[NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG… JUST ANOTHER “BRO” RANTING ABOUT “RIGGED” ELECTIONS… BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, WHO GIVES A DAMN ABOUT DEMOCRACY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, OR TRANSPARENCY?]
From CNN’s report about the Iowa Caucus debacle:
“Shawn Sebastian, a precinct secretary in Story County, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, ‘I have been on hold for over an hour with the Iowa Democratic Party. They tried to, I think, promote an app to report the results. The app by all accounts just like doesn’t work, so we’ve been recommended to call into the hot line, and the hot line has not been responsive.’
“Sebastian’s call was picked up as he was speaking on-air to Blitzer, but moments later Sebastian said he was hung up on.
Drew Kelley, a vice chair of the Clinton County Democratic Central Committee, told CNN, ‘I can’t tell you anything about the why, just that I had a busy signal for about 15 minutes, then finally got through and was on hold another hour…’
“Iowa Democratic Party officials hunkered down Monday night in their war room, initially leaving campaigns in the dark over the delay in the reporting of caucus results.
“An Iowa Democratic official said results are still being collected now — and will be overnight if the precinct chairs keep calling them in. There was no estimated time given to campaigns.
“‘They literally have no verified results,’ a senior campaign adviser said. ‘We won’t know anything until some time Tuesday — at least.’
“Officials from two Democratic campaigns tell CNN they were told the app to tabulate results had crashed. They said they had not been given any other information.”
[AND HOW ABOUT THAT VOTE-COUNTING APP? NO WONDER THE DEMOCRATS WERE SO SECRETIVE ABOUT “SHADOW, INC.” — IT’S RUN BY THE CLINTON-WING OF THE PARTY!]
From the Common Dreams article:
“The app, according to several news reports, was developed by the secretive for-profit tech firm Shadow Inc., which has ties to and receives funding from ACRONYM, a Democratic digital non-profit organization. Shadow’s CEO is Gerard Niemira, who worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.”
“Shadow has also been paid for services by the Nevada Democratic Party and the presidential campaigns of former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, according to Federal Election Commission filings.”
[THAT’S RIGHT, SHADOW, INC., LITERALLY WORKS FOR THE CAMPAIGNS OF BIDEN AND BUTTIGIEG… NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG!]
“Democratic Party officials kept the details of the app as well as Shadow’s involvement hidden from the public ahead of the Iowa caucus. But as Monday night wore on and frustration with the delayed reporting of the caucus results boiled over, journalists began scrutinizing the new technology and its developer more closely.
“The New York Times, citing anonymous people who were briefed on the app by Iowa Democratic Party officials, reported that the app was hastily constructed in just two months and ‘not properly tested at a statewide scale… The secrecy around the app this year came from the Iowa Democratic Party, which asked that even its name be withheld from the public,’ according to the Times. ‘There were concerns that the app would malfunction…’”
[OR FUNCTION PERFECTLY, CHEATING BERNIE SANDERS AND OUR MOVEMENT FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE IOWA CAUCUS. FUNNY HOW THE APP SEEMS DESIGNED TO HELP BUTTIGIEG… FUNNY HOW CNN THOUGHT IT APPROPRIATE TO AIR BUTTIGIEG GIVING HIS “VICTORY” SPEECH, EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE NO RESULTS AT THE TIME. NOW MOVE ALONG, THERE’S NOTHING TO SEE HERE… JUST THE DEMOCRATS TRYING TO END OUR MOVEMENT, BY HOOK, CROOK, AND APP!]
And lest we forget, the 2016 Iowa Caucus was also rigged, so much so that even The Des Moines Register called for an audit of the process (and the Register had endorsed Sec. Clinton):
“We can take ribbing over our quirky process. But what we can’t stomach is even the whiff of impropriety or error. What happened Monday night at the Democratic caucuses was a debacle, period. Democracy, particularly at the local party level, can be slow, messy and obscure. But the refusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal reeks of autocracy.”
(That’s OK, Des Moines Register, most establishment “Democrats” are hunky dory with autocracy, lack of democracy, theft, meaningless elections, corruption at the highest levels… and blaming Russia!)