I think this has all been a bit ridiculous, from both sides of the argument. One thing I would like to say though is, this whole thing seems slightly disrespectful to Dan and Jason. I realize most people aren't criticizing them directly, but I feel by criticizing the decision to hire them it makes it sound as if they weren't worthy of the selection. I just hope they don't feel that way. It would be a pretty shitty first day feeling.
One other thing. I know the new hires have not been ideal choices for some people, but from my point of view I'm happy to get whoever I can get at this point. This site has been losing people from the main office consistently for over a year now. The numbers were getting dangerously low. I can't help but feel extremely excited that we've finally gained staff instead of losing them.
Anyways, I think all this arguing back and forth is kind of crazy. I don't know if I've ever seen arguments on the internet settled with someone saying "oh, yeah, I guess I was wrong.". It seems like the best thing you can do is voice you're opinion, hope the staff members notice and take it into consideration for next time, and move on.