Aside from a RWNJ conspiracy theory now being spread, the complexity of running a caucus system with new software app and staffed by volunteers has waylaid the Iowa caucus results temporarily.
Voters: watch how Dem candidates respond to this temporary and small crisis. It will tell us a lot about their leadership.
Question those who place their own interests first. Whereas, those who place the well being of our democracy first are fit to be president in this moment.
— Ian Bassin (@ianbassin) February 4, 2020
DES MOINES — She couldn't get the mobile app to work. And she couldn't get through to the state party. So Linda Nelson, the Democratic chairwoman in Pottawattamie County, chose her next best option: Facebook.
“HELP!” she wrote, describing how she kept getting an error message on the app she needed to report caucus-night returns to the Iowa Democratic Party, the group tasked with the high-profile responsibility of beginning the process of choosing a presidential nominee.
After years of preparation designed to prevent the chaos and confusion that marred the caucuses in 2016, and after careful planning aimed at preventing the spread of conspiracy theories by hostile foreign actors, Democrats began their high-stakes nominating contest Monday under a cloud of uncertainty and dysfunction. Shortly before midnight, the caucuses were in a state of suspended confusion — with precincts unable to communicate results, state party officials huddling with aides to the top candidates and, above all, a blemish on the process held out by the state as a model of civic engagement.
Ã¢ÂÂIt kind of failed usÃ¢ÂÂ: With eyes of the world on Iowa, another hiccup in American democracy https://t.co/GljCOgtNgW
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 4, 2020
IÃ¢ÂÂve said it before, we donÃ¢ÂÂt need an actual hack or intrusion to have chaos, we just need to doubt the results: Results for Iowa caucuses delayed as state Democratic Party finds 'inconsistencies' Ã¢ÂÂ¦@NBCNewsÃ¢ÂÂ© Ã¢ÂÂ¦@MSNBCÃ¢ÂÂ© https://t.co/pQh7GCE2fG
— Frank Figliuzzi (@FrankFigliuzzi1) February 4, 2020
[Clarice Starling voice]: Frankly, that's something Trump would say.
Ã¢ÂÂ Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) February 4, 2020
So Pete's campaign gets the Des Moines Register Poll tanked, he helps pay for the software that messes up reporting of the caucuses and now he's gone on national TV claiming victory? WTF?
Ã¢ÂÂ pmcall Ã¢ÂÂ³Ã°ÂÂÂ¯Ã¯Â¸ÂÃ¢ÂÂÃ¯Â¸ÂÃ°ÂÂÂ¹ (@pmcall) February 4, 2020
For the curious, Pete's campaign paid Shadow twice for “software rights and subscriptions”, Biden's paid them once for “text messaging”, and Gillibrand's made six payments for “software”. pic.twitter.com/VWYQGO3dw3
— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) February 4, 2020
Are we witnessing the end of the Iowa Caucuses?
Ã¢ÂÂ John Dean (@JohnWDean) February 4, 2020