The beached whale ORCA: a campaign consultant con job?

I am a firm believer in Hanlon’s Rule (actually Heinlein’s Rule): “Never attribute to malice what can adequately be explained by stupidity/incompetence”, but at times that faith gets shaken. Such as by the ORCA fiasco (see AceBusinessInsiderWaPo , CNETComputerWorldPolitico, and Breitbart) which may very well have cost Romney the election. RedState (via Althouse) now has more on how the campaign acquired this turkey. Go read it all and weep: it is a horrifying story of nest-feathering by consultants, arrogance, and campaign decisions based on bogus statistics and poll numbers from the turkey’s droppings.

The result of all of these false numbers and inaccurate ground reports is simple: Mitt Romney was ill-prepared for the actual numbers on election day and his false sense of confidence directly translated into how the campaign operated in the closing weeks. In the words of one source, it was a con job. As David Mamet famously said, “If you’re in the con game and you don’t know who the mark is … you’re the mark.” Mitt Romney had no idea what was coming.

And thanks to the greed and hubris of a few we are now stuck with four more years of the worst administration in living memory. Thanks for worse than nothing.

UPDATE: More here from Bethany Mandel. And more on the company: seems to consist of a bunch of execs and marketers and… two coders, one of which actually used to work for Al Gore. I might have been able to overlook the latter, but on principle I avoid IT companies that are “all hat and no cattle” (or all jacket and no bomber) like the plague.

The prodigious multiplication of voters

0bama truly is a lightworker. Not content with minor feats such as feeding a multitude with five loaves and two fishes, he has managed to do the impossible and reach 135% voter turnout in some Boston districts:

STATE ELECTION BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS NOVEMBER 6, 2012 UNOFFICIAL RESULTS (dc: Picked this up in Ace’s comments – I’m sorry, I can’t remember who to hat tip for it. Check out these numbers.)

% Turnout

Ward 1, Precinct 1 135.22%

Ward 1, Precinct 2 127.96%

Ward 1, Precinct 3 119.21%

So is this how Fauxcahontas Lieawatha got elected? Of course I do not think the POTUS outcome got affected by Boston (Massachusetts being a hopelessly ‘blue’ state) but… who says it was only Boston?!?  “littleoldlady” drew my attention to something interesting:

There is a rather interesting statistical correlation between the degree of voter ID verification and the percentage of States carried by Romney.
Yes, I know, correlation is not causation, and red states are generally more open to passing voter ID laws, but… Do I trust the Chicago combine even one nanometer further than I can throw them?
Then again, it appears that the electoral catastrophe was a truly bipartisan affair, as the Romney campaign shot itself in the foot big time with putting all its GOTV efforts in the basket of  a half-baked, poorly stress-tested custom IT system called ORCA (see here and here). Whoever is responsible for this debacle has an awful lot to answer for.
Massive voter fraud by the opponent, accidental massive vote suppression by his own side: it is a miracle that Romney came within a hairbreadth of unseating the Campaigner-In-Chief.
The Republic is starring in a new Neal Stephenson novel called REAMED.
Cleveland too?! (site new to me, caveat lector)
UPDATE 2: More on the ORCA beached whale from ComputerWorld, CNET,  Politico, and Ace. Even if your politics are the opposite of mine — if you’re an IT manager or customer relations manager there’s a must-read cautionary tale there.