Yes, campaigning and governing are different in some fundamental ways. But Project Orca seems to have been to the data-driven Obama outreach and GOTV effort roughly as the handling of Hurricane Katrina was to the handling of Superstorm Sandy.
More broadly, the Red team preference for strong assertion over observation – its belief that noticing unpleasant facts gives them power over you, while displaying “toughness” allows you to overcome them – led to disaster for their party, as it led to disaster for the nation when the Red team was in power. It appears that Romney wrote a victory speech but not a concession speech not only because he had the delusional belief that victory was overwhelmingly likely but also because he superstitiously refused to plan for an event he hoped wouldn’t happen. Could there be any quality more dangerous in President than aversion to contingency planning?
And he could not have held that delusional belief had he not surrounded himself with people without the wit to see what was happening or without the courage to bring the boss bad news.
In other words, at campaign headquarters and in the Oval Office, logic talks and bullsh*t walks.