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Rick Santorum's error page needles Hillary Clinton

Technically Incorrect: The latest Republican to enter the presidential race has a Web site. Its 404 page goes after the Democratic candidate's e-mail habits.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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A conveniently amusing error page? screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

The season of presidential aspiration is upon us.

Sadly, it's a season that lasts two years and leads us to the point of screaming daily for relief from the season of presidential aspiration.

This means that some candidates will attempt to use humor to assuage our pain.

The latest attempting to do so is Rick Santorum. The man whose name, for some, is a little too close to the word "sanctimonious," has a new Web site.

Its error page is quite an amusement. It features a picture of Hillary Clinton looking a touch like a mob boss, staring down at her phone. The headline reads: "We're sorry, but we couldn't find that page." However, a titter line offers: But we do have this search box. You know, "for convenience."

This refers to Clinton's slightly imperious habit of using her own private e-mail for both official and personal business. Some suggested that this was her way of conveniently avoiding all her correspondence being kept by the government for future scrutiny.

I somehow doubt that Santorum will succeed in being the Republican party nominee. He must therefore lob his japes at Clinton from afar, rather the from an adjacent dais. However, it's surely wise of his staff to attempt a little humor that will appeal to his faithful and, I suspect, to many others too.

Clinton herself chose to reach for humor on her Web site's error page. There, you'll find not a joke at anyone else's expense, but her own. It's a picture of the Clinton family with Donald Duck.

Of course, should she have chosen to joke about Santorum, she would have had copious material.

Here's a Santorum quote that some might find amusing: "If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does."

In the end, politicians should joke as it helps us swallow the mounds of mendaciousness and sheer dyspeptic insanity they will toss our way for the next 18 months.

I wonder if, in private, they laugh at themselves as they consider how much nonsense they get away with.