In light of the revelation that Mitt Romney was “shell-shocked” by his loss last week, I’ve been pretty tough on the job performance of his campaign’s internal pollsters, who clearly missed the mark — resulting in costly tactical decisions down the stretch…

As if to pour salt in the Romney campaign’s gaping wound, David Axelrod tells Politico today that Team Obama’s in-house pollster was deadly accurate in his projections:

“AXELROD : “We had some solid accomplishments and proof points … We knew a lot more about the electorate than we did in 2008. We could make much more precise judgments about the attitudes of voters, about what was important to individual voters, about who was likely to participate and who wasn’t likely to participate. So we had great confidence in our numbers. I got reports every night — all the senior people did — from our analytics guys about where all these battleground states were. And they were remarkably close [to the actual result — Joel] Benenson’s polling, within a tenth of a percentage point in the battleground states. Our individual pollsters in their individual states — incredibly close. …”