Nov 8 - Mitt Romney 'Shellshocked' After Lost Election, Adviser Says

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Nov 8 - Mitt Romney 'Shellshocked' After Lost Election, Adviser Says
 

 
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 a.ssistant, 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 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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 Mitt Romney 'Shellshocked' After Lost Election, Adviser Says

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 5 years ago '04        #2
gimmethat 1 heat pts
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Talk to me Mitt

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 11-08-2012, 06:27 PM         #3
the synthesis 
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Romenys own party turned on him
 11-08-2012, 06:37 PM         #4
Silver N Black 
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. GOP in some deep sh*t. you have to get the tea party approval first (while alienating the other voters) then you have to appeal to those you just sh*tted on.

 5 years ago '10        #5
Hovi Bryant 676 heat pts676
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"Shellshocked"? Does the Republican Party live in the 1920's and time travel to today just to fu*k with us?
 5 years ago '06        #6
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Well i guess in the end he really did prove that he was out of touch. How he thought this was a done deal when he was the one that needed to win a lot of the swing states is beyond me.
 5 years ago '12        #7
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 the synthesis said:
Romenys own party turned on him
Exactly.

The more I read about it, I feel sorry for him.
 5 years ago '04        #8
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 5 years ago '11        #9
Kadillac87 225 heat pts225
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Nobody in his camp wanted to tell him the truth. It's like those kids who go on American Idol because they family told them they could sing and then get shut down. Be real with your peoples


 5 years ago '05        #10
monrowe 3 heat pts
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Ptsd....... But this is mostly his last run because he did anything he could to win including lying and exposing himself so who will want to but now or even consider him after changing opinions stances over the course of the campaign. I don't even know what to do next. Palin became a personality he ct even do that.. He just gonna go be rich but he wants to e better a his pops....
 5 years ago '10        #11
SickaMorStyle 402 heat pts402
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Bet he thought the CEO's message to fire people if Obama won would work. fu*king losers. being rich dont mean you have class.
 5 years ago '11        #12
UrbanGAAWD 209 heat pts209
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He is a rich kid that been giving everything he has from his parents achievments who bought his way into politics that got shut down by the black guy who his own religion dismiss up until 1980

also as many pundits said, you can't win the white house anymore by solely appeasing to the white vote only but not only the white vote but this ultra conservative right wing sect of the republican party....obama won the gay, women, asian, latin, black, young, athetist, muslim vote while romney only got the white vote plus stacey dash....

Plus Romney said while the primary that he was an ultra conservative, while the majority of the nation is moderate fiscally and socially liberal...the GOP was stuck in the 1930s while the nation was living in 2012....simple
 5 years ago '11        #13
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 the synthesis said:
Romenys own party turned on him
I don't even think his party was ever with him to begin with. I think Romney was a desperation choice due to the fact that the Republican Party never had anyone that could seriously challenge Obama for election. I think it was very obvious that everyone was not on the same page was when Chris Christie went into business for himself at the RNC. Hell Bloomberg even gave Obama endorsement for a 2nd term & Guilanani even criticized Romney as well. It's already bad enough Romney kept pushing his lies and flip-flopping on the issues, but when members of your own party speaks out against you then that's it.
 5 years ago '10        #14
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 urbangatsby said:
He is a rich kid that been giving everything he has from his parents achievments who bought his way into politics that got shut down by the black guy who his own religion dismiss up until 1980

also as many pundits said, you can't win the white house anymore by solely appeasing to the white vote only but not only the white vote but this ultra conservative right wing sect of the republican party....obama won the gay, women, asian, latin, black, young, athetist, muslim vote while romney only got the white vote plus stacey dash....

Plus Romney said while the primary that he was an ultra conservative, while the majority of the nation is moderate fiscally and socially liberal...the GOP was stuck in the 1930s while the nation was living in 2012....simple
 5 years ago '04        #15
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 purpleaxxe said:
Oh gawd, it became ether once he added Stacey Dash vote.

 5 years ago '08        #16
Arson 84 heat pts84
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I don't understand why he's shocked. He lost the second he got the nomination.
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GodsFavorite 101 heat pts101
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 5 years ago '06        #18
RAZAH CUTS 5835 heat pts5835
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bwahahaha, muthafu*ka had an 8 minute fireworks show over Boston Harbor planned...
 5 years ago '11        #19
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 urbangatsby said:
He is a rich kid that been giving everything he has from his parents achievments who bought his way into politics that got shut down by the black guy who his own religion dismiss up until 1980

also as many pundits said, you can't win the white house anymore by solely appeasing to the white vote only but not only the white vote but this ultra conservative right wing sect of the republican party....obama won the gay, women, asian, latin, black, young, athetist, muslim vote while romney only got the white vote plus stacey dash....

Plus Romney said while the primary that he was an ultra conservative, while the majority of the nation is moderate fiscally and socially liberal...the GOP was stuck in the 1930s while the nation was living in 2012....simple
 5 years ago '09        #20
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 urbangatsby said:
He is a rich kid that been giving everything he has from his parents achievments who bought his way into politics that got shut down by the black guy who his own religion dismiss up until 1980

also as many pundits said, you can't win the white house anymore by solely appeasing to the white vote only but not only the white vote but this ultra conservative right wing sect of the republican party....obama won the gay, women, asian, latin, black, young, athetist, muslim vote while romney only got the white vote plus stacey dash....

Plus Romney said while the primary that he was an ultra conservative, while the majority of the nation is moderate fiscally and socially liberal...the GOP was stuck in the 1930s while the nation was living in 2012....simple
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