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2012-11-08 03:30:20 PM  
I don't trust anything on Craigslist. You never know what kind of weirdo you'll end up having to meet.
 
2012-11-08 04:21:07 PM  
Oh, good, a little "F-You" to the people of my state who inexplicably took him in, made him Governor, and gave him the idea he was a popular politician.

Now I feel a little better about him losing, and I didn't think that was possible.
 
2012-11-08 04:24:27 PM  
can they get a refund on this? because if they couldn't... it would have been supernice for him to have the fireworks go ahead as a celebration of our nation's democracy.
 
2012-11-08 04:27:56 PM  
This is the kind of fiscal irresponsibility we just avoided.
 
2012-11-08 04:28:24 PM  
static2.businessinsider.com

Awwwww. There, there, Mittens.
 
2012-11-08 04:32:56 PM  
The ridiculous overconfidence from this moron I can understand. But a fireworks display in MA, where he never had any hope of winning?

"FU, Massachusetts! I'm baaaaaack!"
 
2012-11-08 04:38:46 PM  
Personally, I would have gone with the fireworks display. Fireworks displays always cheer me up.
 
2012-11-08 05:47:39 PM  
The reason that they lost is the same as the reason they never saw it coming.

When you surround yourselves with people complicit in creating an alternate reality it is never going to be pretty when actual reality sticks its dick in your pooper.
 
2012-11-08 06:19:59 PM  
He wanted to flaunt his victory in Boston????

That would go over about as well as Obama fireworks in Hayden Lake, Idaho
 
2012-11-08 06:20:49 PM  
Seattle had a bunch of people setting off fireworks.
 
2012-11-08 06:21:00 PM  

Tigger: The reason that they lost is the same as the reason they never saw it coming.

When you surround yourselves with people complicit in creating an alternate reality it is never going to be pretty when actual reality sticks its dick in your pooper.


I think we should rename "Hubris," "Romney."
 
2012-11-08 06:21:11 PM  

Tigger: The reason that they lost is the same as the reason they never saw it coming.

When you surround yourselves with people complicit in creating an alternate reality it is never going to be pretty when actual reality sticks its dick in your pooper.


And it's sad when you realise that the same mathematics you need to perform analysis like Nate Silver did is the same population statistics needed in econometric analyses and, well, making good economic decisions. Not seeing it coming means they didn't have people on their team that could make the simple deductions.

It makes sense, in that it's well known they don't want to know about marginal economic stimulus utility, or where real tax breaks versus tax burden should go in a recession, but still. It's sad.
 
2012-11-08 06:22:20 PM  
Damn, I was hoping it was an actual Craigslist ad. Subby made me sad.
 
2012-11-08 06:24:55 PM  
Hubris among the special one percenters.
How's that for living inside a bubble?
 
2012-11-08 06:27:28 PM  
The lesson here is to always spend your victory money on booze.

If you win, you'll want it;
If you lose, you'll need it.

/Mormons excepted, of course
 
2012-11-08 06:28:11 PM  
OMFG XD what were the repubs thinking? Nate Silver has to be laughing him self silly over this one.
 
2012-11-08 06:28:44 PM  
- Writes only a victory speech
- Sets up transition team website
- People who don't pick up the phone for internal polling for Romney campaign are counted as Romney voters
- Fireworks display

Wow, this guy really thought it was his turn and he was guaranteed to win.
 
2012-11-08 06:29:43 PM  
Someone should have set them off the moment he conceded. That would be an effective trolling.
 
2012-11-08 06:30:47 PM  

Fjornir: Seattle had a bunch of people setting off fireworks.


I don't think "hey man, spark this shiat up" was referring to fireworks.
 
2012-11-08 06:31:11 PM  
...the gift that keeps on giving.

...and giving.

...and giving.

...and giving.


What's next, a story that Romney was planning to use his $250 million to construct a giant laser to write "ROMNEY/RYAN 2012" on the farking Moon?
 
2012-11-08 06:32:52 PM  
He really did think he had it in the bag.

It wasn't a rumor that he hadn't written a concession speech.

CBS: Romney shellshocked by loss
Romney was stoic as he talked to 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.


Imagine the kind of bubble he would have been living in as president.
 
2012-11-08 06:33:01 PM  
stick it up the collective asses of Rove, Romney, Adelson, the Koch brothers, and light the fuses.
 
2012-11-08 06:37:39 PM  

lincoln65: He really did think he had it in the bag.

It wasn't a rumor that he hadn't written a concession speech.

CBS: Romney shellshocked by loss
Romney was stoic as he talked to 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.

Imagine the kind of bubble he would have been living in as president.


Bahahahaaha.
 
2012-11-08 06:38:58 PM  

kbronsito: can they get a refund on this? because if they couldn't... it would have been supernice for him to have the fireworks go ahead as a celebration of our nation's democracy.


He can just amend his tax return from 2011 and add back in the charitable contributions he didn't deduct. Get a few dollars back.
 
2012-11-08 06:40:22 PM  

Ed Finnerty: This is the kind of fiscal irresponsibility we just avoided.


Yeah, but he cancelled his staffer's campaign credit cards before they could use them to get back to their own homes, so that proves that he would be just the hardass we need.

The one and only thing that was always constant with Mitt Romney: you could always count on him being a massive dick.
 
2012-11-08 06:40:56 PM  
Obama should really step in and offer to buy it:)
 
2012-11-08 06:41:34 PM  

Sock Ruh Tease: - Writes only a victory speech
- Sets up transition team website
- People who don't pick up the phone for internal polling for Romney campaign are counted as Romney voters
- Fireworks display

Wow, this guy really thought it was his turn and he was guaranteed to win.


WTF? I knew about the other three, but hadn't heard that about polling. Who the hell does that?
 
2012-11-08 06:44:04 PM  
Fireworks!? Seriously?! Dear god is that man self absorbed.
 
2012-11-08 06:44:07 PM  

Sock Ruh Tease: - Writes only a victory speech
- Sets up transition team website
- People who don't pick up the phone for internal polling for Romney campaign are counted as Romney voters
- Fireworks display

Wow, this guy really thought it was his turn and he was guaranteed to win.


I don't really ever get into the Mormon bashing, but things like this really have me convinced that he really believed that he was the White Horse prophecy, and therefore that his victory was preordained. It was the "I didn't bother to write a concession speech" that convinced me. Farking everyone writes a concession speech, much less people who are behind in virtually every poll.
 
2012-11-08 06:44:42 PM  

kbronsito: can they get a refund on this? because if they couldn't... it would have been supernice for him to have the fireworks go ahead as a celebration of our nation's democracy.


Yeah, I just thought that as well. But his permit expired at 12:30am, so maybe it was just too late when that decision would have been made.
 
2012-11-08 06:46:08 PM  
Guy must have been farking delusional AND insane to think he was actually going to win. He really is the gift that keeps on giving.
 
2012-11-08 06:46:22 PM  
The best part of this story is that he set up the permit so he could light the fireworks at 7PM. The man actually believed there was a chance that he could win so big that it would be obvious just based on the exit polls from Virginia.
 
2012-11-08 06:46:42 PM  
I would have loved for this to have been played at the Romney campaign headquarters right when Ohio was announced for Obama

Loser sound on youtubes!
 
2012-11-08 06:48:38 PM  

Abner Doon: lincoln65: He really did think he had it in the bag.

It wasn't a rumor that he hadn't written a concession speech.

CBS: Romney shellshocked by loss
Romney was stoic as he talked to 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.

Imagine the kind of bubble he would have been living in as president.

Bahahahaaha.


I'm really interested for the next few weeks as these stories start coming out. After '08, there was the big Palindump by her handlers where we found out things like Sarah Palin didn't know Africa was a continent, and would lash out at her staff when things didn't go well.

I imagine there are plenty such articles in the pipeline, seeing as his traveling press corps stated "We can't show a side of him that exists". I think the biggest such stories will be about how much they were shielding him from the media- he didn't do interviews, he didn't do TV shows, he almost never proposed serious policy, he didn't campaign, just flew from city to city to repeat his stump speech.

Not to mention, Paul Ryan will eventually come forward with the details in how that campaign was being run, once his running mate fades from the public eye.
 
2012-11-08 06:50:28 PM  

lincoln65: He really did think he had it in the bag.

It wasn't a rumor that he hadn't written a concession speech.

CBS: Romney shellshocked by loss
Romney was stoic as he talked to 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.

Imagine the kind of bubble he would have been living in as president.


I put a lot of it on his staff. These people are all professionals and have worked in this business for years, and were hired specifically because of their skills in this field; it is simply unfathomable that they were entirely unaware of the reality of the situation. Did they actually ignore all other data and believe everything the right-wing polls and predictions said? Or, were they aware of the reality and took no steps to either inform Romney or adjust their strategy accordingly?

Losing this election was a professional failure of colossal magnitude by Romney's campaign staff.
 
2012-11-08 06:51:00 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com

"Please, Jesus, please bring fireworks back, as I know thy would have done..."
 
2012-11-08 06:51:07 PM  
I'm loving this. The GOP must have been in a bubble or something. It don't think anyone int he national party of any note thought victory was anything but an absolute certainty.
 
2012-11-08 06:51:20 PM  

Abner Doon: "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."


I understand being raped is worse.
 
2012-11-08 06:51:57 PM  
And they say Obama's the self-absorbed egomaniac?
 
2012-11-08 06:52:12 PM  

Hollie Maea: Sock Ruh Tease: - Writes only a victory speech
- Sets up transition team website
- People who don't pick up the phone for internal polling for Romney campaign are counted as Romney voters
- Fireworks display

Wow, this guy really thought it was his turn and he was guaranteed to win.

I don't really ever get into the Mormon bashing, but things like this really have me convinced that he really believed that he was the White Horse prophecy, and therefore that his victory was preordained. It was the "I didn't bother to write a concession speech" that convinced me. Farking everyone writes a concession speech, much less people who are behind in virtually every poll.


I assume he lost BECAUSE he didn't write a concession speech. The whatever high atop the thing must have been pretty wrathful.
 
2012-11-08 06:54:08 PM  

Antimatter: I'm loving this. The GOP must have been in a bubble or something. It don't think anyone int he national party of any note thought victory was anything but an absolute certainty.


It would interesting if we could get any numbers on how the differences in how the race was portrayed affected turnout. For the last month, the Democrats have all been "OMG OMG WE'RE GONNA LOSE" despite all of the data that said otherwise, and the GOP has been "Chill the fark out, we got this", again despite all of the data that said otherwise.
 
2012-11-08 06:56:29 PM  

lincoln65: He really did think he had it in the bag.

It wasn't a rumor that he hadn't written a concession speech.

CBS: Romney shellshocked by loss
Romney was stoic as he talked to 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.

Imagine the kind of bubble he would have been living in as president.


From the same article:

1. They misread turnout. They expected it to be between 2004 and 2008 levels, with a plus-2 or plus-3 Democratic electorate, instead of plus-7 as it was in 2008. Their assumptions were wrong on both sides: The president's base turned out and Romney's did not. More African-Americans voted in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida than in 2008. And fewer Republicans did: Romney got just over 2 million fewer votes than John McCain.

I don't buy it. Romney got 2 million fewer votes than McCain, but Obama got 9 million fewer votes than Obama the first time around. Both bases were depressed, but clearly Obama's was more depressed.

With all the reports of lines, though, I don't get how turnout was 11 million voters less than 2008. Maybe more people are disenchanted.
 
2012-11-08 06:56:57 PM  

elchip: And they say Obama's the self-absorbed egomaniac?


It's not ego, it's self-confidence!!

politicalwire.com
 
2012-11-08 06:57:36 PM  
That's the kind of thing that happens when you use faith-based polling rather than, y'know, actual math and stuff.
 
2012-11-08 06:58:14 PM  

qorkfiend: I put a lot of it on his staff.


Honestly if anyone ever hires Eric Fehrnstrom again, even if it's just manning the burger line, they deserve what's coming for them. Remember that this fool was chief adviser both for Romney and for Scott Brown. I'm sure the endless harping on "Fauxahontas" was his brilliant plan.
 
2012-11-08 07:00:42 PM  

Sock Ruh Tease: - Writes only a victory speech


Anybody that tries to be President without watching every episode of The West Wing does not deserve to be President.
 
2012-11-08 07:00:51 PM  

elchip: lincoln65: He really did think he had it in the bag.

It wasn't a rumor that he hadn't written a concession speech.

CBS: Romney shellshocked by loss
Romney was stoic as he talked to 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.

Imagine the kind of bubble he would have been living in as president.

From the same article:

1. They misread turnout. They expected it to be between 2004 and 2008 levels, with a plus-2 or plus-3 Democratic electorate, instead of plus-7 as it was in 2008. Their assumptions were wrong on both sides: The president's base turned out and Romney's did not. More African-Americans voted in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida than in 2008. And fewer Republicans did: Romney got just over 2 million fewer votes than John McCain.

I don't buy it. Romney got 2 million fewer votes than McCain, but Obama got 9 million fewer votes than Obama the first time around. Both bases were depressed, but clearly Obama's was more depressed.

With all the reports of lines, though, I don't get how turnout was 11 million voters less than 2008. Maybe more people are disenchanted.


I'm in ur constituency, sharding ur voters.
 
2012-11-08 07:01:20 PM  

elchip: With all the reports of lines, though, I don't get how turnout was 11 million voters less than 2008.


2008 was NUTS. Everyone farking voted.
 
2012-11-08 07:04:59 PM  
Mail-in voting like we have in Colorado is pretty farkin' great.

No lines, fill out your ballot when and where you want. You don't even have to "mail" it, you can drop it off at an early-voting location or your local election office.
 
2012-11-08 07:05:52 PM  
A little early for the 239th anniversary of the Boston Tea party?
I assume that was the point? Tea party win!
 
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