Team Romney Accidentally Launches Victory Website... After He Lost the Race

One of Mitt Romney's biggest selling points during the election was his business savvy and his team's professional experience.

While he was not convincing enough to win, but that was not because his team lacked in efficiency.

One of his staffers, however, apparently waited until the former Governor officially lost the election to make a clerical error in (presumably) leaking the link to the candidate's transition website accidentally.

On Wednesday, Roll Call's Political Wire posted screen grabs of some of the pages from the website that Romney and Paul Ryan would have released had they won the election.

The homepage of the site has a seal of 'The Office of the President Elect' and had a quote on the top signed by President-Elect Mitt Romney.

'I'm excited about our prospects as a nation. My priority is putting people back to work in America,' the large quote says.

It shows links to information about the would-be inauguration (taking place in Washington, DC on January 21, 2013) and his vision of a 'smaller, simpler, smarter' America.

There are three other pages, titled 'Join the Administration', 'The President-Elect' which goes into further detail about the inauguration, and 'The Nominees' which briefly describes the process of electing a cabinet.

Unfortunately for political junkies, the nominees page cuts off before any actual nominees are identified, so the page does not give any true insight into the way that the Romney-Ryan team would have proceeded with their transition.

Political Wire does not explain how they found the site or how long it was live, only saying that it was taken down quickly.

Considering aides likely spent hours poring over transition plans, so the fact that they had a website prepared in case the election went their way.

Romney himself was very vocal about the fact that he had written only one speech for Tuesday night- a 1,118-word acceptance speech- and he had prepared no alternative. Perhaps his lack of preparation for the worst-case-scenario explains why it took him some time to take the stage after it was reported that he called President Obama to concede the race.

The accidental release of the website came just hours after Romney took the stage in Boston to give his concession speech to a crowd of disappointed supporters.

'Like so many of you, Paul and I have left everything on the field. We have given our all to this campaign,' he said during the speech.

'We look to Democrats and Republicans in government at all levels to put people before the politics.

'I believe in America. I believe in the people of America... I ran for office because I'm concerned about America. This election is over, but our principles endure.

'I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader. And so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation. Thank you, and God bless America. You guys are the best.'

By Erin B 11/08/2012 01:30:00