They’re fat, bearded and dedicated computer nerds. They were also integral to the president’s re-election. Alexis Madrigal memorably finds and describes them here. Money quote:
“I think the Republicans fucked up in the hubris department,” Reed told me. “I know we had the best technology team I’ve ever worked with, but we didn’t know if it would work. I was incredibly confident it would work. I was betting a lot on it. We had time. We had resources. We had done what we thought would work, and it still could have broken. Something could have happened.”
And so they double- and triple-checked beforehand, while Romney’s ORCA crashed on election day. Remind me: which candidate ran as the executive manager who knows how to get things done?