Ah, the marvels of modern technology! Computers, Internet, mobile devices! Things that make life easier in this day and age. But … this cyber technology also can be used for evil gain too, right? Especially when it comes to elections.
As writer Daniel Greenfield posted, “Half the Democratic ground game is voter turnout. The other half is voter fraud. Voter ID would make an impact on this game, but that would be just like the ‘return of segregation’ or something.”
Take a look at these headlines:
What to make of it?
Mark Alexander, publisher of The Patriot Post writes, “I wanted to send you the most current county-by-county election map, which clearly reveals what state election maps don’t, and what Obama and his leftist cadres do NOT want you to contemplate. It shows where leftist constituencies reside. (By the way, we have taken the Liberty to correct the colors – RED is a much more fitting color for the leftist strongholds.)”
“The assault on liberty we witnessed Tuesday, as was the case in 2008, was led primarily by those on urban ‘ObamaNation Plantations,’ those who depend on what Obama calls ‘redistributive justice’ from the rest of us in order to survive,” Alexander continued. “They account for almost 60 percent of Obama’s constituents, and socialist Democrats are masters of co-opting (read: ‘buying’) their allegiance and getting them to the polls. The good news is that about 10 million fewer Obama voters showed up in 2012, despite his billion-dollar campaign.”
It turns out that for all their technical help with Obama’s campaign, one of them might be richly rewarded with the position of Treasury secretary in Obama’s reshuffled Cabinet. The job of running the Obama Administration’s Treasury Department could go to former Google CEO Eric Schmidt or Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg.
According to a published report in Politico, “White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew is the favorite to replace Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, but Obama aide Pete Rouse is looking for ‘a Fortune 500 CEO’ to work under the president who embraced Occupy Wall Street.
“Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s name comes up,” the report continues. “Obama clearly likes her, and she served as chief of staff at the department under Larry Summers.”
Politico adds that “Schmidt, whom Obama installed on his Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, was reportedly at the Obama campaign headquarters when the president visited his staff on Election Day. And Google employees combined to form the third-highest source of campaign donations to the president.”
The Obama campaign relied heavily on the Internet to connect with voters.
And “Was It Stolen?”
Online ad spending of Obama and Romney
The 2012 presidential election has seen unprecedented spending on online ads. This infographic by ReTargeter outlines online ad spending by both campaigns based on FEC spending data through October 2012.
Obama spent $52 million on online advertising, about $12 million more than it cost to build the Lincoln Memorial and about $26 million more than Romney.
The presidential campaigns spent 251 percent more on online ads in this election cycle then they did in 2008.
ORCA – The beached whale
From Joel Pollack at Breitbart.com comes this teeth-gnasher from a source within the campaign describing how the Romney Internet ground game failed: “Project Orca was supposed to enable poll watchers to record voter names on their smart phones, by listening for names as voters checked in. This would give the campaign real-time turnout data, so they could redirect GOTV [get out the vote] resources throughout the day where it was most needed. They recruited 37,000 swing state volunteers for this.
“I worked on the Colorado team,” Pollack reports, “and we were called by hundreds (or more) volunteers who couldn’t use the app or the backup phone system. The usernames and passwords were wrong, but the reset password tool didn’t work, and we couldn’t change phone PINs. We were told the problems were limited and asked to project confidence, have people use pencil and paper, and try to submit again later.
“Then at 6 p.m. they admitted they had issued the wrong PINs to every volunteer in Colorado and reissued new PINs (which also didn’t work),” Pollack explains. “Meanwhile, counties where we had hundreds of volunteers, such as Denver, Colo., showed zero volunteers in the system all day, but we weren’t allowed to add them. In one area, the head of the Republican Party plus 10 volunteers were all locked out. The system went down for a half hour during peak voting, but for hundreds or more, it never worked all day. Many of the poll watchers I spoke with were very discouraged. Many members of our phone bank got up and left.
“I do not know if the system was totally broken, or if I just saw the worst of it,” Pollack reports. “But I wonder, because they told us all day that most volunteers were submitting just fine, yet admitted at the end that all of Colorado had the wrong PINs. They also said the system projected every swing state as pink or red.
“Regardless of the specific difficulties, this idea would only help if executed extremely well. Otherwise, those 37,000 swing state volunteers should have been working on GOTV,” Pollack states. “Somebody messaged me privately after my email and told me that North Carolina had the same problems – every PIN was wrong and not fixed until 6 p.m. – and was also told it was localized to North Carolina.”
Tweeting the results.
“One hundred million votes and 31 million Tweets later, Election Day 2012 has come to a close. As the results of the election were called by news organizations, the conversation about the election on Twitter surged, hitting a peak of 327,452 Tweets per minute (TPM),” according to Adam Sharp (@AdamS), Twitter’s Head of Government, News, & Social Innovation.
Candidates used the social networking site to thank supporters. Read some of them here.
Bits & Bytes
- Australia turns away from mandatory Internet filter.
- Go directly to jail: Man’s tattoo posted on Facebook threatens cop.
- U.N. plot to take over Internet continues unabated.