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    Well... possibly, yes, with a couple of caveats.

    There's nothing inherently stupid about hosting a website on a shared server.  As a number of other tech geeks here can confirm, what happened to Lieberman's website had all the classic symptoms of a site hosted on a server running the Cpanel/WHM hosting suite, which exceeded it's bandwidth quota and was automatically suspended.  That is the part that suggests stupidity - either the hosting people not being willing to front some extra bandwidth (it's not like a political campaign can't afford, what, an extra ten, twenty bucks?) or quite possibly the Lieberman website being hosted by someone with a reseller account, who receives a finite amount of resources from the actual owners/operators of the server, and didn't have any more to allocate.

    The website of pretty much any candidate and campaign can be expected to get some heavy traffic during the lead-up to elections, and one of the first questions those candidates and campaigns should ask is "Will our site be able to handle high levels of traffic?", and they should make sure they have a plan in place to cope with that, especially in the final days before an election.  If that means hosting their site on a dedicated server, that's fine.  Lieberman's campaign, from all external appearances, had no plan to deal with this sort of thing.

    If you're geeky about this kind of thing, there are doubtless better resources out there, but I recently blogged a three-part series on the (technical) designing and planning of a political site I'm working on; here, here, to a lesser extent, and especially here, in the parts about estimating traffic levels and planning for scalability.

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