The DNC blatant rigging of the Iowa caucus was another in a series of massive gifts to Trump in the general election.
The DNC is claiming that the app they used to calculate rankings in the Iowa caucus was due to a flaw in programming. However, that flaw did not appear until 62% of the votes had been counted, showing Sanders in the lead in the popular vote. A flaw in programming? This app should have been less complex than an over the counter pocket calculator! Definitely less complex than a high end scientific calculator, available for less than $100 at Walmart.
This was no mistake, no error in coding. To use a brand new app without extensive testing in advance and no backup system to verify calculations concurrent to the first use is something no technology expert would ever approve. Yet this is what the DNC claims they did.
Blatant caucus rigging. In 2016, Sanders had an advantage in caucus states, where he had much stronger rates of success. It was in primary, especially closed primary states where he magically had lower success rates. Same states that had problems with inadequate ballots available, broken machines, long lines, voter registration changes resulting in large numbers of provisional ballots, most of which were discarded without being counted and purging of voter rolls. As a result, the DNC has been working adamantly for four years on ways to rig caucuses in any way they can.
Sanders’ response. Before he ever released his response, I knew word for word what Sanders’ response was going to be. “I am sadly disappointed.” That’s telling ’em, Bernie! They’re shaking in their boots NOW!!! What would his response have been if this had been the GOP making the same “error”? I suspect he would have much stronger words.
This is far worse than “disappointing”. There is no reason for any reasonable person to believe that this was not fully intentional. It has been widely revealed that the company, Shadow, that developed the app has direct ties to the Hillary Clinton campaign, the DNC and candidate Pete Buttigieg, who just happened to be leading the delegate count in Iowa, though not the popular vote, led by Sanders.
Latest in a series of DNC machinations. Starting in 2015, the DNC has been demonstrated to have manipulated the 2016 election, with delegates pledging their votes to Clinton before the first debate ever occurred, before the first primary or caucus took place. As a response to the DNC fraud lawsuit, the DNC used the defense in federal court that they were under no obligation to offer a fair primary and could choose the nominee, “In a smoke filled back room” with no public input at all. The DNC use of superdelegates has come under extreme public scrutiny, leading the DNC to alter the rules regarding superdelegates so they cannot vote until the second round of voting in the primary. In other words, if there is a contested convention. Yet they have taken steps to insure the 2020 convention will most likely be contested. Still, it has been revealed that the DNC elite has been discussing changing those rules back and allowing superdelegates to vote in the first round of voting. They also implemented the DNC Loyalty Pledge, which states the DNC chair has the final say on who the nominee is, depending on how loyal the candidate is to the party, regardless of standing in the popular vote.
Russiagate/Ukrainegate. After more than 3 years of Russiagate beginning in mid-2016, Mueller lost in court to the Russian ad agency he himself had indicted. In the same week, immediately before his Congressional testimony, the DNC lost in federal court to Wikileaks. None of this mattered when Schiff presented his opening arguments in the impeachment trial, where Schiff resurrected Russia as a specter, sounding like he was attempting to impeach Putin rather than Trump. The literal fact of the matter is that Russia had absolutely nothing to do with the Ukraine issue. This led the GOP-majority Senate to disallow witnesses in the impeachment process, rather than allow the same false arguments to be continued for months, even years longer. Sanders could have and should have opposed Russiagate, if only after the Mueller report. Instead he helped perpetuate it even 2 weeks ago.
Drama, drama, drama. Yes, we all know Trump is extremely dramatic and childish. However, so is all of the DNC elite. On 2/4/2020, Nancy Pelosi made a dedicated show of tearing up her copy of Trump’s SOTU speech. All of Russiagate and Ukrainegate were nothing but drama. Mueller indicted the Russian ad agency for theater, believing they would have no representation in court to oppose him. Democrats turned their back on him during one SOTU address. Remember that? Is this how we want this country being run? When do we get someone to be the adult in the room?
What does all of this mean? This may help Sanders but only within the devoted Democratic voters in the primary. No matter who wins the DNC nomination, including Sanders, it is likely to cause immense harm. The only hope the Democrats were likely to have this year would have been to draw in new voters or attract voters across party lines. With all of the corruption and falsehood shown by the DNC, bringing in new voters is unlikely at best. Attracting voters across party lines simply will not happen. In fact, it seems most likely Independent voters will vote against the DNC. If that was not true before, this event cinched that deal. Voters who are not “Blue No Matter Who” will not trust the DNC, even if they dislike the GOP. Bernie has not helped by saying he will (AGAIN) endorse whomever gets the DNC nomination if he does not.
Even if we accept this as a mistake, that does not bode well for a party that is expected to be in charge of our national security. In fact it is terrifying when their emails were leaked months after the FBI offered to help secure their servers. Then THAT came after the whole drama of Hillary’s email server, which the Democrats defended ferociously and continue doing so to this day.
What the DNC has shown explicitly is that they are incompetent. Even when they are being dishonest, they are ragingly incompetent in doing so. To defend this is even more incompetent and nothing short of insane.
This was only the first primary of the year. How much worse can they make the remaining 49+?