Like most vanquished candidates, Mitt Romney’s website displays a simple “Thank You” message along with an banner image of the nominee framed by the waving American flags of his supporters. But what if country had woken up Wednesday morning and pundits like Karl Rove and Michael Barone were actually right, and Romney had defeated the president handily?
Courtesy of Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire, curious voters still wondering how it would look to see “President-elect” in front of the Republican candidate’s name now have their chance. In the final weeks of his campaign Romney had been preparing a transition team, dubbed “The Readiness Project,” meant to help him prepare for the long list of accomplishments he had slated for Day One of his administration. At one point, Politico reported that the team was comprised of “more than 100 officials” getting prepped for the post-Barack Obama era.
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Goddard captured a few screen grabs of an errantly live transition team website intended to show America what to expect from a Romney administration. And what does this parallel universe look like? Well, sort of like a Mitt Romney stump speech. “Smaller, Simpler, Smarter” is the mantra on the transition site, along with “Believe in America.” There’s news about how to attend the inauguration and assurances that a Romney administration would select people of the “greatest ability and highest ethical and professional integrity” to serve with him.
The Huffington Post reported that the site was built by a company called SolutionStream and one of the owners said the mockup was created in “a day and a half.”
“President-elect Romney is working closely with his transition team to put together his administration to ensure a smooth transfer of power on January 20th 2013 and get to work for the American people,” reads one page. Here’s what appears to be the President-elect Romney homepage (see more of the site here):