They have experience. They have long records of service. The GOP's current, former and potential presidential contenders also used to have rudimentary campaign websites that made full use of GIFs, hit counters, and forms to convince voters that they could be trusted with money and votes. The following slides reveal the way these candidates used to campaign via the Wayback Machine website. The site pictured here is from one of many successful Rick Perry campaigns. The Notes & Quotes form a sort of proto-blog.
Rick Santorum for Senator from Pennsylvania: 2000 In this campaign, Santorum used his conservative cred to vastly outspend the Democratic candidate; he used his moderate accomplishments to win narrowly as George W. Bush was losing the state.
Sarah Palin for Governor of Alaska: 2006 Palin's gubernatorial campaign capitalized well on her rising star: Notice the better-than-average photos of her in action.
Joe Biden for Senator of Delaware: 2002
The future vice president easily won re-election to what would be his last full term. The animated, flying flags seen here couldn't have hurt.