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    Interesting article on Obama's technology team that is widely credited with giving his campaign an advantage, especially when compared to Romney's team, which created the disaster known as Orca. Perhaps the reason Obama's team did so much better was because they tend to believe in the social good, while Republicans believe in the individual good, thus Romney's technical consultants did it for themselves, not for a greater cause, i.e., Romney's consultants, like Romney, made a lot of money without really accomplishing anything for anyone but themselves. I would guess Obama's team worked harder.

    When the Nerds Go Marching In - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic

    They'd been working 14-hour days, six or seven days a week, trying to reelect the president, and now everything had been broken at just the wrong time. It was like someone had written a Murphy's Law algorithm and deployed it at scale.

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    In fact, the day after the October 21 game day, Amazon services -- on which the whole campaign's tech presence was built -- went down. "We didn't have any downtime because we had done that scenario already," Reed said. Hurricane Sandy hit on another game day, October 29, threatening the campaign's whole East Coast infrastructure. "We created a hot backup of all our applications to US-west in preparation for US-east to go down hard," Reed said.

    "We knew what to do," Reed maintained, no matter what the scenario was. "We had a runbook that said if this happens, you do this, this, and this. They did not do that with Orca."
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    #54 Jersey

    So they besmirched the great name of the Orca? The king of the sea? Bastards!
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    #87 Jersey

    Didn't we already have a thread on this topic last week or so?

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    No question Obama's team seriously kicked butt in the front office area ... was not even close.
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    I'm not sure if we had one on the Obama tech crew. This article is actually quite interesting as it talks about the evolution and challenges of technology within a campaign organization. The Obama campaign is clearly well ahead of the curve, and the geeks seem to have evolved to recognize that their job was more profound than just developing great software.
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    #87 Jersey

    I am not sure the republicans can even catch them by next election. it was and is a well known fact that the democrats have been amassing a huge database of voters. Last election there were numerous articles of their connections to Facebook and Google and how they were data mining.

    IMO ... this is the current game and republicans have nobody to blame but themselves. They did a horrible job of data mining, horrible to deplorable job of getting out the vote, horrible job of clarifying their message and platform.

    Steele was bad and IMO Reince Priebus is even worse. Republicans should be investigating him like they are investigating Benghazi ... that is if they care to make inroads in 2016.

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