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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:56 AM

Insiders Explain How Mitt Romney's Campaign Completely Fell Apart On Election Day

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As conservatives search for an explanation for Mitt Romney's loss, much of the blame has been directed at the collapse of his campaign's Election Day get out the vote efforts, a massive organizational failure that resulted in lower Republican turnout than even John McCain got in 2008.

A major source of Romney's GOTV problems appears to have been the disastrous Project ORCA, an expensive technological undertaking that was supposed to provide the campaign with real-time poll monitoring that would allow Republicans to target GOTV efforts on Election Day.

In the week leading up to the election, Romney campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul told Business Insider that ORCA was "the Republican Party’s newest, most technologically advanced plan to win the 2012 election," touting it as the game-changer that would blow even the Obama campaign's sophisticated GOTV system out of the water.

But on almost all counts, ORCA failed miserably. In a fascinating piece for Ace of Spades, Romney poll-watcher John Ekdahl describes a perfect storm of technology problems that made the ORCA app unusable and left scores of Republican volunteers " wandering around confused and frustrated" on Election Day.

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Reply Insiders Explain How Mitt Romney's Campaign Completely Fell Apart On Election Day (Original post)
cash__whatiwant Nov 2012 OP
Arugula Latte Nov 2012 #1
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ProfessionalLeftist Nov 2012 #46
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MynameisBlarney Nov 2012 #49
tblue37 Nov 2012 #3
Old and In the Way Nov 2012 #4
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hifiguy Nov 2012 #8
malaise Nov 2012 #9
LynneSin Nov 2012 #18
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cash__whatiwant Nov 2012 #13
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BainsBane Nov 2012 #38
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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:05 PM

1. If you can't run a campaign, how can you run a country, Mr. Bigshot CEO?

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:13 PM

17. Exactly....That's the way I felt with his attempted Benghazi "gotcha" in the debate too

If they couldn't even get that right, how could he possibly govern.

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:31 PM

46. Bingo. Exactly. n/t

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:06 PM

2. Not surprised. Reps want small ineffective government

This is the disorganization one can expect from someone who begins with the premise that government is not the solution and goes about proving that to be the case in his own organizational structure.

Phew! Dodged the bullet on that one, didn't we!

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Response to ffr (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:47 PM

49. Dodged?

Nay verily I say unto thee!

We smacked that bullet right back into their stupid faces.

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:10 PM

3. Just like the way the intelligence community tends to overemphasize

technology and underemphasize humintel.

One edit--Don't they realize that GOTV is a form of community organizing?

They do love to mock Obama's expertise in that area, LOL!

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:21 PM

4. Rmoney crushed in the primaries with huge ad buys.

They thought ad dollars would win the general election, too. I really think between the huge financial advantages and the 'unskewed' polling, they really believed it would be a cakewalk and GOTV would somehow just materialize.

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Response to Old and In the Way (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:25 PM

5. EXACTLY!!!

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Response to Old and In the Way (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:49 PM

32. that is how he's always won

crush the guy your running against with $$. It is probably the only reason he could run in 2016. Who in the field can outspend Mitt Romney or survive his primary assault if he chose to buy it again?

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:26 PM

6. Ultimate crony capitalism!

They hired their friends, talented or not.

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:30 PM

7. Oh, I just thought his platform just sucked and he was out of touch.

Not enough lipstick for that pig.

Time to cut the bullshit about the campaign and talk about the issues.

Time to stop talking about the loser and start talking about our President.

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:32 PM

8. In other words, Willard and his people could not

organize a two-car funeral on a one-way street even if you spotted them the hearse.

No surprise there.

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:34 PM

9. they were playing Super Nintendo while Obama's people had PS3."

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Response to malaise (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:14 PM

18. Way Romney campaign was - those were old Atari 65

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #18)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:49 PM

51. Even older than that.

They were playing pong on a trs80

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #18)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:04 PM

54. The really hilarious part is they thought this ORCA shit was so hot

and so secret that they kept it to themselves until election day.

Isn't that like wearing brand new running shoes for a marathon you plan to win?


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Response to malaise (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:05 PM

61. How dare they compare the great Super Nintendo to Mitt Romney?

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:37 PM

10. You may want to pare this post down

to the 4 paragraph limit. Thanks.

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Response to Oilwellian (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:01 PM

13. done nt

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:54 PM

11. So Romney's not a people person.

He tries to be by saying that corporations are people but we all know that's not true.

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:00 PM

12. This is Romney's REAL business experience on display...

Screw details, outsource all that crap, I have more important things to do, like making A Better Amercia.

First he saved the Olympics, now he's saved BilkFest 2012. Your vendors thank you Mitt. At least the ones who made sure they were paid up front.

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Response to JHB (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:12 PM

38. the latter part of the article highlights his managerial failures

volunteers and poll watchers had no idea what to do, and the campaign wouldn't return phone calls for the entire month before the election. What did they expect would happen? He claimed to be such a great manager. He's obviously a disaster at that.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #38)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:51 PM

58. So that 3 am phone call would have been...unanswered?

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:01 PM

14. seems like Romney wasn't really interested in winning the election

 

the signs are all there.

he was interested in ad money that Bain would get pieced off with and whatever loopsholes PACs have with jamming the dollars in their jeans.

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:10 PM

15. The reaction to this on Redstate.com was astounding

A LOT of unhappy Republicans

Here's my favorite:
"If you're concerned about your money going to line the pockets of wealthy charlatans then you should be glad that Romney didn't get elected.
(and 332 Redstate folks gave this a thumbs up!!!)

http://www.redstate.com/2012/11/09/campaign-sources-the-romney-campaign-was-a-consultant-con-job/

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Response to Patiod (Reply #15)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:15 PM

19. 332 Redstate folks gave it a thumbs up? Ironic

That's how many Electoral Votes Obama got

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #19)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:37 PM

26. I spent a half hour Sunday night wallowing in the shaudenfreude.

I had never been there before, and was surprised to discover some conservatives on line who can spell and write coherently.

Now if they could just THINK clearly....

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Response to Patiod (Reply #15)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 10:59 PM

68. I tell you. Reading the comments from that crowd was like looking at the toilet paper after use. nt

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:12 PM

16. I am completely addicted to Romney Fail reports

I swear stories like this, if I was a drug addict I'd be cooking this up in a spoon and shooting it up.

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Response to K8-EEE (Reply #16)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:17 PM

20. Me too lol!

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Response to K8-EEE (Reply #16)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:23 PM

23. Forget shooting it up. Just hook me up the IV drip :) - n/t

 

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #23)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:57 PM

35. LOL!

Me too!

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Response to K8-EEE (Reply #16)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:01 PM

69. LOL! Me too! That's why I'm annoyed with all the Petraeus talk

I want to see more fail reports and more coverage of the teaparty vs moderate repub bickering!

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:19 PM

21. ORCA, the Great White Fail

I hate how "i" in bold looks like "l"...

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:19 PM

22. Even the ferret living on Donald Trump's head is angry

and expressed it to him by engaging in a diarrhea spree this morning.

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #22)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:20 PM

40. How

could you tell?

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Response to Liberalagogo (Reply #40)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:26 PM

44. Like I wrote - the trail of diarrhea

Kind of like Seamus only Trump's ferret is strapped down with toupee tape.

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #44)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:48 PM

57. A trail of diarrhea flowing down Trump's head

is no different from his "normal" look. That's my point.

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:24 PM

24. Source article from Business Insider ("Ace of Spades"?) is also

 

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:31 PM

25. "Smaller smarter goverment" crowd runs bigger dumber campaign. nt

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Response to K8-EEE (Reply #25)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:40 PM

28. Romney as CEO in Chief, super FAIL

In an interview last week, the attorney, one of the "Lawyers for Romney" who volunteered to help the campaign's legal team by watching the polls on Election Day, described how the Romney campaign sent its legal volunteers the wrong training information, failed to provide volunteers with information about where they were supposed to be on Election Day, and stopped responding to phone calls and emails in the final two weeks of the campaign.
<snip>
While we may never know what really happened inside the Romney campaign's Election Day collapse, the Ohio attorney's story, taken with the accounts from Ekdahl and people close to the Romney campaign, paint a picture of a campaign in disarray.

LOSER!

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Response to ffr (Reply #28)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:08 AM

76. Sounds like they knew they were going to lose

& just gave up. The whole campaign became a false-front.

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Response to K8-EEE (Reply #25)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:08 PM

36. Ha!

That would make a much better headline.

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:38 PM

27. Romney's failures are very instructive.

Romney showed us how our society still needs people who care. That it is important to be able to connect with people on an emotional level as well as an intellectual level. I have to admit I am not good at connecting on an emotional level. I would rather talk about ideas. Romney seems to be unable to connect on any level at all. But, if he could have connected with his base on an emotional level and moderates on an emotional level, we might be saying President Romney today. But, as it was he was so out of touch that he thought his horror stories were amusing and a way to get to people. They weren't and they aren't. Like the one about how he toured a slave factory in China then bought it. He thought that was a real knee slapper.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #27)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:21 PM

41. He couldn't connect with people because when it comes right down to it,

he didn't really stand for anything. He'd say something one day, and then say the exact opposite the next if he thought it might help him win. He always struck me as a breathtakingly dishonest man with no real principles other than, "I'll tell people what they want to hear when I'm in front of them, then walk away from what I said later if doing so benefits me or my party in some way." Hell, there was one occasion where he said something non-right-wingnut about a woman's right to choose (iirc) and his people were in front of the press trying to retract it two hours later because it wasn't the GOP party line.

There were a lot of people who voted for Romney, no question, but I'm just glad Romney himself never seemed to realize that most people, if they're honest with themselves, don't want a lying snake oil salesman/bully running things. (Did the GOP really believe we all forgot about what a disaster Dubya's presidency was? Seriously?)

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Response to Rob H. (Reply #41)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:39 PM

73. Well after the dog story I knew Romney was a horrible person.

But, when I heard stories of his flip flopping and lying, I thought they have to be exaggerating. This was years and years ago. But, it turns out his lying and flip-flopping can't be exaggerated.

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:42 PM

29. I'm a baaaad person...

I can't get enough of these articles! Romney and his crew were so arrogant I am extremely glad they fell hard!!!


Best quote in the article..

"They were playing Super Nintendo while Obama's people had PS3."


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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:43 PM

30. Romney never ran any companies

He TOOK OVER companies. He didn't manage them. If he did anything other than shutting them down, it was all about cost cutting. He never built anything of value.

He is the ultimate "Taker".

It is always easier to demolish than to build.

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Response to BlueStreak (Reply #30)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:15 AM

74. ironic that it was the consultants who fleeced him

Other campaigns, we hear about problems with staff. With Romney, it was his high paid Bainlike consultants who blew it.

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Response to Patiod (Reply #74)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:05 AM

79. I hadn't thought of that. It is ironic.

Rod Serling would be proud.

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:46 PM

31. Hmm...

 

"the Republican Party’s newest, most technologically advanced plan to win the 2012 election,"

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Response to leftlibdem420 (Reply #31)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:23 AM

78. I LOL'd! :D /nt

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:51 PM

33. He really should have committed to customer satisfaction quality. nt

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:55 PM

34. The campaign fell apart from day one...

etch-a-sketch, 47%, "you people", "the trees are the right height", "corporations are people my friend", etc, etc, etc.

It was the absolute worst campaign I have EVER seen and I'm old!

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:10 PM

37. This had NOTHING to do with GOTV

Romney's base was NEVER enthusiastic about him.

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Response to WeekendWarrior (Reply #37)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:55 PM

60. Correct

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Response to WeekendWarrior (Reply #37)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:14 PM

63. They were at my polling place with paper checklists of voters

but they did not seem to know what to do with them. Paper checklists seem a bit old fashioned and my precinct seems an unlikely place to need them as we are white, middle class, reliable voters. Geography was the biggest challenge for (R) GOTV. Their voters tend to be rural so it takes alot of volunteers for a small number of votes. Ours are urban (look at the map), so it does not take many people or much gas to find alot of voters.

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:13 PM

39. They're trying to find any excuse...

...other than that they're policies are unappealing to the majority of the public.

Urban voters; failed technology; etc.

Also, ORCA sounds more like a voter suppression tool than a GOTV tool since it relies on getting their poll watchers strike lists not contact lists of people who need help getting to the polls.

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Response to BeliQueen (Reply #39)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 10:35 PM

66. I think this one was legit

The grousing on redstate came from people in the field (or who'd wanted to be in the field), not from the campaign honchos.

Also, ORCA really was a GOTV tool. Their "strike lists" weren't lists of voters to be challenged. They were using an old GOTV technique. Back in the day, you'd prepare a list (on paper) of the people you expect to vote for you in that precinct. Your poll watcher strikes names off the list as they vote. At some point, the lists get taken to your phone-bankers, who phone the people who haven't voted yet. ORCA was an attempt to digitize this process. The Democrats had the same thing except that ours worked. I was calling Elizabeth Warren supporters who hadn't voted yet.

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:24 PM

42. Every day, it's a new excuse or a new scapegoat ...

ANY reason tho deny the truth: Americans don't like the GOP agenda! It's hateful, discriminatory, misogynistic and it favors the rich.

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:25 PM

43. The think if they had a good ground game they would have one. Interesting even

 

if they had one that was equal to Obamas game plan they still would have lost. They don't get it still. They lost because they don't care about the middle class. Everyone saw it.

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:29 PM

45. Name a Republican strategy after a beautiful creature

and do not expect success.
Higgs-Boson Themself* will introduce chaos.

*(They are anonymous, they are legion, they do not forget
and they are on our side.)




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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:36 PM

47. Of course, there's no possible way it could be because . . .

. . . he just wasn't presidential material.

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:41 PM

48. Oh, balderdash. His policies sucked. He kept secrets,

like his taxes, from voters. Evidence abounded of his innate cruelty to animals, gay people, etc.

It was HIM - HE is why they lost.

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Response to closeupready (Reply #48)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:01 PM

53. Balderdash! And complete bunkum. I love it.



I do agree, it was of his own doing. His anal, control freak approach does not work in a cooperative culture that a campaign must develop and that democratic government demands. He is better suited to an authoritarian dictatorship. The thought that he was as close as he was makes me queasy.

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:48 PM

50. Do they think that people didn't notice ...

the endless attempts to paint this president as foreign born, or (as if there were something wrong with it) a Muslim? They not only questioned his place of birth but his parentage as well. Did they think people would just brush that off?

Do they think people didn't notice the constant stream of insults and disrespect shown to America's first black president?

Do they think that people have such a short memory that they forgot what a disaster George W. Bush was?

Did they really think they could pass the blame for 8 years of failure and all the deficit spending that was rubber stamped by a GOP congress on to this president?

Did they really believe they could blame Obama for a stagnant recovery while the Teabag congress obstructed any attempt to fix the mess their party created and instead voted over 30 times to repeal Obamacare?

Did they think people were going to forget the hate and racism directed at people of color, women, gays and just about everyone that wasn't a white evangelical?

Did they think we would forget the divisive meanness and spite?

Do they really think that all of this had nothing to do with why they lost the election?

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Response to Ganja Ninja (Reply #50)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:31 PM

55. As a Mormon bishop, he served a flock in a secretive religion

which seems to discourage meaningful examination of dogma for 'truthiness'.

If as a group there is little diversity and little tolerance for dissent, how on Earth did they think he was fit to run the American government? Or to relate to foreign powers?

Groupthink is seductive because it's comforting; the downside is that it weakens character and leadership ability.

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:00 PM

52. " they were playing Super Nintendo while Obama's people had PS3." "

Delicious read, thanks for posting.

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:39 PM

56. This followup article really explains it

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:06 PM

62. So...ORCA ended up beached?

(c'mon...SOMEBODY had to say it...)

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #62)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 10:53 PM

67. One of the Republicans beat you to it.

One of the commenters on the original piece recounted his own totally frustrating experience with trying to volunteer for Romney and concluded: "Felt used. Burned. Project ORCA ended up with a harpoon in its side and washed up on shore, lifeless."

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:24 PM

64. So, the Idiotic Cons aren't blaming Sandy anymore? It's their own ineptitude for

for technology?

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Response to Cha (Reply #64)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 10:29 PM

65. cute photo nt

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Response to cash__whatiwant (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:03 PM

70. Obama whipped his ASS

THAT is when it flipped

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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:15 PM

71. This coverage is delicious.

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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 11:17 PM

72. In the vernacular of my teenage kids,

it sucks to suck.

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:00 AM

75. Killer whale circles back, attacks handlers.

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:17 AM

77. Romney bought his own lies

Beginning with, he was conservative, he was a businessman, he was for the 100%, he had nothing to do with the ads his super pacs ran, he knew what was in the Ryan Plan. He did this to win the GOP nomination. It never occurred to him, he would not win. To be honest, he would have been better off to change parties in college. He might not have been a part of cutting that kids hair or done anything else that followed.

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