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Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life (Or, The Totally Unskewed View From Romneyland)

When you’re this filthy fucking rich apparently you don’t need pesky contradictory facts  getting in the way of your plans for a kick-ass post-victory fireworks display (h/t Kos):

Romney was stoic as he talked the president, an aide said, but his wife Ann cried. Running mate Paul Ryan seemed genuinely shocked, the adviser said. Ryan’s wife Janna also was shaken and cried softly.

“There’s nothing worse than when you think you’re going to win, and you don’t,” said another adviser. “It was like a sucker punch.”

Their emotion was visible on their faces when they walked on stage after Romney finished his remarks, which Romney had hastily composed, knowing he had to say something.

Both wives looked stricken, and Ryan himself seemed grim. They all were thrust on that stage without understanding what had just happened.

“He was shellshocked,” one adviser said of Romney.

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[T]hey believed the public/media polls were skewed – they thought those polls oversampled Democrats and didn’t reflect Republican enthusiasm. They based their own internal polls on turnout levels more favorable to Romney.

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The huge and enthusiastic crowds in swing state after swing state in recent weeks – not only for Romney but also for Paul Ryan – bolstered what they believed intellectually: that Obama would not get the kind of turnout he had in 2008.

Kos sums up Mittens’ dubious onward & upward rationale with ice-cream headache-inducing acuity:

1. They got big crowds, therefore,
2. people won’t turn out for Obama.
3. If people don’t turn out for Obama,
4. then the public polls are skewed.
5. If public polls are skewed,
6. then Romney is winning.

Of course, the size of Romney’s crowds had absolutely no bearing on whatever turnout Obama would get. But apparently, that idiotic and fact-free assumption is what made them so confident.

And hilariously wrong.

But wait — it gets worse (yes, really):

At 6:30AM on Tuesday, I went to the polls. I was immediately turned away because I didn’t have my poll watcher certificate. Many, many people had this problem. The impression I got was this was taken care of because they had “registered me”. Others were as well. But apparently, I was supposed to go on my own to a Victory Center to pick it up, but that was never communicated properly. Outside of the technical problems, this was the single biggest failure of the operation. They simply didn’t inform people that this was a requirement. In fact, check out my “checklist” from my ORCA packet:


Notice anything missing? My guess is the second “Chair (if allowed)” was supposed to be “poll watcher certificate” but they put chair twice. This was an instruction packet that went out to 30,000+ people. Did no one proof-read it?

(Make sure to read the entire sorry account; crucial typos — a longtime bane of Romneyland — are merely the tip of ORCA’s massive GOTV failberg.)

So, to recap, not only did the Romney team manage to box itself into a comfortably numb bubble of ignorance, it also managed to massively cock up the Election Day efforts of 30,000 pro-Romney operatives on the ground across the nation.

Jonathan Last punctuates the epic facepalm — and punctures the obnoxious myth of Romney as 1337 MANAGER!!1 once and for all:

There was, to my mind, only one qualitative argument generally made in favor of Romney: that his management experience made him uniquely qualified to be president. He was a “turn-around artist.” A “genius CEO.” Now even the claim that his private-sector ability to master organizations and rescue them was a variation on process. And it always struck me as a little dubious. For one thing, it’s not immediately clear how the skill set of the private-sector executive transfers to the job of managing the executive branch of the U.S. government. CEOs say jump and everyone around them says how high. The president says jump and half of Congress tries to countermand the order while getting him fired and the other branch of government gets to decide whether jumping is even theoretically allowed.

But at least this was a falsifiable claim. And the fact that Romney could not master even his own campaign organization in order to win an incredibly winnable election demonstrates–incontrovertiably–that it wasn’t true. If he was a turn-around artist, he would be president-elect right now.

Most political campaigns aren’t invalidated by a loss. A candidate puts forward an idea or a worldview and it can stand whether or not it’s embraced by voters. It has its own truth. But in the wake of his loss Romney’s campaign now looks ludicrous.

Worst candidate/campaign since WWII (and beyond)? Regardless, that MA Curse is a motherfucker.

h/t Allahpundit

October Surprise: Barack Obama is Back in Black

Surprise! It’s October and Outer Wingnuttia would like everyone to know that President Barack HOOOOSAAAYN Obama is — wait for it — still black black blackity black black black:

In a video obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama tells an audience of black ministers, including the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, that the U.S. government shortchanged Hurricane Katrina victims because of racism.

“The people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much!” Obama shouts in the video, which was shot in June of 2007 at Hampton University in Virginia. By contrast, survivors of Sept. 11 and Hurricane Andrew received generous amounts of aid, Obama explains. The reason? Unlike residents of majority-black New Orleans, the federal government considers those victims “part of the American family.”

The racially charged and at times angry speech undermines Obama’s carefully-crafted image as a leader eager to build bridges between ethnic groups. For nearly 40 minutes, using an accent he almost never adopts in public, Obama describes a racist, zero-sum society, in which the white majority profits by exploiting black America. The mostly black audience shouts in agreement. The effect is closer to an Al Sharpton rally than a conventional campaign event.

Gosh. That Bee Aitch Oh is sure black black blackity black black black. Too bad nobody gives a flying monkey assfuck — maybe because, as Dylan Byers observes, media already covered this speech when it first emerged back in, er, 2008:

One night before the first presidential debate, conservatives Matt Drudge, Sean Hannity, and Tucker Carlson hyped footage of a five-year-old speech by then-Sen. Barack Obama, widely covered at the time, in which the presidential candidate suggested the George W. Bush administration was discriminating against the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

But when footage finally aired on Hannity’s Fox News program and on Carlson’s Daily Caller website at 9 p.m., following hours of aniticipation spurred by Drudge’s promise of controversy and Hannity’s promise of a “bombshell”, it fell flat.

“What’s the ‘So what’ of this video? I don’t think it’s going to really go anywhere,” Republican Rep. Allen West said on Fox News.

“I don’t think this particular speech is definitive,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, though he added that it was at least a “reminder” of Obama’s “pattern of dishonesty.”

If the footage failed to impress, it may be because Sen. Obama’s remarks were widely covered — by Carlson, by Fox News, and by the mainstream media — when they were made on June 5, 2007.

“Barack Obama was talking about a quiet riot today. And no, it was not a reference to a 1980s heavy metal band, unfortunately,” Carlson, who hosted his  own program on MSNBC until 2008, reported at the time. “The senator waded into the controversial waters of race during a speech Hampton University in Virginia. He said the Bush administration has done little to quell a brewing storm among some black Americans. He compared the current tension to what fueled the L.A. riots in the wake of the Rodney King verdict.”

“Senator Obama today said the Bush administration has done nothing to defuse what he calls a quiet riot among black Americans, a riot he suggests is ready to erupt,” Fox News host Brit Hume reported. “Obama said African American resentments and frustrations are building, especially, he said, because so many blacks from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are still displaced 21 months after Hurricane Katrina. Obama warned against conditions similar to those in Los Angeles 15 years ago.”

The speech was also covered by CNN, NBC News, ABC News, The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times, among others. Parts of the speech — specifically, Obama’s introduction of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright — would also be mentioned by reports in 2008.

Even Tucker Carlson had to admit on Hannity last night that the much-touted “revelation” wasn’t at all, er, revelatory:

Ok, forget the fact that the vid is well past its best before date. Maybe Tucker’s tinfoil troika have been MIA the past 4 year and didn’t get the news that Obama won in ’08 and is now an incumbent (and black). Seriously, why would anyone believe warmed-over, entirely manufactured race-baiting bullshit that didn’t stick 4 years ago when Obama was an unknown (black) challenger would suddenly do so now, when he’s been pretty well established in the minds of the electorate (along with the black children that he fathered with a black woman)?

As Bloomberg View’s Josh Barro put it on Twitter last night:

Alas, Outer Wingnuttia is, as noted earlier this year by Robert Schlesinger, under the unshakable collective wingnut delusion that Obama still hasn’t been properly “vetted” by the dread em ess em (The Artist Formerly Known As dnA has more). But resentment-saturated old white folks shouldn’t simply throw up their hands and wait for the brown hordes to overwhelm America’s dwindling Anglo-Saxon population with tortillas, low-riders and gangster script, oh no. Once the truth has finally been extracted deep from its spiderhole the shroud of Soros-subsidized ignorance shall be lifted from the masses and they will see the real Barack HOOOSAAYN Obama in all his bright, shining, Muslim Commie Kenyan glory (Also, dapple-gray ponies that shit gold bullion — OMG PONIES!).

Hey — does this mean we’re going to start talking once more about how W & co. fucked NOLA? Because that’s TOTALLY good news for Romney-Ryan.

(BTW did you know that Obama is black? I know!)

Related: Speaking of old news — Tucker Carlson, gay-bashing asshat (also, my take from 2007).

Update: Elspeth Reeve:

BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller spoke to several…conservative strategists who are left wondering WTF their allies are doing:

“This hurts Mitt,” said 2008 Romney consultant Alex Castellanos, who has at times been a harsh critic of his current campaign. “Mitt’s window to turn the economic debate around is tomorrow. And his alleged supporters just shit on it. An abysmally selfish and stupid event.”

Former John McCain and Jon Huntsman campaign manager John Weaver told Miller, “Is the base Romney’s problem?… We’re running against a guy with more than eight percent unemployed, etc. and instead of offering a counter plan for consumers to chose between, some are focused on the President being Black and liberal.”

Also, Ta-Nehisi on the decline and fall of Tucker Carlson FTW (h/t Scott Lemieux):

Carlson’s descent from reasonably credible magazine journalist to inept race hustler is well mapped territory. He has not been the same man since Jon Stewart took him down. The ethering reverberates through the years with such force that we now find its recipient slathering yesterday’s nothing-burgers in weak sauce, and serving them up as the daily special.

Mitt Romney suggests cutting mortgage interest deduction on eve of presidential debate

AP, October 2

DENVER – Offering deficit-cutting ideas before his first debate with President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney says he might be willing to reduce income tax deductions used by millions of families for home mortgage interest and health care costs.

He suggested the changes could be part of a plan that includes a 20 percent cut in tax rates across the board, continuation of upper income tax cuts that Obama wants to end and a comprehensive tax overhaul plan that the Republican presidential contender has so far declined to flesh out in detail. Romney says his overall plans would invigorate the slowly recovering U.S. economy.

Both Romney and Obama spent their time mostly in private on Tuesday, preparing for the debate, the president in Henderson, Nev., near Las Vegas, Romney already in Denver where the faceoff will take place Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT. Neither held public campaign events, but Obama took a break from preparation to visit nearby Hoover Dam, and Romney picked up lunch at a Chipotle Mexican Grill near his hotel.

Oh, Mittens, your cluelessness knows no bounds…

Update, Los Angeles Times:  Romney eases immigration stance as Obama urges Latino turnout

By all means, alienate your base!

Ann Romney worries about Mitt’s ‘mental well-being’ if he wins election

Raw Story, By Arturo Garcia, September 28

Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, told a Nevada television station her main concern if her husband wins the upcoming election would be over his state of mind.

I think my biggest concern, obviously, would just be for his mental well-being,she told KTVN-TV Thursday. “I have all the confidence in the world in his ability, in his decisiveness and his leadership skills, in his understanding of the economy, in his understanding of what’s missing right now in the economy – you know, pieces that are missing to get this jump-started. So for me I think it would just be the emotional part of it.”

Romney was in Reno Thursday campaigning on behalf of her husband, the former governor of Massachusetts, and addressing accusations that he has dismissed middle-class Americans.

Video at the link…