If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(CBS News)   Romney "shellshocked" by loss. Normally, when I get shellshocked I put in another quarter and try using Donatello instead   (cbsnews.com) divider line 454
    More: Sad, exit polls, Miami-Dade, swing states  
•       •       •

5956 clicks; posted to Politics » on 08 Nov 2012 at 9:18 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



454 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | » | Last | Show all
 
2012-11-08 09:00:13 PM

BSABSVR: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: BSABSVR: The day after I mailed in my ballot, I stopped getting phone calls and targeted mail from the Dems.

I spent 4 straight days culling lists of voters as we got more & more information about them through repeated contacts.

All I can say is that to stop the harassment you need to do the following: (1) register as a party member -- independents get called/mailed/harassed continuously, (2) vote in every election, including primaries -- doesn't matter who you vote for, just that you vote, (3) pick a side early and tell the first phone caller that you're 100% committed to whichever side, and (4) if you can, vote early or absentee -- no use trying to persuade someone whose vote is in the can already.

I didn't particularly care much as I just said "I've voted, have a a good day" and hung up on them. I just thought it was interesting that Obama's team actually paid attention down to ballot number level, while the Romney campaign went with pure brute force.


The Obama campaign was actually tracking every single voter in as close to real time as humanly possible. Even on election day, poll watchers were given lists of everyone in the precinct they were watching and a 4 digit code to input in the campaign smart phone tracking page. As soon as you voted, you were off the list and focus was placed on the people who hadn't turned out yet. The Obama campaign didn't have to guess about turnout the way the Romney camp was because they were using data mining to track it as it happened.
 
2012-11-08 09:13:44 PM

rynthetyn: The Obama campaign was actually tracking every single voter in as close to real time as humanly possible. Even on election day, poll watchers were given lists of everyone in the precinct they were watching and a 4 digit code to input in the campaign smart phone tracking page. As soon as you voted, you were off the list and focus was placed on the people who hadn't turned out yet. The Obama campaign didn't have to guess about turnout the way the Romney camp was because they were using data mining to track it as it happened


That's amazing. I hadn't heard about this part.
 
2012-11-08 09:15:49 PM

rynthetyn: BSABSVR: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: BSABSVR: The day after I mailed in my ballot, I stopped getting phone calls and targeted mail from the Dems.

I spent 4 straight days culling lists of voters as we got more & more information about them through repeated contacts.

All I can say is that to stop the harassment you need to do the following: (1) register as a party member -- independents get called/mailed/harassed continuously, (2) vote in every election, including primaries -- doesn't matter who you vote for, just that you vote, (3) pick a side early and tell the first phone caller that you're 100% committed to whichever side, and (4) if you can, vote early or absentee -- no use trying to persuade someone whose vote is in the can already.

I didn't particularly care much as I just said "I've voted, have a a good day" and hung up on them. I just thought it was interesting that Obama's team actually paid attention down to ballot number level, while the Romney campaign went with pure brute force.

The Obama campaign was actually tracking every single voter in as close to real time as humanly possible. Even on election day, poll watchers were given lists of everyone in the precinct they were watching and a 4 digit code to input in the campaign smart phone tracking page. As soon as you voted, you were off the list and focus was placed on the people who hadn't turned out yet. The Obama campaign didn't have to guess about turnout the way the Romney camp was because they were using data mining to track it as it happened.


Actually, Romney also had a system to track voter turnout on Election Day. The Problem was that it crashed at around 9:30 or 10:00 AM EST and they couldn't get it back up.
 
2012-11-08 09:17:43 PM

rynthetyn: The Obama campaign was actually tracking every single voter in as close to real time as humanly possible. Even on election day, poll watchers were given lists of everyone in the precinct they were watching and a 4 digit code to input in the campaign smart phone tracking page. As soon as you voted, you were off the list and focus was placed on the people who hadn't turned out yet. The Obama campaign didn't have to guess about turnout the way the Romney camp was because they were using data mining to track it as it happened.


ZOMG GOVERNMENT TRACKING BIG BROTHER RFID CHIPS
 
2012-11-08 09:20:03 PM
i566.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-08 09:20:31 PM

RexTalionis: rynthetyn: BSABSVR: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: BSABSVR: The day after I mailed in my ballot, I stopped getting phone calls and targeted mail from the Dems.

I spent 4 straight days culling lists of voters as we got more & more information about them through repeated contacts.

All I can say is that to stop the harassment you need to do the following: (1) register as a party member -- independents get called/mailed/harassed continuously, (2) vote in every election, including primaries -- doesn't matter who you vote for, just that you vote, (3) pick a side early and tell the first phone caller that you're 100% committed to whichever side, and (4) if you can, vote early or absentee -- no use trying to persuade someone whose vote is in the can already.

I didn't particularly care much as I just said "I've voted, have a a good day" and hung up on them. I just thought it was interesting that Obama's team actually paid attention down to ballot number level, while the Romney campaign went with pure brute force.

The Obama campaign was actually tracking every single voter in as close to real time as humanly possible. Even on election day, poll watchers were given lists of everyone in the precinct they were watching and a 4 digit code to input in the campaign smart phone tracking page. As soon as you voted, you were off the list and focus was placed on the people who hadn't turned out yet. The Obama campaign didn't have to guess about turnout the way the Romney camp was because they were using data mining to track it as it happened.

Actually, Romney also had a system to track voter turnout on Election Day. The Problem was that it crashed at around 9:30 or 10:00 AM EST and they couldn't get it back up.


I have no difficulty believing Romneys campaign couldn't get it up.
 
2012-11-08 09:22:18 PM

cameroncrazy1984: rynthetyn: The Obama campaign was actually tracking every single voter in as close to real time as humanly possible. Even on election day, poll watchers were given lists of everyone in the precinct they were watching and a 4 digit code to input in the campaign smart phone tracking page. As soon as you voted, you were off the list and focus was placed on the people who hadn't turned out yet. The Obama campaign didn't have to guess about turnout the way the Romney camp was because they were using data mining to track it as it happened

That's amazing. I hadn't heard about this part.


Yet the Republicans would have us believe Romney was a good choice because he knows how to run things.
 
2012-11-08 09:23:40 PM

cameroncrazy1984: rynthetyn: The Obama campaign was actually tracking every single voter in as close to real time as humanly possible. Even on election day, poll watchers were given lists of everyone in the precinct they were watching and a 4 digit code to input in the campaign smart phone tracking page. As soon as you voted, you were off the list and focus was placed on the people who hadn't turned out yet. The Obama campaign didn't have to guess about turnout the way the Romney camp was because they were using data mining to track it as it happened

That's amazing. I hadn't heard about this part.


I've been around politics for most of my life and I've never seen a campaign organization that's run as well as Obama's.
 
2012-11-08 09:23:43 PM
The Romney team should have realized that the race wasn't a lock, and they should have been prepared either way. That they clearly weren't prepared for a loss is yet another example of Mitt's sheer arrogance. They thought they could buy the election but ultimately couldn't, even with the help of Fox News.
 
2012-11-08 09:24:20 PM
Romney Gobsmacked. Biased Boffins Blow Their Own Polls!
 
2012-11-08 09:24:37 PM

RexTalionis: Actually, Romney also had a system to track voter turnout on Election Day. The Problem was that it crashed at around 9:30 or 10:00 AM EST and they couldn't get it back up.


Must have outsourced IT to get a better bottom line.
 
2012-11-08 09:24:59 PM

rynthetyn: The Obama campaign was actually tracking every single voter in as close to real time as humanly possible. Even on election day, poll watchers were given lists of everyone in the precinct they were watching and a 4 digit code to input in the campaign smart phone tracking page. As soon as you voted, you were off the list and focus was placed on the people who hadn't turned out yet. The Obama campaign didn't have to guess about turnout the way the Romney camp was because they were using data mining to track it as it happened.


That's pretty amazing in a creepy sort of way. I actually voted early but I got the Obama check-up call at 4pm reminding me to vote. Funny thing is that I don't even live in a remotely battleground state ...
 
2012-11-08 09:26:16 PM
He stayed far right too long.

He knew he should've turned left at Albuquerque!
 
2012-11-08 09:26:23 PM

impaler: RexTalionis: Actually, Romney also had a system to track voter turnout on Election Day. The Problem was that it crashed at around 9:30 or 10:00 AM EST and they couldn't get it back up.

Must have outsourced IT to get a better bottom line.


No, they had the unskewed polls guy running the system-- Every time a volunteer tried to log a voter, they had to sit through Gangnam Style and Honey Boo Boo.
 
2012-11-08 09:27:04 PM
Well, don't use Raphael.

That's just begging for a quick Game Over scenario.
 
2012-11-08 09:27:43 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com

/hot like gop tears
 
2012-11-08 09:27:58 PM

Nadie_AZ: As a result, they believed the public/media polls were skewed - they thought those polls oversampled Democrats and didn't reflect Republican enthusiasm. They based their own internal polls on turnout levels more favorable to Romney. That was a grave miscalculation, as they would see on election night.

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.

What a terrible business decision.


Thank goodness such a bad business man is not in charge of the nation!
 
2012-11-08 09:28:27 PM
Awww, did someone think they could simply have billionaires buy you the presidency? Poor little fellah.
 
2012-11-08 09:28:44 PM

cameroncrazy1984: rynthetyn: The Obama campaign was actually tracking every single voter in as close to real time as humanly possible. Even on election day, poll watchers were given lists of everyone in the precinct they were watching and a 4 digit code to input in the campaign smart phone tracking page. As soon as you voted, you were off the list and focus was placed on the people who hadn't turned out yet. The Obama campaign didn't have to guess about turnout the way the Romney camp was because they were using data mining to track it as it happened

That's amazing. I hadn't heard about this part.


I don't know if that's all that amazing actually... it's pretty easy to set up. They already have lists of all registered voters, all they did was put a unique numerical ID against them and then allow data updates via a smart phone on if they have voted or not. Sounds pretty simple to me.

Of course, it's probably witchcraft to most of the GOP, but that's besides the point. For the Real America, the one that lives in 2012 - we have more complicated apps on our phones where we fling birds at pigs.
 
2012-11-08 09:29:26 PM
He might be shellshocked, but we all dodged a bullet.

Go eat somewhere expensive, Mitt. Take Ann. You'll get over it.
 
2012-11-08 09:29:52 PM

impaler: cameroncrazy1984: rynthetyn: The Obama campaign was actually tracking every single voter in as close to real time as humanly possible. Even on election day, poll watchers were given lists of everyone in the precinct they were watching and a 4 digit code to input in the campaign smart phone tracking page. As soon as you voted, you were off the list and focus was placed on the people who hadn't turned out yet. The Obama campaign didn't have to guess about turnout the way the Romney camp was because they were using data mining to track it as it happened

That's amazing. I hadn't heard about this part.

Yet the Republicans would have us believe Romney was a good choice because he knows how to run things.




subspacecomms.com

We know how to run things. We run things good.
 
2012-11-08 09:30:05 PM
i'm shellshocked that this guy could be this thick
 
2012-11-08 09:30:10 PM

impaler: cameroncrazy1984: rynthetyn: The Obama campaign was actually tracking every single voter in as close to real time as humanly possible. Even on election day, poll watchers were given lists of everyone in the precinct they were watching and a 4 digit code to input in the campaign smart phone tracking page. As soon as you voted, you were off the list and focus was placed on the people who hadn't turned out yet. The Obama campaign didn't have to guess about turnout the way the Romney camp was because they were using data mining to track it as it happened

That's amazing. I hadn't heard about this part.

Yet the Republicans would have us believe Romney was a good choice because he knows how to run things.


Here's an example of a Romney campaign screw up. One of my Romney supporter friends was tweeting on election day about how he went to poll watch at the precinct that the campaign had assigned him to and three people all showed up credentialed as Connie Mack poll watchers. Since only one person from each candidate is allowed in a precinct, that means that they had two volunteers who were ready and willing to go but ended up sitting at home because the campaign was too incompetent to make sure that they were credentialing people properly. That's like field organizing 101 and they couldn't even get that right.
 
2012-11-08 09:31:52 PM

TwistedFark: I don't know if that's all that amazing actually... it's pretty easy to set up. They already have lists of all registered voters, all they did was put a unique numerical ID against them and then allow data updates via a smart phone on if they have voted or not. Sounds pretty simple to me.


Maybe I missing something, but how did the campaign know who had voted in real time? Were they at the registration table taking down names as they signed in?
 
2012-11-08 09:32:04 PM

Altair: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 431x318]

/hot like gop tears


Donnie kicked ass in every Ninja Turtles game. He always had the reach and, IIRC, some of the games had him doing extra damage with his staff, too. Hell, the first NES game you could use him to beat Bebop and Rocksteady both in the first level just by cheesing them that way because there were ledges in both areas that were higher than their jump height but still let Donnie hit them.

Oh, wait, this is a politics thread? Why are we still talking about Romney? He lost and now the GOP will eat him alive.
 
2012-11-08 09:32:08 PM
"Independents. State polls showed Romney winning big among independents. Historically, any candidate polling that well among independents wins. But as it turned out, many of those independents were former Republicans who now self-identify as independents. The state polls weren't oversampling Democrats and undersampling Republicans - there just weren't as many Republicans this time because they were calling themselves independents. "

I can't wrap my head around how Romney's team didn't know this. Pretty much everyone who has a Republican friend (or visits this website) knows this. They started doing this when people first pointed out that W and his Republican-led congress weren't very Republican w.r.t small government and fiscal responsibility. The standard response was always, "Well he's not a true conservative. That's why I'm not a Republican anymore, I'm an independent conservative"

The power of the echo chamber never ceases to amaze me.
 
2012-11-08 09:33:05 PM
As a result, they believed the public/media polls were skewed - they thought those polls oversampled Democrats and didn't reflect Republican enthusiasm.

I pulled my derp party co-worker aside a few weeks ago and said roughly this:

"I think you guys are in for a surprise. By attacking the polls you are ignoring reality. Instead of asking 'why aren't we getting the support' you are asking 'why is literally every single poll wrong?'. It isn't going to help you guys win. Sure some polls might be flawed but all of them? I think the right is in big trouble if they are just going to pretend all those polls are wrong."

His reply:

"Nate silver might know baseball but he has only had experience in one Presidential election. He is still a rookie. You are the one who is going to be shocked."

He didn't come to work on Wednesday and worked from home today.
 
2012-11-08 09:33:23 PM

t3knomanser: dletter: Republican's basically went rouge and f'ed up their own parties analysts.

They didn't have a good foundation. I blush when I think about how embarrassing this is; if I were a republican I'd wear a mask ora concealer or something.


Good one.

I found this and was going to post it.

upload.wikimedia.org

/Shiat, I just did.
 
2012-11-08 09:34:02 PM
I recently installed MAME for the specific purpose of playing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade games. The headline therefore amuses me.
 
2012-11-08 09:34:15 PM
When I see this, it reminds me of big corporate business practice these days.

Make the company look great, tell everyone it is great, tell everyone profit is on the rise. Spin hard to get just a .25 rise in prices.

Meanwhile, in the paper shredding room they all agree to not let the CEO know so he won't go to jail...

And people think we need a 'business minded' president. Whattajoke.
 
2012-11-08 09:35:10 PM
Romney will find a new job.

The person to feel bad for is Karl Rove. His career is ruined.
 
2012-11-08 09:35:33 PM
That game was the sole reason to go to Chuck E. Cheese in the early 90's.
 
2012-11-08 09:36:02 PM
img6.imageshack.us
 
2012-11-08 09:36:05 PM

dletter: But as it turned out, many of those independents were former Republicans who now self-identify as FARK independents.


FTFY
 
2012-11-08 09:36:06 PM

MrEricSir: Romney will find a new job.

The person to feel bad for is Karl Rove. His career is ruined.


I doubt it. All he has to do is reinvent himself and the cash comes rolling in.
 
2012-11-08 09:36:10 PM

Grand_Moff_Joseph: What was the margin among "independent voters" anyway?

Also, "shellshocked"? Uh oh, who called Ryback in here??


Call ya back, 1930's. And watch out for that Adolf Hitler. He's a bad egg!
 
2012-11-08 09:36:11 PM
sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net

cdn.theatlanticwire.com
 
2012-11-08 09:36:14 PM
Gee, you tell people that youre going to win in a record breaking landslide for two weeks and half of them dont show up to vote. Genius!

/Still wasnt a horse race.
 
2012-11-08 09:36:16 PM
The farkers really thought they were going to win, and win big. Either they're utterly delusional and out of touch, or they were counting on something that didn't materialize. Normally sane Republican pundits missed the EV count by over 100. Karl Rove almost acted like he couldn't believe the scheming in Ohio didn't work, as if some crucial piece of the puzzle hadn't fallen into place.

Of course the simplest, and correct, answer is that Republicans are by and large just out to lunch. I guess you'd have to be,
 
2012-11-08 09:36:28 PM

JerseyTim: "We went into the evening confident we had a good path to victory," said one senior adviser. "I don't think there was one person who saw this coming."

[nate_silver image 475x324]


thread
 
2012-11-08 09:36:34 PM
But according to my numbers, Romney should have won, the planet isn't warming, and the earth is only 6,000 years old! How could I ever have been prepared for this??
 
2012-11-08 09:36:39 PM
I don't get it, he knew he had to win like every swing state, several of which he was behind in, to have a chance. How could it not occur to him that he'd lose? I realize he's a narcissistic sociopath surrounded by yes men his whole life but....I guess I answered my own question.
 
2012-11-08 09:37:12 PM
How would a chicken-hawk who dodged the draft know what shell shock is like?
 
2012-11-08 09:37:41 PM

rynthetyn: cameroncrazy1984: rynthetyn: The Obama campaign was actually tracking every single voter in as close to real time as humanly possible. Even on election day, poll watchers were given lists of everyone in the precinct they were watching and a 4 digit code to input in the campaign smart phone tracking page. As soon as you voted, you were off the list and focus was placed on the people who hadn't turned out yet. The Obama campaign didn't have to guess about turnout the way the Romney camp was because they were using data mining to track it as it happened

That's amazing. I hadn't heard about this part.

I've been around politics for most of my life and I've never seen a campaign organization that's run as well as Obama's.


It's shocking, isn't it? They picked Obama, not vice versa. I wonder who they'll pick next.
 
2012-11-08 09:37:51 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: BSABSVR: The day after I mailed in my ballot, I stopped getting phone calls and targeted mail from the Dems.

I spent 4 straight days culling lists of voters as we got more & more information about them through repeated contacts.

All I can say is that to stop the harassment you need to do the following: (1) register as a party member -- independents get called/mailed/harassed continuously, (2) vote in every election, including primaries -- doesn't matter who you vote for, just that you vote, (3) pick a side early and tell the first phone caller that you're 100% committed to whichever side, and (4) if you can, vote early or absentee -- no use trying to persuade someone whose vote is in the can already.


I registered unaffiliated and I didn't get a single call. In colorado. Do they not call cell phones?
 
2012-11-08 09:38:07 PM

MrEricSir: Romney will find a new job.

The person to feel bad for is Karl Rove. His career is ruined.


Just the other day I was watching a documentary on WWII and felt sorry for Goebbels.
 
2012-11-08 09:38:31 PM
Wait a minute. Are they trying to tell me that the party of creationists and anthropic climate change deniers looked at the data, decided they didn't like what it was telling them, and so assumed their was something wrong with the data?
 
2012-11-08 09:38:34 PM

rekoil: TwistedFark: I don't know if that's all that amazing actually... it's pretty easy to set up. They already have lists of all registered voters, all they did was put a unique numerical ID against them and then allow data updates via a smart phone on if they have voted or not. Sounds pretty simple to me.

Maybe I missing something, but how did the campaign know who had voted in real time? Were they at the registration table taking down names as they signed in?


Yep. That's how it worked. They already had poll watchers to make sure there wasn't any shenanigans so they just added that to the list of things to do while watching.
 
2012-11-08 09:38:38 PM

Bladel: It must have been awful, to have been completely blindsided like that. Going in to the night thinking everything is great, you were living the dream...then BAM: rejection from nameless, faceless people you have never even met.

Just like if your company had been purchased by Bain.


24.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-11-08 09:38:52 PM
Shellshocked is what he promised to do to the Iranians.
Karma is a biatch.
 
Displayed 50 of 454 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report