“Thank you, for being up on Election Night.” So one high-powered Washington hand told me last night at a Federalist Society function. He’s a Corner addict and he had suffered through some presidential-debate nights when he beloved Corner could not be reached.
Earlier this fall, if you logged onto National Review Online during a presidential debate or two, you couldn’t acess The Corner or Campaign Spot. We had unprecedented traffic and couldn’t serve everyone we needed to serve. We had writers on hand writing, but even we could not get into the system long enough to post anything. We thought we had prepared, technologically, for the election, but there was more traffic than we had dreamt of. NRO was in overload. And we had to do something about it.
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