There was an earlier, extra issue today.
So I understand when a lot of people think I’m being an asshole about online service providers. They forget that I was, once upon a time, a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far way, a programmer. I saw the code that other programmers produced. They forget that I’ve seen other programmers’ arrogance. And they forget that programmers have yet to give me even one reason to remotely suspect that they’ve improved in even the slightest way since.
Just in: Statement from the @iowademocrats on results delay and reporting:
“While the app was recording data accurately, it was reporting out only partial data. We have determined that this was due to a coding issue in the reporting system.”
Full statement below: pic.twitter.com/n0lBbQhA6C
— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) February 4, 2020
A lot of folks will suspect malice here. And it may yet turn out that they’re right. But in the absence of further evidence, I’m assuming the usual incompetence and arrogance. Just like I saw in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
I have predicted 51-49 to the Democrats up to now, more or less. We are now reminded what masterminds run the national party. Take that as you will. https://t.co/LyzUNTZccL
— Richard M. Nixon (@dick_nixon) February 4, 2020
Richard Nixon’s posthumous impostor has a point. Because they should have been supervising the work the contractor did. They should have insisted on testing in their presence.
But here’s the thing with neoliberals. Just as they outsource work to other countries, they get out of the habit of checking the work, even when it’s done domestically. The contractor is supposed to be solely responsible.
That argument might work in a court of law. But a lot of people have a lot of unanswered questions. The explanations offered so far are insufficient.
What needs to happen:
– UN election monitors called in
– Independent investigation
– Mass resignations at DNC
– Recent Perez appointments revoked
– #MayorCheat Pete Buttigieg must drop out#Iowa #DNCRigging #Election2020 #IACaucus #BernieWon pic.twitter.com/NA5RRVoXEZ
— Polly Tickal (@PollyTickal) February 4, 2020
Polly Tickal is right.
PEREZ should resign.
PELOSI should resign leadership.
SCHUMER should resign leadership.
Businesses, sports teams… change leadership when necessary.
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) February 4, 2020
And so is Peter Daou.
But more profoundly,
Hey Dumbass, nice try. This was Democrat created and run. You morons can’t even vote in a dumpy small state and get it right and your party wants to run healthcare? Shove off! #IowaCaucuses #IowaCaucus #Trump2020 #Trump2020LandslideVictory pic.twitter.com/2TaknGHms3
— Ben Franklin (@BenFran24166903) February 4, 2020
This is, of course, the authoritarian populist reaction. But it isn’t helping to advance Medicare For All, which would suit neoliberals just fine.
Results are starting to trickle out. As I was about to publish:
Fig. 1. Screenshot of the Iowa caucus results by Associated Press, as of 7:31 pm.
I saw that the National Review was trumpeting Pete Buttigieg in the lead at one point. I haven’t seen that in the time I’ve been looking. But now we see where neoconservative hopes lie.