Reports are beginning to circulate in newspapers and on various blogs that Gov.Mitt Romney’s effort to target and move the vote to the polls was a technological and organizational disaster.
The supposedly super-sophisticated project, named “Orca” because Obama’s effort was also named after a whale that Orcas eat, apparently headed straight up onto the beach, rolled over, and baked itself to death in the sun.
Orca failed to target voters with the same skill as the Obama operation, wasn’t sufficiently tested, and broke down on Election Day, the only day it needed to work.
Ben Howe over at RedState charges that consultants who were supposed to be creating a well-oiled machine instead greased their own wheels:
So what caused the breakdown and why didn’t it get fixed in time? Well according to sources who worked closely with the program, the blame is at the feet of consultants.
Specifically Targeted Victory, FLS Connect, and The Stevens and Schriefer Group. While the Romney campaign did work with other consultants, they were apparently not part of the problem.
They say that the truth is the consultants essentially used the Romney campaign as a money making scheme, forcing employees to spin false data as truth in order to paint a rosy picture of a successful campaign as a form of job security.
John Ekdhal at Ace of Spades enlisted in the project and said it was nearly impossible to perform the central task of monitoring the polls to see who had voted and who had to be rounded up. His fascinating piece describes a freak show of errors, including being booted from the polling place itself:
People had been kicked from poll watching for having no certificate. Others never received their pdf packets. Some were sent the wrong packets from a different area. Some received their packet, but their usernames and passwords didn’t work.
The Romney campaign claims things worked overall, even if there were bugs in the system. But the massive Democratic turnout compared to that of the GOP suggests that for the Romney operation, there were bugs overall, even if there was some success in the system.