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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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aquaviann 9th-Nov-2012 05:07 am (UTC)
I swear, I read articles on CNN and Slate that also mentioned how Ann Romney "cried softly," but this is the first one that fits in Jenna Ryan's classy Republican lady crying as well. I guess I should just be glad they didn't say "wept" instead.
ebay313 9th-Nov-2012 05:41 am (UTC)
Of course he was shocked and thought he was going to win, he has proven over and over throughout the campaign that he cannot understand or relate to the majority of the population in this country. So not surprising he was once again completely out of touch with reality.
shadowkeeper 9th-Nov-2012 05:42 am (UTC)
This kind of schadenfreude gives me so much vindictive pleasure, and if that makes me sound like a terrible person, I've never denied being one.
But seriously. I hope his entire base is upset as he is and that they self destruct because I have no time to feel remotely sorry for anyone who'd want to legislate at me like I'm less than a person for not being a rich straight white christian male.
shortsweetcynic 9th-Nov-2012 05:50 am (UTC)
Standing ovation, bb.
recorded 9th-Nov-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
mollywobbles867 9th-Nov-2012 06:06 am (UTC)
He looked it during his concession speech.
hinoema 9th-Nov-2012 06:49 am (UTC)
This is his second time losing a Presidential election, you'd think he'd have it down by now.
halfshellvenus 9th-Nov-2012 07:43 am (UTC)

It emanated from him all during the campaign, and was one of so many reasons I sincerely hoped he wouldn't win.

The idea that he "deserved the Presidency just because" was incredibly symptomatic of his boundless sense of self-entitlement. I hope his smug face soon fades off into the sidelines for good.
homasse 9th-Nov-2012 07:47 am (UTC)
I am playing the world's tiniest violin to accompany his pain.

No, wait, I'm pointing and laughing in schadenfreuderific glee. My bad.
abiding 9th-Nov-2012 08:02 am (UTC)
dvdsky81 9th-Nov-2012 09:51 am (UTC)
4 major egos crashing down harder than anyone could ever imagine all at once. Beautiful. Tool in the dictionary should have both Ryan and Mitts pictures (not sure who's the biggest one). Ann Romney, give me a fucking break. If it's even possible, that woman is more clueless than her dead-eyed husband.She still gets her over priviledged and under-deserved existance at the expense of the very people her husband was attempting to control-she's fine. Stop fucking crying. Lunatic.
moonbladem 9th-Nov-2012 10:50 am (UTC)
Of course he's 'shellshocked'...he was fully expecting to win. His sociopathic narcissism wouldn't allow him to see any other outcome. Even during the debates, he was talking about "his second term", so he was not only expecting to win, but to win a second term as well.

Shellshocked is exactly what this country would become if he had won.
blackjedii 9th-Nov-2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
Between basically getting everything handed to him on a pretty silver platter and The White Horse Prophecy by John Smith, I expect he thought it was SANCTIONED BY GOD.

Which all I gotta say is...


Maybe next time the Republican should actually run on substance.

Edited at 2012-11-09 01:41 pm (UTC)
blackjedii 9th-Nov-2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
Also to celebrate I almost think we should all donate to doggy shelters in remembrance of Seamus.
gashinenai 9th-Nov-2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
"He was shellshocked"

beautyofgrey 9th-Nov-2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
Well, that's kind of what happens when you only watch Fox News. :/
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