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 lossRomney 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.
Fjornir: Seattle had a bunch of people setting off fireworks.
schubie: And you know who is 100% responsible? CEO in Chief Mittens Romney.
qorkfiend: Well, ok. It wasn't as bad as I made it out to be, but the Democrats had nowhere near the confidence the GOP did, even with all the data on their side.
elchip: And they say Obama's the self-absorbed egomaniac?
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