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.

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  • Clairy

    Duh – those are the best days to canvass neighborhoods trolling for votes and setting up weekend events. Don’t be shocked if (when) the GOP GOTV comes on strong in the last few weeks. That’s when all the polls and debates and pundits and gaffes and negative ads are just background noise and the GOP will deliver their message to their constituents, as they refine, adjust and develop it to the detriment of the D’s in the next few weeks. The GOP will show up at the polls, take that to the bank!

  • Deliver their message? Which one would that be? I’m not sure you know much about the ground game in Ohio if you think the GOP is superior in this area. Romney has 36 field offices. Obama has 96.

    Books will be written about Obama’s ground game and targeted voter contact. It was impressive in 2007 and still is.

    Here’s a hint, if you are working to “get your message out to your constituents” 35 days from an election you are going to lose. These next few weeks are about GOTV and GOTV only. Your voters should already be persuaded by message. The only work left is to make them act on that persuasion and actually cast a ballot.

  • Dmoore

    We heard the same thing in 2008 with the McCain campaign. Once they brought on “Hair and Nails” Palin and got their “message” all mumbled up, they never got back into the game. Romney is an unbelievably weak candidate and an inept campaigner. He’s so used to buying everything that he thinks he can purchase the presidency. This was the big fear of the republican establishment and it’s coming true. Women are going to decide this election anyway. And he through it out the window when he brought on the mama’s boy from Wisconsin.
    By the way, Romney will loose big in Ohio and would have to win every other swing state to get the number of electoral votes to win it all. That ain’t gonna happen.

  • Dmoore

    Total agreement. I can’t think of a single thing Romney could say that he hasn’t had an opportunity to say all along that would change anything. Basically people aren’t buying the “I’m a businessman who knows better how to run the country.” Especailly with ENRON, Lehman Bros. and Bernie Madoff fresh in their minds, not to mention the 47% video that showed his true colors. Now he’s got about 40 dyas to drag down the rest of the party.

  • Spitfiremk1

    What kind of sign would Mittens hang on the door of the oval
    office if he did manage to get in? I
    have a suggestion:

    “HOURS = Open most days about 9:00-10:00. Occasionally as early as 7:00, but some days
    as late as 12:00 or 1:00. We close
    about 5:00 or 5: 30, occasionally about 4:00 or 4:15, but some days or
    afternoons we aren’t here at all, and lately I haven’t been here most days
    except on the days I have to close for a party”

    With so many homes to go to, I’m sure that the budget
    savings from closing down social security and medical care to American tax
    payers would be more than used up on security for his private resorts. Like Kasich, the “People’s House” just
    wouldn’t be good enough for him.

    Of course I could be wrong.

  • missskeptic

    Remember this: the polls open at 8 am on Tues. There will be 2 full days of Ohio citizens voting before the first debate. Time is not on Romney’s side.

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