For want of a nail... At Ace of Spades a furious Romey volunteer details the debacle with ORCA, Team Romney's whiz-bang, computerized, centrally run get-out-the-vote effort.
In happier days, i.e., three days before the election, Team Romey was boasting to PBS about ORCA:
For months now, the Romney campaign has been putting together a high-tech voter monitoring operation to use on Election Day that will identify which of their committed supporters have voted -- and then corral those who haven't.
They call it the Orca Project, named for the powerful killer whale. Why Orca? It seems the Orca is the greatest natural predator of the Narwhal, the name of the Obama campaign's top secret voter micro-targeting system.
Orca will deploy 34,000 operatives in key precincts tomorrow, linked by a smartphone "killer app" to 800 volunteers on the floor of TD Garden (formerly Boston Garden). The Romney campaign has tried to keep Orca under wraps until the past few days. But today, Romney for President Communications Director Gail Gitcho proudly described it for us. Watch the interview with Gitcho above.
"At 5 o'clock when the exit polls come out, we won't pay attention to that," Gitcho said Monday. "We will have had much more scientific information just based on the political operation we have set up."
They will access more scientific informaton unless the volunteers don't get their information packets or poll watcher credentials and the whole system is inaccessible (before crashing). Election Day is a heckuva of a day for the first test of a new system.
This news also muddies the waters for the Deep Thinkers who are pondering a new direction for the Republican party, since Romney's result may represent a failure of management rather than message.
Well - lest you are having trouble settling into a Deep Blue Funk, consider this: even with our crypto-socialist President who hates capitalism the US economy is likely to recover somewhat. In which case, come 2016 the Democrats will very probably win the White House again as the party of Peace and Prosperity. OK, AL Gore couldn't quite manage that trick at the Electoral College level in 2000, but next time, the Dems will be the party of peace, prosperity, and pants-on, so their odds look pretty good.
And all becasue of an untested web app? ARGHHHH!