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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:46 AM

Romneyworld Reckoning Begins



"BOSTON — Advisers to Mitt Romney insisted Wednesday that they were surprised by the scale of their loss to President Barack Obama, while big-time GOP donors griped about the campaign’s unflinching confidence in the final stretch.

"As results began to stream in Tuesday night, prominent Romney supporters in Boston tried to stay positive, reassuring themselves that there was still a path to the White House. But dejection quickly turned to anger a day after an Electoral College rout that shocked many who had heard self-assured projections about voter enthusiasm and turnout in private conference calls and meetings in the campaign’s final stretch.

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"Romney supporters point to a series of brash statements made by advisers that seem out of touch with reality in retrospect. Inside the Beltway, Republicans trained their fire on senior Romney advisers like Ed Gillespie and political director Rich Beeson for appearances on last weekend’s Sunday shows. Gillespie said the electoral map was expanding, and Beeson predicted a 300 electoral vote win for Romney.

“There were a lot of Republicans who were on calls that the campaign was having led to believe we had shots in Pennsylvania and Minnesota,” one Republican operative supporting Romney said. “I think Republicans are split right now between confused and shocked, and also I think they are wondering did the Romney campaign have numbers we didn’t have.”

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Multiple Romney sources buzzed about one number in particular: 15 percent. According to exit polls, that’s the share of African-Americans who voted in Ohio this year. In 2008, the black percentage of the electorate was 11 percent. In Virginia and Florida, exit polls showed the same share of African-Americans turned out as four years ago, something that GOP turnout models did not anticipate.

“We didn’t think they’d turn out more of their base vote than they did in 2008, but they smoked us,” said one Romney operative. “It’s unbelievable that that they turned out more from the African-American community than in 2008. Somehow they got ‘em to vote.”
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"Inside tight-knit Romneyworld — where many of the GOP nominee’s senior aides have worked together since Romney’s time as Massachusetts governor — there was a sense Tuesday that the White House was within reach. Over the last few weeks, especially after Romney’s strong Denver debate performance, some staffers were openly speculation about jobs they might nab in a Romney administration and discussed what the shape of the transition effort. By Wednesday, many were looking for work but taking the long view.

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And here is when the mic is dropped -

Romney’s team believed that it would be hard to lose if they won independents, but it happened. They said they thought they could perform as well with men as Obama did with women, but they didn’t. They thought there would be fewer young voters in 2008, but turnout was roughly on par.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83549_Page2.html#ixzz2BdsmzAAv

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Response to powergirl (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:56 AM

1. The R Money team obviously overlooked the fact that

men have wives and daughters too! When aggressively going after women in such a nasty way they were alienating the base they relied upon!

Power to all of us who voted! We said NO to them all!

Thank god we have four more years to show them!

Obama/Biden......

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Response to powergirl (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:56 AM

2. Oh God. They really believed they were winning. How sad and pathetic.

On a brighter note, that must have made it that much more disappointing to Anne and Mittens Tuesday night.

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Response to powergirl (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:58 AM

3. so in other words

everybody was lying to everybody about everybody and everything like they lie about Obama base being a bunch of lazy unmotivated obama phone wanting ..food stamp receiving..unintelligent..government dependant victims who will never take responsibility tor their own lives ....right?

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Response to powergirl (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:59 AM

4. 15 percent in Ohio and 11 percent in Florida and Virgina means the disenfranchising DID NOTHING!

They went to all those efforts to keep these people from voting and it backfired.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:06 AM

6. I don't agree - I think that without the disenfranchising,

we would have seen up to 20% turnout.

In Pennsylvania, the Republicans were playing all sorts of games still with the ads on tv still for voter ID, long lines at polling places and telling people that if they hadn't voted in the primary election, they couldn't vote in the general election.

They tried to disenfranchise Democratic voters but there were too many of us to make up for those who were stopped.

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Response to jerseygal (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:24 AM

10. Agree completey jerseygal

And we can't let go of holding those responsible for their acts of voter suppression. And welcome to DU!

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Response to jerseygal (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:35 PM

12. Maybe, but my point is they didn't get the win they were looking for with all their criminal acts.

They didn't get what they were paying for.

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Response to powergirl (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:05 AM

5. That's what happens when you rely on beliefs and not on

facts and numbers. It was a faith-based campaign, apparently.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:29 AM

11. Haha. There is evidence of this, relying on gut, perceived enthusiasm and prayer chains :)

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Response to powergirl (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:06 AM

7. I know this sounds vendictive, but as an ex-mormon, my hope is that thousands of mormons

learned during this election that the mormon church isn't "the ONE true church".
I hope they took the time to look up "Lying for the Lord" and did a little reading.
Most likely, few did. But I can hope that some found a way out of that "religion"
because of the exposure of Romney's past.

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Response to powergirl (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:08 AM

8. Not only did Obama Campaign get the voters to come out,

but, the Repubs also contributed to get the so called lazy, freeloading democrats to come out. They helped the dems win.
How can the Repubs be so stupid as to call half the country freeloaders and think it will not have repercussions.
There is no more room in this country for a party like that.
They try to stop our country from moving forward every step of the way.

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Response to powergirl (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:21 AM

9. ROTFLMAO

The donors are shocked that Romney lied to them.

Wow. This election has brought good news as well as amusement.

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