Project ORCA, a beached whale

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    "Project ORCA" was the amazing Republican voter tracking web app that was supposed to guarantee the most epic GOP turnout ever. It crashed hard. The "successful businessman" was catastrophically awful at the business of running a campaign, while the "community organizer" put together a well-oiled machine. RedState and Breitbart are not pleased.

    The Unmitigated Disaster Known As Project ORCA
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    Working primarily as a web developer, I had some serious questions. Things like "Has this been stress tested?", "Is there redundancy in place?" and "What steps have been taken to combat a coordinated DDOS attack or the like?", among others. These types of questions were brushed aside (truth be told, they never took one of my questions). They assured us that the system had been relentlessly tested and would be a tremendous success.

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    By 2PM, I had completely given up. I finally got ahold of someone at around 1PM and I never heard back. From what I understand, the entire system crashed at around 4PM. I'm not sure if that's true, but it wouldn't surprise me. I decided to wait for my wife to get home from work to vote, which meant going very late (around 6:15PM). Here's the kicker, I never got a call to go out and vote. So, who the hell knows if that end of it was working either.

    So, the end result was that 30,000+ of the most active and fired-up volunteers were wandering around confused and frustrated when they could have been doing anything else to help. Like driving people to the polls, phone-banking, walking door-to-door, etc. We lost by fairly small margins in Florida, Virginia, Ohio and Colorado. If this had worked could it have closed the gap? I sure hope not for my sanity's sake.
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    Exclusive - Inside Orca: How the Romney Campaign Suppressed Its Own Vote
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    While the Romney campaign waited for Orca to function as planned, the Obama campaign had placed signs outside every one of the city's thirty-three polling places, and was fully staffed with two volunteers outside each polling place, and a strike list volunteer inside, all day long from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The best that the short-handed Tennessee volunteers could manage was 40% coverage of polling places; the local GOP, they said, had relied entirely on the campaign's centralized Orca system in Boston to turn out the local vote.

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    The truth is much worse. There was, in fact, massive suppression of the Republican vote -- by the Romney campaign, through the diversion of nearly 40,000 volunteers to a failing computer program.
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    Ironic that the supposedly data-driven manager couldn't manage shit, nor did he have the slightest idea how to collect and use data.
     
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    At least he got a really good price on it, by outsourcing the programming to a company in India.
     
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    Well-oiled machine. That describes the Bam Admin allright.
    Straight out of the Chicago play book.
     
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    Neurotika idiots own this world

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    lol another one who wants to blame someone else..for their idiocy and incompetence.
    they didnt even beta test that shit..their programmers SUCKED..that simple

    IT WAS MATH !! STOP REJECTING THE SCIENCES FOR FUCKS SAKE.

    chicago owns...math?
     
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    Yes.

     
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    Kind of weird for a party that touts local control for their standard bearer to rely on centralized control! :eusa_eh:
     
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    They had misguided faith in the competency of Mitt Romney.
     
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    i stand corrected and am suitably humbled :D
     

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