Posts Tagged ‘Project ORCA
SCARY THOUGHT: Did “Project Orca” Cost Romney the Election by Diverting Resources to Failing Computer Program?
One of the big differences between Democrats and Republicans is that when Republicans lose an election, the knives come out and they eat their own. We’ll be seeing this for the next few years — much like we did after the McCain campaign — with Cocktail Party GOP operatives lashing out at various members of the Romney staff, blaming them for the loss in order to elevate themselves and get exposure for their own careers on tee-vee. Steve Schmidt, McCain’s campaign manager, is a classic example of this. He jumps at every opportunity to badmouth Republicans and would appear on MSNBC every day to do so, if they had him.
Today, Breitbart.com’s running a shocking article about “Project Orca”, which was billed as the most technologically advanced Republican GOTV effort ever. Democrats were genuinely terrified of this project, and it was part of the reason that it seemed Mitt Romney would win this election in a big way. If you believed that Americans were eager to defeat Obama to prevent Obamacare from taking effect and that the Romney guys had an advanced tool to turn out the vote, then it was hard to see how Romney would lose.
We don’t know the name (or the motives) of the “Romney insider” who’s telling Breitbart that Project Orca was technologically flawed and crashed on election day, but anecdotal reports throughout the day do show that people had trouble using the system, activating their pin numbers, etc. The “Romney insider” could be telling the truth when he says that Orca diverted 40,000 Romney volunteers to a failing computer program instead of having them do traditional GOTV efforts…or this guy could be positioning himself to be the next Steve Schmidt by pushing a story like this just to sink knives into the Romney campaign. We won’t know the reality for a while.
I’m always suspicious of campaign operatives in Republican ranks because I’d think they wouldn’t reveal something like this and give Democrats the satisfaction of knowing Project Orca flopped (if that’s what happened). It’s like during the Cold War…the US and the Soviets never told each other what really happened when some new vehicle or weapons system failed.
So why come out and reveal what happened with Project Orca so that Democrats can benefit from it? That seems strange. Unless, of course, the guy doing this wants to become the next Steve Schmidt and land a seat on the talk show circuit revealing more and more about the Romney campaign’s failures.
I’m shocked to read this, though, because the big selling point about having Romney be the nominee was that he’d been working on his campaign for over 6 years and he had the best and the brightest that money could buy in terms of loyal advisors and brash young turks who would do things with GOTV that no Republican had ever succeeded in doing before.
Romney and his senior staff were legitimately shellshocked on Election Day as the first set of polls started to close, because they really thought they were winning until vote totals started coming in. Obama and his supporters seemed resigned to losing in the weeks before election day…and all throughout November 6th the talking heads on MSNBC kept talking about “voter suppression” being the only explanation for Obama’s loss, really setting the stage to push that narrative when Romney won. Everything pointed to a Romney win that never came.
If people really were counting on Project Orca to deliver the turnouts needed — and everyone assumed it would work — then maybe it’s failure is part of why Democrats ended up with the (D+7) electorate they needed to win Obama a second term.
It’s still hard to believe we really do need to suffer through four more years of Leftist control of this country…but in those four years I hope we can finally break the ugly cycle where Democrats constantly have a vaunted “turnout advantage”. Surely there is something that can be done in Republican ranks between now and 2016 to avoid another “Project Orca” failure or to allow Democrats to keep having a better “GOTV ground game”.
It’s mind-numbing and soul-killing that the Romney guys would have failed in this, because the Romney guys were supposed to be better at this stuff than anyone (better than Democrats at it, even).
DOOM ANTIDOTE: Today’s your last chance to join the Romney Election Day Task Force and be part of the historic defeat of Obama and the Left!
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Today is your very last chance to join the Romney Election Day Task force and become part of the historic defeat of Obama and the Left in a very big and important way. You can apply to the task force HERE…and in a day or so you will be contacted by the Romney campaign and assigned a role in the GOTV (Get Out the Vote) efforts for Election Day.
Why this matters and is actually so groundbreaking:
There are many cliches we hear repeated over and over and OVER again by the Ministry of Truth that is the national media (Minitru, for short) every election…and the most irritating one has long been that “Democrats have an impressive ground game and GOTV efforts”. For years, I’d hear that and my blood would boil because I’d think “What the heck is wrong with Republicans that they can’t get their stupid act together and do this better than the cat-herders of the Left?”. Well, apparently it took an accomplished and proven manager like Mitt Romney to get the GOP in gear because they are CRUSHING the Left on ground game this year.
Have you noticed that Minitru has completely forgotten the word “GOTV” in 2012? I have not heard a single story about get out the anything; it’s like ground game doesn’t exist on either side now, because in 2012 Republicans have a massive advantage that Minitru won’t report on. So, in typical Minitru fashion, they just pretend that no GOTV is happening at all, anywhere. As Michelle Malkin would say on her site, “Squirrel!” (and let’s all look somewhere else and pretend this good thing that Romney is up to is not happening at all).
Now, Democrats have always relied on two things for their GOTV efforts: union thugs and hired goons paid for with “street money” in urban centers like Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Detroit and Los Angeles. The Left has always paid for its GOTV efforts via the unions and the precinct captains in major cities that hire criminals, gang members, and thugs like the Black Panthers to intimidate people in poor areas to vote Democrat on election day (or else). That’s been the key to their GOTV for many years now, since at least the late 1980s.
Republicans, obviously, never had a built-in goon squad like the unions and they weren’t hiring black street gangs to drag people to the polls or threaten to kill them if they didn’t vote…so there was no GOTV on the GOP side for all these years. Republicans also weren’t willing to pay people to drive voter turnout, so the story was always that Democrats would keep their advantage here.
But, Mitt Romney really proved to us that he deserved to be the nominee this year because man alive what his campaign is pulling off here is INCREDIBLE. This is the most organized and well-run campaign EVER. They’ve finally made it easy for people to help in ways suited to them FROM HOME…and this Election Day Task Force identifies people’s strengths instantly and then finds the best way to utilize everyone. If you are in a state that’s competitive, then you might be assigned to work a polling place using your iPhone app to send real time info to the Romney campaign (including reporting any funny business you see Democrats engaged in). If you’re not in a swing state or a must-win state, you could be assigned to make calls to get people to the polls. I think those who are willing to drive people to vote can hook up with Romney campaign offices through this Task Force as well…and there are things to do even if you can’t spare the entire day on November 6th. Whatever time you have to give, and whatever strengths and talent YOU bring to the table, the Romney campaign can use YOU for GOTV efforts.
Just think about the magnitude of this.
Conservatives, at last, are trumping the union thugs and the paid street gangs and blunting the Democrats’ decades-long advantage.
All because of the leadership of Mitt Romney and his strategists in Boston who have FINALLY, at long last, devised a means to organize conservatives in a GOTV effort unlike anything that’s come before it.
Great Merciful Zeus, this is exciting.
So far, about 80% of my personal friends are taking part in the Election Day Task Force. My project today is to see if I can get that number up to 90-95%. Or more. Here’s how I am going to do it:
* I’m sending out a personal email to everyone in my private contacts list asking them to join the Election Day Task Force and letting them know that today is the last day to do so. I am telling them this is their chance to blunt the union thugs and street gangs who normally win election for Democrats via fraud and intimidation. If they ever wondered why Republicans never organized GOTV efforts and bemoaned that fact, well now that there is one they need to embrace it and join up today…because today is the very last day.
* Starting about midday today, I’m going to do a round of telephone calls to people I particularly know have the time or zeal to be involved and make sure that they know how to apply to the Task Force. I will try to call about 40 people I know to make sure they are on board.
* At around 5pm CST, I am going to send out a text message to my personal contacts asking them to please participate in the Election Day Task Force because this is the last day and their help is needed.
* I’ll use my Facebook and Twitter throughout the day to reach people as well…spreading the word that today is the very last day for joining the Task Force (so make today count and be a part of history here).
We can’t just win the election and defeat the Left… we really need to decimate Democrats and deliver the greatest smackdown a political party has seen in a century. Honestly, I want to watch Chris Matthews dissolve into a puddle of tears on election night. I want all of the MSNBC talking heads to fall speechless as they realize that Democrats destroyed themselves by pushing Barack Obama and his radical agenda on the country. I want the entire Left to howl like vampires doused in holy water because their time in power is over for 20 or 30 years or more.
The only way this all happens is if everyone I know takes part in this.
So, that leads me to this personal request to you. If you are a longtime reader or lurker or if you’ve ever enjoyed a single thing I’ve done here at this site, please join Romney’s Election Day Task Force today. If I’ve ever written anything that made you smile or you liked reading, please join Romney’s Election Day Task Force and help us bring down the Left in two weeks. Because we’re friends like this, please join me and the people I love the most in doing our part to help Mitt Romney do what was once thought impossible: to beat Democrats at ground game.
In the cartoons and movies I loved as a kid, there were times when something so big was happening (usually in a “very special episode”) where a giant super team of heroes would assemble for one large event…and the cast of characters would include all my favorites from all across the spectrum, working together at the same time towards something grand and historic. No matter what their individual talents were, teaming up like that for the big event was the means by which the sum total of their abilities were harnessed just that one time to achieve what seemed impossible.
You have talent. You have drive to beat the Left. You have been frustrated and angered by what Obama has done to the country for four years in office. You at times have felt scared and helpless as Democrats shoved through dangerous legislation without even reading it before passing it into law.
Well, now’s your chance to push back.
If you are tired of Democrats doing what they do and the Left bullying and intimidating people, well, the Election Day Task Force is essentially going to push back hard and drive these monsters all the way back to the Gates of Hell. You, too, can be part of that pushback.
Make sure all your loved ones know about it and apply too.
Make sure everyone at your church knows.
All the guys on your sports team.
Every lady in your club.
All your friends and neighbors.
Anyone who loves this country and detests what Obama did to it needs to assemble together into the super team that Mitt Romney’s assembled.
Be part of this. Help make history. And do something in the next two weeks that 50 years from now you will be so very, very proud of.
This is an open thread, so please use it to share any great links you’ve found to articles people should read today.
Tell us what’s happening in your part of the country right now.
What are YOUR friends and neighbors talking about?