Last night and today “Two Countries living inside one Border”

by Datechguy | November 8th, 2012

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Last night and today "Two Countries living inside one Border"

The traf­fic should have been the first clue.

After I left the Nashoba Club Restau­rant for din­ner (the best deci­sion I made of the night) I headed down to the con­ven­tion cen­ter, when I hit I93 south the traf­fic was bumper to bumper with police stop­ping peo­ple on the side. I had to make my first call in to WCRN from the road. My con­tact in the Rom­ney cam­paign told me that my cre­den­tials would be at the cen­ter wait­ing for me.

When I finally got toward the center

that turned out not to be the case, I informed them of the con­fir­ma­tion of my cre­den­tials and was told they would look into it but was mis­in­formed that cre­den­tials were to be picked up here.

I was then informed that my cre­den­tials were wait­ing at the Cam­paign HQ but wasn’t in a posi­tion to go there a very nice guy named Craig said he would work on it, I called my con­nec­tion who said he would see if he could get them down there.

It was pretty cold but I had my trench coat & my inborn insu­la­tion finally Craig returned and said he would take me to the Weston next door where I could charge up and wait for my cre­den­tials to show up.

I spoke to sev­eral peo­ple there, a young fel­low from Texas was also wait­ing for cre­den­tials as every­one around me drank about 15 min later Andrew showed up and I had my credentials.

You’ll note that cre­den­tial said “attendee” rather than “press” there are 1200 rea­sons why that was the case, all of them dol­lars that was the fee assessed by the cam­paign for mem­bers of the press. For a major media orga­ni­za­tion that’s No Big Deal, for me that’s a Mort­gage pay­ment com­ing out of what is left of my sav­ings after four years of Obama.

The bad news was I didn’t have access to the same set-​up as the press on the ris­ers of the top floor, so I found myself a wall with a plug to charge my phone and lap­top and start­ing search­ing the results.

I was not sur­prised to see North Car­olina & Vir­ginia called, My thought was of course, the idea is to hold back.

My first dis­ap­point­ment was PA, but it was not a huge sur­prise, con­nec­tions not with­stand­ing with Black Pan­thers and the voter id law not being enforced.

New Hamp­shire WAS a sur­prise, but then again I wasn’t aware of this:

New Hamp­shire Democ­rats appear to have taken advan­tage of Judge John Lewis’ deci­sion to scrap the domi­cile rules. The end result was that bus­load after bus­load of out of state stu­dents were fer­ried to the polls to vote in New Hamp­shire. They killed the con­sti­tu­tional amend­ments. They elected a Demo­c­rat gov­er­nor. And they gave New Hamp­shire to Obama. (I recall sug­gest­ing that exactly this would hap­pen as a result, and that it was in fact the entire point of choos­ing Lewis to toss out the rules).

The Grok crew will be fol­low­ing up on this btw.

Now in terms of busi­ness the smart thing would have been to be upstairs min­gling and pass­ing out cards, but I went straight to the phones the first call was to Stacy in Ohio and he was say­ing bluntly that while turnout in GOP areas in Ohio were not look­ing good it’s moot if Florida or VA doesn’t come through, I called blog­gers across the coun­try and things were not sound­ing good but all that can be done once the polls close is to count and wait.

It was appar­ently that the crowd was not all that level-​headed and panic seemed to come in very fast, a video from Ohio to reas­sure folks really spoke vol­umes, you don’t have to issue stuff like that if you’re winning.

Michi­gan didn’t sur­prise me that much either but Wis­con­sin? That was a shock when it was called, I spent a lot of time look­ing online to see what the raw vote was and see­ing lit­tle or nothing.

What was really both­er­ing me was Florida ( I heard insid­ers talk­ing that Florida & VA were OK but Ohio was a worry) but polls had shown a solid lead for Mitt in Florida if it was still not called that was a real issue and might depress the GOP vote fur­ther west (I sus­pect that had plenty to do with the Utah result of Mia Love).

But I wasn’t really both­ered until I bought a Diet Pepsi, I didn’t take the time to ask the price and found myself pay­ing $4.75 for a can poured into a plas­tic cup with ice.

On some of the calls peo­ple were becom­ing angry, it was a bad sign, but amid the smoke as I watched returns see­ing Liz War­ren pull far­ther & far­ther ahead (appar­ently dems learned from Jan 2010 and the full get out the vote effort of Nov 2010 was in play) there was one light, they had “called” Q2 early as a win but the num­bers started to reverse until it was too close to call. The race I fig­ured we would go down fight­ing on turned into our only win of the night.

Finally Ohio was called and it was pretty much all over. It was pretty clear who the only peo­ple happy in the room were

Some half-​hearted attempts at cheers were made then Mitt Took the stage

His speech was not mem­o­rable and as I heard him speak I remem­bered what a very wise per­son told me about Mitt who had worked with him, say­ing his sin was Narcissism.

I spoke to some young repub­li­cans who posed for me

that night for their take

I spoke briefly with Eric Fehrnstrom

He declined an inter­view, but was hold­ing up pretty good.

I can’t say the same for many of the oth­ers, I talked to peo­ple from all over and there was a sad­ness and more than that a shock, it was not the res­ig­na­tion of a McCain vs Obama where vic­tory was not expected, it was the shock of the Yan­kees in the 1st inning of game 7 in 2004 when the Sox took the lead they would never relin­quish, it was the Shock of democ­rats when Scott Brown won in 2010.

The democ­rats took the lessons of Scott Brown in Mass­a­chu­setts and learned them, they took the lessons of 2010 and learned them. It remains to be seen if the GOP will do the same.

As I was leav­ing Hong Kong TV took me aside and asked me about the race on cam­era, we talked for twenty min­utes. At the time I did not know if the Obama vot­ers had turned out, (not gen­er­ally he had mil­lions fewer votes nation­wide but in the right places) or if the GOP had stayed home (which it turned out they did in droves) and I made two cases:

1. If you nom­i­nate mod­er­ate to lead a con­ser­v­a­tive party you will fail because he will run away from the party instead of mak­ing the case for it.

2. Con­ser­vatism like any­thing else needs to be TAUGHT and Sold and you can’t stop teach­ing or selling

But to both them and French Radio with who I spoke to I described the United States as “two coun­tries within one bor­der” That being the case the only hope to go to the people.

Go to the Lati­nos and Black Amer­i­cans, explain WHY con­ser­v­a­tive eco­nom­ics work for them. Explain why an open bor­der hurts THEM and theirs and explain why the enti­tle­ment soci­ety makes them peons and slaves to the state as sure as if they were in the plan­ta­tions of South Amer­ica or the old South.

Go to women explain WHY not only con­ser­v­a­tive eco­nom­ics works for them but WHY con­ser­vatism in social issues ben­e­fits them, their chil­dren and themselves.

Let Amer­i­cans know that WHY a strong Amer­ica makes them safer than a weak one, make the case and do it every sin­gle day.

That is a bet­ter invest­ment than any dol­lar to any super­pac, until that is learned by the GOP we will see this again.

The traffic should have been the first clue.

After I left the Nashoba Club Restaurant for dinner (the best decision I made of the night) I headed down to the convention center, when I hit I93 south the traffic was bumper to bumper with police stopping people on the side. I had to make my first call in to WCRN from the road. My contact in the Romney campaign told me that my credentials would be at the center waiting for me.

When I finally got toward the center

that turned out not to be the case, I informed them of the confirmation of my credentials and was told they would look into it but was misinformed that credentials were to be picked up here.

I was then informed that my credentials were waiting at the Campaign HQ but wasn’t in a position to go there a very nice guy named Craig said he would work on it, I called my connection who said he would see if he could get them down there.

It was pretty cold but I had my trench coat & my inborn insulation finally Craig returned and said he would take me to the Weston next door where I could charge up and wait for my credentials to show up.

I spoke to several people there, a young fellow from Texas was also waiting for credentials as everyone around me drank about 15 min later Andrew showed up and I had my credentials.

You’ll note that credential said “attendee” rather than “press” there are 1200 reasons why that was the case, all of them dollars that was the fee assessed by the campaign for members of the press. For a major media organization that’s No Big Deal, for me that’s a Mortgage payment coming out of what is left of my savings after four years of Obama.

The bad news was I didn’t have access to the same set-up as the press on the risers of the top floor, so I found myself a wall with a plug to charge my phone and laptop and starting searching the results.

I was not surprised to see North Carolina & Virginia called, My thought was of course, the idea is to hold back.

My first disappointment was PA, but it was not a huge surprise, connections not withstanding with Black Panthers and the voter id law not being enforced.

New Hampshire WAS a surprise, but then again I wasn’t aware of this:

New Hampshire Democrats appear to have taken advantage of Judge John Lewis’ decision to scrap the domicile rules. The end result was that busload after busload of out of state students were ferried to the polls to vote in New Hampshire. They killed the constitutional amendments. They elected a Democrat governor. And they gave New Hampshire to Obama. (I recall suggesting that exactly this would happen as a result, and that it was in fact the entire point of choosing Lewis to toss out the rules).

The Grok crew will be following up on this btw.

Now in terms of business the smart thing would have been to be upstairs mingling and passing out cards, but I went straight to the phones the first call was to Stacy in Ohio and he was saying bluntly that while turnout in GOP areas in Ohio were not looking good it’s moot if Florida or VA doesn’t come through, I called bloggers across the country and things were not sounding good but all that can be done once the polls close is to count and wait.

It was apparently that the crowd was not all that level-headed and panic seemed to come in very fast, a video from Ohio to reassure folks really spoke volumes, you don’t have to issue stuff like that if you’re winning.

Michigan didn’t surprise me that much either but Wisconsin? That was a shock when it was called, I spent a lot of time looking online to see what the raw vote was and seeing little or nothing.

What was really bothering me was Florida ( I heard insiders talking that Florida & VA were OK but Ohio was a worry) but polls had shown a solid lead for Mitt in Florida if it was still not called that was a real issue and might depress the GOP vote further west (I suspect that had plenty to do with the Utah result of Mia Love).

But I wasn’t really bothered until I bought a Diet Pepsi, I didn’t take the time to ask the price and found myself paying $4.75 for a can poured into a plastic cup with ice.

On some of the calls people were becoming angry, it was a bad sign, but amid the smoke as I watched returns seeing Liz Warren pull farther & farther ahead (apparently dems learned from Jan 2010 and the full get out the vote effort of Nov 2010 was in play) there was one light, they had “called” Q2 early as a win but the numbers started to reverse until it was too close to call. The race I figured we would go down fighting on turned into our only win of the night.

Finally Ohio was called and it was pretty much all over. It was pretty clear who the only people happy in the room were

Some half-hearted attempts at cheers were made then Mitt Took the stage

His speech was not memorable and as I heard him speak I remembered what a very wise person told me about Mitt who had worked with him, saying his sin was Narcissism.

I spoke to some young republicans who posed for me

that night for their take

I spoke briefly with Eric Fehrnstrom

He declined an interview, but was holding up pretty good.

I can’t say the same for many of the others, I talked to people from all over and there was a sadness and more than that a shock, it was not the resignation of a McCain vs Obama where victory was not expected, it was the shock of the Yankees in the 1st inning of game 7 in 2004 when the Sox took the lead they would never relinquish, it was the Shock of democrats when Scott Brown won in 2010.

The democrats took the lessons of Scott Brown in Massachusetts and learned them, they took the lessons of 2010 and learned them. It remains to be seen if the GOP will do the same.

As I was leaving Hong Kong TV took me aside and asked me about the race on camera, we talked for twenty minutes. At the time I did not know if the Obama voters had turned out, (not generally he had millions fewer votes nationwide but in the right places) or if the GOP had stayed home (which it turned out they did in droves) and I made two cases:

1. If you nominate moderate to lead a conservative party you will fail because he will run away from the party instead of making the case for it.

2. Conservatism like anything else needs to be TAUGHT and Sold and you can’t stop teaching or selling

But to both them and French Radio with who I spoke to I described the United States as “two countries within one border” That being the case the only hope to go to the people.

Go to the Latinos and Black Americans, explain WHY conservative economics work for them. Explain why an open border hurts THEM and theirs and explain why the entitlement society makes them peons and slaves to the state as sure as if they were in the plantations of South America or the old South.

Go to women explain WHY not only conservative economics works for them but WHY conservatism in social issues benefits them, their children and themselves.

Let Americans know that WHY a strong America makes them safer than a weak one, make the case and do it every single day.

That is a better investment than any dollar to any superpac, until that is learned by the GOP we will see this again.

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