Skip to comments.Insiders Explain How Mitt Romney's Campaign Completely Fell Apart On Election Day
Posted on 11/12/2012 2:19:14 PM PST by GlockThe Vote
Worse still, Ekdahl told Business Insider that the Romney campaign failed to provide poll-watching volunteers in his region Jacksonville, Florida, a key Republican city in a major swing state with proper credentials and accurate voter strike lists, rendering them unable to perform their duties even if the ORCA app had worked.
In interviews with Business Insider last week, sources close to the Romney campaign confirmed Ekdahl's account, and described a technological undertaking that failed at every level. According to several of these sources, ORCA was developed by a small, isolated tech team working under Romney's political team. These sources told Business Insider that the product was never properly beta-tested, and wasn't revealed to the rest of the campaign including the digital team until the week of the election.
Most people on the campaign "weren't that surprised" by ORCA's failure, said one Republican communications strategist close to the Romney campaign.
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As bad as McCain 2008.
The best run I ever worked was W 2004 by far.
Another Republican activist, an attorney in Hamilton County, Ohio who declined to be named for fear of “burning bridges,” told Business Insider that the campaign’s GOTV organization in that crucial swing county completely collapsed in the weeks leading up to the election.
In an interview last week, the attorney, one of the “Lawyers for Romney” who volunteered to help the campaign’s legal team by watching the polls on Election Day, described how the Romney campaign sent its legal volunteers the wrong training information, failed to provide volunteers with information about where they were supposed to be on Election Day, and stopped responding to phone calls and emails in the final two weeks of the campaign.
“It was basically a disaster,” the attorney said. “They never explained what we were supposed to be doing where we were supposed to start, where we were supposed to end, what I was supposed to do at the end of the night they didn’t explain any of it....A month before, you couldn’t get a phone call or an email answered.”
“Four out of eight of my polling places didn’t have a poll observer,” the attorney continued. “How you don’t even get people credentialed properly is beyond my comprehension.”
In an interview last week, the attorney, one of the Lawyers for Romney who volunteered to help the campaigns legal team by watching the polls on Election Day, described how the Romney campaign sent its legal volunteers the wrong training information, failed to provide volunteers with information about where they were supposed to be on Election Day, and stopped responding to phone calls and emails in the final two weeks of the campaign.
This is exactly what happened to me. They sent out wrong info, never responded to requests, refused to pay for anything at all.
Sooooo he did take a DIVE...... I told you so....
It’s almost like Romney was a stalking horse that never intended to win the election...
I don’t know - but i will tell you as somweone who signed up as a volunteer - even McCain Palin ran a better campaign internally.
I was horrified in the month or two leading up to the election on the legal team efforts. Horrible.
Ever think that when several hundered million is spent on a project (ran by a legit captain of industry with a hell of a good business sense) fails that the collapse was in fact, intentional?
Because that’s a hell of a lot more plausible than some megafailure. But then again, to consider that, people would have to rethink a lot of their ‘realities’ and no one wants to eat crow.
Could be, all I know is this article DEAD ON 100% ACCURATE as far as the legal volunteers go.
I know I was one of them. We got ridiculous emails all along that were sort of like fundraising emails and offered no direction, no plan, nothing.
I have a theory:
Romney’s wife Ann and son Tagg took control of the campaign in it latter days (smile). Romney lost.
McCain’s wife Cindy took control of his campaign in its latter days. McCain lost.
Kerry’s wife Theresa took control of his campaign in its latter days. Kerry lost.
Insert between Romney and McCain:
Gingrich’s wife Calista took control of his campaign in its latter days. Gingrich lost.
Perhaps, candidates should hire and heed the advise of political experts, rather than family members.
It does make you question if Romney really wanted to win.
Maybe we need candidates that can be their own political experts, you know, like Reagan.
I tried to volunteer, just so frustrated that there was no phone# on the campaign site.... too hard to navigate
Just had to resort to e-mail, which only got me donation letters every day :(
When he took a dive in the 3rd debate it sort of seemed that way to me but dont know.
Maybe he realized the horrible things coming our way over the next few years and just figured its better to be hung around obama.
Who knows. But the article 100% accurate as far as the internal campaign being a complete fiasco.
You mean a guy with principles to stand on? One we can trust and not easily imagine threw an election?
Yup. We also need an electorate that stands for the same things and not gives in to ‘the lesser evil’ when the going gets tough.
But I ask too much.
Between the Romney campaign and the GOPe this election was a disaster. What I find remarkable about it was how it was so unnecessary, and comes down to the political stupidity and stubborness of Mitt Romeny himself.
I have been told that in years past much of the “footwork” was done by an army of conservaitve volunteers, people who were basically shut out of this year’s Republican campaign.
Before the Tampa convention, an experienced and savvy politician would have reached out and enfolded conservatives, Tea Party folks, and particularly Sarah Palin, into the campaign. Yes, Romeny would have had to negotiate some issues but winning should have been his goal. He adamantly refused, though pressured, to reach out to Sarah Palin - this I’ve read but do not know any details. Perhaps you know something about it.
Obviously, there were factors Romney and the GOPe refused to deal with within the Party and it may have cost them the election. In my opinion, the election was stolen by fraud, so in the end it really may not have mattered much.
Some of us lawyers at first were asked to spend a week in a swing state and asked for airfare to be covered and we would split the hotels costs w each other and go 4 to a room and they denied us.
Then - we got fundraising emails from the legal team and offers of a sweepstakes dinner w Ryan or mitt we got other lawyers to sign up!
But guess what there was never - EMAILS ON WHAT WE WERE SUPPOSED TO DO!
I remember something Michael Savage said a year or so ago. He said that the 2 parties work it out between them - 2 terms for Republicans, 2 terms for Democrats, etc. There have been a few deviations from this pattern, but, basically, its the way it works. One side takes a dive. I don’t know if this is what happened or not, but I’m beginning to wonder if Savage hit the nail on the head on this.
Your point is well taken. Gore also used family memebers on his campaigns, so your theory has merit.
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