GOP Donors Bash Romney's 'JV Operation'
Fingerpointing begins among donors, advisers, Christie
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2012 7:30 AM CST
Mitt Romney arrives to his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney began his first day after losing the presidential election at a breakfast with donors in Boston, and ended it by leaving a final staff meeting in his son's car, no Secret Service security detail in sight. At the breakfast, he blamed superstorm Sandy for a loss of momentum in the final days of his campaign, attendees tell the Washington Post. He didn't specifically call out Chris Christie, but several of his supporters anonymously did. "A lot of people feel like Christie hurt, that we definitely lost four or five points between the storm and Chris Christie giving Obama a chance to be bigger than life," says one. There's been a rift between Christie and Romney ever since Christie was "led a little bit far down the garden path" without ultimately being chosen as Romney's runningmate, another source adds.

But Christie's not the only one taking heat: Many donors are irked with Romney's senior staff, describing it—as the Post puts it—as a "junior varsity operation" that couldn't protect Romney from political attacks. Romney's staffers were "way in over their heads," says a member of the campaign's national finance committee. Another member calls the Romney campaign strategy and message "total failures," and says, "when you're incorrect on this level, you are shunned by people in the party." A Republican operative confirms these feelings to the Huffington Post: "The billionaire donors I hear are livid. There is some holy hell to pay. Karl Rove has a lot of explaining to do … I don't know how you tell your donors that we spent $390 million and got nothing."

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Nov 8, 2012 7:57 PM CST
SCSOCAL - You must be one of the extremely surprised and whining republicans who can't come to terms with the fact that you lost. We are laughing at you.
Nov 8, 2012 7:44 PM CST
myflap.blow - You must be one of the recent graduates of our dumbed down education system run the libs. When you grow up you and your friends will be paying big time for voting for Obummer. The laugh will be on you!!
Nov 8, 2012 6:17 PM CST
love that imploding sound