As bits and pieces come out about the failed Romney campaign, there are lots of questions.
I’ve covered the fraud aspects. More of that will come out. We need to find out a lot more about the data. For instance, in some Philadelphia wards Obama received 99% of the vote or more. Illegalities were all over the place with pictures of Obama on the walls at some precinct locations and the Black Panthers once again stationed to intimidate in others. Florida Representative Allen West is still looking at his votes and his opponents as the Democrat officer of elections refuses to let Republicans watch the recount. There is the question of military ballots which somehow didn’t make it on time or the military plane carrying them crashed. The stench is overwhelming.
Then we find out that Team Romney’s vaunted Orca get out the vote effort malfunctioned. Was the system hacked by operatives? Why did it fail? Why were the campaign directors so sure of victory and so stunned by the loss? This smells, too.
Ben Howe of Redstate gives us some insight:
So what caused the breakdown and why didn’t it get fixed in time? Well according to sources who worked closely with the program, the blame is at the feet of consultants.
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.
Zac Moffatt, Digital Director for the Romney campaign, was specifically named as having “built a nest egg for himself and co-founder of Targeted Victory, Mike Beach,” and that they “didn’t get social” media and ignored objections from other consultants and staffers in the campaign.
People close to the campaign responded. “Anyone can have numbers, Neil Newhouse had numbers. Look where that got us. Zac just went off the rails a lot and made the Romney campaign a marketing vehicle for himself.” Adding, “at least the other consultants kept their mouths shut.”
Sources also said that arrogance played a big role, saying that the Romney campaign was a hostile battlefield of egos in which these consultants viewed any opposition to their world view as coming from an enemy. This apparently led to the ORCA program “receiving no stress test, no usage during super saturdays and no ability to have a Plan B or C when everything hit the fan.”
“The brain trust of the Romney campaign was so arrogant that they refused to change strategy. It was clear in June were SOL,” said one email.
Another source that closely studied the Obama campaigns GOTV efforts as compared to ORCA said bluntly that “the Obama training manuals made ORCA look like a drunken monkey slapped together a powerpoint” adding that we must duplicate and improve what they accomplished to have any hope for the 2014 & 2016 ground game.
But the failures in what was described as a “tightly wound consultant culture” didn’t stop there.
Stu Stevens of the Stevens and Schriefer Group was said to not be chasing poll numbers with the media buy strategy and appeared instead to be doing little more than “throwing darts at a dartboard.” At best using false numbers provided by ORCA; at worst milking the cash cow of the Romney campaign…
I can believe that. I can also expand on this and ask another question. Did the Obama people insert a mole into the Romney team? From what Howe says, it looks like there were a lot of ruthless opportunists there. People without ethics or loyalty or patriotism. People ripe for the possibility of bribery, especially if they realized the numbers were false and the campaign doomed.
It’s worth a thought. We know that the Obama people are ruthless. We know that they worked for four years to get this man reelected. Hard to believe the group from Chicago wouldn’t consider such a tactic.