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. ... 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."