I've mentioned before that efforts to market the "Republican brand" online are generally going poorly — at least for Republicans. That's not changing. The recent launch of the GOP web site was bungled in an easily-parodied way.
It only gets worse.
Apparently the RNC has a Facebook fan page. Now, there's nothing wrong with having a Facebook fan page for your political organization — so long as it is maintained and monitored by somebody competent, so that nobody can use it to make you look like a jackass. Did the RNC hire someone attentive and competent? Apparently not, since this image was uploaded onto the fan page and left there for days:
From the tone and literacy of the poster, I'm 99% sure that it was uploaded by someone wanting the RNC to look bad, rather than by an actual RNC fan who is an actual racist. But such propaganda measures are not just possible in the modern environment — they are obvious, predictable, and inevitable. Any political organization that employs online media that permits user submission must use competent moderation, or this sort of thing is going to happen — as the Obama campaign found out.
So does this poster prove a point about racism in the GOP? No. But it does prove a point about institutional competence and seriousness.
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