Response to Cha (Reply #7)
Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:59 AM
yellowcanine (26,367 posts)
35. Why any candidate would ever hire Ed Gillespie again is beyond me.
Right up to the time the initial returns were coming in Tuesday night he was still confidently predicting victory. By that time he had to have seen the exit polls released at 5 pm and known that Romney was in trouble in every last one of the swing states, including NC, which remained too close to call well into the night before finally becoming the only swing state to land in the Romney column. That and simply refusing to believe the majority of polls and statistical models showing Obama likely to win significantly more than 270 EVs in favor of wishful thinking partisan polls and pundits - he also had to have internal polls showing that Romney was likely going to lose. At that point at the least one should be preparing the candidate and the supporters for the possibility of a loss - this could have avoided the very messy situation later in the night with the delayed concession call which frankly will be remembered as a less than classy move on Romney's part, even though they are now trying to rewrite history and suggest that Romney made a gutsy call to concede instead of dragging out the process with challenges in Ohio, Virginia, and Florida. But that is BS because by that time they all knew that the numbers were clearly against them. To his credit when Romney finally did make his concession speech it was gracious but it was at least 2 hours late. The call for Obama by the networks came at 10:13 pm EST. Romney's concession speech came around 1 am EST. The only person questioning the Ohio call was Karl Rove and it was him against all of the networks. I also don't accept the notion that Romney had to write his concession speech. Okay did that mean he couldn't make a call to Obama. And he had enough indicators earlier in the evening to know he had better have a concession speech ready. Most of his concession speech was clearly a minor rewrite of the acceptance speech anyway - keep the thank yous, remove the looking to the future talk, and add a small section on working with the winner. That should have taken all of five minutes.
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Why any candidate would ever hire Ed Gillespie again is beyond me.
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