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The stories are out telling how shocked Romney was at losing the election.  He based his whole campaign on a voter turnout model that wasn’t close to the electorate that actually turned out.

How does a campaign fail on such a fundamental campaign function?  Was it the grossest incompetence or the grandest delusion?  Was it a lie they told themselves to feel good?

The more I think about it, the more I seem lost for answers.  Nothing seems to explain it satisfactorily. How do you get to election night and lose 332 to 206 electoral votes and not have a concession speech ready?  How divorced from reality are you when that happens?

I can forgive supporters for being so divorced from reality that they believed Romney would win.  But Romney should have known there was a very good chance he would lose. The fact that he didn’t, for whatever reason, incompetence, delusion, or conceit, testifies that he was not fit to be president.  

It is a frightening thing to contemplate...that a man divorced from reality to such an astonishing degree was put before the electorate.

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  •  The answer to your title question is "yes." (2+ / 0-)
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    jayden, OooSillyMe

    Romney was listening to this guy:

    You've gotta be incompetent to listen to someone like Rove to the exclusion of all other data being published by reputable institutions as well as reasonable analysis by reputable people who have been around a long time.

    And you've got to be deluded to believe it.

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 11:20:51 PM PST

  •  both (2+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, jayden

    "No clear mandate" is the new "It's tied"

    by jazzence on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 11:23:21 PM PST

  •  It's A Closed Circuit System..... (1+ / 0-)
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    Nothing is allowed to penetrate but FOX News & Republican politicians like Jim DeMint & Louie Gohmert.  Science is a hoax.  Facts are to be cherry picked.  Conspiracy theories are rampant.  Chuck Norris & Allen West rule the roost.  Donald Trump was taken seriously as a nominee.  

    It's hard to feel sorry for them.  You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.  At some point, the horse has to help itself.  

  •  Try hubris as an explanation -- Mittens has always (2+ / 0-)
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    jayden, Chi

    seen himself as somehow "superior" or "special" or "privileged."

    The hair cutting incident occurred when daddy was Governor - no punishment.

    The police uniform incidents occurred when his daddy was Governor - ditto.

    When he was at Harvard, he lived off of daddy's stock given to him as a gift.  No job.  No financial responsibilities.

    When he was asked to start Bain Capital, he was promised that if Bain Capital failed, he would get his old job back at Bain & Co., with all of his missed raises and bonuses.

    By the time you are in your late 20s or 30s, if you have had that many "free passes," you EXPECT to get a "free pass" every time.

    That is Mittens.

    He also got to drink the Kool-Aid that he was kicking Obama's ass.  Except that he wasn't.

    TOUGH.  R-MONEY is history.  Or a BAD joke.

    "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." -- Patrick Henry November 6, 2012 MA-4 I am voting for my friends Barry, Liz and Joe (Obama, Warren and Kennedy)

    by BornDuringWWII on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 11:37:53 PM PST

    •  This was my theory early on when Mitt was keeping (0+ / 0-)

      to the far right positions but I was applying it to his big money backers.  I thought that it was crazy they thought being ultra-conservative could win and figured it was that rich-guy nobody tells you no bubble.  Couldn't think of anything else to account for it.

  •  If it's incompetence, just think (2+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, Chi

    what it would be like if he had been elected!  A shudder just went thru my body.

  •  it's neither. (1+ / 0-)
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    mitt honestly believed that racial minorities, women and young voters are too irresponsible to show up and vote

    he honestly believed that 2008 was a fluke

    he was surprised because he has such a bigoted, racist, sexist, disdainful, dismissive view of what turned out to be 51% of the people in this country

    and he isn't alone.  MOST of the men in the news media thought the same goddamn thing.  from Fox to MSNBC, the white men were utterly shocked not only that Obama won but how.  

    that's what i LOVE so much about this election.  the balance of power shifted and these assholes didn't even see it coming.

    so long and thanks for all the fish

    by Anton Bursch on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 12:42:23 AM PST

  •  How? W. Mitt was a typical CEO-- (0+ / 0-)

    He only hired people who would tell him what he wanted to hear.  That, and he thought he deserved it, so he would get it.  After all, that's what happened all his life.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 04:00:39 AM PST

    •  Exactly! (1+ / 0-)
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      I've seen this way too often in my industry.  If the numbers don't fit the CEO's viewpoint, you tinker with the model until it generates the "right" numbers.  And inevitably, the head honchos are surprised when reality intervenes and the model fails to predict the actual results.

  •  Frightening thing to contemplate.... (1+ / 0-)
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    The same deluded and incompetent assessment and decision-making approach the Bush Administration used - "we can selectively interpret and shape reality."  Truly frightening when you consider it could have once again controlled the world’s (history’s) most powerful military with a GOP-led Congress abdicating any accountability/need for oversight.

  •  Are you saying he never heard of Nate Silver? (0+ / 0-)

    Considering the fact that Nate Silver forecast the 2008 almost perfectly, can we honestly believe that no one on Romney's staff (or Romney himself) never heard of Nate?

    Especially when the NYT elevated him to guru status by giving him his own prominent blog on the Times?

    That no one on the Romney campaign was paying attention to Nate Silver shows a level of incompetence that is hard to fathom since Romney touts his superior skills as a CEO.

    But then, he claimed that the auto bailout would bankrupt the industry, and we see how that turned out.

    I'm surprised anyone ever trusted this clown with their money!

    •  This is one of the things that have been running (2+ / 0-)
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      Buckeye54, StevenD56

      around in my mind.  How could they ignore Nate?  He was one of the "100 most influential people" of Time in 2009.  

      We know that many on Fox were certainly aware of him.  They called him all kinds of names as they dismissed him.

      The other thing that gets me is that it was clear early on that Obama had many paths to 270 while Romney had to nearly run the board of swing states.  How could they ignore that?

      Did his top guys really never read Nate or other work of the opposition?  If so, the big dollar guys have a right to sue them for gross negligence.

      There is just no excuse for Romney's top team.  However, I will say that I will cut the poor average Mitt supporter a break on this one.  Even if they bothered to go to CNN, ABC, NBC or CBS for news in addition to FOX in an attempt to get "the other side's view", they were told all the way to the end about how it was "razor close."  Those networks knew better but it got them more dollars to raise the anxiety level.  They are better than FOX but not by all that much.  

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