In the middle of a Vice-Presidential debate and the second Presidential debate, I started browsing John Kerry’s official Web site for the first time. Then, I thought, “What does the Bush site look like?” So I surfed over to his and noticed a few similarities. First of all, they both have virtually the same list of options and pages, like sections dedicated to their own blogs, their wives, their running mates, etc.
But, then I came across something really interesting: the different kinds of downloads, multimedia, and animation the sites employ. They both have screensavers and wallpaper. They also both have their own chat buddy icons. The Bush buddy icons declare things like “W Is For Women,” while the Kerry icons are pretty standard, “Kerry-Edwards” fare.
Plus, on the Kerry site, they have something called “The Hallibuttal.” This is a compilation of political cartoons laid out like a comic book, telling the story of an illustrated Dick Cheney and his many criticized views on issues, many of them related to his relationship with Halliburton.
Now, on the Bush site, they actually have a computer game you can play. It’s called “John Kerry’s Flip Flop Olympics.” Basically, you’re John Kerry and you vote “For” or “Against” certain issues from education to owning an SUV. Meanwhile, a panel of (liberal) judges including Hillary Clinton, evaluate your performance with scorecards.
While there isn’t anything interactive about “The Hallibuttal,” playing “John Kerry’s Flip Flop Olympics” just isn’t fun at all. I’m not even talking about the politics of it. As a game, it’s just boring. Here’s to hoping that the Kerry campaign can add some new buddy icons as well as their own interactive game. Maybe they could call it “Not-So-Super Bush Bros.”