195 thoughts on “The culture wars are over. They lost.

  1. @Katz do former employees usually keep their business credit cards?

    the report did not say what normally happens when most of the campaign staff are redundant because an election was lost. what were they to do the next day – accounting and legal wrap-up staff aside?

  2. @Jim Rose

    It’s also an unusual case because everyone on the Romney team was convinced they’d throw off the socialist oppressor with ease, party for a week, and go on to be important players in the Great Neocon Revival.

    There would be genuine shock and grief issues for the campaigners to deal with, even without the sometimes excessive schadenfreude of Democrat supporters.

  3. I guess a considerate boss explains that the cards won’t work any more BEFORE they hire a cab.

    Then again, maybe Romney did tell them on ORCA.

    Oh, I forgot. ORCA didn’t work!

    (Mitt possibibly forgot it too.)

  4. @Katz how much severance pay and out-placement assistance did the campaign staff get? what happened to his secret service detail? who drove Romney home?

  5. Why? It’s a waste of government money.

    I’m sure that the long suffering tax payers were relieved of this unnecessary expense.

  6. Perhaps this is relevant?

    http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/11/quote-day-americas-billionaires-are-pissed-karl-rove

    “If conservative billionaires are looking for something else to be mad about, I’d recommend the Romney campaign’s apparent habit of paying about 50 percent more for TV spots than the Obama campaign. That helped line the pockets of the consultants who both recommended the buys and got the commissions for placing the spots, but it didn’t do much to win the election.

    In the end, it turned out that one side ran its campaign like a business, while the other side ran its like a local PTA. Ironically, it was the ex-community organizer who did the former and the ex-CEO of Bain Capital who did the latter.”

  7. Julie Thomas, a local PTA? didn’t obama pioneer data mining for tailored campaigning to “recruit volunteers, buy ads, tailor emails and mailers, raise money, dispatch surrogates — and, most importantly, scour the swing states for hard-to-find voters most likely to support the president”.

    His data team of 50 plus which had polling data on 29,000 voters in Ohio. national polling samples are usualy 1,000.

    see http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-analytics-20121113,0,846342.story

  8. The PTA reference is about the way the Democrats built a local community awareness with voters rather than broadcasting stylised advertising from head office.

    The data resourcing is no surprise. Obama’s a technocrat through and through.

  9. @Sancho Obama outspent McCain 2:1 in 2008. The spending was about even in 2012.

    what did Obama go back on his word to limit himself to public funding for the general election?

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