Ah yes, the supposedly business-savvy Mitt’s entire “Get Out the Vote” operation simply crashed on Election Day, the only day it needed to work. This left 30,000 prospective Romney volunteers with nothing to do on November 6 but wallow in confusion and anger. Perhaps the unprecedentedly disaster turnout operation — known as “Project Orca” — occurred because Romney’s campaign announced the adoption of this brand-new system with about one week to go before the election. Anyone remotely familiar with on-the-ground politicking could have told Mitt that this’d be a logistical nightmare. Sure enough, the worst possible scenario came true and the whole thing simply imploded. (Conversely, the Obama campaign and its Democratic Party offshoot, Organizing for America, had been cultivating its own sophisticated “Get Out the Vote” operation since 2007).
Romney proved sufficiently adept at running for CEO of the GOP, but he floundered epically against the “Community Organizer-in-Chief.”
Romney was also undone in by his campaign’s destructive and (I’m not exaggerating) wicked media strategy. In June 2012, Romney operatives announced that they would coordinate with “Breitbart News” to disseminate their daily talking points. Said Romney campaign spokesman Lenny Alcivar:
“The governor will no longer allow the mainstream media to dictate the terms of this debate. This is just the beginning… We are witnessing the rise of the center right media.”
By this, he presumably meant that Mitt Romney had personally ordered the strategy: ignore all normal journalistic inquiries and instead partner with Breitbart News, a propaganda conspiracy hate site.
The article went on:
Citing John Nolte’s work exposing lies and hypocrisy in the mainstream media, Alcivar praised the efforts of Breitbart News in holding journalists accountable for their actions. “The senior White House correspondent for Politico is no longer there. The Romney camp didn’t do that, it was Breitbart. It sends a big signal. That wouldn’t have happened without Breitbart.“
OK, seriously, I followed John Nolte on Twitter during the campaign, and that gentleman is truly unhinged. He was completely wrong about everything, promoted “Poll Trutherism,” and dutifully spouted every conceivable anti-Obama talking point without scrutiny and in the crassest possible manner. One could easily tell that the majority of this individual’s info had been drawn from FOX News, talk radio, and so forth.
Nolte is a good personification of what “Breitbart News” and the rest of the GOP’s vengeful, nasty media apparatus are really all about: instilling as much anger and fear in the populace as possible. Reading Romney campaign’s declaration from June, you can see that this was all by design. Mitt himself praised as “brilliant” the late Andrew Breitbart, a conspiracy theorist hate-monger who poisoned the minds of millions with his journo-provocateur exploits. The Romney campaign also singled out and praised Nolte for his work as their chosen propagandist. So let’s just be clear about what happened here: Romney coordinated with “Breitbart News” to spread vicious anti-Obama conspiracy theories, including theories that called Obama’s ancestry into question and painted the president’s vision of government as so profoundly “foreign” that his reelection would literally doom America for all eternity.
Reading through Breitbart comment threads after the election has been mind-boggling (even by Breitbart’s mind-bogglingly low standards). That site is really among the most depraved underbellies of the Internet.
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