The GOP likes turtles.

The Republicans, ever the trendsetters online, are now selling .gop domain names to the general public. Presumably, they were hoping to recreate the thrill and excitement we all remembered so well from the rollout of .biz, .us, and .xxx.  As Will Martinez, vice president of sales and marketing at .GOP told the Wall Street Journal, “It creates that connection between a teenager trying to start a blog, all the way to a college group to candidates." Totally. All that will have to wait until .gop gets up and running, however, because today the domain belongs to snarky people on the Internet who are searching and in some case registering addresses that most loyal netizens of the .gop domain would find very distasteful. 

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Would have been a popular site in 2008. (via Good Ass .GOP Domains)

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Potato salad has never been hotter. If it's going to run, it's gotta run now.
(via Good Ass .GOP Domains)

I wish I could say that all of my personal queries were dry political observations:


I'LL SAY.

But really, I think my most important finding was that this is still available:


I like to go for the low-hanging fruit.

What really interested me, though, was the pricing scheme. $20.16 is the lowest possible price (2016, get it?), and then some domains are more expensive, like "turtles." Then, there's the premium list. This is for the stuff they won't just give out to anyone. It's got to be special.


Aww, man. And I really wanted to direct Republican drug policy.

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Some of the premium domains make you wonder, though:


Really thinking ahead about the people's demand for GOP selfies in 2016.

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Not unless you're the right kind of person to own this domain, apparently.

I'm sure most of that can be explained with...something, but what I can't explain is how I found all these awesome GOPeriffic domain names that haven't been snatched up yet:


Maybe Jeb can finally make it to the finals.

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I regret looking at that...and it doesn't even exist yet.

Sources: Gawker | Matt Binder | Good Ass .GOP Domains | Join.gop