Newt Gingrich told Evan Smith that Mitt Romney’s explanation of why he lost the election — by giving “gifts” to minorities and young people — was “insulting and profoundly wrong.”
Republican governors Jinal of Louisiana, Martinez of New Mexico, and Christie of New Jersey echo the sentiment. Romney’s extraordinarily fast (and well-deserved) fall from top is no doubt due to him positioning himself as the only candidate that could win then running one of the worst campaigns in memory while changing his views to suit whatever audience he was speaking to. Andrew Sullivan summed Romney up perfectly when he called him “an empty suit.” And now Romney has been kicked to the curb by his own party.
Narwhal, the computer infrastructure essential to the Obama campaign, was tested, re-tested, and subject to disaster scenarios. It performed perfectly. Contrast this to the bumbling Romney campaign that attempted a lightweight platform called Orca that they didn’t even test and which failed miserably, and you see the differences between the campaigns.
In fact, the day after the October 21 game day, Amazon services — on which the whole [Obama] campaign’s tech presence was built — went down. “We didn’t have any downtime because we had done that scenario already,” Reed said. Hurricane Sandy hit on another game day, October 29, threatening the campaign’s whole East Coast infrastructure. “We created a hot backup of all our applications to US-west in preparation for US-east to go down hard,” Reed said.
Romney billed himself as a businessman who knew how to get things done. But Orca was amateur hour.