Right after Carly Fiorina made the announcement that she was running for President on the morning talk shows, CarlyFiorina.org, a site she’d failed to register, in an oversight that’s becoming common among Republican Presidential candidates these days, turned into a rudimentary infographic outlining the changes she’d made at Hewlett Packard while CEO. It was a veritable Internet bodycount of the hundreds she’d laid off as Hewlett Packard downsized into a smaller, more agile company.
One hundred percent aware that she was headed into the lions den over the mishap (after all, what’s funnier to a liberal comic than a Republican faceplant?), then, when she was invited on Seth Meyers’s late night program, she did the only thing she could do: she bought the same .org domain name for him that an Internet troll had bought for her.
And the end result?Glorious.
Carly Fiorina knew when she went on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” that the host would poke fun of her failure to purchase the domain name carlyfiorina.org.
But the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2016 presidential candidate was prepared.
When Meyers pointed out Fiorina’s mistake, she asked the host: “Do you know who owns sethmeyers.org?”
“I do,” Fiorina said after Meyers noted he did not know. “I just bought it in the green room, actually.”
And she did – for $16, according to her campaign’s Youtube channel.
If you go to sethmeyers.org, you’ll be rerouted to carlyforpresident.com, Fiorina’s official campaign website.
I’m not sure she’ll snag the nomination, but she’s definitely making me happy I didn’t skip her CPAC speech for Happy Hour. The move was brilliant. As of this morning, SethMeyers.org still redirects to CarlyForPresident, though the turnaround is slow, probably because of search traffic. And all this happened after a day at TechCrunch Disrupt, a major tech industry event that draws out some of Silicon Valley’s best and brightest to showcase new apps and programs that aim to change the way that people interact with the Internet and with each other. She was the only candidate – Republican or Democrat – to pay immediate attention to the Silicon Valley crowd, a group that has shown hints of a libertarian bent in recent years.
No matter what, I’m glad there’s a GOP candidate in the race who isn’t making morning headlines (and morning Facebook video feeds) because they faceplanted on a late night talk show. It’s not cultural takeover, but its a start.
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