Hanlon’s Razor

There’s an adage that doesn’t get trotted out enough in political discussions, Hanlon’s Razor:

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

Apparently nobody told Sen. Joe Lieberman (R, I mean D) because, as it turns out, the fact that his campaign servers went down the day before the 2006 Connecticut primary was entirely his campaign’s fault:

A federal investigation has concluded that U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s 2006 re-election campaign was to blame for the crash of its Web site the day before Connecticut’s heated Aug. 8 Democratic primary.

The FBI office in New Haven found no evidence supporting the Lieberman campaign’s allegations that supporters of primary challenger Ned Lamont of Greenwich were to blame for the Web site crash.

Lieberman, who was fighting for his political life against the anti-Iraq war candidate Lamont, implied that joe2006.com was hacked by Lamont supporters.

“The server that hosted the joe2006.com Web site failed because it was overutilized and misconfigured. There was no evidence of (an) attack,” according to the e-mail.

So remember candidates:  Before you accuse your opponents of sabotage make sure you have a competent IT team.  If not it might come back to bite you.

And Lieberman:  Do the right thing and apologize.  We’re waiting.

One Response to “Hanlon’s Razor”

  1. Cee says:

    Before you accuse your opponents of sabotage make sure you have a competent IT team. If not it might come back to bite you.

    Or take advice from Karl Rove. Does anyone recall the canidate he represented who claimed that the opposition bugged his office?

    Joe is such a disappointment but I have a hard time being very critical of him because he actually risked his life traveling in the south during Freedom Summer.

    What happened to this man?

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