The Campaign on the Web

Nov. 30 1999 3:00 AM

The Campaign on the Web

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Clever parody site that captures Gore's ticks and shticks. Headline on the "Goretopia" page: "Envisioning a post-present future for the generations that will follow the children of our parent's generation." The "Socialized Medicine" page exults, "New treatments are slowing the development of acne." Gore also vows to "give each child a talking Chihuahua" and "reduce class sizes to 0."

Bottom line: If only Gore had such a light touch

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The graphics bear an uncanny (and possibly actionable) resemblance to Gore's official site, but the content is weak. All jokes, all secondhand. Includes a "Bulletin Bored."

Bottom line: Stiffer than its subject

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A serious site, light on graphics but heavy on content, with links to dozens of articles scrutinizing Bush and several plugs for itself from major news organizations. Calls itself "a non-advocacy site" and claims to be the "First George W. Bush Site on the Web."

Bottom line: Opposition research headquarters

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Excellent libertarian-oriented, anti-drug-war site. Its theme is "Hypocrisy with Bravado." A stamp on the home page boasts, "DRUG-FREE SINCE 1974." A mock press release has Bush promising "to raise the age at which minors can be tried as adults ... to age 40." Best joke: Every picture of Bush includes a digitally-added white streak under his nose.

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