It will be many, many years before the Democratic Party will be able to live down the disaster they created this year during the Iowa caucuses. As you most likely have heard, things did not go as planned. But that might not even be their biggest problem, and at this point, they have quite a few.
The first should have been a sign to all that the cards were simply not in their favor.
The infamous and much-anticipated Des Moines Register/CNN poll was pulled at the very last minute due to some “inconsistencies” it was reporting. Presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg, drew attention to these errors, forcing it to be scrapped before official results could be posted.
This poll, while not being a vote itself, is more often than not a very close prediction to what the results of the Iowa caucuses will decide. And as such, it is used by many voters to ultimately determine who to support for the nomination. Without it, many people who showed for the caucuses were still undecided and didn’t vote for any particular candidate.
At least, that is what we can surmise so far. As we speak, votes are still trying to be tallied, a full two days after the caucuses took place. This is because the app that the state of Iowa’s Democratic wing decided to use to calculate the results also began reporting some problems shortly after being tried.
Therefore, this app and any results given by it were also tossed out, making the counting of how many voted for who very difficult indeed to report to the party’s headquarters. Fox stated that Iowa precinct captains for the party were being asked to take pictures of their caucus results and send them on to the higher-ups for counting, something that would take much more time and effort than initially expected.
As of nearly noon on Wednesday, it was reported that only about 70 percent of all caucuses had been able to communicate their findings so far, leaving much more work to go before the nation would be given a final result.
But as I mentioned before, that might not even be their biggest problem. As it stands now, there will still be a winner, a candidate who leads in Iowa. Only time will tell who that is.
The problem is that, if the results being reported are correct, only about half of the number of voters expected actually showed up. This was supposed to the moment when the Democrat Party reared its ugly head and proved that their determination to defeat Trump, no matter who wins the nomination, would be victorious.
Instead, their low numbers are a sign of being already defeated.
During the midst of the chaos in the reporting system, an Iowa Democrat Party official tried to stem the spread of panic by announcing that reports were, in fact, coming in. It was slow, but they were arriving. She also noted that according to the numbers they were getting, it was “on pace” with what they had seen in caucus turnouts from 2016.
And while this was meant to be good news, The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty begged to differ.
“In other words, it was mediocre. About 170,000 people participated in the 2016 Iowa Democratic caucuses, far short of the unprecedented 240,000 voters who turned out in 2008 and launched Barack Obama on his way to the White House. What was so exciting a dozen years ago was not only how many Iowans showed up, but who they were: young people, first-time caucusgoers, an ethnically diverse mix of voters in an overwhelmingly white state.”
It was assumed by many, because of the left’s extreme hatred for Donald Trump, that anyone even slightly leaning towards being a Democrat would rush to caucuses in droves, pledging their allegiance to rid our nation of him. Many thought new records would be set, possibly even reaching 300,000.
But it seems that their expectations were pretty far off. As of now, they haven’t even reached 2016’s total number of participants. And that caucus only held two significant names, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.
What all of this means is that maybe Americans are not so partisan as the left would have us believe. And if that’s the case, November is going to be a hard pill to swallow for the die-hards on the left.