For weeks and weeks and weeks (and weeks) beginning in May 2011, I was plugging away on Twitter BY MYSELF for Rick Santorum, swimming upstream in a sea of muck against the tide of “gay rights” activists talking about gay sex acts. My fellow conservatives told me that it was a hopeless cause. I was told that Rick Santorum would never get over 3% of the vote, much less win any state in the primary, but I had determination, and faith. As it turns out, Rick won eleven states and nearly ousted Mitt Romney. If not for Paul Ryan’s endorsement in the Wisconsin primary, I think Rick Santorum would have been our nominee. When that didn’t happen, and Mitt Romney took Wisconsin, it was over for the Santorum campaign.
No one from the Romney campaign ever contacted me. Not once. Not one Romney campaign organizer ever sent me an email, called me, or even sent me a tweet. Team Romney didn’t want my help. I’m just a poor, single mom in the foothills of Appalachia. Maybe that’s why. Who knows? Anyway, NO ONE contacted me. And that is why the following is hilarious to me.
From Ace of Spades:
What is Project Orca? Well, this is what they told us:
Project ORCA is a massive undertaking – the Republican Party’s newest, unprecedented and most technologically advanced plan to win the 2012 presidential election.
Pretty much everything in that sentence is false. The “massive undertaking” is true, however. It would take a lot of planning, training and coordination to be done successfully (oh, we’ll get to that in a second). This wasn’t really the GOP’s effort, it was Team Romney’s. And perhaps “unprecedented” would fit if we’re discussing failure.
The bitter irony of this entire endeavor was that a supposedly small government candidate gutted the local structure of GOTV efforts in favor of a centralized, faceless organization in a far off place (in this case, their Boston headquarters). Wrap your head around that.
Hilarious. I should also say, this is the first I’ve heard that this project even existed. No one told me about it.
Rick Santorum will tell you that when you give from your excess, it is a good thing, but when you give from a state of need, it is blessed by God. I gave from a state of need everything that I had to give to the Santorum campaign, and so did many, many others in Team Santorum. It is the Christians who get out the vote, folks. We are the base of the Republican Party. We were ignored (and even hated) by the establishment. Some will try to say that the ORCA failure is itself to blame. No. It’s that Mitt Romney relied on it in the first place, instead of seeking the help of the socially conservative base of the party, that he lost. No “moderate” candidate will ever win for the GOP, least of all one who treats us little people as if we don’t matter.
I voted for Mitt Romney. I voted for the whole Republican ticket. I could have done far more than simply vote for him. He never asked. He didn’t want my help. So, he lost.
Rick Santorum 2016.