Adviser: Romney "shellshocked" by loss--Queen Ann cried!

  • MusclFurPeX

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    Nov 09, 2012 2:53 AM GMT
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    Mitt Romney's campaign got its first hint something was wrong on the afternoon of Election Day, when state campaign workers on the ground began reporting huge turnout in areas favorable to President Obama: northeastern Ohio, northern Virginia, central Florida and Miami-Dade.

    Then came the early exit polls that also were favorable to the president.

    But it wasn't until the polls closed that concern turned into alarm. They expected North Carolina to be called early. It wasn't. They expected Pennsylvania to be up in the air all night; it went early for the President.

    After Ohio went for Mr. Obama, it was over, but senior advisers say no one could process it.

    "We went into the evening confident we had a good path to victory," said one senior adviser. "I don't think there was one person who saw this coming."

    They just couldn't believe they had been so wrong. And maybe they weren't: There was Karl Rove on Fox saying Ohio wasn't settled, so campaign aides decided to wait. They didn't want to have to withdraw their concession, like Al Gore did in 2000, and they thought maybe the suburbs of Columbus and Cincinnati, which hadn't been reported, could make a difference.

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    But then came Colorado for the president and Florida also was looking tougher than anyone had imagined.

    "We just felt, 'where's our path?'" said a senior adviser. "There wasn't one."

    Romney then said what they knew: it was over.

    His personal assistant, Garrett Jackson, called his counterpart on Mr. Obama's staff, Marvin Nicholson. "Is your boss available?" Jackson asked.

    Romney was stoic as he talked to the president, an aide said, but his wife Ann cried. Running mate Paul Ryan seemed genuinely shocked, the adviser said. Ryan's wife Janna also was shaken and cried softly.

    "There's nothing worse than when you think you're going to win, and you don't," said another adviser. "It was like a sucker punch."


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    Their emotion was visible on their faces when they walked on stage after Romney finished his remarks, which Romney had hastily composed, knowing he had to say something.

    Both wives looked stricken, and Ryan himself seemed grim. They all were thrust on that stage without understanding what had just happened.

    "He was shellshocked," one adviser said of Romney.

    Romney and his campaign had gone into the evening confident they had a good path to victory, for emotional and intellectual reasons. The huge and enthusiastic crowds in swing state after swing state in recent weeks - not only for Romney but also for Paul Ryan - bolstered what they believed intellectually: that Obama would not get the kind of turnout he had in 2008.

    They thought intensity and enthusiasm were on their side this time - poll after poll showed Republicans were more motivated to vote than Democrats - and that would translate into votes for Romney.

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  • MusclFurPeX

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    Nov 09, 2012 3:04 AM GMT
    They made three key miscalculations, in part because this race bucked historical trends:

    1. They misread turnout. They expected it to be between 2004 and 2008 levels, with a plus-2 or plus-3 Democratic electorate, instead of plus-7 as it was in 2008. Their assumptions were wrong on both sides: The president's base turned out and Romney's did not. More African-Americans voted in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida than in 2008. And fewer Republicans did: Romney got just over 2 million fewer votes than John McCain.

    2. Independents. State polls showed Romney winning big among independents. Historically, any candidate polling that well among independents wins. But as it turned out, many of those independents were former Republicans who now self-identify as independents. The state polls weren't oversampling Democrats and undersampling Republicans - there just weren't as many Republicans this time because they were calling themselves independents.

    3. Undecided voters. The perception is they always break for the challenger, since people know the incumbent and would have decided already if they were backing him. Romney was counting on that trend to continue. Instead, exit polls show Mr. Obama won among people who made up their minds on Election Day and in the few days before the election. So maybe Romney, after running for six years, was in the same position as the incumbent.

    The campaign before the election had expressed confidence in its calculations, and insisted the Obama campaign, with its own confidence and a completely different analysis, was wrong. In the end, it the other way around.

    "They were right," a Romney campaign senior adviser said of the Obama campaign's assessments. "And if they were right, we lose."
  • Webster666

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    Nov 09, 2012 3:20 AM GMT
    There were a lot more than just 3 reasons why Romney lost.
    And, I'm glad Queen Ann cried.
    I hope they all cried, not because they were the opponents, and they lost, and we won, but because of the despicable way they ran their campaign, lying and cheating, every step of the way.
  • coolarmydude

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    Nov 09, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    There was Karl Rove on Fox saying Ohio wasn't settled, so campaign aides decided to wait.

    Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! That night, Karl Rove said that he got the call from Romney's campaign that they weren't settled on the Ohio results.

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    Now we know who was really directing that campaign. I wouldn't be surprised if the big donors get mafioso on Karl Rove within the next year.
  • KissTheSky

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    Nov 09, 2012 3:40 AM GMT
    Can't the conservatives just "unskew" the election results and declare Mitt the winner? He can reign as President of the Conservative Bubble of Ignorance. I'm sure the right-wing morons will be happy to play along, just as they do when they pretend there is no such thing as global warming, evolution never happened, gay people are all pedophiles, Obama is a Muslim/atheist/terrorist, cutting taxes on the rich will solve all our economic problems, etc. etc.

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    Nov 09, 2012 8:02 AM GMT
    MusclFurPeX said
    "There's nothing worse than when you think you're going to win, and you don't," said another adviser. "It was like a sucker punch".


    How true. Ask the charred remains of our very own RJ Republican rump.
  • coolarmydude

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    Nov 09, 2012 11:19 AM GMT
    I offer this to Ann Romney for therapy:

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    Nov 09, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    Where are all those wise republicans who promised us a Romney win? They seemed so confident. Oh well, I guess it's like all the rest of the internet tough guy syndrome, when it comes time to actually be a tough guy, they retreat back to their mommies basement and masturbate.
  • mybud

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    Nov 09, 2012 3:38 PM GMT
    It's kinda shocking to think that Romney was that detached from reality...Realclear politics showed accurate trend lines weeks before the election.....I wonder if Hitler felt the same way while the Americans bombed Berlin?
  • MusclFurPeX

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    Nov 09, 2012 5:58 PM GMT
    Romney had to call off the fireworks at 11:12 pm Tuesday night he had planned in Boston Harbor! ooops!
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    Nov 09, 2012 8:08 PM GMT
    MusclFurPeX saidRomney had to call off the fireworks at 11:12 pm Tuesday night he had planned in Boston Harbor! ooops!




    Really?
    LOL
    Wow, I guess Romneyworld really did think they're were going to win if they actually arranged a fireworks display for election night.
    Which means that Mitt & Co. were incredibly blind and clueless.
    There was no real world reason for them - or our own RJ conservaposse - to be in any way confident of a Romney victory.

    Just imagine what could've happened if this incompetent Romney crew had gotten the reins of power.
    Think of the mistakes and wrong decisions they would've made based on the skewed and off-base view they have of the world because they live in a pro-right-wing bubble.
    Thank God they lost.
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    Nov 09, 2012 10:13 PM GMT
    RickRick91 said

    There was no real world reason for them - or our own RJ conservaposse - to be in any way confident of a Romney victory.


    I understand this was found in a certain abandoned tree house on Wednesday morning.

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    Nov 09, 2012 10:52 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said
    RickRick91 said

    There was no real world reason for them - or our own RJ conservaposse - to be in any way confident of a Romney victory.


    I understand this was found in a certain abandoned tree house on Wednesday morning.

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    The only fireworks we saw Tuesday night was GOP heads exploding.
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    Nov 10, 2012 2:14 PM GMT
    RickRick91 said...

    The only fireworks we saw Tuesday night was GOP heads exploding.
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    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! THIS!!!! The Countdown Timer wasn't even at Zero Hour yet! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
  • GQjock

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    Nov 10, 2012 2:17 PM GMT
    White People Mourning Mitt Romney

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