The Romney campaign 'suppressed its own vote' to the tune of perhaps 700,000 voters in swing states - a number that could have won Romney the presidency, according to a harsh expose from Breitbart.com.
What happened? Romney's campaign forced 37,000 get-out-the-vote volunteers in swing states to use a software program called ORCA. But volunteers in Colorado or North Carolina were never able to access the software. They were issued PINs that didn't work, and when they were reset, the second PINs didn't work either.
The problem extended to Virginia, where "volunteers who had driven to Virginia from safely-Republican Tennessee were shocked at the disorganization they encountered," according to Breitbart. The software crashed during election day, but for many or all volunteers, it never worked in the first place. Calls to the Romney campaign for help went directly to voicemail.
Volunteer John Ekdahl, a web developer from CO, sums up the chaos and its disastrous effects:
The end result was that 30,000+ of the most active and fired-up volunteers were wandering around confused and frustrated when they could have been doing anything else to help. Like driving people to the polls, phone-banking, walking door-to-door, etc. We lost by fairly small margins in Florida, Virginia, Ohio and Colorado. If this had worked could it have closed the gap? I sure hope not for my sanity's sake.
As ORCA crashed, Republicans expressed their dismay and panic on Twitter, captured at Michelle Malkin's site here.
Other parts of Romney's election-day ground game misfired, too. His official polls watchers weren't told they needed to get certificates from the campaign to show at the polling place, and so they weren't able to act as poll watchers.
Even if ORCA had worked, the popular vote difference was far greater than 700,000. I guess, though, it's less painful to blame the candidate, his campaign, and his software than to reassess the fundamental structure, philosophy, and goals of today's failing GOP.
No one called campaign central to say their pin didn't work. Romney probably outsourced it to India. Call for a new pin.... hi mr Marty my NAND is Bob and I'm here to ensure your call to Romney Central is a pleasant one. Do you have a case #
As a practical matter, especially now that Florida is officially in for the President, this doesn't matter.
But if you look at it as an indicator of the structural troubles facing the GOP it does matter quite a lot. A party in the 21st century that can't manage smart phones isn't likely to get much of the important stuff right, either.
(I have to confess to a little schadenfreude: when I first read about the Romney campaign's ORCA failure, I immediately recalled my dad trying to program his first VCR.)
It really doesnt matter now. Obama won, and thats it. Now Obama with all of his spending, with no way to pay for it brings our nation to the "fiscal cliff". He can no longer blame anyone but himself. When your taxes go up next January, remember to thank Obama, and those that voted him in.
What do you mean no way to pay for it ? Sure there is . Just let the upper class tax cut expire. Besides the only reason we have this big deficit is because of Bush. If taxes go up next January for the middle class I will blame the Republicans because they are the ones who would be responsible for it. Obama has already stated that he will sign a bill right now that guarantees lower taxes for the middle class. As for the rich they can eat cake.
A tax cut that was set to expire in 2010 originally meant taxes would be increased in Obama's Presidency either way. Romney said he wouldn't cut a penny of defense spending too. Neither candidate wants to cut spending and decrease GDP. A recession was 100% assured for 2013 back in June 2012
@rlstowe3 Then they should be taxed more heavily. They have robbed this Nation for decades, even centuries. If they dont want to help save the nation that made them filthy, filthy rich, then they can leave. Or else.
Who cares what breitbart.com says ? They're just Republican operatives trying to spin this favorably so that they don't have to face the truth, that they lost because the American public preferred to live in the 21st century instead of Victorian times. They would have lost Ohio anyway according to the stats. So who do they think they are kidding other than themselves. Just get it. The public doesn't lik what the Republican Party stands for clear and simple.
Good Job GOP your the Best...at what well that another good Question but you did a great job of Spending a billion dollars and Loosing by the biggest margin in 100 years.Mitt,Ryan,And that moron for a chairman of the GOP should be tared and railed out of the Country and then Shot in public for that they did.What a collection of MORONS the GOP has running their party.
See that's what happens when you have one party trying to suppress the votes of another, in this country...And, by the way, its also noted that because they did try to stop large numbers of Latino, and African-American votes from casting their ballots this year, that just motivated them to get even more steadfast in their resolve to wait in lines for "as long as necessary" in order to cast their vote for Pres. Obama...I sure hope that the republicans have learned that most Americans are not simply going to let them steal their votes away...and perhaps they will put an end to the republican voter suppression efforts going forward.
@mimi57 You know, Mimi...I would like to point out a very stark difference in what you just said... First, I don't condone "voter fraud" by either party. But it is acknowledged that the democratic "version of voter fraud"----usually means that "one person cast one vote improperly". That is...that say someone voted for their "grand mother" who may be sick at home and could not get out to vote and did not (for what ever reason) have an absentee ballot.--The republican "version of voter fraud"...is to prevent tens of thousands of people from voting by initiating bogus "voter rules & laws", "purging voters for all kinds of unproven reasons", and "limiting the times & places" that people are allowed to vote....There is a very big difference between casting "one bogus vote" and illegally preventing "thousands from casting legal votes" in the first place....That is generally the difference, Mimi...
We were project ORCA volunteers in Ohio and did not experience any problems. It was actually easy and fun to do. The organizer were very nice and I really liked the confernce calls. Maybe we should vote over again? Be okay with me!