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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.

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.
evilgmbethy 9th-Nov-2012 04:30 am (UTC)
I figured as much, but it still kind of blows my mind. I guess because I'm the sort of person who would probably go to many lengths to find any information people were trying to conceal from me.

I don't think they're doing their candidates any favors, really. If they think they're doing fine when they're not, they don't know how to fix the problem.
keeperofthekeys 9th-Nov-2012 04:38 am (UTC)
Yes. One of my republican co-workers was always going on about his brother who knew someone who knew the "internal polling numbers." I was like, you do know what those mean, right? But I guess he actually believed the republicans had some sort of magical polls that reflected the real numbers, and all those silly other polls from multiple organizations that were being released were wrong. Somehow.

idk, maybe it's just because I've done some work with campaigns before.
ecrivais 9th-Nov-2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
Honestly if I ran for office I wouldn't want to know that a concession speech had been written but I would want it to be done! I don't know, something about staying positive.
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