Rich Beeson, the Romney political director who coauthored the now-discredited Ohio memo, said that only after the election did he realize what Obama was doing with so much manpower on the ground. Obama had more than 3,000 paid workers nationwide, compared with 500 for Romney, and hundreds of thousands of volunteers.
“Now I know what they were doing with all the staffs and offices,” Beeson said. “They were literally creating a one-to-one contact with voters,” something that Romney did not have the staff to match…
there's not much there there.
But what is really quite gripping is down in the weeds, in the comment section. I know its nutpicking but its still interesting. In Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me) Tavris and Aronson discuss research showing that people misremember who they vote for, or whether they voted at all, in elections where their desired candidate did not win. Years after an election more people think they voted for the winner than actually did as people try to align their vote with popular opinion. They don't discuss the phenomenon known as "sour grapes" in which people refuse to admit that they voted for a losing candidate but are too close to the event to start fantasizing that they voted for the winner. Down in the Boston Globe comments we can see a version of that with people who probably did vote for Romney when they thought he might win now disavowing having voted at all when, in retrospect, they discover he lost. Here's "Dotcomsiren" a self proclaimed "part of the 1 percent:"
DotcomsirenExactly. As Peter Brimelow, Dick Morris, and Sean Trende have shown, Romney lost the white vote. He took white voters for granted and they didn't bother to vote. I should know, I am white and I didn't vote either. What would have been the point?
"Filibuster Jones" makes a related argument--all voters are fools and knaves and any politician who doesn't treat the that way will be rejected. Romney's voters, mysteriously being neither fools nor knaves, stayed at home:
FilibusterJonesThe above comment aptly illustrates the operative principal of the Obama campaign: There's a sucker born every minute.
Shallow, unsophisticated, low information voters who know very little about politics were treated like kings and queens by the President who went on late night talk shows and pushed all the right buttons, relating nicely to the self-obsessed ADD crowd who are all about the cult of personality, who can't be bothered to pay attention to the issues and simply want more and more free stuff. There is no way that Romney, who treated voters like responsible adults, could compete with that.
Also, Romney simply did not get his base out to vote for him. Millions of GOP voters stayed home, unhappy with the options. A moderate candidate, like John McCain was greated with a lukewarm GOP reception on election day.
DotComSiren repeats her assertion that she and her husband didn't vote
DotcomsirenMitt lost because he spurned the white vote. All he cared about was the nonexistent "Hispanic vote." My husband I decided to sit out this election after Mitt hired "Ed Gillespie" to his campaign team. We don't need Tagg Romney asking for our vote in Spanish, even though we both speak it. Hey, we're white, wealthy, and both have advanced degrees. But Mitt didn't want our votes, so he didn't get them.
For which she gets one of the all time greatest knockdowns: