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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:13 PM

Reading the accounts of the romney campaign implosion ...

I was struck with a eerily similar experience.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mitt-romneys-campaign-completely-fell-195408549.html

Back in the '90s, I got roped into the Multi-Level Marketing industry. I bought into the hype and rejected all of the "this is a pyramid scheme" talk and went out a built a rather large down-line ... one that was generating about $3,000/month income for myself.

But with every step higher in the organization, I got access to more information that made me uncomfortable. For example, as I got higher in the organization, I was exposed to the organizational leadership's non-public face ... suffice it to say, they were NOT all about the product; but really all about the profit.

Then, the organization started facing legal challenges ... and like the romney campaign, the organizational leadership stopped returning telephone calls and e-mails. While the public message was "sell, sell sell", I watched as people I had trusted and looked up to started shifting personal assets from marketing the product to cashing out.

Against my up-line's counsel, I called a meeting of my entire down-line ... I explained my concerns and explained that I could not continue. I issued (out of my personal account) a check to anyone that wanted out, reimbursing them for their buy-in; for those not wanting to get out, I provided them with the names and numbers of other prominent people that were also getting out, and wished them luck.

I was lucky ... 4 months after my meeting, 5 of the organization's top people were indicted. And, on the day the indictments were unsealed, the organization's founder, a man that 5 months earlier had looked me in the eye and told me that he would "fight these legal challenges to the end ... 'I will not allow anyone to go it alone' ...", fled to Mexico.

The romney campaign, just like this MLM outfit, was a money-scheme from the start.

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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:16 PM

1. amazing how those who loved poopy head are now trashing him vehemently nt

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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:18 PM

2. Thanks for the story. nt

 

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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:01 PM

3. The best quote from the article:

"They wouldn't let anyone outside of Romney political circle in on it until basically November 6," the strategist said. "The digital strategy was so incomprehensible they were playing Super Nintendo while Obama's people had PS3."

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:40 PM

4. They are trying to say that

part of the reason they didn't win is because they had no poll watchers? I can see the GOTV but why would repubs need poll watchers unless they figure they didn't win because they didn't mess with enough Dems to make them leave the polls without voting?

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