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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:57 AM

Republicans Go To Obama School

Republicans Go To Obama School

At Harvard, GOP staffers sit at Axelrod's feet. “We weren't even running in the same race.”

Zeke Miller
BuzzFeed Staff


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Demoralized Republicans arrived in Boston Wednesday night for a rare moment in American politics: They came to learn from Democrats.

Barack Obama's campaign schooled Mitt Romney’s in November, something of which the Republicans who gathered at the quadrennial, off-the-record Harvard Institute of Politics Campaign Managers Conference were intensely aware. And while the proceedings of the event are under embargo until the institute releases audio transcripts of the proceedings, some participants shared their reactions.

“We got our butts kicked, so I’m going to school,” said the manager of one 2012 Republican presidential campaign on his way into the sessions on Thursday morning, held in a cozy university conference space.

One Romney aide tried to convince Obama digital director Teddy Goff to join forces with Zac Moffatt, who ran Romney's digital efforts.

The evening-and-a-day conference is the tenth in a 40-year tradition of analyzing winning and losing campaigns. It is, the Institute says, convened “in an effort to allow future candidates, managers, journalists and scholars to better understand the nature of modern presidential campaigns. This year, the line between students and teachers is clear. The Obama team spent much of the morning at the Charles Hotel, and skipped the session at which Romney aides and their Republican primary opponents discussed the bitter nominating process, trading strategies and regrets.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:01 PM

1. "...“in an effort to allow future candidates, managers, journalists and scholars

to better understand the nature of modern presidential campaigns."


If they are really so stupid why don't they just take a couple of course in human existence? Maybe learn how human beings actually live.

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Response to pangaia (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:47 PM

3. My thoughts, too. They have really learned nothing if they only aspire to win elections and not be

better leaders. If they wish to serve in government they must not just serve themselves or listen to the power brokers and power hungry. It's the welfare of the nations people that must rule their desires.

Too bad they haven't gotten it yet. Hope we can maintain the genuine core of democracy in the US.

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Response to The Wielding Truth (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:58 PM

4. Let's hope. And VOTE..

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:11 PM

2. I am not concerned - the right seems incapable of learning anything. They are stuck

in their own microbubble of superiority, greed, hatred/racism/bigotry, etc.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 01:00 PM

5. They can't sell a crap product.

Crap candidate(s).
Crap agenda.
They are just interested in how to put lipstick on that pig; they don't realise they are trying to sell a pig.
That being said - I hate them getting any help whatsoever. The whole effort just makes it more clear that winning is more important than agenda and/or intent.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 01:05 PM

6. This is disconcerting. I don't want *any* Republican operative learning Obama's strategies

so that they can turn around and raise hundreds of millions in order to defeat Democrats in the coming elections. Although it can stroke the personal ego that President Obama beat them silly like a Salvation Army drum, it's unwise to allow them to know the intimate details of how they were beaten in the past elections.

This strategy should only be used to help Democrats who are willing to work for the people rather than corporate interests and lots of dough.

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