If you were looking for Newt Gingrich’s campaign website, you would probably assume it was something like www.newtgingrich.com.
Well, you would be wrong.
On Wednesday, people who visited that particular URL were redirected to one of a number of sites slamming the GOP hopeful, including websites for Freddie Mac, Tiffany & Co. (the jewelry store where he racked up a six-figure credit) and a Washington Post story describing his failing campaign.
Newt doesn’t actually own www.newtgingrich.com, so a Democratic political action committee says they decided to snatch it up and play a little prank. Now that they’ve had their fun, they wanted to sell the name on the same site they bought it: Craigslist.
“In true holiday spirit, we figured it might go to someone with greater need than us,” the ad says (it appears to be flagged for removal). The concept of “need” here is clearly figurative, since the asking price for the name was set at a steep $1 million (OBO, of course).
For the record, Newt’s actual campaign website is www.newt.org.