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  •  GOTV disaster revealed by volunteer (12+ / 0-)

    Interesting article at Business Insider by a Romney volunteer revealing how disorganized the campaign was.

    Mitt Romney's 'Project ORCA' Was A Disaster, And It May Have Cost Him The Election

    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.

    I bet this isn't the only example of campaign disorganization. An empty chair comes to mind.
    •  OFA's efforts weren't perfect either (7+ / 0-)

      I used the OFA's equivalent of Orca.  The technology itself was great, but I didn't get my list until Tuesday 1:30 am.  Fortunately I was still up and had time to print it.  

      And the list was created in some random order. Not a big deal to me, but I wonder if inexperienced volunteers would have noticed and known to sort alphabetically by name before printing.

      And, oh, it was very clear that we needed our badges to be allowed to enter, and we had live dedicated support desks to call if we had problems.  Yeah, the Obama campaign was miles ahead of Romney.

      But, if anything, I think the person writing that Orca blog lost sight of the most important point. He wrote,

      The bitter irony of this entire endeavor was that a supposedly small government candidate gutted the local structure of GOTV efforts in favor of a centralized, faceless organization in a far off place (in this case, their Boston headquarters).
      No, it actually is VERY consistent with a corporate raider like Romney to want to have central control.  But more importantly, I'd write the post like this:
      The bitter irony of this entire endeavor was that a national political party and a candidate that touts how much they know how to run successful businesses instead had a total Fail implementing a mission-critical data system.
      I am not surprised.  This is, after all, the party that relentlessly robocalled my household which is full of supervoter Democrats.
    •  I wonder how this would've impacted the election (2+ / 0-)
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      vcmvo2, BlueSue

      if they had actually managed to get it to work. My semi-educated guess (from reading Nate's latest post) is that their best-case scenario still wouldn't have gotten them Colorado, nor any of the states Obama by a larger margin than he did there, meaning it still wouldn't have been enough.

      And their base will be even smaller in 2016. Not a good era in which to be a Republican.

      "Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel." -Sepp Herberger

      by surfbird007 on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 10:00:30 AM PST

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    •  Project Orca? Seriously? (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, vcmvo2

      There's a metaphor here, waiting to jump out of its tiny enclosure and drown its handler.

      Project Shamu, anyone?

      The irony is that GOTV for the GOP = white evangelical nuts, and white evangelical nuts are becoming more toxic to much of the country.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 10:21:41 AM PST

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    •  The geniuses who made ORCA (0+ / 0-)

      were they the same ones responsible for the great Romney "Amercia" app?

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