WASHINGTON (CNN) – As former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina prepares to enter the 2010 California Senate race on the GOP side, her quirky new Web site is being ridiculed by the online community - and not just by those on the political left.
Republicans are also snickering about her bare-bones site, CarlyforCalifornia.com, which launched Monday and welcomes visitors with an animation describing a potential showdown between Fiorina and Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in curious terms.
"It's Day and Night," the bright red Web site reads. "It's Dogs and Cats. It's Good and Bad. It's Carly vs. Boxer."
After hinting that the Republican's official entry into the race is "coming soon," the animation concludes with a pun: "Carlyfornia dreamin!!!"
The left leaning Huffington Post called the site "really the most insufferable thing she's ever done in her life." Democrats on Twitter bashed the as site "embarrassingly awful" and told Fiorina to scale back her use of exclamation points. And a YouTube video mocking the site has so far eclipsed 15,000 views.
But several Web-savvy Republicans are also taking aim.
"It's the most singularly awful political website I have ever seen, and I am including all the old, basic HTML websites that were the rage 10 years ago," conservative blogger John Hawkins of the site RightWingNews.com said in an e-mail to CNN. "Why not toss in G.I. Joe vs. Cobra, Ninjas vs. Pirates, and Kennedy versus Kruschev if it's going to be a goofy joke? There's very little information on it to appeal to voters."
Blogger Dan Riehl joked about the site's color: "It made me think I had been re-directed to Macy's."
"Wheres the beef?," Riehl asked. "It's not on that Web site ... If I were a high school senior and I designed that Web site, I would be extremely proud."
Several of Fiorina's GOP critics are conservative activists who support her primary opponent, California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, who has carved out a position on the party's right.
Erick Erickson of the influential conservative blog RedState, for instance, is encouraging his readers to donate to DeVore and three other conservative GOP candidates in 2010 Senate primaries around the country. He also criticized Fiorina's site, writing that DeVore has been active on Twitter and Facebook, while Fiorina's site had "non-functional links to both services" when it launched.
But Scott Graves, an Orange County-based conservative blogger and new media consultant, claimed the site's problems are basic. He said it lacks crucial tools that helped the Obama campaign "set a higher standard for features, functionality, design, and the role of community in online initiatives."
Graves called the site "amateur" and said it fails to provide the kind of basic information about the candidate and issues that might make a reader want to get involved with the campaign.
"The fact that this was approved by the communications team, and perhaps the candidate herself, indicates a severe misunderstanding about the direction and role of online political communication," Graves said in an e-mail.
Beth Miller, a spokeswoman for Fiorina, said the new site is "a splash page only and is part of her exploratory effort." Miller did not directly address critics on the right side of the political spectrum.
"We were amused at the frenzy a splash page for an unannounced candidate generated and are appreciative of The Huffington Post and other left wing blogs for driving traffic to the page," she said in an e-mail. "Clearly, Barbara Boxer is vulnerable and the Democrats know it and are worried."
NO Carley for California!
Is this really the best time to use "California Dreaming" and evoke the memory of John Phillips for a campaign theme?
We in California are so ready for Carly Fiorina! Finaly someone who understands economics, personal responsibility, government's role in America, how to do things that work, national defense....etc. She is a brilliant woman.
Yet thanks to the media, left, right, whatever, it's getting the exposure Fiorina wants. People don't get it – you don't NEED all that pertinent info, the lemmings called "press" handle all the advertising for you.
As the head of the Democratic Party, Obama can and should comment on the politics within a state. If the head of the Party honestly believes that it is in the interest of the Party for someone to not run for office, he is obligated to speak up.
Why is the Right bashing the "Carlyfornia dreamin!!!" website?
Surely the Right isn't bashing it because it's pointless, ridiculous, and pathetic.
The Right is bashing the site because it just doesn't create FEARS and feed the flames of HATE among the right wing rabble.
And every Republican politician knows that creating FEAR and stoking ANGER is the way to win political elections and debates!
Get with the program, Carly!
We here in California are NOT ready for another Republican as governor. We have seen how republicans wreck states, such as ours, SC and NY, how they wreck cities and how they wreck countries (USA under Bush). ANYTHING but a republican...things go to hell in a hand basket when republicans are elected.
There has only ever been ONE good republican, Lincoln. They have been a worthless lot of terrorists ever since.
Carly is the California version of Sarah Palin. I expect her to do well for herself once her tran$ition to politico is complete. Its the only career option she has left!
Carly couldn't even manage John McCain's campaign and how could she manage her campaign..This is a Joke. I rather support Senator Boxer than Carly Forina who got booted out by the shareholders after the merger of HP and Compaq in which didnt produce no returns on the purchase folks. Did everyone forget about what happen to HP and Carly Forina?
Well at least 40,000 state employees are thinking Carly is already a nightmare.... way to kick off a campaign.
Fat Cats need only apply!
Carly's proved herself to be a worthless incompetent idiot on so many levels in the past that one can hardly take anything this " TWIT " says or does as serious. She ran HP into a rat hole and now she resurfaces to finish off California as if we don't have enough problems already. In short . . . lady, go away.
Go media! Go! Keep giving our lady all this beautiful free publicity. Love it! Huff post, thanks for plugging – all press is good press.
If she equates "dog and cat" with "good and bad," then she's lost the vote of those of us who prefer felines.
She would still serve CA better than the out of control spending liberals.
LoL. Looks like she paid Sarah Palin to work on her website... from China
So, they launch a simple website, they get alot of criticism, which means the whole world is now going to the site. Now that millions of people are aware of the site, all they need to do is to ad some content pages, and the campaign is underway. Brilliant!!!!!!!!
Two republicans bash it so I'm cure CNN wont hesitate huh.
Boy...Huffington Post couldn't wait to attack a Republican, could it?
Califonia is a disaster and this rag news site Huffington Post is critical of a web page? Not California's $42 billion deficit?
Quite the contrary, the media coverage will make this "joke" a popular web site with the curious.
In your efforts to belittle the website – particularly Republicn women like Carly and your obsession with everything Palin you bolster the people, your continued efforts to tear down only strengthens.
Bashed? A woman candidate being bashed? How could this be? Get ready Carly because here comes the sexist assaults masquerading as political analysis or commentary. Talk to Hillary about this.
Doh, David, Carly was not McCain's campaign manager, merely a spokesperson. Use facts in your leftist rants please.
Same Carly that almost drove HP to the ground, now wants to run for congress?
Yes, how dare a woman step out of the box! As a Republican no less! I personally am glad to see CNN take a stand against Republican women thinking outside the box!
The site clearly says "Coming Soon." This happens all the time on the internet, and if it was not for CNN trying to find a reason to make fun of a Republican, no one would even be talking about it. This site is nothing more than a place holder, and it should be viewed as such.
Judging by Arnold and George's track record...no thanks. CA is a blue stronghold...she has no chance.