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Adviser: Romney “Shellshocked” by Loss

A series of miscalculations on voter turnout caused the Romney campaign to misread the polls in the final weeks of the campaign. When election results started coming in on Tuesday night, the numbers came as a shock, CBS News reports:

“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.”

…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.

Romney and his campaign had gone into the evening confident they had a good path to victory, for emotional and intellectual reasons. 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.

They thought intensity and enthusiasm were on their side this time – poll after poll showed Republicans were more motivated to vote than Democrats – and that would translate into votes for Romney…

Those assumptions drove their campaign strategy: their internal polling showed them leading in key states, so they decided to make a play for a broad victory: go to places like Pennsylvania while also playing it safe in the last two weeks.

Those assessments were wrong.

What a bitter night for Romney after running for president almost non-stop for six years–and coming so close.

Indeed, what a bitter night for America.

Here at The College Fix, we believe standing for what’s right and true is always worthwhile, no matter the outcome. Liberty, freedom and opportunity, the right to life–these causes are the noble and just and worthy. In that sense, Romney, who may have worked harder than any man in history to become president, did not labor in vain.

And we who are of like mind must continue to work, and likewise do our utmost to defend those who cannot defend themselves, and to resist the attacks that, history shows, are ever being directed at human liberty.

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  • Lena_Alta

    “…confident they had a good path to victory, for emotional and intellectual reasons.”

    That says it all: they relied on emotion and intuition rather than on accurate data and hard, cold analysis. And when they tried to roll out a high-tech GOTV effort, they made the most elementary of errors in constructing and testing the system. A bunch of nice 20th century guys trying to run a campaign in the 21st century.

  • Lost_in_Potemkin_Village

    I can’t agree with you more Nathan. After pondering this matter deep into the night with a bottle of Chateau Lafitte, I have come to the conclusion that we must buy more media outlets so that the news media will become like AM talk radio and Fox news. Only then will the news be truly unbiased.

    I think that this, along with ownership of the voting machines, will allow Karl Rove’s maths to finally add up.

    A bad day for America, indeed. And, as you so rightly implied, all Mitt Romney was interested in was the truth.

    • pater2five

      The problem is, the Democrats had massive voter fraud operations in key states. They worked hard to make sure that they can create 100,000 fraudulent votes for their candidate on demand. I am sad to say that after the 2010 operations with Harry Reid in Nevada, I expected to see them build on that success. Leftists usually live down to my worst expectati0ns.

      • Lost_in_Potemkin_Village


        I can’t agree with you more. I had heard that it was 500,000 votes, but no matter, the fact remains that the communists in this country are creating a massive voter fraud operation that will disenfranchise millions of god fearing Republicans like ourselves.

        For myself, I am in my vessel in the briny Atlantic making headway for Paraguay John Galt style. Once there I will take refuge in my compound, monitor my stock portfolio, and continue buying voting machines and media outlets in the hopes that we can turn the dark tide of emerging collectivism in North America. Be strong my friend.


        Brody Wadsworth IV

    • Femmesq

      Unbelievable. You have truly drunk the koolaid – never mind the chateau lafitte – if you think AM talk radio and Fox News are ‘unbiased.’

  • lin

    At my polling place(Cook Co, IL) the card reader woldn’t work, a touch screen would’nt work(only 2 working) so we had to do hand ballots suddenly. Finally at 5p we got a new card reader. More than suspicious.I always thought the election would be stolen.

  • Femmesq

    You people are sad – the election was not stolen. YOUR agenda is NOT the agenda of more than 1/2 the folks living in this country. As the country continues its march toward ‘diversity,’ your agenda will resonate with fewer and fewer voters. The Democrats’ success in increasing the number of voters who actually exercise their franchise has, at long last, propelled us past the era when the minority, upper class called all the shots!

  • John Collignon

    Simply put,I didn’t think anything could shock him. I thought if Obama had lost by 100 votes, Romney would have called for recount!

  • Garrysworld

    Bullshit baffles brains. Again

  • LongoSF

    “{I give you} a republic if you can keep it”
    -Benjamin Franklin

    I say we lost it.

  • No republican has a easy path to victory anywhere in the United States that the people can add . . Next time the republicans should run on the platform of increasing foreign aid . If foreigners get more money they will want to buy more products made in america , thus providing Jobs for american workers . Its all about the economy stupid . Obviously the voters did not believe the lowest tax rates for the wealthy is the surest way to help the poor workers . Maybe they will buy the increased foreign aid idea . Other than the republicans main talking pt being completely faulty , I think they may have had a better platform than the democrats . But the trickle down economy story doesn’t sell to the voters any more .

  • Mickey Grace

    Dear editor its nice to have hope but with Obama’s election this is the end of freedom’s experiment we are now beginning to implement policies that even Russia now knows can’t work..we will be made slaves by our gov unless there is violent revolution liberty must be paid for in blood..and while we were dying over seas we were defeated at home…now there is no liberty left to fight for here only to slow the process of being made slaves to our gov. Disagree? Obama will gain full communist control of the supreme court in the next 4yrs he will gut the military AND RUN FOR 3RD TERM….YOU JUST WAIT!

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  • Mickey Grace

    w/o our culture to inform us? what do we get? ONE WORLD GOV AND ONE ONE WORLD RELIGION…GET READY TO BOW!

  • Mickey Grace

    I would say over 2mil votes