Have We Seen the Last Iowa Caucus?


The Iowa Democratic Party is in disarray after its debacle Monday night. They had four years to prepare for their first-in-the-nation Caucuses; as the night draws to a close they have no results, no explanation for their failure, and no excuses.

The results of the Republican caucuses came in fast, showing Trump the overwhelming winner. After hours of silence, the Democrats said they are delaying any results. “We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results,” communications director Mandy McClure said. “In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report.”

This, after bragging about how ready they were for this pivotal night.

Their website claimed the results would be posted after 7 p.m. CT. Below the declaration, a long line of zeroes. During an emergency phone call with the campaigns, one participant shouted, “This is an unbelievable explanation.” Another person added, “I think he speaks for all of us.”

Joe Biden’s general counsel quickly sent a letter to the state’s party leaders. “The app that was intended to relay Caucus results to the Party failed; the Party’s back-up telephonic reporting system likewise has failed,” she wrote. “Now, we understand that caucus chairs are attempting to — and, in many cases, failing to — report results telephonically to the party. These acute failures are occurring statewide.”

It’s past time for Iowa to end its bizarre, arbitrary, and confusing voting rules. After tonight, the national parties will demand it.

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  1. MISTER BITCOIN Inactive

    Roberto, Crusty Old Timer LLC (View Comment):

    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):

    Caucuses in general seem archaic and outdated.


    I find it odd you think the problem here was the caucuses. Iowa somehow managed for several decades before this mess.

    my point is caucuses have outlived their usefulness.

    not just in Iowa.

    I thought this 4 years ago.

    what happened on monday is incompetence (deliberate or accident?) by the Democrats – that’s a separate issue


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  2. MISTER BITCOIN Inactive

    according to michael barone and richard epstein, the biggest flaw in our electoral system is the caucus/primary system.

    but it’s better than not having one – for instance, Europe doesn’t have primaries.


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  3. MISTER BITCOIN Inactive

    Iowa democrats will never recover from this.


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  4. The Reticulator Member
    The Reticulator

    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):

    caucuses are outdated

    Today is February 6, 2020 and we still have caucuses. This proves they are not outdated.

    terrible argument

    Saying they are outdated is not even an argument

    why do most states have primaries

    There are many reasons to have primaries. But datedness has nothing to do with it. 

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  5. Instugator Thatcher

    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):
    why do most states have a primary?

    Because their voters want to.

    Why does Iowa also have RAGBRAI?

    Because they want to.

    Although the Register almost lost it when they doxxed Carson King and in result the entire RAGBRAI staff resigned.

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