Following Monday’s conservative pep rally down at Liberty University, it’s obvious that 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz believes in himself. Personally investing in said product — or, at least, his online persona — is something entirely different.
The tea party favorite might be the first far-right candidate to officially call dibs on moving into the Oval Office post-44, but as Web watchers were quick to point out, he’s way behind the curve when it comes to staking out online positions.
Note to self, buy domain name before running for President: http://t.co/gHXVc4ac3w #YouCruzYouLose #UniteBlue — Chris Weidel (@chrisweidel) March 24, 2015
“Note to self, buy domain name before running for President #YouCruzYouLose,” instapundit Chris Weidel , who redirected social media users to the pre-occupied TedCruz.Com site, ribbed the Texas Republican Senator on Twitter. Prospective supporters who inadvertently land there rather than on the actual campaign’s virtual doormat will likely be confused/shocked/enraged by the pro-President Barack Obama messaging that's been displayed there for at least the past several months.
Cruz, a Canadian-born lawmaker, would have had to take time out from serving as the solicitor general of Texas in 2004 to have snatched up the choicest URL sporting his name.
According to domain name records, TedCruz.com came into existence on April 20, 2004 (burn!), and is projected to remain in the hands of its anonymous owner until months into the next commander in chief’s first term.
The site appears to have been, at one point, controlled by an Arizona businessman boasting the same moniker.
That Cruz apparently used the space to hawk real estate services through at least 2008 . HOH attempted to contact the Phoenix-based professional about the account, but email queries remained unanswered.
The site underwent a seismic shift at some point between March 2009 (still a real estate plug) and June 2013 (nobody home ).
Per the Internet Archive, the site has been broadcasting the current “Immigration Reform Now!” missive since at least December .
Another cyber-speculator recently snatched up TedCruzforAmerica.org, which appears to currently be focused on simply regurgitating Cruz news — but the owner could clear the decks and mount a disinformation campaign against the first-term lawmaker with just a few keystrokes.
Anticipated challenger Jeb Bush is in a similar boat. While he remains free to continue testing the waters from behind the ethically questionable shelter of his political action committee , the former governor of Florida better not wait too long to get in the game.
Business Insider earlier this year noted that a pair of gay Oregonians has already laid claim to JebBushforPresident.com.
Who knows what kind of troublemaker might set up shop behind JebBush2016.com? (It was still up for grabs when this post was published. )
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