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Mitt Romney 'Shellshocked' After Lost Election, Adviser Says

8:45 pm - 11/08/2012
WASHINGTON -- As Republicans search for reasons why they came up short in Tuesday's elections, anonymous Mitt Romney advisers have described what it was like to be with the former governor as he came to terms with his loss.

"He was shellshocked," one adviser told CBS News.

Another unnamed senior adviser explained that as returns came in and battleground states went into President Barack Obama's Electoral College column, they felt their paths to potential victory narrowing. CBS reports that the campaign was unprepared for this in part because it had ignored polling that showed the races favoring Obama. Instead, it turned to its own internal "unskewed" polls, which it believed more accurately reflected the situation on the ground. They didn't.

On the eve of the election, a number of polling aggregators, including HuffPost's Pollster and New York Times' FiveThirtyEight, showed Obama with a huge statistical advantage over Romney.

When it was clear that Romney had lost the race and had to concede, his personal assistant, Garrett Jackson, called his counterpart in the Obama campaign, Marvin Nicholson, to connect the two men.

As CBS' Jan Greenburg writes in her article:

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.
The New York Times' tick-tock of the events that night at the Boston Intercontinental Hotel includes this anecdote:

Bob White, a close Romney friend and adviser, was prepared to tell the waiting crowd that Mr. Romney would not yet concede.
But then, Mr. Romney quietly decided it was over. "It's not going to happen," he said.

As Ann Romney cried softly, he headed down to deliver his speech, ending his second, and presumably last, bid for the White House.
As evidence of the Romney campaign's sincere belief that the former Massachusetts governor would emerge victorious on Tuesday night, the Boston Globe reported Thursday that it had planned to fete Romney's election with an eight-minute display of fireworks over Boston Harbor.

"It was not an intense, grand finale-type of display for eight minutes, but it certainly was a fast-paced show to cap off the evening, if it were necessary," Steve Pelkey, the CEO of Atlas Professional Fireworks Displays, told the Globe.

Romney also told reporters on his campaign plane earlier this week that while had had written a victory speech, he hadn't prepared concession remarks.

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kerrence 9th-Nov-2012 03:32 am (UTC)
Don't care, fade into obscurity.
scriptedending 9th-Nov-2012 03:34 am (UTC)
this so much!! :D
chimbleysweep 9th-Nov-2012 03:34 am (UTC)
cyranothe2nd 9th-Nov-2012 05:51 am (UTC)
I imagine this .gif as a visual representation of White Women's Tears.
yeats 9th-Nov-2012 03:35 am (UTC)
i formatted this post and was so sad/confused when it had been rejected.... i'm glad the mods don't hate me!

anyway, like i was gonna say, that figure about african-american turnout in ohio matched my experience doing GOTV here. i met a lot of people who didn't vote in 2008 because they couldn't believe that the system would allow obama to win. now that they knew it was possible, they were determined to keep him in office.
raspberryjaaam 9th-Nov-2012 03:49 am (UTC)
schexyschteve 9th-Nov-2012 03:37 am (UTC)
Did anyone see this?

The Romney camp was so sure he was going to win that they created a transitional website.
chimbleysweep 9th-Nov-2012 03:42 am (UTC)
omg delicious
i_amthecosmos 9th-Nov-2012 04:40 am (UTC)
I hope so too, but he gives every impression of not being able to hear criticism.
keeperofthekeys 9th-Nov-2012 03:43 am (UTC)
Another post worthy of the "bawww" tag.
lizzy_someone 9th-Nov-2012 03:43 am (UTC)
It can't possibly be true that his campaign didn't prepare a concession speech. Just because they're morally bankrupt doesn't mean they're stupid enough to tempt the wrath of the whatever from high atop the thing.
purplerains 9th-Nov-2012 03:44 am (UTC)
I just cannot believe this. They must be bluffing.

No campaign can be that blind.
baked_goldfish 9th-Nov-2012 03:46 am (UTC)
You're talking about a dude who's been handed almost everything he's ever wanted in life, and what he hasn't gotten was followed by good news anyway. Like when he lost the senate race and went on to be governor. He probably thought after the '08 primary loss, he'd go on to be president.
baked_goldfish 9th-Nov-2012 03:44 am (UTC)
the Boston Globe reported Thursday that it had planned to fete Romney's election with an eight-minute display of fireworks over Boston Harbor.

layweed 9th-Nov-2012 03:44 am (UTC)
I guess that explains why his concession speech was such an emotionless, boring affair.

no wait, that's just because he's romney-bot.
bellichka 9th-Nov-2012 01:08 pm (UTC)
I actually really liked his concession speech.... it was gracious and classy. But "emotionless, boring affair" is still a v. good way to describe it.
klutzy_girl 9th-Nov-2012 03:45 am (UTC)
I also heard that he terminated his campaign workers' credit cards minutes after the concession speech and left them with no way to pay for cabs.
purplerains 9th-Nov-2012 04:01 am (UTC)
A true republican at heart. No handouts for those moochers.
astridmyrna The one and only time you'll see me throw around Biblical quotes9th-Nov-2012 03:46 am (UTC)
schexyschteve 9th-Nov-2012 03:49 am (UTC)
Please, like many religious people read their own guide
raspberryjaaam 9th-Nov-2012 03:48 am (UTC)

Edited at 2012-11-09 03:50 am (UTC)
astridmyrna 9th-Nov-2012 03:52 am (UTC)
I would like a snow cone with vanilla ice cream and lime, lemon, and cherry white tears please.
tabaqui 9th-Nov-2012 03:52 am (UTC)
I am just....

How could they be this delusional? This insulated in their bubble? It's beyond belief.
winniechili 9th-Nov-2012 03:55 am (UTC)
I understand the Republican pundits and hacks doing that unskewed polls bullshit to get more ratings and $$$$$$, but the actual fucking campaign was doing it too???????
jazzypom Karl Rove, yo9th-Nov-2012 09:42 am (UTC)
I hear that the people are baying for his blood. They paid up to $100 million for his services (I think he took about 20% cut), hilarious.
evilgmbethy 9th-Nov-2012 03:55 am (UTC)
I'm reminded of 2008 when Palin was like, legitimately shocked they didn't win. How do these people live in such a deluded bubble? Do their handlers cut off their internet access so they can't access fivethirtyeight.com?

Anyway, I'm not surprised after hearing he didn't write a concession speech. And that is such a fucking idiotic corporate CEO bullshit thing to do. "DON'T WRITE A CONCESSION SPEECH, PREPARE FOR VICTORY, IF YOU WRITE A CONCESSION SPEECH, IT'S LIKE YOU ALREADY LOST."
theartistprince 9th-Nov-2012 04:27 am (UTC)
tbh, it is probably the handlers. Every campaign has their own internal polling so they likely lie to the candidates so they don't get discouraged.
darth_eldritch 9th-Nov-2012 03:56 am (UTC)
This tells me how hated Obama is. They were so sure that everyone wanted Obama out. And when it didn't happen, they cry this much about it. The arrogance reeks. They had gotten so complacent in thinking that they were going to win. I have seen posts saying that the liberals are complacent thinking that Obama will automatically win, that this is their chance. If they had seen how much my friends had put in to make sure everyone who cared were informed of what was on the ballot, that eveyone got to a poll, the conservatives would have realized differently. But they didn't. They have gotten so detached from the voter base of this country, not realizing what their religious extremism and pro-big business looks like to the rest of us.
shhh_its_s3cr3t 9th-Nov-2012 06:52 am (UTC)
alketaire 9th-Nov-2012 04:06 am (UTC)
Sorry, I saw "Romney 'Shellshocked'" and all I could think of was this meme:

Also, sooo unsurprised. He's been surrounded by professional bubble-makers for months.
bork 9th-Nov-2012 04:14 am (UTC)
Probably years.

He's been gunning for this since 2008.

Edited at 2012-11-09 04:15 am (UTC)
imnotasquirrel 9th-Nov-2012 04:13 am (UTC)
muah ha ha

i love that he lost by completely underestimating poc voting power. obama actually did better with latinos and asians than he did back in 2008; with the latter, i read that there was an 11-point increase. chew on that, gop.

jessyryan 9th-Nov-2012 04:31 am (UTC)
Yep and they thought young people wouldn't turn out and they increased 1 percent. HAHAHAHA
omgangiepants 9th-Nov-2012 04:13 am (UTC)
dooooooooooooooon't caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaare
lykomancer 9th-Nov-2012 04:19 am (UTC)
Ugh. Is there a word for vicarious embarrassment?
muppetfromhell 9th-Nov-2012 05:05 am (UTC)
angry_chick 9th-Nov-2012 04:20 am (UTC)
Eat shit, Ann.

and my glass -

That shit was guuud.
psychicherz 9th-Nov-2012 04:24 am (UTC)
Martini Asli! I love how sweet it is! <3
jessyryan 9th-Nov-2012 04:30 am (UTC)
He's either severely delusional or the mass voter fraud he expected to propel him to win didn't happen. Either way, I really don't give a shit. Don't let the door hit you on the way out asshole. I don't have sympathy for psychopaths.
i_amthecosmos 9th-Nov-2012 04:43 am (UTC)
I can't wait to ignore his second career as an overpaid speaker at corporate events/GOP fundraisers.
stevie_jane 9th-Nov-2012 05:02 am (UTC)
Well, they obviously rejected reality to substitute their own. That's one massive mistake because everyone knows facts and reality have a liberal bias. Also, math, it will get you.

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