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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:37 PM

The Unmitigated Disaster Known As Project ORCA (rightwing account of Romney implosion)


What is Project Orca? Well, this is what they told us:

Project ORCA is a massive undertaking – the Republican Party’s newest, unprecedented and most technologically advanced plan to win the 2012 presidential election.

Pretty much everything in that sentence is false. The "massive undertaking" is true, however. It would take a lot of planning, training and coordination to be done successfully (oh, we'll get to that in a second). This wasn't really the GOP's effort, it was Team Romney's. And perhaps "unprecedented" would fit if we're discussing failure.


How bad was it?

So, the end result was that 30,000+ of the most active and fired-up volunteers were wandering around confused and frustrated when they could have been doing anything else to help. Like driving people to the polls, phone-banking, walking door-to-door, etc. We lost by fairly small margins in Florida, Virginia, Ohio and Colorado. If this had worked could it have closed the gap? I sure hope not for my sanity's sake.

The bitter irony of this entire endeavor was that a supposedly small government candidate gutted the local structure of GOTV efforts in favor of a centralized, faceless organization in a far off place (in this case, their Boston headquarters). Wrap your head around that.


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Reply The Unmitigated Disaster Known As Project ORCA (rightwing account of Romney implosion) (Original post)
geek tragedy Nov 2012 OP
bluestateguy Nov 2012 #1
Paulie Nov 2012 #9
muriel_volestrangler Nov 2012 #18
Paulie Nov 2012 #21
Purrfessor Nov 2012 #20
hedda_foil Nov 2012 #2
drm604 Nov 2012 #3
Lucinda Nov 2012 #6
drm604 Nov 2012 #4
Lucinda Nov 2012 #5
grasswire Nov 2012 #7
alcibiades_mystery Nov 2012 #17
bayareamike Nov 2012 #8
bluestateguy Nov 2012 #10
ellie Nov 2012 #11
demhottie Nov 2012 #12
Tennessee Gal Nov 2012 #13
Cha Nov 2012 #14
whistler162 Nov 2012 #15
alcibiades_mystery Nov 2012 #16
Sunlei Nov 2012 #19
Hydra Nov 2012 #22

Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:47 PM

1. Isn't an orca like an exotic vegtable or something?

Like one of these vegetables you have to get at some organic food store?

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:31 AM

9. No, it's the real name of "killer whale"

Like Shamu.

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Response to Paulie (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:37 AM

18. Chosen because it's the predator of the Narwhal, Obama's GOTV project

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/victory_lab/2012/02/project_narwhal_how_a_top_secret_obama_campaign_program_could_change_the_2012_race_.html

Cool name, guys, but it appears to have been implemented by Mike "Heckuvva Job, Brownie" Brown, so wide was its incompetence.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #18)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:05 AM

21. Ha! Didn't know that. Thanks!

Looks like the Orca got speared by the Narwal.

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:19 AM

20. ORCA: An acronym for Oh Rats Crushed Again...eom

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:53 PM

2. F'ing hilarious!

They couldn't even get pollworker checksheets to work, but no matter because they forgot that observers need physical credentials to be in the polling place. That's what I love about Republican contractors. Theyre equal opportunity cheaters and thieves. Sorta like all the unqualified crooks the Bush gang hired to Run Iraq.

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:05 PM

3. Here's the author's Twitter feed.

https://twitter.com/JohnEkdahl

There are other people on it complaining about the total disorganization.

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Response to drm604 (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:33 PM

6. Thanks for the twitter link.

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:12 PM

4. This guy wanted to run the country?

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:32 PM

5. Thanks for this!

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:43 PM

7. freepers were complaining about ORCA today.

Apparently, it was FUBAR. Many of them had signed up, gotten trained, and then were never contacted, given tasks, etc. A total train wreck.

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Response to grasswire (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:16 AM

17. What's interesting about the blogger is that he puts it all on Mitt

And then it becomes clear that Romney is not at all the competent manager that he was sold as. So, perhaps the next thought to occur to these people is that we perhaps dodged a fairly big incompetence bullet?

Nah!

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 11:54 PM

8. WAIT WAIT WAIT

You're telling me that a campaign mostly supported and ran by old conservatives was terrible at using technology? I am SHOCKED. We could've looked to Freeperville for proof of that!

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:18 AM

10. Ahem

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 02:22 AM

11. That was beautiful!

Thanks for posting it!

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 02:30 AM

12. I was almost in tears from laughing so hard when I read this

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 02:46 AM

13. A total screw-up. Yet these people were shocked that they did not win.

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 03:50 AM

14. "small government candidate".. brawawawaa

Big Brother candidate.. and President Obama? He's the Smart Government President!

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 05:25 AM

15. Thought it was project OCRA! 'Cause it just kinda

wilted.

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:15 AM

16. "You know, they call them killer whales..."

"...But you seem surprised
When they pinned you down
To the bottom of the tank
Where you can't turn around..."



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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:51 AM

19. just like a failure CEO, high paid do nothing management, low/no pay disposable workers.

even Semus got a dog crate

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Response to geek tragedy (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:19 PM

22. Lol

We're saved by incompetence...I find that both comforting and extremely disquieting.

Should it have come down to Mitt not being as awesome as he thought?

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