Skip to comments.Campaign Sources: The Romney Campaign was a Consultant Con Job
Posted on 11/10/2012 4:52:22 AM PST by Sir Napsalot
(More Project Orca fallout, and Romeny being blindsided)
If you spend your time watching politics and havent been hiding in a deep depression since Tuesday, youve 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.
Specifically Targeted Victory, FLS Connect, and The Stevens and Schriefer Group. While the Romney campaign did work with other consultants, they were apparently not part of the problem.
They say that the truth is the consultants essentially used the Romney campaign as a money making scheme, forcing employees to spin false data as truth in order to paint a rosy picture of a successful campaign as a form of job security.
According to all the sources I spoke to, the breakdown of the campaign can be traced to the primaries. One source saying they looked at the guy who could raise the most money in history as a ride adding that money no longer matters. Thats the problem, also referring to the campaign overall as the biggest political flim flam of all time.
(Excerpt) Read more at redstate.com ...
Rove made his 50 to 200 million $ so he is happy
as a clam as America rots and burns.
The GOP was warned but was glad to comply ... as always.
The result of all of these false numbers and inaccurate ground reports is simple: Mitt Romney had no idea what was coming on election day and his false sense of confidence directly translated into how the campaign operated in the closing weeks. In the words of one source, it was a con job. As David Mamet famously said, If youre in the con game and you dont know who the mark is youre the mark. Mitt Romney had no idea what was coming.
And the fall of our once great country is worth it?
How could anyone who voted for McCain not vote for Romney, other than dying. Know at least five who voted for Barry in `08 who switched to Romney this time...I cannot concieve how someone for the love of their country could not vote against Obama.
Sad thing is that even though it was horribly run campaing, they almost won it. Few hundred of thousands votes in swing states and Romney would have won.
I agree.. I personally know 7 people who voted Obama in ‘08
that voted Romney..
Sorry, I forgot to attribute the article to author
Anyone who works with IT/software knows that you don’t expect a system to magically work without testing the stuffing out of it—with users in the loop. Apparently, the procedures for system engineering and test were ignored here big time. “Hope” might be a winning argument when it comes to politics, but it doesn’t feed the bulldog in engineering.
1. The people doing the IT oversight for the campaign were totally incompetent.
2. The $$ just wasn’t there to do things right (a distinct possibility).
3. The folks writing the software were closet Obama supporters and that impacted their work. [Wouldn’t totally rule this out.]
4. All of the above.
The GOP-E at its finest.
You might be interested in this story about how Romney’s campaign was nothing but a con job...
I think there are people, including McCain voters, who are just fed up with politics. I knew a few people who voted for McCain in 2008 and did not vote this year. They basically said, “we’re screwed either way, so why bother?” I didn’t really push the issue, because everyone I heard this from was in NY or NJ, but that attitude is out there.
My Day with ORCA
The first hint that ORCA was going to be a failure should have been the fact that the use of cell phones are prohibited in many (if not most) polling places.
Interesting because David Axelrod said the Romney campaign is delusional if they think they are leading.
Obama was running against a bunch of amateurs compared to what the Romney campaign was doing.
I can tell you right now the ORCA thing was completely misplaced money and resources. The ORCA was apparently just to monitor turnout which is really after-the-fact info for analysis. Someone I know who volunteered was sent to a precinct far from their home, in what can be described as a Dem snakepit where they would stand out like a sore thumb. It was asinine. They turned around and left before something bad happened. They also only got sent the voter list and participation instructions the Friday before the election, so they had to go the the county R office the day before the election to get credentialed.
I also agree that when “money is no object” it gets mostly wasted (just like the fed gov).
I saw the job posting for Lead QA Engineer and almost applied. If the democrats wanted to sabotage the campaign from the inside this was the position to do it.
“I agree.. I personally know 7 people who voted Obama in 08
that voted Romney..”
And for those 7 people, there were 100 in Philly and other places who came out of the woodwork and voted for Obama.
It was vapor ware.
In the early 90’s my business partner produced an app that eventually became robo calling, recorded messaging from businesses and anything that calls you today.
He was always a day away from taking it live. I told him writing this in fortran will never fly. There was better code use and I brought in an expert to write the system. I explained about integration testing, user testing and the proper processes for how to take an app to market. He wouldn’t listen. He diluted my stock and basically tossed me out on my butt.
I was an experienced IT programmer and systems engineer. He took a course in fortran in college 10 years earlier. Wouldn’t let me or the programmer go near the code.
Point is, Romney was sold a bill of goods and all he knew was there was an app that would change the election in his favor. He probably asked one question, “will this work?” And probably got back, “of course it will work.”
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