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"Demoralized" Republicans go to Obama School: “We weren’t even running in the same race."


BuzzFeed managed to get an off the record panel discussion on the record by talking to the attendees of a Harvard Institute of Politics Campaign Managers Conference, where they analyzed the winning and losing 2012 election campaigns.

Correction: Demoralized Republican attendees who went to Obama School (literally) to learn how to win an election.

The manager of one Republican presidential campaign actually said, "We got our butts kicked, so I’m going to school." See? Literally.

Team Obama's superbly super duper superior technology and political techniques were apparently obvious to everyone but Team Romney who, as you may recall, kept insisting and believing that they were winning.

One Romney aide tried to convince Obama digital director Teddy Goff to join forces with Zac Moffatt, who ran Romney's digital efforts. [...]

When it was the Obama team’s turn to discuss their strategy, the room was packed with Republicans. [...]

Republican operatives from Rick Perry’s data-driven strategist Dave Carney, to Mark Block, Herman Cain’s chain-smoking campaign manager, filled the room, many visibly taking notes.

Here's the money quote:

We weren’t even running in the same race,” one downtrodden Romney aide told BuzzFeed after hearing the details of the Obama operation. “They were just amazing.”

Why yes, yes they were, and ...


Oops! Looks like Mitt Romney has no influence over Florida Gov. Rick Scott


Team Romney had asked Florida Governor Rick Scott to downplay his state's job gains, but oops! No dice!

Poor Willard. He may have corps. but he has no core. In fact, he has no sway. Even his fellow Republicans won't heed his advice. Ricky Scott did just the opposite and pretty much threw Willard's demands in his face.

There's your leader, GOP: Willard the Ignored. The guy whose only ability to influence is through confining and strapping to the roof of a car.


If Rick Scott got an order from Mitt Romney to temper his cheery talk about the Florida economy, it clearly didn’t take. The Republican governor proudly boasted that his state was booming in a speech in front of Latino officials just hours before President Obama was scheduled to speak at the same event.

Our state is doing extremely well,” Scott told the NALEO conference, which was held in Florida. “We still have 800,000 people out of work, but we’re changing it. Tourism is way up, jobs are up, housing prices are staying stable. If you want to buy a house, now is the time. “

Talk to the hand, Mitt.


Quickie- Romney Campaign Asks Gov Scott to Downplay Florida Job Gains


Yep, give them their talking points, damn the reality!!!

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign asked Florida Governor Rick Scott to tone down his statements heralding improvements in the state’s economy because they clash with the presumptive Republican nominee’s message that the nation is suffering under President Barack Obama, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Scott, a Republican, was asked to say that the state’s jobless rate could improve faster under a Romney presidency, according to the people, who asked not to be named.

What’s unfolding in Florida highlights a dilemma for the Romney campaign: how to allow Republican governors to take credit for economic improvements in their states while faulting Obama’s stewardship of the national economy. Republican governors in Ohio, Virginia, Michigan and Wisconsin also have highlighted improving economies.


Fact-checking Mitt Romney... again.


Not long ago, I posted a video of Rachel Maddow eviscerating Mitt Romney on his lies. Now the L.A. Times is, well, correcting him as well. The article by Michael Finnegan is not an opinion piece, but one that is a refreshing change of pace, because Finnegan didn't allow Willard's lies to go unanswered.

The article was actually about Romney "pouncing on Obama's economic policies" while addressing young voters at Otterbein University in Ohio, and was not intended to be a hit piece at all, just a chronicling (and apparently, fact checking) of Mitt's latest criticisms of the president's stimulus package and his views on the student loan issue.

But since Willard couldn't seem to get his stories straight, a journalist with more integrity than the GOP presidential candidate made a few corrections for him.

Here are a few excerpts:

Describing Obama's "government-dominated society" as a breach of America's tradition of letting free enterprise thrive, Romney said, "In my view, that takes us down a path to becoming more and more like Europe. And Europe doesn't work in Europe."

Romney skirted any mention of Britain and other European nations recently sliding back into recession after they pursued the sort of austerity agenda that he proposes for the United States.

The remarks were only one demonstration of Romney's sometimes selective rhetoric clashing with facts as he adjusts his pitch for the general election. [...]

Romney said [Obama's stimulus plan] did too much to protect government jobs, "which is probably the sector that should have been shrinking."

But for more than two years, the number of private-sector jobs in the U.S. has been steadily rising, while public-sector employment has been dropping, because of state and local government layoffs.

And finally:

A Wall Street Journal editorial on Friday called Romney's move [to stop the increase in student loan interest rates] a "pander to the youth vote."

"This must be the 'Etch-a-Sketch' version of Mitt that his campaign promised," the editorial said...

When a Wall Street Journal editorial goes after a Republican candidate that way, you know he's created real problems for himself.

When an L.A. Times reporter (finally and rightly) calls out Willard's repeated "clashing with facts" in a standard article tracking the campaigns, you know he's created real BIG problems for himself.