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Trump Is Right – The Democrats are a Hot Mess

Greenville       It’s like the line about a broken clock is still right two times a day. President Trump is right that the Democrats look like the gang that can’t shoot straight and might not be competent enough to run the US government.  What a sorry, tragic state of affairs.

The Iowa primaries finally reported some results.  Partial results of course, since they are still counting and have only gotten to about 62% the day after their caucuses.  The headlines are calling it for former small-town mayor Pete Buttigieg by a nose over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren quite a bit behind and former Vice-President Joe Biden trailing her in fourth.  The rest are in the dust.

Who are they kidding?  Iowa is a wipeout.  There are no winners, only losers.  They all go on to New Hampshire being able to claim it is a do-over, since Iowa was such a mess.  Sanders in fact looks like he was the first choice in the reports from the caucus, even though as voters there caucused Buttigieg might have tallied slightly more.  My point is simple.  Everyone can claim whatever.

The Democratic Party had more than three years to get ready for this.  The resistance was front and center.  Trump was the target.  They knew the election was coming and that the country was betting all the marbles on trying to take Trump down, and now when voters finally get to stand up and be counted, the party lets them down.  Trump isn’t wrong about that.  He’s spot-on.  Of course, he doesn’t believe in parties at all as he has proven in his decimation of the Republican Party.  Maybe he has a point, as painful as it is to say.  The Democratic Party failed its people.

The impeachment is the other piece of evidence front and center.  Sound and fury signifying next to nothing.  The needle hardly moved, and some polls are claiming that Trump is finally becoming popular.  Everyone, including virtually the entire US Senate and certainly the American public, knows he’s guilty and did everything he was accused of doing, but the votes were never going to be there to remove him, so it was a show trial.  Trump won’t be ruled guilty, so he will have the right to claim vindication.

So, we’re back to square one.  You can only beat Trump in an election, and so far, the Democrats don’t know how to run or win an election and seem lost and divided in picking a candidate to take on Trump.

How can this end well?


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What’s the Matter with Iowa?

New Orleans      I’m not one of the political junkies that stays up late on the night of the Iowa caucus to see the results.  Forty years ago, ACORN organized at the Iowa caucuses.  I’ve followed them ever since that time.  I think they are unrepresentative and a hot mess. When I looked online and found that in fact there were no results being reported from Iowa because it was total meltdown, I couldn’t help laughing out loud at 5 AM in the morning.

Fingers are pointing at the technology involved, but the problems with Iowa are much deeper than any fancy-pants tech breakdown.  They devised an app for reporting three levels of results for the first time:  first, the initial caucus grouping, then, the mashup when those supporters with less than 15% had to regroup, and finally the delegate preference.  Interesting, but do you try this out across the state for the first time with the whole country watching?  Heck, no!  The problem in Iowa is systemic, but as sadly, it’s organizational, and who believes that they will every fix this?

There was no tech-app training program administered by the Iowa state Democratic party people.  Some counties didn’t even bother trying the app at all.   Others couldn’t upload the app. The head of the Polk County Democratic Party, where the largest city Des Moines is located, recognized the problems with the app, and had his folks take pictures of the results and drive them to the state headquarters, but they would not take them.  Others tried to call in on one of the three different phone numbers, but they couldn’t get through.  The state party recognized that the results were inconsistent so they couldn’t be reported, delaying any reckoning until the day after the caucus.  Plan B was point fingers and put your head on the desk and cry.

The problem in Iowa is more than organizational, it also systemic.

Almost every candidate can easily claim a victory.  In some past contests, the presumed winner the night of the caucus claiming victory and headlined across the country, a week later turned out to have actually trailed in the delegate count from Iowa, which was the whole point, if you recall.  Premature certainty and spin more than anything else rules Iowa.  Given this meltdown all the candidates and their communications directors were claiming victory and throwing shade on the other candidates.

Counting bodies is not the same as counting votes.  It is not an exact science.  Don’t get me wrong.  ACORN loved caucuses.  Caucuses are an organizing opportunity.   The stories we could tell.  Organizers who were allowed to vote and break the ties.  My brother in a Des Moines caucus ended up being the person to count the vote giving us an opportunity to put a finger on the scale.  When we were trying to get delegates, we mopped up in caucus states!

Is this the way to determine voter preference or decide who might be the best candidate for president?  Hardly!  This is a process that favors the best organized for sure, so we loved it, but is it a democratic system?  Not really.  There’s something the matter with Iowa, its system, and its organization.  Let them do what they want late in the spring when it doesn’t matter to much of anyone.  Iowa should never be the first horse out of the gate in the presidential race.