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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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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.
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.

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.
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.
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