Strange decision for a campaign that is struggling to maintain a semblance of having a strong foreign policy in the final stretch of the election.
The official campaign web site for U.S. President George W. Bush appears to be rejecting visitors from most points outside the United States, while allowing access from U.S. locations.
Netcraft monitors web site response times from seven locations, including four within the United States and three in other countries. Since Monday morning, requests to GeorgeWBush.com from stations in London, Amsterdam and Sydney, Australia have failed, while the four U.S. monitoring stations show no performance problems. Web users in Canada report they are able to visit the site.
Is the Bush campaign in such dire straits that they feel the need to conserve cash by cutting off the non-voting audience? (Nevermind alienating all the voting expats out there, but hey – they’ve probably already sent in their absentee ballots by now…) Or, much like the rest of their foreign policy, do they just not care about international opinion? Or perhaps with the recent cascade of newspaper endorsements for Kerry, they realize that the Bush campaign is doomed and they’re cutting their losses and sticking the money in their personal trust funds? I don’t know, but this seems to me to be a huge public relations miscalculation for such a close election.
Link via Boing Boing.”