democrats are claiming the site reflects the party's current state more than its future. Flying around Twitter this morning is a link to the new site's "Future GOP leaders
" page. Instead of fresh faces, it the page lists "404 Error: This page could not be found."
The DNC says the site suggests the RNC is saying "There are no future leaders in the GOP." The Democrats offered this response: "As the GOP continues to champion the same failed policies of the past, recycle the same failed leaders of the past like Dick Cheney and Newt Gingrich, and fails to get that the American people aren't looking for a party that just says 'NO' to progress, we rate this claim 'True. So, very true.'"
Late Update: RNC spokesperson Gail Gitcho emails, "The page is being fixed. GOP.com is going to profile future leaders, sometimes elected leaders - but more often people who simply lead by doing, by partnering, mentoring or getting involved in their communities. "