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  • My Turn - 10 Things that could have won this at the end (vanity)

    11/10/2012 6:53:22 AM PST · by BobL · 74 replies
    Self | Nov 11, 2012 | Bobl (self)
    Yes, it's bad, but no the country has not (yet) completely rejected us or what we stand for. So let me start by saying the next 4 years will be terrible (if I don't say all this, I will just be attacked as a nutcase). We'll likely end up with a hard-left Supreme Court (although the current court may give us a few good rulings first). The lower federal courts will all be hard-left too. Foreign and military policy will stink - but if we're lucky, nothing fatal or permanent will happen there, and we can hopefully build out of...
  • Connecticut - County Vote Results(Romney wins Greenwich!?)

    11/10/2012 6:52:29 AM PST · by matt04 · 7 replies
    Greenwich Romney - 14,368 Obama - 11,137 R. Anderson - 47 G. Johnson - 162
  • The Romney Campaign’s Ground Game Fiasco

    11/10/2012 5:26:30 AM PST · by truthandlife · 22 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11-9-12 | Eli Lake , Daniel Klaidman , Ben Jacobs
    When Republican fundraisers solicited the party’s big donors on behalf of Mitt Romney this year, the centerpiece of the pitch was a state-of-the-art campaign to identify the party’s likely voters and make sure they came to the polls on Election Day. Political pros call these county-by-county, block-by-block campaigns the ground game. And while most of the media attention focuses on candidate speeches, debates, and ad buys, it’s the ground game where elections are won and lost. On Tuesday, Republicans lost the election on the ground. As the Republican Party picks up the pieces from overwhelming defeat, the first fingers are...
  • Did “Ron Paul's Revolution” Stay Home Last Night? (where are 3 million missing McCain voters?)

    11/07/2012 4:56:42 PM PST · by drewh · 121 replies
    Hill Buzz.org ^ | Kevin DuJan
    haven’t seen anyone ask this yet, so I will: did the Ron Paul Revolution stay home last night? Mitt Romney won 3 million votes less than McCain while Obama lost 10 million votes of his own from 2008. Where did those 3 million McCain voters go? The main part of why I believed Romney would win this time because I knew the 10 million Obama supporters would sit home…but never in my worst nightmares did I imagine McCain voters would sit home. I counted on them to show up and bring friends this time to boot Obama out. The only...
  • Mitt Romney's sister blames media's vilification for brother's loss

    11/10/2012 12:25:01 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 97 replies
    Daily New & Analysis ^ | Saturday, November 10, 2012 | ANI
    New York - Mitt Romney's sister Jane has come to the defense of her younger brother slamming media over the way they had treated the Republican Presidential contender, and blaming them for making him lose the White House race. Jane, the eldest Romney sister, told Inside Edition about how she felt the media "vilified" Mitt after it was reported that he traveled with Seamus, the family dog, strapped to the roof of their car. "He was my dog...It's a crate. That's how they travel. Here's the deal. All these stupid little stories are fabricated and it hurt," the New York...
  • My Day with ORCA

    11/09/2012 8:18:19 PM PST · by quicksilver123 · 41 replies
    I was one of those 30,000 around the country that wasted their day this past Tuesday trying to get Orca to work. Here in central Virginia, it was as bad as everything you've heard. I slugged it out with Boston from 6:30 am to 7 pm, and tried every way I could think of to make it work, probably for no good purpose. The "app" itself couldn't be used ahead of time, I was assigned to go to one precinct on Tuesday, then got contrary instructions on Wednesday (the week before the election), was invited to call into a conference...
  • Shifts that have helped Obama can shift away

    11/09/2012 7:23:49 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 23 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Saturday, November 10, 2012 | Ashok Malik
    This time around, all the major voter consolidation processes appear to have worked to the advantage of Mr Barack Obama. Eight years earlier, those processes had favoured Mr George Bush Right after President Barack Obama won his second term, there were the obvious questions about the wider implications of his mandate. At one level, these questions were lazy and misleading. In election after election, political pundits —and this writer is not excluded —faithfully identify long-term trends only to find that there is no long-term trend. That comment may sound facetious and overstated but, nevertheless, cannot be dismissed. Take Mr Obama’s...
  • Campaign Sources: The Romney Campaign was a Consultant Con Job

    11/09/2012 6:19:37 PM PST · by upbeat5 · 148 replies
    Red State ^ | November 9, 2012 | Ben Howe
    If you spend your time watching politics and haven’t been hiding in a deep depression since Tuesday, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about “ORCA.” According to the Washington Post, ORCA “was designed as a first-of-its-kind tool to employ smartphones to mobilize voters, allowing them to microtarget which of their supporters had gone to the polls.” There is now widespread condemnation of the program as being sloppy and poorly deployed.
  • Political "Death of A Salesman" : Romney's Pathetic Self-Implosion and Defeat by Obama (Vanity)

    11/09/2012 6:10:40 PM PST · by Patton@Bastogne · 15 replies
    http://www.Engineering-Excellence.US ^ | 2012-11-09 | Patton@Bastogne
    . Original Post : 2012-05-04 Today's Date : 2012-11-09 Tonight ... after reluctantly voting for "Romney-Ryan" to protect the Unborn Children yet to be murdered by Obama ... I sit in disbelief at how the GOP E-RINOs have snatched Defeat from the Jaws of Victory. Yet, all the words I can speak about this National Disaster have already been eloquently penned by my colleagues at Free Republic. So what now ? Well, the next time the Karl Roves and Jeb Bushes try to force another "Myth Romney" ... author of the infamous Scorched Earth campaign against his fellow Conservative GOP...
  • Romney’s Get Out the Vote Fiasco (Project ORCA - Must Read)

    11/09/2012 3:43:19 PM PST · by mojito · 62 replies
    Commentary ^ | 11/9/2012 | Bethany Mandel
    The Wednesday before the election, Mitt Romney sent a special message to volunteers about a special project his campaign was working on: “With state of the art technology and an extremely dedicated group of volunteers, our campaign will have an unprecedented advantage on election day.” What is it they say about something that sounds too good to be true? It probably is. That was the case with the Romney campaign’s “Project ORCA.” The idea behind Project ORCA was simple, albeit far too complex in execution. Romney’s Boston headquarters wanted a way to track who had been to the polls in...
  • What Obama’s Victory Means for the Earth (Through the looking glass)

    11/09/2012 2:48:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Energy Collective ^ | November 9, 2012 | Tom Schueneman
    We narrowly dodged a bullet in the 2012 presidential election. Americans were presented with the choice between Mitt Romney’s fossil fuel reliant 19th century view of energy and Barack Obama’s cleaner 21st century low carbon vision. Even more significant than the Obama victory is the fact that Romney was denied the world’s most powerful office. The election of Romney would have had dire implications for renewable energy and it would have undermined decades of environmental protections. Romney’s reliance on oil would also have dramatically increased American greenhouse gas emissions. As we are already precariously close to a number of environmental...
  • The Immigration Trap

    Since Romney lost on Tuesday, many Republicans, like Sean Hannity and John Boehner, have been promoting a change in the Republican views on immigration policy to attract more hispanic/latino voters.  Unfortunately, I think this is a trap that will make Republican electoral prospects worse, not better. Just do the math, there are an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in this country.  Let's say you do what Sean Hannity proposes and give those already here a "path to citizenship".  Now, assume they don't magically become Republicans when they gain their citizenship and 71% vote Democratic like in the last election. That...
  • No, Paul Ryan didn’t hurt Romney in Florida

    11/09/2012 1:03:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/09/2012 | AllahPundit
    Aside from retaining the House, this is probably the best news to come out of election day. Entitlement reform is coming, one way or another. And judging by the exit polls among seniors, it's not nearly as politically radioactive as the left would have you believe: Exit polling in 2008 indicated that John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin won by a margin of 8 percentage points among Florida seniors (53 to 45 percent). Exit polling in 2012 indicates that Romney-Ryan more than doubled that margin — to 17 points (58 to 41 percent). Romney’s other biggest gains in the...
  • Romney actually won young white voters

    11/09/2012 1:00:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/09/2012 | Guy Benson
    AP's already picked through the gruesome national exit polling from Tuesday. I'd like to highlight one additional piece of data that is especially interesting: According to CNN's figures, Mitt Romney actually won white Millenials (18-29 year olds) by seven points, 51-44, despite losing the broader demographic by 23 points. (McCain lost young voters by 35 points in 2008). Virtually all of Romney's gains within this age bracket came from young whites. He got absolutely demolished by young people of color; losing young Hispanics by 51 points, and young blacks by 83 points. The specific age breakdown of Asian voters isn't...
  • Romney’s Get Out the Vote Fiasco [A Revealing Read! "Monumental Failure"]

    11/09/2012 11:30:09 AM PST · by Steelfish · 51 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | November 09, 2012 | Bethany Mandel
    Romney’s Get Out the Vote Fiasco Bethany Mandel 11.09.2012 The Wednesday before the election, Mitt Romney sent a special message to volunteers about a special project his campaign was working on: “With state of the art technology and an extremely dedicated group of volunteers, our campaign will have an unprecedented advantage on election day.” What is it they say about something that sounds too good to be true? It probably is. That was the case with the Romney campaign’s “Project ORCA.” The idea behind Project ORCA was simple, albeit far too complex in execution. Romney’s Boston headquarters wanted a way...
  • Mitt The Mild – Jobs, Jobs, Jobs And Deficits, Deficits, Deficits, Lose, Lose, Lose

    11/09/2012 11:47:24 AM PST · by massmike · 29 replies
    grasstopsusa.com ^ | 11/09/2012 | Don Feder
    How do you blow an election when your opponent presided over the worst economy in memory – unemployment has hovered at 8% for almost four years; the price of gas has doubled; the national debt has grown by a third; long-term unemployment is up 87%; the number of Americans in poverty increased by 6.4 million; and the president’s signature initiative (Obamacare) has been consistently opposed by a majority of Americans since it passed two and a half years ago? How do you lose an election to an incumbent whose foreign policy consists of cringing, kowtowing and abject apologies – a...
  • GretaWire Readers [By a Huge Margin] See Sarah Palin as the Leader of the GOP Post Election

    11/09/2012 11:33:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | November 8, 2012 | Gary P. Jackson
    On Wednesday, Greta put up a poll asking her readers who they thought, at this moment, was the leader of the Republican Party. Readers responded by choosing Sarah Palin by an overwhelming margin over the rest of the field. Reading the comments it’s pretty plain that many feel Sarah could have fared far better against President Obama than Governor Mitt Romney did. Judging how well Sarah’s hand picked candidates for office did, vs how those in the standard GOP mold under-performed, it’s not much of a stretch to think Sarah herself would have done well and likely led the party...
  • The shape of things to come (John Derbyshire on the future of the GOP)

    11/09/2012 10:02:38 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 85 replies
    John Derbyshire ^ | November 9, 2012 | John Derbyshire
    What about the future, then? Does the Republican Party have a future? As I have been saying, there is no unity among white Americans. The old splits of education, class, sex, religion, city-country, and of course North-South still divide whites, and that is the basis of most of our politics. The Republican Party is white, sure enough, but whites aren't Republican. This will presumably be less and less the case as whites head for minority status. At some point the fact of impending minority status will sink in, and whites will begin to sink their differences and circle the wagons....
  • On ‘Self-Deportation’ — The Wall Street Journal vs. Romney

    11/09/2012 9:22:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/09/2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    IÂ’ve elsewhere addressed other shortcomings in this morningÂ’s Wall Street Journal editorial urging Republicans to reassess what is portrayed, in the wake of strong Hispanic electoral support for President Obama, as their hostility to immigration. Here, IÂ’d like to focus on the editorsÂ’ swipe at Mitt Romney's endorsement of "self-deportation": " Mr. Romney ... often pandered to his party's nativist wing (especially after Texas Governor Rick Perry entered the primaries), even endorsing what he called 'self-deportation.' That may have endeared him to one or two radio talk show hosts, but it proved a disaster on Tuesday. This is an...
  • Advice from an Office Wall

    11/09/2012 8:12:10 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | November 8, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    On the walls of my office, I have several prints of my heroes. General Washington on horseback, pointing his sword down at my computer as if to say “Get to work!”… Colonel Hamilton in profile, posing for a sawbuck… a photo of President Reagan in the Oval Office… a sketch above a quote, of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, reminding us that “The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist, the opportunity in every difficulty.” Most imposing and inspiring is “Signing the Constitution” (yes, it’s a terrific poster-sized version of the famous Howard Chandler Christy mural of all 55...
  • What kinds of ads did you run into from the Romney campaign vs the Obama campaign? (vanity)

    11/09/2012 8:07:04 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 18 replies
    My impression from reading campaign coverage is that Romney's were upbeat and positive, whereas Obama hammered Romney at every turn. What was your experience?
  • President of American Decline.

    11/09/2012 7:56:39 AM PST · by areukiddingme1 · 17 replies
    (Vanity) | 9 November 2012 | areukiddingme1
    Congratulations Mr. President on your most recent win in your bid for reelection – “Well Done.” You have earned the right to be THE man responsible for America’s decline – Congratulations. Your high water line is 23 million Americans unemployed, 8% unemployment for 42 consecutive months, 47 million Americans on food stamps, 6 trillion dollars in NEW debt, a declining military (with a looming 1 trillion dollar budget cut, laying off or firing many that voted for you), Iran on the verge of developing a nuclear bomb, threatening Israel’s peace and security, interest rates set to skyrocket (currently at 3.4%...
  • Did mishandling of the military ballots cost Romney the election?

    11/09/2012 7:21:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/09/2012 | Clarice Feldman
    Duffleblog says that the tardy delivery of the ballots caused them to be returned too late to be counted but these hundreds of thousands of ballots seem preliminarily to have been enough to hand Romney the election. Sources confirmed today that hundreds of thousands of military absentee ballots were delivered hours after the deadline for them to be counted, with preliminary counts showing that they would have overturned the vote in several states and brought a victory for Governor Mitt Romney.Officials say the ballots were delivered late due to problems within the military mail system. Tracking invoices show the ballots...
  • The high road led straight to defeat for Romney

    11/09/2012 7:18:04 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 28 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11/9/2012 | Diana West
    If Election Day is about picking winners, the morning after is for post-mortems. That's when we slice open the losing campaigns, set aside the hundreds of millions of dollars that gush out, and pick apart the cause of death. Why did the Romney campaign fail? Maybe the country is now GOP-proof. That is, maybe a Constitution-guided, free-market, limited-government candidate no longer can "appeal" to the majority of the electorate. It could be that the death knell rang early this year once 67.3 million of us, or one in five Americans, had come to depend on federal assistance, formerly known as...
  • Romney [Non] ad advantage doesn't tell the whole story

    11/09/2012 6:43:36 AM PST · by SES1066
    AP Wire ^ | 10/18/2012 | BETH FOUHY and JACK GILLUM
    ... Yet despite the onslaught, Obama has retained an overall advertising advantage over Romney and Republican groups. Under federal law, television stations must offer presidential campaigns a discounted price — it's known as the lowest unit rate — to run their spots in the two months leading up to Election Day. Independent political groups aren't eligible for the discount, so their ads cost as much to run as do commercials for products like Pepsi or Tide. The Obama team has taken full advantage of the lower ad rates available to them, having booked their fall advertising last July and August...
  • Romney Received 170,000 More Bible Belt Votes (raw totals counted so far) than McCain (Vanity)

    11/09/2012 6:30:28 AM PST · by Strategerist · 22 replies
    November 9, 2012 | Strategerist
    Simply based on CNN raw totals counted so far (no projection for votes not counted) Romney has 18,573,603 votes from Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Tenessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. McCain had 18,402,511 in those states. By the way, in 2004 Bush had 17,746,072 votes in those states. Obviously there is no official definition of "Bible Belt" and PARTS of many other states would fit (Virginia, Colorado Springs, southern Indiana, etc.), and PARTS of the states I included as "Bible Belt" are definitely not full of Evangelicals. Obviously the voting age population has grown over...
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    11/09/2012 6:04:21 AM PST · by C. Edmund Wright · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11-9-2012 | C. Edmund Wright
    The story of the 2012 election is that voters still blame Republicans for systemic problems caused by liberalism, and yet they credit Obama for victories brought about by applied conservatism. Now how does this happen? The answer is both a short story and part of a longer festering narrative. Consider: during the Republican primary season, half of Mitt Romney's consultants told him to call Newt Gingrich the devil. The other half told him to merely to claim that the devil worshiped Gingrich. Then these same sorcerers all told Mitt to call Barack Obama "a nice guy." Well, gee, what could...
  • Could Romney run in 2016, following Nixon's example? (vanity)

    11/09/2012 4:38:36 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 138 replies
    Nov 9, 2012 | Zhang Fei
    (Putting on my flak jacket). Let me say that I'm no fan of Romney's politics, but the guy ran a decent campaign, and he appeals to swing voters in a way that Santorum and Palin cannot. And let's face it - what's he going to do with the rest of his life? If there's one thing he's got, it's time and money. He can learn from his mistakes, just as Nixon learned from his, and perhaps lead the GOP to victory in 2016.
  • Exclusive - Inside Orca: How the Romney Campaign Suppressed Its Own Vote

    11/08/2012 10:30:53 PM PST · by stillonaroll · 129 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 11/8/12 | Joel B. Pollak
    As Republicans try to explain their Election Day losses in terms of policy, tactics, and strategy, one factor is emerging as the essential difference between the Obama and Romney campaigns on November 6: the absolute failure of Romney’s get-out-the-vote effort, which underperformed even John McCain’s lackluster 2008 turnout. One culprit appears to be “Orca,” the Romney’s massive technology effort, which failed completely. ... Likewise, Twitchy recorded widespread real-time complaints and criticisms on Twitter by Project Orca volunteers. At one point during Election Day, the system had malfunctioned so badly that desperate volunteers wondered if the program had been hacked. ......
  • We Lost...Who To Blame And Why

    11/08/2012 7:53:08 PM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 105 replies
    Alan Levy's Heavy Heart | 11/8/12 | Alan Levy
    We lost. We the People got our teeth kicked down our throat. I know that sounds harsh, but let's face it fellow Republicans, we're members of a party that failed to defeat a racist, dog-eating, homosexual agenda pushing piece of human garbage who isn't qualified to be a cashier at 7-11, let alone be President of the United States. We, the party of strong economies and national defense, failed as a party to dislodge an economically illiterate man who hates the US military with a passion. In short, this election was an absolute train wreck that may very well destroy...
  • Is Bachman the reason for Obama's 2nd Term? (vanity)

    11/08/2012 5:50:34 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 83 replies
    Would we have had a mid-western son of a milk truck driver (Pawlenty) as our nominee has she not surged up until Ames Straw poll? I am trying to trace down to the seed that germinated into re-electing Obama. That is the closest I have come. During this cycle, a more modestly wealthy mid-western governor of a Blue state may just have been the ticket. Thoughts?
  • Cabinet role for Mitt Romney would be a shrewd move

    11/08/2012 5:46:39 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 50 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 8, 2012 | Joe Battenfeld
    President Obama’s post-election offer to sit down with vanquished GOP rival Mitt Romney has spurred talk of a possible White House role for Romney, a move that could help calm jitters on Wall Street and warm the partisan chill on Capitol Hill. Romney is still licking his wounds from the devastating loss, and supporters say he’s more concerned now with being with family than working with Obama.
  • Chris Christie's Sly, Futile Move (Christie is done as a presidential prospect)

    11/08/2012 4:58:29 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 60 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | October 31, 2012 | Robert Kuttner
    Once again, Barack Obama has proven to be the luckiest politician alive. Just when the race was tightening to a dead heat in the election’s closing days, one spectacular betrayal and one rank miscalculation on the Republican side have turned the contest back in Obama’s favor. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who will tour his storm-ravaged state today with President Obama, was all over the networks Tuesday telling what a wonderful leader his president was. “I spoke to the president three times yesterday,” Christie boasted, calling Obama “outstanding.” When Fox co-host Steve Doocy meekly asked Christie if he planned any...
  • Christie calls Obama to congratulate, emails Romney condolences

    11/08/2012 4:46:10 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | Thursday November 8, 2012
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that he had called President Obama to congratulate him on his win in the 2012 presidential election — but has only sent an email to Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for whom he campaigned heavily earlier this year. “We didn’t have a political strategy discussion,” Christie said of his call to Obama, according to Bloomberg. “I said congratulations on your win last night Mr. President, he said thank you governor.”
  • Mark Levin Gives "Unvarnished Truth" On Romney Loss

    11/08/2012 4:34:19 PM PST · by mojito · 49 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 11/7/2012 | Mark Levin
    MARK LEVIN: We conservatives, we do not accept bipartisanship in the pursuit of tyranny. Period. We will not negotiate the terms of our economic and political servitude. Period. We will not abandon our children to a dark and bleak future. We will not accept a fate that is alien to the legacy we inherited from every single future generation in this country. We will not accept social engineering by politicians and bureaucrats who treat us like lab rats, rather than self-sufficient human beings. There are those in this country who choose tyranny over liberty. They do not speak for us,...
  • Mitt Romney planned Boston Harbor fireworks show that was scotched by election loss

    11/08/2012 11:55:22 AM PST · by Arthurio · 53 replies
    Mitt Romney had planned to celebrate his election as the nation’s 45th president with an eight-minute fireworks display over Boston Harbor. The same company that does some of the illuminations for Boston’s Fourth of July celebration was poised to ignite fireworks within view of Romney’s party at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center to celebrate a win over President Obama. A permit filed with the City of Boston said the detonation could occur any time between 7 p.m. Tuesday, just after the first polls closed, and 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, which ended up being just before Romney conceded the race.
  • What Romney’s Transition Website Would Have Looked Like - Leaked Photos Revealed

    11/08/2012 2:17:13 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 58 replies
    If you’re a conservative, this story could be too painful for you to read. I suggest you click away now.For those who have stayed, below are pictures of Mitt Romney’s transition website that would have gone live had he been elected president on Tuesday. So how are you seeing it today? Well, the site accidentally went live for a brief moment on Wednesday, and because this is the internet, someone was able to grab screenshots before it was taken down.That someone is Roll Call’s Taegan Goddard. Below are the pictures he nabbed, which has a statement from “President-Elect Romney” and...
  • 332,754 Votes Would Have Secured a Romney Victory

    11/08/2012 1:59:35 PM PST · by CreviceTool · 67 replies
    Quora ^ | November 8, 2012 | Richard Tabassi
    Ran across this on Quora: What is the minimum number of people who would have had to change their vote for Romney to have won? Richard Tabassi, Renaissance Ape, Occasionally Witty Biped Around 1/3 of a million in the right states. [1,2,3,4] EC 18:Ohio[1] Romney needed 103,520 people to win EC 29:Florida[2] Romney needed 50,869 people to win EC 13: Virginia[3] Romney Needed 111,985 people to win EC 6: Nevada[4] Romney Needed: 66,380 to win Total: 332,754 to win Electoral College There might be a combination that get him there in a shorter amount that I am not seeing yet,...
  • The Unmitigated Disaster Known As Project ORCA (GOTV failure)

    11/08/2012 1:47:30 PM PST · by jocon307 · 33 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | 11/08/12 | John E.
    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.
  • Why Did Three Million Republicans Stay Home?

    11/08/2012 12:48:05 PM PST · by NYer · 168 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | November 8, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: So three million Republican voters stayed home on Election Day. Three million predominantly white voters stayed home. The media is all over the place with the fact that the Republicans lost "the white vote." They can't get the white vote. They did lose the white vote, but Democrats didn't get it. They just didn't show up, and it wasn't voter suppression that didn't turn 'em out. What would be the reason that three million voters didn't show up? Let's go through the possibilities. It could be that there are a number... We've talked to 'em. We've had 'em call....
  • Values, Not Demographics, Won the Election (He's serious!)

    11/08/2012 1:05:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 7, 2012 | Joel Benenson
    MUCH of the coverage of Tuesday’s results has focused on the strength of Barack Obama’s coalition — minorities, women and young voters. But that analysis misses the real point. The contours of the 2012 presidential race were shaped less by the country’s changing demographics than by the underlying attitudes and values of American voters, who are always far more complex than they appear to pollsters. The president’s victory was a triumph of vision, not of demographics. He won because he articulated a set of values that define an America that the majority of us wish to live in: A nation...
  • What Happened in Ohio (correct but unwittingly hilarious)

    11/08/2012 12:51:50 PM PST · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 26 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7 November 2012 | Matt Meyer
    Over the next few days, I will cover a variety of issues I believe explain what happened in Ohio in 2012. The first issue starts at the very beginning of the process in Ohio. Now, it is always tricky to extrapolate primary data to general-election data, but I believe two data points, discussed below, from Ohio’s primary foreshadowed problems for Republicans and in the base with Governor Mitt Romney. First, in the 2008 fully contested Democratic primary between Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama, 2,386,945 Ohioans cast ballots. Remember, Ohio has open primaries where voters select either a Democratic...
  • Would it have made any difference if Obama had run on Romney's platform?

    11/08/2012 12:00:19 PM PST · by pieceofthepuzzle · 30 replies
    I rarely post vanities, but I wanted to ask Freepers if they thought it would have made any difference to the average Obama voter if he had stated the same policy goals as Romney. My personal opinion is that for most Obama voters, and for much of the democrat base, it would make no difference. For that matter, I don't think they would have liked Romney any better even if he had run on Obama's platform. This is an important issue, because if its all about brand name, and not about actual policy positions, then there is essentially no way...
  • Some post-election cheer and encouragement

    11/08/2012 11:32:03 AM PST · by GoodDay · 5 replies
    Cafe Hayek ^ | November 8, 2012 | Russ Roberts and Scott Atlas
    Talking about the election to many friends and family who had been rooting for Romney , I found their emotions ran the entire gamut from despair to despondency. Everybody was way down. I found myself unexpectedly blue as well. Our emotions were not so much caused by the Romney defeat. Few of us were particularly excited about him. It was the Obama victory that concerned us . . . . . . Yes, a little over half of the people who voted, a little over 60 million people, thought Obama deserved a second term. But about 59 million (the combined...
  • What the Hell happened to "Project Orca"?

    11/08/2012 10:45:37 AM PST · by jeffo · 53 replies
    11/8/2012 | JeffO
    Much was made in the closing days of the election about the GOP's "Project ORCA", a Smartphone-linked network of volunteers who would enable the party to know who had voted in real time, allowing them to target their resources on election day to people and area who had NOT yet voted or had low turnout. It was a brilliant idea, and I know for a fact that when the Dems found out about it, there was some grave concern from a number of them. Well, here in Virginia my wife volunteered, participated in three training calls, plus online training -...
  • American Demographics Give Obama the Win-Watch For "Comprehensive Immigration Reform"

    11/08/2012 9:08:31 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-8-2012 | MOTUS
    Butt first,a Public Service Announcement for the victims of Hurricane Sandy: (snip)I have a few more random thoughts on Big Guy’s reelection: Even though BO is the epitome of Jimmy Carter on steroids, and everything was shaping up for a Jimmy Carter style shellacking, the culture of the country has been so fundamentally transformed(snip)America’s ongoing commitment to fairness and diversity, the number of non-white voters hss tripled in the past 40 years; much of that due to changes in both our official and unofficial immigration policy. 1912 policy, 2012 policy The result of the change has been a huge upsurge...
  • Mandate??? You've got to be Kidding (1 minute Video)

    11/08/2012 8:54:23 AM PST · by publius321
    Old Guard Fox Pundits who Manipulated our Primaries for the past 8 years - Thank you for your "service" - now disappear...
  • Obama supporters celebrate: 'No more Israel!'

    11/08/2012 8:43:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 8, 2012 | Rick Moran
    Obama supporters out celebrating his win on election night gathered on State Street Tuesday evening. I asked one man why he was celebrating Obama, and what that meant to him. He said, "It really means to me, no more Israel...Mitt Romney would go to war with Iran...Obama said f*** that sh*t. Kill those mother f***ers." Another said, "Palestine was there first, and Israel moved in in the 1940s and that's an unfair attack." A man of Jewish heritage accompanying him said, "I really do not think that us being with Israel is a good choice for us":(continued w/video)
  • A RINO [Mitt] running as a yes man conservative (and losing) isn't a rejection of conservatism

    11/08/2012 7:22:08 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 68 replies
    11/8/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalism
    Again, a rejection of a RINO who has a Youtube video of him bashing a coal-fired power plant, all the way to articles of him flip-flopping on practically any subject you can think of running as a conservative (and then losing in the general election), isn't tantamount to conservatism being over. Let's face it - Romney had a long track record of being a RINO. There are plenty of past threads here detailing his RINO past as governor, as well as his flip-flops before, during and after the primaries. Yet the GOP-e thought that putting up someone whom they said...
  • What Major Demographic Shift?

    11/08/2012 7:09:21 AM PST · by Qbert · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/8/2012 | Tara Servatius
    Conservatives need to take a collective breath and look closer at the numbers before they buy into the idea that GOP nominee Mitt Romney's defeat was due to some kind of national demographic shift that now makes Democrat presidential candidates' armor impenetrable. Before you give in to the hysteria, here are a few things to keep in mind. First, Barack Obama's re-election showing was actually pretty unimpressive for a guy whose philosophies voters have supposedly adopted. As of this writing on Wednesday, Obama's vote total stood at an unimpressive 60,119,958. That's about what John Kerry got in 2004 (59,028,444). President...