Friday, February 21, 2014


In 2012, Mitt Romney invested serious money in Project Orca, "an expensive technological undertaking that was supposed to provide the campaign with real-time poll monitoring that would allow Republicans to target GOTV efforts on Election Day." (Business Insider) By all accounts, it was a huge FAIL:
ORCA failed miserably. In a fascinating piece for Ace of Spades, Romney poll-watcher John Ekdahl describes a perfect storm of technology problems that made the ORCA app unusable and left scores of Republican volunteers "wandering around confused and frustrated" on Election Day.
Worse still, Ekdahl told Business Insider that the Romney campaign failed to provide poll-watching volunteers in his region — Jacksonville, Florida, a key Republican city in a major swing state — with proper credentials and accurate voter strike lists, rendering them unable to perform their duties even if the ORCA app had worked. 
Alex Roarty writes that the GOP has a "talent gap" but he fails to drive home the point: the GOP's base, the GOP's media, the GOP's think tanks and the GOP's elite are all full of fuck-ups and that problem can't be solved by any amount of technology.

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