McClatchy reported last week that Obama has hired twice the campaign staff for the same cost as Romney. This doesn’t surprise me at all.
At Plunderbund, we’ve spent some time comparing the field operations of the Romney and Obama campaigns, and the differences are quite stark. Obama has a large, volunteer-heavy operation that has been in place for years. Romney has a very new group of people on the ground, a smaller number of field offices, and expensive, out-of-state field organizers who work limited shifts and expect higher pay and living expenses.
Sure, Obama has paid staff. And Romney has some very dedicated volunteers. But the balance is clearly in Obama’s favor.
Just in case you’re tempted to believe that higher cost = higher quality when it comes to staff, I ask you to remember Romney’s manager of field operations in Cleveland: a guy from Kentucky who can’t even spell “Coyahoga” County.
Eric is always telling me: that’s a great story, but it’s doesn’t count unless you have a picture. So without further ado, I present to you a picture (sent to us by a friend of the blog) of the sign on the front door of the Romney/Ryan “Victory Center” in Lucas County Ohio (right across the street from the world famous Tony Packo’s)…
It seems Romney’s supporters in Toledo have better things to do on days that don’t begin with a T. Rather depressing if you’re a Romney supporter in the area. But I urge them to remember one thing: it could be worse.
They could have been stuck working along side this woman, who made calls from a Romney office in Florida telling people Obama “is a Muslim” who wants to turn America into a socialist country. Or the guy working at a Romney office in Virginia who isn’t shy about sharing his very innovative solution for all the “illegitimate families on welfare”: “give all the kids up for adoption and execute the parents.”
Romney’s ground game in Ohio may be pretty shabby, but at least the staffers haven’t embarrassed themselves nationally… yet.