Huh? Romney campaign’s political director says ground strategy ‘worked fine’

National Review’s Katrino Trinko reports that Rich Beeson, the Romney campaign’s political director, has no regrets about the campaign’s get-out-the-vote strategy:

“We turned out the groups we needed to on our side,” Beeson says, adding that Democrats “did a better job of turnout than we thought they could do. They did alter the electorate.”

“We hit the numbers we needed to hit. Our ground game turned out the people it needed to turn out. They just turned out more. They turned out 18 to 29 [year olds] at a higher level. They turned out African-Americans at a higher level. They turned out Hispanics at a higher level.”

Beeson thinks that he did the best he could. And if you set reality aside, he did. His definition of “fine” must be the same as President Obama’s. Meanwhile, Twitterers don’t think that Beeson has much to brag about:

Beeson contends that while Orca had its flaws on Election Day, it was a smart idea. “Did the overall system work the way that we wanted it to? No. But it is a good precursor for what I think we’ll want to be able to design and implement and improve on in coming elections? Absolutely,” he says.

“Improve on” is the key. Orca really shouldn’t be held up as an example of what the Romney campaign did right.

As Twitchy reported last week, Project Orca was nothing short of disastrous. If Beeson can’t own up to the mistakes made by him and the campaign, there’s little chance he’ll learn from them.

Sounds like a pretty safe bet.

  • Tregonsee

    Great program, as in “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?”

  • Steve_J

    Does everybody ,who may be thinking of ever running for President or even local dog catcher, understand that if they want to win they must stay away from Beeson and Steve Schmidt?

  • Couranto

    Romney (and more importantly conservative base who donated and volunteered) were screwed over by a bunch of con men who lined their pockets.

    They are the only folks doing “fine.”

    • Steve_J

      Hate to ask this question but; Did we, Republicans, get Bained?

    • Slam1263

      Most expensive election yet.

  • Denise McPherson

    This guy was the political director? Yikes!

  • YeahWeWill

    Dude; “a good precursor for what I think we’ll want to be able to design and implement and improve on in coming elections?” We got hosed!!!

  • riddler1620

    When he hired the same team to run his presidential campaign that John McCain had, I began to worry. Now I understand he never had a chance. Not only was he fighting the democrats on the campaign, apparently he was also fighting his own advisors incompetence.

  • JimmyNeutron

    My opinion is that political consultants are complete and total whores. If that is in fact the case, then here is my suggestion for 2016 – we need to put Carville AND Axelrod on the payroll for the GOP. Seriously, of the billion raised – just give those two $250m and then let them use $750m for the campaign. They are significantly more shrewd than ANYONE on the GOP side of the consultancy business – and if we structure it correctly – say $50m up-front with $200m coming for a win – then they will be motivated to perform. My take is that these people would sell out their own Grandma for a nickel – so the fact that they are hard-core dems shouldn’t matter if they are paid well by the other side. Does anyone believe that Rove wouldn’t do work for the Occupy Wall Street crowd if the paycheck was good enough?

    • $2743723

      Except that the Occupy Wall Street crowd probably wouldn’t want Tove after the poor performance of his Super PACs in 2012.

  • blueniner

    These hack consultants, for the GOPe dont care who wins or loses as long as they have a job a pay check ,i.e. loser Steve “piece of” Schmidt. Now cueball head is going all over MSLSB and NBC blaming talk radio. Jerks like him should be fired from any campaigns because they always lose then blame someone else for thier failures, like he did in McCain election, he blamed Sarah Palin, but we see she brought in many voters for McCain that McCain had more votes than Romney.

  • yviemarie88

    Is that the bs he’s been telling the Romneys, I wonder? Will we ever hear their thoughts on this travesty, will they ever know the truth? With friends like that, who needs enemies.

  • riddler1620

    So if he feels their ground strategy worked is he saying the ground game of the Romney campaign was to have Obama win.
    I really think that sometimes it’s better to admit you screwed up then to insist otherwise, thereby making yourself look like a fool.

  • Peyton

    Only if he was a closet Dem, in that case ya it worked great.

  • $2743723

    Let me get this straight. Romney pulled several million less voters than the anemic McCain campaign – how can that be seen as anything other than horrible?

  • ATNorth

    Janet Napolitano told us the system worked when that Swedish hero tackled the underwear bomber too.

    They’re really not even trying anymore, are they?

  • ATNorth

    I run local campaigns. And I know more about GOTV than these assholes. I do it cheaper, too.

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  • Grumpa Grumpus

    Perhaps he didn’t want Romney elected…