Kindly enjoy this pre-election video of Team Romney talking about how awesome “ORCA” is

posted at 7:33 pm on November 9, 2012 by Allahpundit

Actual quote from the video, posted on YouTube the day before the election by PBS: “The Obama campaign likes to brag about their ground operation but it’s nothing compared to this.” Thus is the epitaph for the Romney campaign written. If you missed it yesterday, read John Ekdahl’s post now about the embarrassing failure of ORCA, the biggest letdown among many from Team Mitt’s supposedly sterling organization. They’re in damage-control mode today, insisting that the program worked reasonably well and that they got data from 91% of their precincts, but that’s hard to square with the video. Gitcho says ORCA would ensure that the campaign had more info than the exit polls, and yet there Mitt was at 11 p.m. ET, “shellshocked” to find that he’d lost a race that most recent state polls had suggested he’d surely lose.

In fact, I think it’s time for another story of ORCA’s “success”:

Unable to test her pin number and password until that morning, she discovered, only after after she arrived at the polling location ready to work, that her pin was invalid. She spent until 2:30 that afternoon on calls to Boston every 45 minutes trying to get a new one. She attempted to input the voter information via phone dial-pad–the first backup plan–but her invalid pin number was useless. Plan C, calling in to Boston and verbally transmitting the information, was also a wash. The same phone number for dial pad and voice reporting was given–there was no option to ask to speak to Boston directly after calling in.

After finally getting her pin number in the late afternoon, Shoshanna attempted to log into the site. She had been sent an email from the Romney campaign that morning (after polls opened) telling her that cell phones were often not allowed in polling places, after she was previously warned not to forget to bring her cell phone in other emails. Thankfully, her polling place allowed her to use her cell phone. The website, on a secure server, was inaccessible from her cell phone (Ekdahl explains why in detail). By this point hundreds of voters had passed through Shoshanna’s polling station, unreported. Nevertheless, she went home, retrieved her laptop, and thanks to the pastor at the polling place (a church) she gained access to a locked wireless network. It was only at that point that Shoshanna was able to access ORCA, with only a few hours left before polls closed.

Shoshanna’s experience was far from unique. Starting in the early afternoon, reports were coming in from across swing states that ORCA had crashed.

There’s more where this came from. Try Ricochet for another horror story. Amazingly, despite the fact that it was integral to Romney’s election day GOTV operation, ORCA was allegedly never beta-tested at full scale. Joel Pollak argues that in theory, if Romney’s 37,000 volunteers had each been freed from ORCA misery to deliver just 20 more voters each to the polls, that could have erased Obama’s margin key swing states. But maybe these are all just anecdotes from volunteers who caught unlucky breaks; maybe there’s a bigger picture here that only professionals can see about how well ORCA worked in the aggregate.

Or maybe not:

Numerous Republicans in and around the Romney campaign called the ORCA platform a total bust, stranding thousands of volunteers without a way of reporting data back to headquarters and leaving Romney central command without a clear view of developments on the ground…

One Republican source with close ties to the operation said the system essentially appeared to have crashed on the first wave of information coming in, and never managed to get started again. It was down throughout the day, and while it may have been gathering numbers, it never provided the output in terms of target guidance it was supposed to, said a source.

“The problem is not only that it doesn’t work on election day,” said the source. “The problem is, you divert an enormous amount of human and financial resources over many months to [building this]. So that means they’re not doing anything else for turnout.”…

“At the end of the day, they told us that every single swing state was looking either pink or red and the worst one was Virginia, where they were a little concerned. Of course we know the opposite of that happened,” the Republican said. “So what was the quality of that data throughout the day?”

It’s well worth your time to click that last link and read the rest. If you’ve been wondering how Romney could have been so in the dark, even at the end, about how badly he was doing, you won’t be after you’re through. The Daily Beast calls it a “fiasco,” with justification, and connects it up to Romney’s prestige as a managerial Jedi. Anyone looking to get elected on that cred shouldn’t be hearing the words “amateur hour” about his election-day ground game. The difference between what they were doing and what Obama’s team was doing reminds me a bit of the difference between “unskewing the polls” and Nate Silver’s model. Exit quotation: “There’s a sense that we let Mitt Romney down.”


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All this talk of Reagan revolution is kind of trite and anachronistic and a form of escapism to avoid watching the reality in the face and admitting that 1) we don’t have he numbers anymore (demographics + minorities going all to dems) and …

jimver on November 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM

The rest is as much b.s. as the foregoing. Conservatism and conservative ideas are not an “anachronism”. You run an unelectable moderate who has spent m,ost of his career running just as cravenly away from “conservative” and then when he loses you moan and wail about the electorate. Give them a choice sometime for a change and let’s see who’s “anachronistic”. Speaking of which, the anachronistic New Deal Dems are still going quite strong.

ddrintn on November 9, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Better yet, let’s revisit all of the HA posts about how awesome the Republican enthusiasm is, and how the Tea Party voters are going to storm the polls.

Tell us some more about poll samples.

Unskew us that.

Moesart on November 9, 2012 at 8:30 PM

I’d rather visit all those comments from execrable dolts like yourself who always suggested that Romney didn’t NEED all those TP mouth-breathers. He was going to be swept to victory by indies and moderates and disaffected Dems.

ddrintn on November 9, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Come on now. Are you erstwhile Romney rah-rah types really that dense, or is it just a put-on?

ddrintn on November 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Me? A Romney rah-rah type? You’re new around here or blind. Yeah, I backed him once he got the nod, but he wasn’t my first choice.

Even a fool would see Romney as better than Obama though. If people stayed home, they contributed to the death of our country. That’s not just outrageous, it’s immoral.

AZfederalist on November 9, 2012 at 9:39 PM

All this talk of Reagan revolution is kind of trite and anachronistic and a form of escapism to avoid watching the reality in the face and admitting that 1) we don’t have he numbers anymore (demographics + minorities going all to dems) and 2) a majority of people want free stuff. Once you understand this, you will also get that talk of trucon, socon, moderate, rinos, is largely irrelevant, it will only lead to the cannibalization of the GOP, while the demographics will definitively ensure that all presidents from now on will be left or center left. as for the presidents and their legacies, not sure what the 2 Bushes legacies can be summed up as, but one of Reagan’s legacies is the today explosive Hispanic demographics that comes back to bite us in the azzes :)…

jimver on November 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Yep. This is it exactly.

PatriotGal2257 on November 9, 2012 at 9:40 PM

All this talk of Reagan revolution is kind of trite and anachronistic and a form of escapism to avoid watching the reality in the face and admitting that 1) we don’t have he numbers anymore (demographics + minorities going all to dems) and …

jimver on November 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Well, then the country is lost. If a conservative can’t win, which we don’t know because we haven’t run one for over 30 years, then it doesn’t matter anymore, the only question is how fast the country falls.

AZfederalist on November 9, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Well, then the country is lost. If a conservative can’t win, which we don’t know because we haven’t run one for over 30 years, then it doesn’t matter anymore, the only question is how fast the country falls.

AZfederalist on November 9, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Exactly. Well, it’s the moderate mentality. When a moderate loses, it means no one can win and the electorate is just too stupid. Moderates are like libs in thgat regard.

ddrintn on November 9, 2012 at 9:42 PM

According to the reader survey, 94% of Hotairians expected a Romney win, with 70%+ expecting a landslide including wins in PA, NH, IA, WI, OH, CO, VA, and FL.

Ed/AP were giving their customers what they wanted.

sauldalinsky on November 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM

I stayed away from this site after the primaries. The Romney fawning was just too much to take because it was so over-the-top that I often thought that perhaps I was the one who was out-of-step since I couldn’t see the “awesome” of Romney.

KickandSwimMom on November 9, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Well, then the country is lost. If a conservative can’t win, which we don’t know because we haven’t run one for over 30 years, then it doesn’t matter anymore, the only question is how fast the country falls.

AZfederalist on November 9, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Longer than 30 years. Much longer. In fact, when has the Republican Party ever nominated a conservative?

Dante on November 9, 2012 at 9:45 PM

I could write a whole article for you on my experience with ORCA…including the emails back and forth with Dan Centinello, who is utterly and completely inept at whatever job it is he was actually supposed to be doing. After receiving numerous emails daily, sometimes the same ones sent to me 3 or 4 times, I could not get a straight answer as to when the “app” would be emailed to us. Needless to say, it wasn’t an “app” as we know it, but some web app apparently. The evening before the election I emailed to ask when I would be receiving the app because time was running out before Election Day and received a reply stating they had someone else going to the polling place I was scheduled to be at and that they didn’t need me. Mind you this is after I had taken the day off of work to do this. But then, I was informed, they still needed me to report the final totals after they were counted on Tuesday night. I kindly informed the campaign that I would not be doing anything for them and that their lack of communication, organization, and utter incompetence in rolling this thing out was the reason I would be going to work instead of helping them on Election Day. I also informed them that they were lucky I had already voted absentee or I’d be tempted to change my vote due to their constant bombardment of campaign donation emails, yet no communication on the ORCA app I was supposed to be working with. This thing was hype and disaster from the beginning. Many legitimate questions about it were ignored because these guys thought their program was so cool. Anybody who took an objective look at it could see the failure it would soon be. I’m just glad I called it crap and backed out so I could go to work the next day and work back some of the donation money I gave to these clowns. Pathetic.

TheAudacityofNOPE on November 9, 2012 at 9:47 PM

I stayed away from this site after the primaries. The Romney fawning was just too much to take because it was so over-the-top that I often thought that perhaps I was the one who was out-of-step since I couldn’t see the “awesome” of Romney.

KickandSwimMom on November 9, 2012 at 9:44 PM

It’s just like the people I advised you to stop listening to: they “attack” candidates, but then go into overdrive convincing you to support them once they get the nomination. They lie to you. There is no principle; it’s all about being a shill for the Party.

Dante on November 9, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Palin would have been better served giving a rocking keynote at the convention and running in 2012. Now she’s toxic. Say what you want about the Romney campaign, but they did right by Ryan. This was not a cynical move on Romney’s part.

Illinidiva on November 9, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Not really. Palin’s toxic? Moderates are toxic. Running for that squishy center is toxic. It’s been proven two presidential elections in a row now. Anyone who has been sitting in here for the past year and rah-rah Red Teaming it with visions of a Romney-Ryan juggernaut are NOT credible judges of “toxicity”.

ddrintn on November 9, 2012 at 9:48 PM

By the way, notice how much nicer this place has become now that most of the Romney operatives have left? It feels like home again. :)

KickandSwimMom on November 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Romney operatives? Are you including those of us who decided that Romney was the nominee through no fault of our own and that we would crawl over broken glass to vote King Obama out of office because he’s destroying this country?

Are we stinking up the place too?

JPeterman on November 9, 2012 at 9:49 PM

This thing was hype and disaster from the beginning.

TheAudacityofNOPE on November 9, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Just like Romney.

Dante on November 9, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Romney operatives? Are you including those of us who decided that Romney was the nominee through no fault of our own and that we would crawl over broken glass to vote King Obama out of office because he’s destroying this country?

Are we stinking up the place too?

JPeterman on November 9, 2012 at 9:49 PM

There were other candidates on the ballot.

Dante on November 9, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Romney operatives? Are you including those of us who decided that Romney was the nominee through no fault of our own and that we would crawl over broken glass to vote King Obama out of office because he’s destroying this country?

Are we stinking up the place too?

JPeterman on November 9, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Oh, come off it. It was never JUST that. It was making sure your little squads would nuke anyone who would dare to suggest that Mighty Mitt and his Red Team might — just MIGHT, mind you — lose.

ddrintn on November 9, 2012 at 9:50 PM

I’m an avid reader of HotAir and its community comments, but I also read Libertarian sites and Liberal sites so as to see what their community comments have to say.

I feel that this is the only way that anyone can truly understand the issues and how they are seen and defined by others in order to avoid living in a bubble.

Because of my reading information outside of the bubble I have been shocked for quite some time at how out of touch many here at HotAir, Redstate, FoxNews, etc, have become.

Every time someone tried to explain whats going on outside of the HotAir bubble they would be attacked. Same happened at RedState and on Fox News which created an echo-chamber/bubble of ignorance.

This is why so many here/RedState/FoxNews/RommnyCampaign were shell shocked surprised with the election results despite that it was overwhelmingly obvious by the majority of polls that Obama was easily going to win the election.

It was so obvious to a lot of dems I know that many of them didn’t bother to vote like they did in 2008 because they knew Obama was going to easily win this election and therefore they didn’t need to vote so why wait in line.?.

My suggestion is to avoid the echo-chamber and start including information that is outside of your bubble so that you can be apart of or at least understand what the majority of the country is thinking/wanting.

Calling the majority of people in the county stupid or morons and lazy free loaders is not going to help you gain support from the rest of the country.

At this time it seems like many Republicans hate America and especially hate the majority of US citizens. Therefore the party is/has become to unattractive for many Americans.

JustTheFacts on November 9, 2012 at 9:54 PM

You all notice who AIN’T comin’ around?

That phuckin’ idiot panfish/cdseven and Buy_Day_Old_Danish.

Lanceman on November 9, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Every time someone tried to explain whats going on outside of the HotAir bubble they would be attacked. Same happened at RedState and on Fox News which created an echo-chamber/bubble of ignorance.

This is why so many here/RedState/FoxNews/RommnyCampaign were shell shocked surprised with the election results despite that it was overwhelmingly obvious by the majority of polls that Obama was easily going to win the election.

JustTheFacts on November 9, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Exactly. The ‘Bot Squads in here became the mirror images of O-bot Kos Kiddies circa 2008.

ddrintn on November 9, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I’ll tell you what really teed me off (and I went and voted for Mitt. It was the utterly graceless way the Mittbots kept crapping of Mitt’s rivals after they were defeated. That was over the line for me. The cardinal rule after a win is we have to work together tomorrow so shake hands and dust each other off. They are utterly graceless now in defeat, too.

Good to see you, ddrintin!

SurferDoc on November 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM

At this time it seems like many Republicans hate America and especially hate the majority of US citizens. Therefore the party is/has become to unattractive for many Americans.

JustTheFacts on November 9, 2012 at 9:54 PM

That’s where you’re wrong, though. The party is unpopular because it’s seen as nothing more than a watered-down version of the Democrat party.

ddrintn on November 9, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Come on now. Are you erstwhile Romney rah-rah types really that dense, or is it just a put-on?

ddrintn on November 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Me? A Romney rah-rah type? You’re new around here or blind. Yeah, I backed him once he got the nod, but he wasn’t my first choice.

Even a fool would see Romney as better than Obama though. If people stayed home, they contributed to the death of our country. That’s not just outrageous, it’s immoral.

AZfederalist on November 9, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Most of us were just trying to do the best with what we were given. Making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, to use a cliche.

You know very well, ddrintn, that most of us had other people we preferred.

I really have to wonder at the inability of some people to understand that sometimes being a practical adult is doing something we’re not thrilled with. It doesn’t necessarily mean we’re happy, but doing the right thing at the time.

We had to try.

kim roy on November 9, 2012 at 10:01 PM

They are utterly graceless now in defeat, too.

Good to see you, ddrintin!

SurferDoc on November 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Who is “they”?

JPeterman on November 9, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Good to see you, ddrintin!

SurferDoc on November 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Ditto, ddrintintin!

Lanceman on November 9, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Who? The swine who bashed Sarah Palin nonstop for two years +, then did the same to Perry, Bachman, Newt, Santorum, anyone who stood in the way of Electable Mitt, that’s who.

SurferDoc on November 9, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Even a fool would see Romney as better than Obama though. If people stayed home, they contributed to the death of our country. That’s not just outrageous, it’s immoral.

AZfederalist on November 9, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Actually, a strong case can be made that not voting is very moral.

Abstain From Beans

by Robert LeFevre

In ancient Athens, those who admired the Stoic philosophy of individualism took as their motto: “Abstain from Beans.” The phrase had a precise reference. It meant: don’t vote. Balloting in Athens occurred by dropping various colored beans into a receptacle.

To vote is to express a preference. There is nothing implicitly evil in choosing. All of us in the ordinary course of our daily lives vote for or against dozens of products and services. When we vote for (buy) any good or service, it follows that by salutary neglect we vote against the goods or services we do not choose to buy. The great merit of market place choosing is that no one is bound by any other person’s selection. I may choose Brand X. But this cannot prevent you from choosing Brand Y.

When we place voting into the framework of politics, however, a major change occurs. When we express a preference politically, we do so precisely because we intend to bind others to our will. Political voting is the legal method we have adopted and extolled for obtaining monopolies of power. Political voting is nothing more than the assumption that might makes right. There is a presumption that any decision wanted by the majority of those expressing a preference must be desirable, and the inference even goes so far as to presume that anyone who differs from a majority view is wrong or possibly immoral.

But history shows repeatedly the madness of crowds and the irrationality of majorities. The only conceivable merit relating to majority rule lies in the fact that if we obtain monopoly decisions by this process, we will coerce fewer persons than if we permit the minority to coerce the majority. But implicit in all political voting is the necessity to coerce some so that all are controlled. The direction taken by the control is academic. Control as a monopoly in the hands of the state is basic.

In times such as these, it is incumbent upon free men to reexamine their most cherished, long-established beliefs. There is only one truly moral position for an honest person to take. He must refrain from coercing his fellows. This means that he should refuse to participate in the process by means of which some men obtain power over others. If you value your right to life, liberty, and property, then clearly there is every reason to refrain from participating in a process that is calculated to remove the life, liberty, or property from any other person. Voting is the method for obtaining legal power to coerce others.

Dante on November 9, 2012 at 10:08 PM

I’d rather visit all those comments from execrable dolts like yourself who always suggested that Romney didn’t NEED all those TP mouth-breathers.

I never say that.

But, the hell with lazy people. Stay home some more just because train wreck Palin or whoever you wanted didn’t get the nom.

Nice Americans.

Moesart on November 9, 2012 at 10:10 PM

The rest is as much b.s. as the foregoing. Conservatism and conservative ideas are not an “anachronism”. You run an unelectable moderate who has spent m,ost of his career running just as cravenly away from “conservative” and then when he loses you moan and wail about the electorate. Give them a choice sometime for a change and let’s see who’s “anachronistic”. Speaking of which, the anachronistic New Deal Dems are still going quite strong.

ddrintn on November 9, 2012 at 9:35 PM

While you are busy posting here another wave of minority youth (and youth in general) are turning 18, and a wave of old republican voters disappears with nothing to replace it, as a loyal group of voters. and there’s four more years of this coming….do you think the demographics will help you in 2016 when you run your Santorum on steroids type? :)…also, what do you offer them? Ideas, talk of Reagan revolution, re-packaged conservatism….wait, no, let me re-phrase differently so that you get it, what tangible free stuff you offer them? What do you mean nada?? Well, then, sorry mate, the other guy just promised a new set of benefits for single mothers and free college education for everybody :)..

jimver on November 9, 2012 at 10:11 PM

train wreck Palin

Moesart on November 9, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Yeah, numbnuts.

But for Palin, you’d be yappin’ “At least Romney got more votes than McLame!”

*disclaimer*

Romney voter

Lanceman on November 9, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Actually, a strong case can be made that not voting is very moral.

A vote means you are involved in the process. It’s basically a license to opine.

If you didn’t vote, you can STFU. That’s what I always tell people. If someone complains about politics to me, the first thing I say is “Did you vote?”.

Didn’t vote? STFU.

Moesart on November 9, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I’ll tell you what really teed me off and I went and voted for Mitt. It was the utterly graceless way the Mittbots kept crapping on Mitt’s rivals after they were defeated. That was over the line for me. The cardinal rule after a win is we have to work together tomorrow so shake hands and dust each other off. They are utterly graceless now in defeat, too.

SurferDoc on November 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Yep. Reagan’s 11th Commandment? Nowhere to be found.

That’s where you’re wrong, though. The party is unpopular because it’s seen as nothing more than a watered-down version of the Democrat party.

ddrintn on November 9, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Yep, times 100. The Dems, the MSM and the GOP establishment are all three sides of the same pyramid.

PatriotGal2257 on November 9, 2012 at 10:15 PM

You didn’t make your opinion known when it counted the most, so why should anyone listen to you now?

They shouldn’t.

Moesart on November 9, 2012 at 10:15 PM

The Mittbots were told their crappy attitude would come back to bite them and their candidate but they knew better. “You’ll pull that lever, you have nowhere else to go,” one snot said. “There are too few of you to make a difference,” another said. Well, guess what. Whoever didn’t vote here didn’t lose the election for Mitt, it was the ones who kicked the Perry and Palin supporters in the teeth and Mitt’s refusal to reach out to the Tea Party and his vanquished rivals. He left five or six great vote getters sitting in the stands watching.

SurferDoc on November 9, 2012 at 10:15 PM

A vote means you are involved in the process. It’s basically a license to opine.

If you didn’t vote, you can STFU. That’s what I always tell people. If someone complains about politics to me, the first thing I say is “Did you vote?”.

Didn’t vote? STFU.

Moesart on November 9, 2012 at 10:14 PM

You should’ve read the piece; but on the contrary, the person who didn’t vote has the higher ground in complaining, since they were the ones who did not support it.

Dante on November 9, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Yep. Reagan’s 11th Commandment? Nowhere to be found.

PatriotGal2257 on November 9, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Reagan’s 11th Commandment is Stalinist in nature. I can’t believe people willingly lay down their minds and freedom of thought to that garbage.

Dante on November 9, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Inc I’m sure Ryan and his daughter will go out and kill some large animals as catharsis and everything will be okay. However, he really shouldn’t be so emotionally expressive and sincere and use his puppy dog eyes. Those make me to emotionally invested.

And yes, Palin’s toxic. I have friends who are indies and she doesn’t fly.

Illinidiva on November 9, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Most of us were just trying to do the best with what we were given. Making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, to use a cliche.

You know very well, ddrintn, that most of us had other people we preferred.

I really have to wonder at the inability of some people to understand that sometimes being a practical adult is doing something we’re not thrilled with. It doesn’t necessarily mean we’re happy, but doing the right thing at the time.

We had to try.

kim roy on November 9, 2012 at 10:01 PM

I’m with kim, this is so pathetic you did it, no you did it…
all I know is now I’m stuck in a country that I don’t recognize and my family and small children will suffer the consequences.

let it burn.

MontanaMmmm on November 9, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Stay home some more just because train wreck Palin or whoever you wanted didn’t get the nom.

Nice Americans.

Moesart on November 9, 2012 at 10:10 PM

She did more with much less money. Mitt was in control of his campaign , Palin wasn’t in control of the Mccain campaign but it was she who was all the difference.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Still, I agree with sharrukin and others that there is NO excuse for the way Romney pandered to independents and various identity groups as well as the way he stood down at the debates on confronting important screw-ups the Obama administration was guilty of.

No matter. This was a doomed campaign from the get-go because Romney and his followers all believed that he could win by ignoring conservatives and focusing on pandering to independents and disaffected democrats. Folly all the way around.

KickandSwimMom on November 9, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Oh, I’ll give Romney this: To a certain extent, his plans to appeal to independents worked. He managed to win the demographic. The problem was, the independents weren’t enough to replace the conservative base, something which Romney’s critics repeatedly warned of on this site.

By the way, notice how much nicer this place has become now that most of the Romney operatives have left? It feels like home again. :)

KickandSwimMom on November 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Yes. Once they left and the liberals mostly left after doing their victory dances, comments in general have been much more pleasant.

Ed/AP were giving their customers what they wanted.

sauldalinsky on November 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM

ROFL, yep. All you can do is shake your head and laugh.

ddrintn on November 9, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I can’t really blame Ed and AP. Despite being a Romney critic, I got sucked up into the enthusiasm as well. It’s clear from retrospective articles that Romney wasn’t pretending to be ahead, he genuinely believed he was ahead, which is another blow to the image of him as the “competent” candidate. Read this article to see just how out of touch with reality the campaign was (and by extent nearly all of us were): http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/mitt-romney-shellshocked-defeat-article-1.1199374

Doomberg on November 9, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Reagan’s 11th Commandment is Stalinist in nature. I can’t believe people willingly lay down their minds and freedom of thought to that garbage.

Dante on November 9, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Really, Kemosabe? All I thought it meant was that the GOP establishment should quit with the damn infighting with the Tea Party/conservative types and support each other.

That they don’t tells me far more about them than not. I remarked on this exact thing yesterday. Ever notice how the Dems do it, no matter how loony some of them are? Do you ever see them in public talking smack against Pelosi, or Dennis Kucinich, Howard Dean or good ‘ol Billy Jeff? Hell, no … they’re Dems and they stick together, dammit. But let a candidate run as a conservative in the GOP and right away that threatens the establishment power structure like nothing else; even the Dems aren’t as much of a threat. In that sense, they should just drop the pretenses and become Dems. The Dems should drop the pretenses and call themselves Communists, since they all are in all but name.

PatriotGal2257 on November 9, 2012 at 10:40 PM

And yes, Palin’s toxic. I have friends who are indies and she doesn’t fly.

Illinidiva on November 9, 2012 at 10:20 PM

What a compelling argument. How could I have ever thought differently?

kim roy on November 9, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I can’t really blame Ed and AP. Despite being a Romney critic, I got sucked up into the enthusiasm as well. It’s clear from retrospective articles that Romney wasn’t pretending to be ahead, he genuinely believed he was ahead, which is another blow to the image of him as the “competent” candidate. Read this article to see just how out of touch with reality the campaign was (and by extent nearly all of us were): http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/mitt-romney-shellshocked-defeat-article-1.1199374

Doomberg on November 9, 2012 at 10:28 PM

It’s really hard at this point in time to believe anything the media has to say anymore. How do we know that any of this happened? It may be just the LSM giving us another kick in the teeth for fun.

For instance, I’m seeing articles where Chris Christie is b!tching out the media for saying he called Obama. He says that Obama called him and a courtesy congrats was given.

We’ve seen the lies and BS. I’m finding it hard to believe much right now and really don’t trust the motives of much of the media and/or echo chamber.

kim roy on November 9, 2012 at 10:56 PM


This will go down as the biggest software introduction clusterf$ck with biggest consequences ever.

No software has ever been developed without issues so you need to test and once down test again. You do not skip software testing with a load at least a multiple of the expected initial load.

And it was NOT the software developers but the utter incompetence of the project manager who is at fault.

huntingmoose on November 9, 2012 at 11:01 PM

What a compelling argument. How could I have ever thought differently?

kim roy on November 9, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Talk to people outside the conservative bubble and you’ll see how she is viewed.. I had friends who liked and voted for Mitt Romney and loved Donald Trump who thought she was a moron. This doesn’t mean that she is. I blame the McCain campaign and how they handled her for any bad press. But it is out there and let’s not pretend that she’s totally awesome and electable. I think that Palin knew this and that is why she quit.

As for the bubble in general, I think that conservatives need to get out of the cocoon. Seriously, all I heard about was how McCain and Romney were going to win…

Illinidiva on November 10, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Better yet, let’s revisit all of the HA posts about how awesome the Republican enthusiasm is, and how the Tea Party voters are going to storm the polls.

Tell us some more about poll samples.

Unskew us that.

Moesart on November 9, 2012 at 8:30 PM

I’d rather visit all those comments from execrable dolts like yourself who always suggested that Romney didn’t NEED all those TP mouth-breathers. He was going to be swept to victory by indies and moderates and disaffected Dems.

ddrintn on November 9, 2012 at 9:38 PM

This is not going to end well. Party is fracturing. I don’t think that is hyperbolic.

I feel worse about what I’ve seen post-election than about the loss.

:(

Capitalist Hog on November 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM

And it was NOT the software developers but the utter incompetence of the project manager who is at fault.

I bet this was an executive-level decision. Software vendors and developers all have strict product-release and version controls. I bet that when it all shakes out we find that Mitt Romney himself pulled the trigger before QA/QC was complete.

Ultimately, he is responsible for the failure.

Capitalist Hog on November 10, 2012 at 12:33 AM

As a professional software engineer, this story makes me cringe.

bobcalco on November 10, 2012 at 8:03 AM

What disappoints me the most is that so many people stayed home. I expected people to be motivated by the fact that we might get stuck with this miserable failure, but I would never assume that. The campaign should have made sure it happened. Still, I have nothing but contempt for anybody who stayed home because the candidate wasn’t conservative enough or the wrong religion or not their top pick. ANYTHING was better than BHO. This was so winnable and it makes me cringe to think we let it slip away from us.

And from now on I will not assume that any campaign has ‘got this’. The grassroots won the 2010 elections. Of course, then they ignored us/took us for granted. So much fail.

VioletTiger on November 10, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Just watch Obama’s concession speech and Michelle’s face.

Schadenfreude on November 6, 2012 at 7:49 PM

inklake on November 10, 2012 at 9:30 AM

There’s so much finger pointing going on which is just more distraction from looking at the real reasons why Zero won, not so much why Mitt lost. He didn’t even get a majority of the Mormon vote for crying out loud. The O ground game was run like a well oiled German motor car. It was years in the planning, with great precision. They went door to door, block by block, community by community to try and drag people to go vote for their guy. We know they had been data mining for years and could target ads and messages that way. I worked the ’08 election in the middle of nowhere MT and the O campaign had an observer at the precinct. Every precinct had an O observer. No wonder Ax wasn’t worried he might have to cut off his mustache.

Kissmygrits on November 10, 2012 at 9:35 AM

“Looks like Romney could have used a community organizer”.

chumpThreads on November 10, 2012 at 6:45 PM

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