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  •  Romney could still have been shellshocked (5+ / 0-)

    at the speed and decisiveness of his defeat, even if he suspected a loss could be coming -- or even likely coming.  I must admit that I was pretty amazed myself at just how quickly and suddenly the election was called.  

    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.

    by winsock on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:04:52 PM PST

    •  Sounds like they skewed their own polling. (6+ / 0-)
      Mitt Romney says he is a numbers guy, but in the end he got the numbers wrong. His campaign was adamant that public polls in the swing states were mistaken. They claimed the pollsters were over-estimating the number of Democrats who would turn out on Election Day. Romney’s campaign was certain that minorities would not show up for Obama in 2012 the way they did in 2008. “It just defied logic,” said a top aide of the idea that Obama could match, let alone exceed, his performance with minorities from the last election. When anyone raised the idea that public polls were showing a close race, the campaign’s pollster said the poll modeling was flawed and everyone moved on. Internally, the campaign’s own polling—tweaked to represent their view of the electorate, with fewer Democrats—showed a steady uptick for Romney since the first debate. Even on the morning of the election, Romney’s senior advisers weren’t close to hedging. They said he was going to win “decisively.” It seemed like spin, but the Boston Globe reports that a fireworks display was already ordered for the victory. Romney and Ryan thought they were going to win, say aides. “We were optimistic. More than just cautiously optimistic,” says one campaign staffer. When Romney lost, “it was like a death in the family.”

      Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

      by Bush Bites on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:13:44 PM PST

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      •  I tend to believe he was blindsided (0+ / 0-)

        and as my evidence, I point to that exchange in the second debate about the President's Rose Garden speech the day after the Benghazi attack. Romney was absolutely certain that the President had not called it an act of terror.That was right wing spin, but Romney absolutely believed it.

        He lived in the right wing echo chamber. Probably only watched Fox News. He drank the Kool Aid, in other words. To the extent there were professionals on his staff, I'm pretty sure they knew otherwise. But to the extent these people also made a personal profit on campaign spending (and that gravy train flowed in the range of more than $100 million), they had no motive to clue in their clueless boss, and every reason to keep stringing him along.

        I think that's what happened.

    •  True (5+ / 0-)
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      HappyinNM, winsock, phonegery, Chi, nellgwen

      The whole night seemed surreal. I thought when he wouldn't concede, he was going to pull an Allan West. I was angry. You never know what "those people" will conjure up. It always backfires on them, but still...

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