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McCain Campaign, Of MILF and Men

What a bizarre (and tawdry) series-of-tubes headache for the McCain campaign.

How could it be that a Web site titled "VoteForTheMilf" redirects users to Republican nominee John McCain's official campaign Website? True stuff. Or at least it was until someone mysteriously un-directed the redirection.

As of just moments ago, anyone who typed "www.voteforthemilf.com" into his or her Web browser and hit enter was immediately redirected to McCain's site, www.johnmccain.com, where vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin greeted first-time users via video. (The .net and .org versions of voteforthemilf also redirected users to the mccain campaign site.)

The curious linkage was first discovered by GovGap. As you can see at Network Solutions, the "voteforthemilf" domain was created on Aug. 29, the same day that McCain announced Palin as his running mate.

So, the big question, of course, is: did the McCain campaign buy the URL to prevent sophomoric adversaries from doing so?

The McCain campaign says no. "We did not. We had nothing to do with it," McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers tells the Sleuth.
In an email, Rogers explained that someone or some persons bought the domain name - anonymously, of course - and set it to direct users to the McCain campaign Website.

As proof that the McCain campaign was innocent in the voteforthemilf.com-morphing-into-johnmccain.com mystery, Rogers pointed out that the domain servers for that Website are different than the domain servers for johnmccain.com, as you can see on the Network Solutions site by clicking here for the milf site information and here for the McCain site information. But, of course, that still doesn't prove they are unaffiliated, does it? As GovGap reports, the URL for both sites is held by the same registrar.

But mere moments ago, none of that seemed to matter anymore. Now, after the Sleuth contacted the McCain campaign for a response to the MILF mix-up, the voteforthemilf.com url suddenly - and without explanation - redirects users to this page about domain name systems at Wikipedia.

"There is no way for us to stop that," Rogers insisted earlier today when we asked him about the McCain campaign's involvement in the voteforthemilf site. "Someone could go buy brianrogersisajerk.com and direct it at johnmccain.com."

Rogers didn't reply (at least not by the time we posted) when asked whether the McCain campaign had anything to do with redirecting voteforthemilf.com away from the McCain
campaign Website and toward Wikipedia instead.

UPDATE at 9:48 PM ET: Asked whether the campaign somehow convinced the registrants of the MILF site to suddenly redirect users to Wikipedia instead of to the McCain campaign Website, Rogers told the Sleuth, "We never contacted them."

Now, we all know what a jerk is. But just in case you don't know what MILF stands for, please ask one of your under 50 guy friends. Or you could always look it up yourself on "the Google," as President Bush calls it.

Note to Readers: The Sleuth gives a tip of the 'ole hat to our colleague on Style, intrepid lampooner Libby Copeland, who happened upon an item on the dreaded URL snafu on the Washington City Paper's blog.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 29, 2008; 4:25 PM ET
 
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Actually the administrators of John McCain's site could easily block (or redirect themselves) traffic that comes voteforthemilf.com, or any other website whose referalls they might wish to refuse.

Posted by: shredder | September 29, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Seems this nonstory invoked a clever and classy response from yet another kool-aid drinking, blinder-wearing, deregulation approving McCain supporter. Your reaction reveals all.

Posted by: Mel Coats | September 29, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

In truth, I'd heard the acronym and was curious as to what it actually meant. Turns out my intuition was right.

Kinda funny webdirect, though.

BB

Posted by: Fairlington blade | September 29, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute, the "whois" database shows the registrant for both www.voteforthemilf.com and www.johnmccain.com to be the same organization,

Registrant:
Domains by Proxy, Inc.
DomainsByProxy.com
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
United States
(480) 624-2599 Fax -- (480) 624-2598


JohnMcCain.com was registered on Aug. 23, 2002. If there's not a direct connection, it seems to me the McCain campaign might do well to doublecheck with whom it's doing business. And the Sleuth might want to make another call to the McCain campaign.

Posted by: Tarquin10 | September 29, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

MILF? How about http://vpilf.com/ !

Posted by: Under50 | September 29, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Rush limbaugh is at the center of the fail
bailout, he loves fear,hopelessness,and
dispair,he also have a crush on Rep.barney
Franks. democrats we thank you for your hard work! Rush & Hannity are demonizing
Black people,the middle class,and even
hockey moms for big business failures damm
rush we did'nt rob.them,they are robbing us
you hippocrat fat fool!

Posted by: lois | September 30, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Why is there a small, but vocal group of Democrats who refuse to support Barack Obama? They use words like "hate" to describe their feelings. Obama does not represent hate nor does any part of his message for change. Maybe it should. As a white, 40 yr old NC woman, I encourage these angry people to vote Republican in November. I don't feel comfortable being associated with your mind set in my political party. I have faith that enough Americans will unite to get this country out of the greatest economic challenge it has ever faced, with the right leadership.
Barack Obama is that leader.
Obama/ Biden 2008

Posted by: eliforobama | September 30, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

@Tarquin10

Domains by Proxy, Inc. is a Privacy Service offered by Godaddy.com (Domain Name Registrar). The Domains By Proxy, simply means both VoteForTheMilf.com and JohnMcCain.com use Privacy and the companies are not related.

Jamie Zoch
www.DotWeekly.com

Posted by: Jamie Zoch | September 30, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

The despicable left wing media is doing to Sarah Palin what they did to Hillary. Yes, Sarah Palin is very attractive. Actually, Hillary is too. Claire McCaskill, Donna Brazile, Andrea Mitchell, Maureen Dowd are vicious, ugly women who thrive on tearing other women down. There will be a backlash. So, a word of advice, stop trashing women who are trying to succeed in the good old boys' political game. We're sick of it. Sarah Palin has more experience than Obama. He used Saudi influence and money to go to Harvard after not making the cut academically, and then used his color to get the Harvard Law Review editor slot, but never wrote a word for that Review or any other. Obama is a radical revolutionary in his suited disguise. Be careful that we don't wind up destroyed by the likes of him.

Posted by: Barbara LeBey | September 30, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Thanks so much for the amazing credit!

Posted by: Washington City Paper | September 30, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

more experience than obama????

Dream on. he expertise in world affairs comes from being able to see russia from her house!

Posted by: d Miner | September 30, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

McCain's camp infested with lobbyists top to bottom
McCain's camp is infested with lobbyists from top to bottom, all of whom have used their connection to McCain to form a nexus of client relationships at McCain's intersection of power and influence inside the Beltway.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christy-hardin-smith/mccains-cronies-gambling_b_130225.html

Posted by: deshaun | September 30, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Hello Barbara leave the meth alone,don't
you know that's it bad for your teeth!


OBAMA/BIDEN

Posted by: BULLWINKLE J. MOOSE | September 30, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Barbara Lebey writes

"He(Obama) used Saudi influence and money to go to Harvard after not making the cut academically, and then used his color to get the Harvard Law Review editor slot, but never wrote a word for that Review or any other. Obama is a radical revolutionary in his suited disguise. Be careful that we don't wind up destroyed by the likes of him."

Now Ms. Lebey really. I wonder how you arrive at this lunatic assertion. Would you be so kind as to provide some real evidence. Given that the gentleman is running for President, you have to wonder how the CIA, FBI and the Secret Service failed to uncover these startling relevations.

So, put some facts on the page or just go away and take your lunatic mind with you.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | September 30, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I hopes those American'ts elect that, whats her name, uh.... yeah Sarah Palin, because she's like, totally a MIlF and soon to be GMILF. That's totally metal.

Posted by: Skwisgaar Skwigelf | September 30, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, I admit it: I am over 50 and I had to goggle "MILF" to understand what it means. And I have to disagree with alot of the men who responded to this article. I don't think Sarah Palin is a MILF, a VPILF or a GMILF. I think she is bad news. I don't want her for ANYTHING, much less Vice President of the United States. We can -- and must -- do alot better.

Posted by: John John | September 30, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

MILF? Morons I'd Like to Forget?

Also, I want to point out that if anyone wants to see real Sexism in this campaign they can watch as McCain keeps Palin on a leash in the Couric interview of them together.

Posted by: Ben Daggett | September 30, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

You gotta catch her in the right light. Viewed right and after an appropriate alcohol dosage, she is totally a MILF/GMILF/VPILF!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 30, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Looks like you blocked that previous comment previously posted about the hundreds of moms/media vixens bringing us the news today. Too bad. I thought the parallel between that story
http://writingfrontier.com/2008/09/24/news-vixens/

and your own here were a perfect match. Stories and websites lampooning attractive women in politics are permissable, but the same does not hold true for attractive women in the media?

What gives?

Posted by: Writing Frontier | September 30, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that nobody in the meduia is decrying the McCain campaign's treatment of Sarah Palin as sexist. If a male candidate was sheltered the way Palin is, there would be an uproar. So, it's okay to shelter the female candidate against the big, bad press?

If you didn't see the latest Couric-Palin interview with McCain sitting by Palin;s side to 'protect her,' grab some popcorn.

Jack Cafferty once again rips her a new one.

I have the latest Cafferty skewering of Palin, along with the original video of him referring to Palin as 'pathetic,' both up right now at:

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/jack-cafferty-rips-palin-again-on-2nd.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 30, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that nobody in the meduia is decrying the McCain campaign's treatment of Sarah Palin as sexist. If a male candidate was sheltered the way Palin is, there would be an uproar. So, it's okay to shelter the female candidate against the big, bad press?

If you didn't see the latest Couric-Palin interview with McCain sitting by Palin;s side to 'protect her,' grab some popcorn.

Jack Cafferty once again rips her a new one.

I have the latest Cafferty skewering of Palin, along with the original video of him referring to Palin as 'pathetic,' both up right now at:

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/09/jack-cafferty-rips-palin-again-on-2nd.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | September 30, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Now that smart Repubs are understanding the full measure of Palin (and the fact is was a really bad choice), the McCain camp has to whine that the libs are unfairly attacking Palin--if you can't stand the heat, get back in the kitchen. Palin is a disgrace to any women with fully functioning grey matter, and I hope that means most of us, although I have my strong doubts we have come far at all--

-A middle aged female indy for Obama--

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MDZiMDhjYTU1NmI5Y2MwZjg2MWNiMWMyYTUxZDkwNTE

Posted by: Anonymous | September 30, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

What does MILF stand for?

Posted by: Ann Shannon | October 1, 2008 3:35 AM | Report abuse

Contrary to the implications of MILF, only someone very stupid would view Palin as one. Many men would prefer a woman who also can carry on at least a semi-coherent converstation when not scripted or tele-prompted. In the Couric interviews Palin does not display that capacity but rather hyperspaces from one topic to another never have adressed any part of the question being asked any deeper than cloud-level. We hear the McCain's campaign negotiated to get the VP debate questions and format simplified and controlled so she could stay within script. Did McCain think that Palin would appeal to women because she's a woman and men simply because of her appeance? We have no proof of that - and yet... Can we get Couric to run instead?

Posted by: Sam | October 1, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

maniacal ideologue latent fascist

Posted by: Anonymous | October 1, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Maniacal
Ideologue
Latent
Fascist

Posted by: MILF | October 1, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

It's amuzing when Katie Couric, formerly known as "Miss Perky", is the one who brings the gravitas to an interview.

Palin is so undeniably unqualified for the Vice Presidency, she makes Dan Quayle look like Winston Churchill by comparison. Crikes America is surely doomed with candidates like this.

Posted by: TGM | October 1, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I hav heard that MILF among Adult sites means Mums I'd Like to ....

Who exactly is it that the Republicans want to ....?

Posted by: lukeW | October 1, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain / Palin threaten 30 years of women's rights progress

join the resistance that is taking action: www.saysme.tv/wamp

our PSAs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IS0PJdE0Cs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTNTtpwpWXI

Posted by: wampcampaign | October 2, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Is it me, or did anyone notice in closing the debate that Gov. Palin handed off her special needs child to the youngest and smallest family member. Not her husband or other two older daughters more capable of carrying the baby (all three standing right next to her). Not picking....but would it not have made more sense to give the baby to one of the older bigger family members rather than run the risk of a baby dropping the baby!!!!

Posted by: simon mccool | October 3, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

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