Someone Is Playing URL Tricks on the Democratic Party

First, the URL GutsyCall.com began redirecting visitors to President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign website this week, giving the embarrassing impression that Obama not only wants to campaign shamelessly on the death of Osama bin Laden, but that he's already doing it the worst possible way -- with a new web address that sounds really lame.

Except neither Obama's campaign nor the Democratic National Committee were responsible, a DNC spokesperson said today.

Now, we've noticed that a new URL redirects to the DNC's website: www.DNCCryBabies.com. Yet another, www.abigfuckingdeal.com, redirects to Vice President Biden's official White House bio page, referencing Biden's unfortunate microphone moment after the passage of health care reform.

Neither URL is traceable to a specific owner, as both were registered through the domain-hosting service GoDaddy.com, which obscures the results of domain ownership searches.

GutsyCall.com was registered on Wednesday. DNCCryBabies.com was registered today. Abigfuckingdeal.com was registered in March of last year.

Who could be behind this mischief? We can only suspect Republican Internet poltergeists.

Earlier this week, Buffalo Beast blogger Ian Murphy proved, once and for all, that candidates should register alternate web URLs before someone takes advantage of them. In Murphy's case, he registered an alternate domain to savagely and hilariously mock his House campaign opponent, Republican Jane Corwin.

But, as the DNC and Obama are finding out, it's harder to prevent such an unpredictable, multi-pronged URL assault.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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