Romney Donors Infuriated That Romney Lied to Them to Raise Campaign Money


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I don’t know how much coverage this is getting in the traditional media, but you — yes, you, reading this right now – have got to read the original story in Politico, because this is almost too funny to be true:

As results began to stream in Tuesday night, prominent Romney supporters in Boston tried to stay positive, reassuring themselves that there was still a path to the White House. But dejection quickly turned to anger a day after an Electoral College rout that shocked many who had heard self-assured projections about voter enthusiasm and turnout in private conference calls and meetings in the campaign’s final stretch.

Another Republican outside the Romney campaign but privy to its thinking described the defeat as a complete pummeling, with Senate losses adding salt to the wound.

Romney supporters point to a series of brash statements made by advisers that seem out of touch with reality in retrospect. Inside the Beltway, Republicans trained their fire on senior Romney advisers like Ed Gillespie and political director Rich Beeson for appearances on last weekend’s Sunday shows. Gillespie said the electoral map was expanding, and Beeson predicted a 300 electoral vote win for Romney.

“There were a lot of Republicans who were on calls that the campaign was having led to believe we had shots in Pennsylvania and Minnesota,” one Republican operative supporting Romney said. “I think Republicans are split right now between confused and shocked, and also I think they are wondering did the Romney campaign have numbers we didn’t have. … Was last week a head fake, or were they just not that smart?”

So, Romney talked a load of bull to his investors about the probable success of their venture, to keep them happy — and now they say that they’re surprised?  Why, it’s as if he left a company go bankrupt while keeping the fees!

Look: they knew he was a scorpion when they let him climb onto their back; they should have expected to be stung.  (For those thinking that perhaps I would have no sympathy for Mitt Romney, this proves you wrong.)  Romney was a liar, but his donors were the greater imbeciles.

Meanwhile, this paragraph from a similar Huffington Post story is, if anything, even funnier:

“The billionaire donors I hear are livid.  There is some holy hell to pay. Karl Rove has a lot of explaining to do … I don’t know how you tell your donors that we spent $390 million and got nothing.

How do you tell them that?  While puffing on a fat Cuban cigar that their donations allowed you to buy, of course!  Karl Rove doesn’t have to explain a damn thing and need not pay a penny towards holy hell.

Welcome to the real world, Republican donors.  You’ve been away too long.


About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney and General Counsel of CATER. His anti-corruption work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, leading them to work with the Democratic Party of Orange County Chair and other co-conspirators (who had long detested the internal oversight his presence provided) to remove him from the position of DPOC North Vice Chair of in violation of party rules and any semblance of due process. He also runs for office sometimes. Unless otherwise specifically stated, none of his writings prior to that lawless putsch ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Beautiful Bountiful Brea, but while he may brag about it he generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for candidates including Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and (except where noted) without compensation.