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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.

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.
lovedforaday 9th-Nov-2012 04:32 am (UTC)
You have to show kindness by teaching people to fend for themselves.
ceilidh 9th-Nov-2012 04:06 am (UTC)
I heard this as well. Goddamn, at least give them a last ride home. Asshole.
oceandezignz 9th-Nov-2012 04:17 am (UTC)
This. Real milk of human kindness, that Mittens.
astridmyrna 9th-Nov-2012 04:13 am (UTC)
veracity 9th-Nov-2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
I just heard that in the voice of Joe from Empire Records and the same sashaying away.
rufinia 9th-Nov-2012 04:28 am (UTC)
I note that Romney's twitter hasn't been updated since Tuesday. Clearly the official twitterer got fired, too.

moonbladem 9th-Nov-2012 10:32 am (UTC)
Well Romney is a twit so...
shortsweetcynic 9th-Nov-2012 04:31 am (UTC)

And just under half of America wanted that fuckernaut to be our glorious leader.

Wow. I can't even.
mirhanda 9th-Nov-2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
TBF, just under half the people who actually bothered to vote. I think more than half of people who would be eligible to vote, didn't.
lovedforaday 9th-Nov-2012 04:33 am (UTC)
Such a good man, that Mitt.
jessyryan 9th-Nov-2012 04:34 am (UTC)
I'd be upset but they actually campaigned for this douche so IDC, Taste your medicine idiots.
kaelstra 9th-Nov-2012 05:36 am (UTC)
lol god. I want to believe that's made up, but I really can't with Romney. I bet this is true. He's such an asshole.
cyranothe2nd 9th-Nov-2012 05:54 am (UTC)
I just submitted a post for that butthurt piece of news.
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