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The Unmitigated Disaster Known As Project ORCA (GOTV failure)
Ace of Spades HQ ^ | 11/08/12 | John E.

Posted on 11/08/2012 1:47:30 PM PST by jocon307

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at ace.mu.nu ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gotv; orca; republicanparty; romney
Read the whole depressing, frustrating piece. If anyone here took part in this it would be interesting to hear their experiences. I didn't see a way to link to just that post, so the link goes to the whole blog. A big fat language warning on that place, btw - esp if you read the comments (but they can be pretty funny).

I just felt this piece needed to be here on FR as part of the postmortem. Two disasters in two weeks, I'm exhausted!

1 posted on 11/08/2012 1:47:33 PM PST by jocon307
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To: jocon307

Who ever heard of THIS?

Was it supposed to be triple secret like Son of Acorn?


2 posted on 11/08/2012 1:50:48 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (cat dog, cat dog, alone in the world is a little cat dog)
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Well, Orcas do spend the vast majority of their time under water.


3 posted on 11/08/2012 1:54:12 PM PST by Hayride
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To: jocon307
and so the ripping of pubs continue, the self mutilation, the incrimination's, etc.....

you can't beat a rigged election...you can't....we had the turnout...we had the money ....we had the candidate...we had the enthusiasm...

it was rigged...in swing states....

4 posted on 11/08/2012 1:57:20 PM PST by cherry
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To: jocon307

I received *.pdf files in a timely manner, including my poll watcher credentials. I had no problems with the local poll workers.


5 posted on 11/08/2012 1:57:54 PM PST by Nepeta
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To: Nepeta

Thanks for your reply, I’m glad it worked for some folks at least.


6 posted on 11/08/2012 1:59:27 PM PST by jocon307
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To: jocon307

There are some relevant comments here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2957089/posts


7 posted on 11/08/2012 2:01:10 PM PST by RedWhiteBlue (Mama tried)
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To: jocon307
What is Project Orca?

Project ORCA, was that whale of a governor in New Jersey undermining the GOP.

8 posted on 11/08/2012 2:01:10 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I only heard of this project yesterday, also the dem version (forget their secret code name) which supposedly worked a lot better. Of course they had 4 years to build their database, but this is something the party should be doing at least for their party members. GOTV should be handled by the party, not any given campaign, or what’s the point of the party in the first place?

Due to personal reasons I wasn’t really able to work on this election, which I do regret. I was supposed to be wrapping stuff up around now, but thanks to Sandy I’ve got more on my plate than ever!


9 posted on 11/08/2012 2:03:15 PM PST by jocon307
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To: jocon307

I also had no problems. I noted all of the voters who voted on my iPhone and it then went directly to the Romney HQ in real time. I did not have any problem with the poll workers.


10 posted on 11/08/2012 2:04:23 PM PST by TiCobra
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To: jocon307

IMHO, there was nothing we could do to make Romney win. TPTB decided Zero was the guy that was needed to take America down, and by golly Zero it was gonna be. The cheating is defiant and “in yo face,” as they know that they can and *will* get away with it. It makes me think it’s been like this all along, just not to this degree, but possibly our votes have *never* actually counted.

It’s been quite a depressing wake up call for me, to realize that we are all only pawns in their chess game, and that my “golden years” are going to be anything but golden because these sick mofos decided to bring America to its knees.

May they all rot in hell, along with their children and their children’s children.


11 posted on 11/08/2012 2:04:47 PM PST by Prince of Space (Be Breitbart, baby!)
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To: cherry
you can't beat a rigged election...you can't....we had the turnout...we had the money ....we had the candidate...we had the enthusiasm...

That's my honest assessment at this point.

I truly don't see other viable explanations, and I'm doing my best to be objective about things. All the in-the-trenches anecdotal evidence pointed unmistakably to a Romney victory. A big one.

12 posted on 11/08/2012 2:05:09 PM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: dfwgator

LOL, good one!


13 posted on 11/08/2012 2:05:09 PM PST by jocon307
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To: jocon307

Romney’s campaign tried to be tech savvy, but they still failed.

Remember his “Mitt’s VP” app, which promised to inform users first of his running mate? Except twitter knew around midnight, and the app didn’t send a notice until 7:00 in the morning EST.


14 posted on 11/08/2012 2:06:27 PM PST by Shadow44
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To: RedWhiteBlue

Thanks for that link. It seems like it worked very well OR was a complete mess. That’s almost worse than it being a total mess.


15 posted on 11/08/2012 2:18:21 PM PST by jocon307
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To: jocon307

The massive technology assisted GOTV Plan was to send every registered Republican 500 robo-calls. While I’m eating dinner.


16 posted on 11/08/2012 2:21:42 PM PST by cookcounty ("When I speak, I say what I mean and I mean what I say!" ---Joe Biden, 10/11/2012)
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To: cookcounty

True - one of my friends who lives in Florida who donated to Romney got so many calls he actually was pissed off about it.


17 posted on 11/08/2012 2:24:16 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: jocon307

Reposted from another thread:

“Let the other party program the voting machines and run them”

Yes there was democrat voter fraud. Also This freeper txrefugee had a post that I think we all should read and spread around:

“On CNN today, they revealed that Axelrod & Co. had the 2010 Census sheets from the heavy-minority counties in the swing states. They supposedly knew every house where their voters lived and followed up with absentee ballots etc.(No one has moved in the last two years? Hard to believe.)

Now, if this isn’t a recipe for stealing an election, I don’t know what is. They could request the ballots, have someone collect them at drop boxes, fill them out and submit them. No wonder the turnout of Blacks, Mexicans, and students actually went up over ‘08, though the enthusiasm was obviously missing. That doesn’t make sense unless someone was doing something shady.

3 posted on Wednesday, November 07, 2012 7:53:38 PM by txrefugee
(http://209.157.64.201/focus/f-news/2956866/replies?c=2)

Consider also that Axelrod insisted that the White House be able to control the 2010 census as reported in February 2009.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2187172/posts


18 posted on 11/08/2012 2:26:36 PM PST by research99
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To: research99

It was not very good I am registered GOP and I got 50 phone calls to go vote..


19 posted on 11/08/2012 2:30:40 PM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

What could be a Conservative meme is how Axelrod usurped the 2010 Census data to manipulate the electorate in a way which overwhelmed the true popular mandate.

What represents additional lines of defense include challenging the eligibility of Obama’s candidacy for electoral votes at the state level, and challenging the acceptance of his votes within the Electoral College following the first seating of the new Congress in 2013.
It only requires one judicial ruling or one objection from a Senator for those to occur.

Then there is the “Constitutional Convention” effort which could be established with a vote of the legislatures of 2/3rds of the states to overturn any federal legislation or order.

So there are still some legal scenarios still available to reverse course of a manipulated election. Question is: Could this be another “Tea Party” moment of awakening like in 2009, or will we as an electorate respond to widespread manipulation by just giving up?


20 posted on 11/08/2012 2:43:42 PM PST by research99
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To: jocon307

I was a participant, and it did not work well for me.

I had no problem with the poll workers, whom by the end of the evening had almost embraced me as one of their own—that was the nice part.

The difficulty was in the app, which for some reason would not allow me to login from either the smartphone or the tablet that I brought. I had to mark off the names by hand on the list, then drive home every two hours or so (fortunately my house was mere blocks from the polling place) and enter them in my desktop computer, where I had no problem logging in.


21 posted on 11/08/2012 2:49:25 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: jocon307

I read somewhere here about the Dems using organized data mining to line up new voters. They knew there was going to be a drop off in kool-aid drinkers from ‘08 so they got new ones. Where I voted, there were three young Black men who claimed they lived in apartments down the street but showed up at the wrong polling place. They were sent down the street to another polling place, but obviously new voters. Not to sound racist but lets just say they didn’t look like they live in the neighborhood. And there was a nervous young lady who appeared to be voting for the first time—had that perturbed “war on women” way about her like voting was her cause and she wasn’t going to be intimidated by the process.


22 posted on 11/08/2012 3:00:23 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: cookcounty

Hah, yep, that sounds about right. I was getting about 6-8 calls a day from them through election day, even though I never answer phone calls from solicitors, blocked numbers, or political campaigns. They could have saved themselves a few bucks in toll calls if they crossed my name of the list after the first hundred calls I didn’t answer.


23 posted on 11/08/2012 3:02:04 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Fu-fu2

We had a young woman walk almost a mile to our polling place pushing a baby in a stroller because the Ds hung a flyer on her doorknob sending her to the wrong polling place (ours).

One of the pollworkers, a Dem, gave her a ride to the correct one.

So I guess they screw up, too. Unfortunately, they win anyway.


24 posted on 11/08/2012 3:04:12 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: jocon307

I participated in this project. My experience, fortunately, wasn’t as poor as Ace’s. While the system and the organization required to ensure that it is well-oiled and extremely functional were not in place, it is in its infancy. Yes, we are way behind the rats in terms of GOTV. This system, as envisioned, will catch us up immediately.


25 posted on 11/08/2012 3:04:44 PM PST by RobertClark (Inside every "older" person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened?)
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To: Hojczyk
My sons, wife and I vote together as a family, and because of some non-overlap in our schedules we are almost never at the polling place until well after 7 PM. This year the four of us and my daughter (not yet of voting age) arrived at 7:45.

Two observations: 1) I have voted in every election including off year primaries since May 1972. The highest Presidential year in this precinct was 2004. In that year, I was last to vote. My stub number was #1414. This year, my youngest son was the last person in the precinct to vote. he was #1538. Most presidential years are in the 1200's. Off years are in the 4-600 range depending on ballot questions and local races of interest. I asked the poll judge -- a woman I went out with in college -- how this number compared with 2008, when I was done about 6 PM and wouldn't know the maximum number. She said 1250. So, at least in my precinct we were up about 7% from the previous record, and about 13% over the 2008 election. How in the HELL did we finish with 3,000,000 fewer votes than 2008? How?

2) Observation two maybe gives the answer, maybe it doesn't. There are FOUR registered Republicans in our house. FOUR. As of 7:40 PM when we walked out the door, we had not received a SINGLE CALL from the Romney campaign reminding us to vote. NOT ONE CALL.

When we left at 6 PM in 2008, we had already received calls at 1 PM and again just after 5 PM from the supposedly bumbling McCain campaign reminding us we hadn't voted yet.

So, in the crucial "battleground state" of Pennsylvania, apparently ORCA flopped.

Big time.

26 posted on 11/08/2012 3:06:13 PM PST by FredZarguna (I'm sorry, General Washington. We owed you and the men at Valley Forge so much more than this.)
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To: cherry

I can’t say for sure, but I have a hard time buying the idea that the Dems’ integrity stops them from cheating Big.


27 posted on 11/08/2012 3:07:29 PM PST by UltraV (I use the term Leftist not liberal, because a true liberal would not support government censorship.)
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To: cherry

Turnout? Romney got less votes that McCain.


28 posted on 11/08/2012 3:09:28 PM PST by Fledermaus (2012: The year the Constitution died.)
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To: jocon307

RINO File.


29 posted on 11/08/2012 3:17:14 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: UltraV

” I have a hard time buying the idea that the Dems’ integrity stops them from cheating Big.”

Keep in mind that one of the tenets of liberalism is that there is no objective or absolute morality. The left believes that the only morality is what advances the cause.


30 posted on 11/08/2012 3:29:11 PM PST by all the best (`~!)
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To: jocon307
WOW!

It seems not only was the campaign messaging not energizing the base but as well the GOTV effort was centrally planned and ventrally coordinated by amateurs...

31 posted on 11/08/2012 4:55:21 PM PST by DBeers (†)
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To: jocon307
Naturally, for reasons I can't begin to comprehend, my printer would not print in black and white with an empty magenta cartridge (No HP, I will never buy another one of your products ever again)
32 posted on 11/08/2012 5:14:19 PM PST by Lexinom
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To: Lexinom

Yes, I was struck by the printer woes also. Printers are truly the weak link in the computer chain. I’m convinced that if Columbus had a computer he never would have discovered America - he’d be stuck in port trying to get the printer to work.


33 posted on 11/08/2012 5:57:17 PM PST by jocon307
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To: jocon307
That was quoted from the article on the blog. I've had the same come-to-Jesus moment the author relayed with HP printers. Why does one need magenta toner to print a black-and-white document - esp. when in a pickle like that?

HP deserves to lose business over it.

34 posted on 11/08/2012 6:18:07 PM PST by Lexinom
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