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JKR

Hopefully this will finally end the archaic, prejudicial, and undemocratic caucus system.

iyraste1313

apparently, the voter turnout for the Democratic Party was dismal? Inspite of Sanders popular rallies?

This would suggest that the Party is in big trouble!

NDPP

App Made By Clinton Campaign Veterans' Firm is Behind Iowa Caucuses Debacle

https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/story/2020-02-04/clinton-cam...

"An app that could instantaneously relay the numbers as soon as precinct chairs input them, developed by Democratic Party loyalists, looked like the perfect solution. It turned out to be a crushing failure..."

Or the perfect solution.

 

"The same corporate Democratic hacks who've been warning us for three years that Russia aims to undermine confidence in our elections have done just that. They exploited Russiagate to rustle up money for the scammy  digital 'voter protection' tech that wrecked Iowa Caucuses."

https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal/status/1224580487756296192

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iyraste1313 wrote:

apparently, the voter turnout for the Democratic Party was dismal? Inspite of Sanders popular rallies?

This would suggest that the Party is in big trouble!

This would suggest that the caucus system did what it was designed to do -- ie. supress turnout.

NDPP

Bears repeating:

'We're Not Allowed To Talk About Anything Wrong in the Party' AOC Trashes the Democratic Establishment

https://on.rt.com/a8iq

"Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, one of the chief architects of the Democrats' leftward shift, has hit out at her party's fielding candidates like the centrist Joe Biden and said 'we're not allowed to talk' about party divisions. 'In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are,' she said..."

Aristotleded24

Left Turn wrote:
The big question is whether this result will help Buttigeg continue to gain votes from Biden in upcoming states. As a Sanders supporter, my hope is that we can get enough of a split in the centrist vote between Buttigeg and Biden to allow Sanders to come up the middle and win.

Krystal Ball makes that argument, even factoring in a possible Bloomberg rise

Aristotleded24

Left Turn wrote:
iyraste1313 wrote:

apparently, the voter turnout for the Democratic Party was dismal? Inspite of Sanders popular rallies?

This would suggest that the Party is in big trouble!

This would suggest that the caucus system did what it was designed to do -- ie. supress turnout.

Strangely enough, the caucus system was said to favour Sanders in 2016.

NDPP

The Jimmy Dore Show

https://youtu.be/4uWxAa3v5nY

"TJDS Live: Iowa caucus debacle!"

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Aristotleded24 wrote:

Left Turn wrote:
iyraste1313 wrote:

apparently, the voter turnout for the Democratic Party was dismal? Inspite of Sanders popular rallies?

This would suggest that the Party is in big trouble!

This would suggest that the caucus system did what it was designed to do -- ie. supress turnout.

Strangely enough, the caucus system was said to favour Sanders in 2016.

The two things are not mutually exclusive. The caucus system, by requiring voters to stand around for several hours, does result in lower voter turnout than if it was a primary election where voters only had to be there for as long as it takes to stand in line and cast a ballot. That it can also favor a candidate such as Sanders doesn't change the fact that it does create lower voter turnout.

Aristotleded24

Left Turn wrote:

Aristotleded24 wrote:

Left Turn wrote:
iyraste1313 wrote:

apparently, the voter turnout for the Democratic Party was dismal? Inspite of Sanders popular rallies?

This would suggest that the Party is in big trouble!

This would suggest that the caucus system did what it was designed to do -- ie. supress turnout.

Strangely enough, the caucus system was said to favour Sanders in 2016.

The two things are not mutually exclusive. The caucus system, by requiring voters to stand around for several hours, does result in lower voter turnout than if it was a primary election where voters only had to be there for as long as it takes to stand in line and cast a ballot. That it can also favor a candidate such as Sanders doesn't change the fact that it does create lower voter turnout.

And yet paradoxically it also seems that Sanders tends to benefit from higher turnouts.

Douglas Fir Premier

iyraste1313 wrote:

apparently, the voter turnout for the Democratic Party was dismal? Inspite of Sanders popular rallies?

This would suggest that the Party is in big trouble!

Or it could just be a post-Super Bowl hangover.

Sean in Ottawa

Douglas Fir Premier wrote:

iyraste1313 wrote:

apparently, the voter turnout for the Democratic Party was dismal? Inspite of Sanders popular rallies?

This would suggest that the Party is in big trouble!

Or it could just be a post-Super Bowl hangover.

The turnout could also be low becuase many really have not decided. 

Maybe it is low becuase this state is a strong Trump state. Would it matter? Trump has to do better than do well in Iowa if he does not want to get the lowest vote ever for a Presidential candidate of a major party.....

contrarianna

Sean in Ottawa wrote:

contrarianna wrote:

Aristotleded24 wrote:

So we still don't have any results from the Iowa Caucus. Ridiculous! So instead of the talk about the winner having momentum going into New Hampshire, the talk is going to be around how messsed up the process was for the Iowa Democratic Caucuses? ....

Clearly, the main loser in this debacle is the ascendant Sanders, losing momentum and changing the narrative, as you describe.
Who benefits?. Trump, the Republicans, the security state, and those Democratic elite and their backers who see Sanders as a bigger threat to their interests than Trump.

Though speculation and investigation on the possibility of sabotage  does not constitute conspiracy theory (and thankfully the "Putin did it" meme has not, yet, gained traction for this), until credible evidence shows otherwise Hanlon's Razor is still my guidance in this fiasco:
"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity"
 

 

I do not even think that we can discount accident either. Much of what they are doing appears to invovle new and previously untested coding (in a real environment). I do not think there is reasonable evidence yet to presume that the only options are stupidity or a consipracy within or without the party....

"Accidents" which are the result of drunken driving are also "stupid".  At a minimum, "stupid" is a perfectly "app"t description of a poorly tested, hasty development with an ill-conceived reliance on a company with a dubious record, as is well laid out by the NYT:

Faulty Iowa App Was Part of Push to Restore Democrats’ Digital Edge

The faulty smartphone app behind the chaotic aftermath of Iowa’s Democratic caucuses was the work of a little-known company called Shadow Inc. that was founded by veterans of Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful presidential campaign, and whose previous work was marked by a string of failures, including a near bankruptcy....

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/04/us/politics/iowa-caucus-shadow-app.html

NDPP

With Sanders Headed to Victory, Iowa Democratic Party Blocks Release of Caucus Results

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/04/iowa-f04.html

"...The Iowa Democratic Party has refused to release results of the caucases held throughout the state on Monday night to determine the allocation of delegates for the party's presidential nomination. Officials are now saying that they hope to have results 'some time Tuesday.' The action is an unprecedented intervention by the party apparatus into the process of choosing the party's political nominee. It is clearly directed at the campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who was leading in the polls and was expected to place first in a four-or -five-way contest in Iowa.

Lawyers for the campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden sent a letter to the Iowa Democratic Party Monday night demanding an accounting of the method being used for 'quality control' in the vote tabulation before any results are released. This could keep the results of the caucus voting secret for days, if not weeks, while courtroom battles are played out in a manner reminiscent of the 2000 vote in Florida. Precincts covered by the major media Monday night reported that Biden suffered a debacle often not even receiving enough support to pass into the second round of voting. The manipulation of results in Iowa is clearly directed from the top..."

NorthReport

Actually the big winners out of Iowa are Trump and the GOP.

Iowa Might Have Screwed Up The Whole Nomination Process

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/iowa-might-have-screwed-up-the-whole-nomination-process/ 

Aristotleded24

contrarianna wrote:
Sean in Ottawa wrote:

contrarianna wrote:

Aristotleded24 wrote:

So we still don't have any results from the Iowa Caucus. Ridiculous! So instead of the talk about the winner having momentum going into New Hampshire, the talk is going to be around how messsed up the process was for the Iowa Democratic Caucuses? ....

Clearly, the main loser in this debacle is the ascendant Sanders, losing momentum and changing the narrative, as you describe.
Who benefits?. Trump, the Republicans, the security state, and those Democratic elite and their backers who see Sanders as a bigger threat to their interests than Trump.

Though speculation and investigation on the possibility of sabotage  does not constitute conspiracy theory (and thankfully the "Putin did it" meme has not, yet, gained traction for this), until credible evidence shows otherwise Hanlon's Razor is still my guidance in this fiasco:
"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity"
 

 

I do not even think that we can discount accident either. Much of what they are doing appears to invovle new and previously untested coding (in a real environment). I do not think there is reasonable evidence yet to presume that the only options are stupidity or a consipracy within or without the party....

"Accidents" which are the result of drunken driving are also "stupid".  At a minimum, "stupid" is a perfectly "app"t description of a poorly tested, hasty development with an ill-conceived reliance on a company with a dubious record, as is well laid out by the NYT:

Faulty Iowa App Was Part of Push to Restore Democrats’ Digital Edge

The faulty smartphone app behind the chaotic aftermath of Iowa’s Democratic caucuses was the work of a little-known company called Shadow Inc. that was founded by veterans of Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful presidential campaign, and whose previous work was marked by a string of failures, including a near bankruptcy....

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/04/us/politics/iowa-caucus-shadow-app.html

That's why they should be using paper ballots for the whole process anyways. It ensures privacy and acutally cannot be hacked by Russians. This voting technology is new and as has been reported, it has never taken as long to have results from Iowa as it has in this round.

If the Democrats can't even run a simple caucus in Iowa, how can they run a country as large as the US? This absolutely does give an opening to Trump.

Aristotleded24

At least Nevada may have learned from this debacle:

Quote:

The Nevada State Democratic Party on Tuesday announced it has abandoned plans to use the mobile app at the center of Iowa's election mess in Nevada's Feb. 22 caucus amid fears the technology could throw another presidential contest into chaos.

"NV Dems can confidently say that what happened in the Iowa caucus last night will not happen in Nevada on February 22nd," William McCurdy II, chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party, said in a statement. "We will not be employing the same app or vendor used in the Iowa caucus. We had already developed a series of backups and redundant reporting systems, and are currently evaluating the best path forward."

McCurdy's statement came after Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign urged Nevada Democrats to ditch the app, which was developed by the secretive for-profit technology firm Shadow Inc. with the stated goal of getting election results to the public more quickly. Shadow is owned by the Democratic digital non-profit organization ACRONYM.

"Stated goal of getting results more quickly?" That's a laugh!

NorthReport

It is of no consequence who the Democratic candidate will be.

Donald Trump just got the best polling news of his presidency

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Here's the link that NorthReport failed to post.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/04/politics/donald-trump-gallup-poll/index.html

Sean in Ottawa

Left Turn wrote:

Here's the link that NorthReport failed to post.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/04/politics/donald-trump-gallup-poll/index.html

This is the most damning indictment of the American people we have had here: they like their presidents to be dishonest thieves out for themselves. They deserve what they get -- or roughly half do. The others should consider emigration.

If true: The US is not just a big polluter -- as a country it is pollution.

On the other hand the poll could be trash.

voice of the damned

This is the most damning indictment of the American people we have had here: they like their presidents to be dishonest thieves out for themselves.

Or, more likely, the ones who like him don't recognize him to be a dishonest thief out for himself.

Plus, there's always a section of the swing-vote that's impressed when someone who regularly screws up manages to have a week where things go his way, even if he doesn't actually do anything good.

NDPP

The Spooks' Choice: Coup Plotters and CIA Agents Fill Pete Buttigieg's List of National Security Endorsers

https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal/status/1224837500386140161

"Why are so many intelligence veterans throwing their weight behind a young Indiana mayor with such a thin foreign-policy resume?"

 

"Very cool of the App founder & CEO to tag all the relevant players in her B-day celebration pics from 2 days ago. Greta Carnes: national organizing director Pete Buttigieg, Troy Price: Chair Iowa Democrats, Buttigieg's comm director Ben Halle and A couple Pod Save idiots."

https://twitter.com/BethLynch2020/status/1224842832416051202

NDPP

Putin Prepares To Release Iowa Caucus Results

https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/02/putin-prepares-to-release-the-iowa...

"Pro-Israel Buttigieg backer Seth Klarman is top funder of group behind Iowa's disastrous voting app. A prolific funder of pro-settler Israel lobby organizations, Klarman has also contributed directly to Pete Buttigieg's campaign..."

Cody87

Sean in Ottawa wrote:

Left Turn wrote:

Here's the link that NorthReport failed to post.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/04/politics/donald-trump-gallup-poll/index.html

This is the most damning indictment of the American people we have had here: they like their presidents to be dishonest thieves out for themselves. They deserve what they get -- or roughly half do. The others should consider emigration.

If true: The US is not just a big polluter -- as a country it is pollution.

On the other hand the poll could be trash.

woooow...relax alan

Douglas Fir Premier

Cody87 wrote:

Sean in Ottawa wrote:

Left Turn wrote:

Here's the link that NorthReport failed to post.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/04/politics/donald-trump-gallup-poll/index.html

This is the most damning indictment of the American people we have had here: they like their presidents to be dishonest thieves out for themselves. They deserve what they get -- or roughly half do. The others should consider emigration.

If true: The US is not just a big polluter -- as a country it is pollution.

On the other hand the poll could be trash.

woooow...relax alan

hehe +1

NDPP
NDPP

Krystal Ball: Iowa Was 'Rigged', Here's the Proof

https://youtu.be/nDO2kHGEoY0

"Krystal Ball criticizes the behavior of the Iowa Democratic party in releasing partial results."

 

The Iowa Results Are Still Wrong

https://twitter.com/RealSteveCox/status/1225174229181591552

"So, should the numbers match? Or are we being 'divisive' by asking for the numbers to match?"

 

"I know this isn't adding much but can you fucking believe they still haven't posted the full vote totals, still haven't explained about what happned, still haven't explained how they selected the result they did release, and still won't say when it will be finished?"

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1225079369334501377

Aristotleded24

Left Turn wrote:
Here's the link that NorthReport failed to post.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/04/politics/donald-trump-gallup-poll/index.html

From that link:

Quote:
It's hard not to see the impeachment investigation in the House and subsequent trial in the Senate as the prime driver of the near-total fealty that Republicans are now exhibiting toward Trump. Trump, as well as his allies in the House and Senate, from the start have portrayed the impeachment proceedings as a purely partisan effort led by Democrats who just can't accept that Trump beat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Nailed it. That's exactly what this impeachment nonsense is all about.

NDPP

'Russians Did It!' Democratic Congresswoman Finally Says What Russiagaters Have Been Thinking About Iowa Caucuses Fail

https://on.rt.com/aai8

"A Texas congresswoman has suggested that Russians were responsible for the problems with the Democratic Party's Iowa Caucus app and suggested the party call in the FBI to investigate. How did this take so long...?"

 

'Russiagate? It's so farcical I barely read the reports. It's a bad joke. The whole world is laughing.' - Chomsky

NDPP

The Iowa Caucuses Debacle

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/05/pers-f05.html

"The day-long delay in the reporting of voting results from Monday night's Iowa Democratic caucuses is an unprecedented event, even by the sordid standards of American capitalist politics. The whole process is highly suspect and suspicious..."

josh

JKR wrote:

Hopefully this will finally end the archaic, prejudicial, and undemocratic caucus system.

 

 

Yes.  Bad enough there's a electoral college in the general election.

Meanwhile, looks like Sanders may end up ahead in the delegate allocation in addition to winning the vote.  And in Republican dirty tricks news:

Supporters of President Donald Trump flooded a hotline used by Iowa precinct chairs to report Democratic caucus results after the telephone number was posted online, worsening delays in the statewide tally, a top state Democrat told party leaders on a conference call Wednesday night.

 

NDPP

BAR: Bloomberg Becoming Oligarch-in-Chief of Democratic Party

https://www.blackagendareport.com/bloomberg-becoming-oligarch-chief-demo...

"...If Sanders wins the nomination, Michael Bloomberg and his filthy rich bretheren are already preparing to fund and erect an alternative structure of dependable corporate governance. With Biden stumbling into the basement in Iowa's app-struck (more likely, DNC/spook-struck) primary caucuses, Bloomberg is now the Great White Hope to beat back Bernie Sanders' and Elizabeth Warren's soak-the-rich hordes - a task unfit for the Black-averse small town mayor, Pete Buttigieg. This is how you buy the Democrats, who are actually much more of a brand name than a political party..."

josh

Bloomberg is the 9th richest person in the U.S.  He's going spend hundreds of millions, if not more, to win the white house.  And he might be able to do it.

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josh wrote:

Bloomberg is the 9th richest person in the U.S.  He's going spend hundreds of millions, if not more, to win the white house.  And he might be able to do it.

In my opinion, there is no chance of Bloomberg becoming president. If you think Sanders supporters hated Hillary, that is just a hint of how much they would hate and oppose Bloomberg. If he gets the Dem nomination, I predict a record high popular vote for the Green party and Jill Stein. The only thing Bloomberg might be able to accomplish is the re-election of Trump for a second term. He and most of the Democratic party establishment would clearly prefer that over a Sanders administration.

NorthReport

Anything is possible!

THE NEW RULES

An Unsettling New Theory: There Is No Swing Voter

Rachel Bitecofer’s radical new theory predicted the midterms spot-on. So who’s going to win 2020?

 

 

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/02/06/rachel-bitecofer-profile-election-forecasting-new-theory-108944

Mobo2000

I agree with Michael on Bloomberg.   The Trump attack ads practically write themselves.   A billionaire media mogul running for president gives quite a lot of legitimate weight to Trump's fake news narrative.   Bloomberg's editorial direction to his news teams to not report negatively on his Democratic rivals is outrageous.     Hardly inspiring to progressive Democrat voters.   To me he's worse than Biden, I hope he spends all his money and crashes out.

voice of the damned

Mobo2000 wrote:

I agree with Michael on Bloomberg.   The Trump attack ads practically write themselves.   A billionaire media mogul running for president gives quite a lot of legitimate weight to Trump's fake news narrative.   Bloomberg's editorial direction to his news teams to not report negatively on his Democratic rivals is outrageous.     Hardly inspiring to progressive Democrat voters.   To me he's worse than Biden, I hope he spends all his money and crashes out.

Many of the daily columnists I read in the paper edition of the Korea Herald are syndicated by Bloomberg, and while some of them are pretty good, eg. Pankaj Mishra, I do wonder how they are going to handle the full-disclosure thing in the event of their paymaster becoming POTUS.

NDPP

From a Republican Oligarch to a Democrat one seems a natural sort of American political progression to me.

voice of the damned

NDPP wrote:

From a Republican Oligarch to a Democrat one seems a natural sort of American political progression to me.

I don't have an a priori objection to someone from an oligarchical background becoming president. The patrician FDR was less beholden to the economic views of the ruling class than was Hoover, the son of a Quaker blacksmith and a self-made engineer.

Not that I think anyone in politics today is going to be like FDR, but that's less to do with their personal class standing, and more to do with just the nature of politics.

voice of the damned

And FWIW, Ralph Klein, who for a while epitomized neo-liberal politics in Canada, was about as far from being an oligarch as you can get. The son of a wrestler, attended the decidedly non-elite Athabasca Univeristy before becoming a local news reporter and then making a run for the mayor's office in the 80s.

Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

voice of the damned wrote:

And FWIW, Ralph Klein, who for a while epitomized neo-liberal politics in Canada, was about as far from being an oligarch as you can get. The son of a wrestler, attended the decidedly non-elite Athabasca Univeristy before becoming a local news reporter and then making a run for the mayor's office in the 80s.

It is quite common for ambitious non-oligarchs to advance their own careers by worshipping the oligarchic value system. Klein is but one example of many.

josh

Mobo2000 wrote:

I agree with Michael on Bloomberg.   The Trump attack ads practically write themselves.   A billionaire media mogul running for president gives quite a lot of legitimate weight to Trump's fake news narrative.   Bloomberg's editorial direction to his news teams to not report negatively on his Democratic rivals is outrageous.     Hardly inspiring to progressive Democrat voters.   To me he's worse than Biden, I hope he spends all his money and crashes out.

 

Attack ads?  People would be exposed to Bloomberg attack ads against Trump morning, noon and night.  He would spend Trump's campaign to the ground and drive up the ad rates.

kropotkin1951

josh wrote:

Attack ads?  People would be exposed to Bloomberg attack ads against Trump morning, noon and night.  He would spend Trump's campaign to the ground and drive up the ad rates.

Since he owns so much media he might recoup much of the money with the higher rates. You have to love "democracy" in a "free market" environment.

Sean in Ottawa

I agree that Bloomberg has no chance. Trump has enough of the rich billonaire vote sewn up. If Bloomberg won the Democratic party through an act of political suicide by that party (not impossible) he would lose to Trump. the Democrats have to get a large proportion of the anti-Trump side of the US to the polls. Bloomberg cannot do it.

contrarianna

NDPP wrote:

'Russians Did It!' Democratic Congresswoman Finally Says What Russiagaters Have Been Thinking About Iowa Caucuses Fail....

Russians in league with Trumpists, that's the ticket, 'cause those claims worked soooo successfully in the past.

Actually, though a few outliers will inevitably make that connection, I still doubt it will gain traction in this instance, for multiple reasons.

There was indeed Trumpist phone interference, after the app fail,  urged on through 4chan, though it would seem to be of minimal effect:....

“A lot of calls came in at a certain point where it was clear somebody had published the hotline number somewhere,” Sand said.

He cautioned that he could not speak for other people who were taking calls and said he did not get any calls that said they were from Trump supporters. He added that the system prevented people from reporting fake results.

He also said he was able to identify fake calls quickly.
“If I picked up the phone and it was clear after the first handful of words that someone was not calling to report the results, I just hung up,” Sand said.
....
Iowa Democratic Party officials said that party staff members and volunteers flagged and subsequently blocked repeat callers who appeared to be reaching out in an attempt to interfere with their reporting duties. These included callers who would hang up immediately after being connected and callers who expressed support for Trump and displeasure with the Democratic Party.

It’s unclear how many prank calls the party received or how much they contributed to wait times. Some calls came from Iowans looking to confirm details of their evening’s caucus, party officials said.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/clog-lines-iowa-caucus-hotline-pos...

On the technical side of the disasterous app, the otherwise unpleasant techy Micah Lee makes some good points:

The Iowa Democratic Party Did the Opposite of What It Should Have Done to Secure Its Disastrous App

Throughout Monday’s caucuses in Iowa, according to press reports, precinct chairs across the state struggled to use a hastily-built and inadequately tested mobile app, developed by a shadowy for-profit tech company, to report results to the Iowa Democratic Party. This seems to have been the main cause of massive delays in the publishing of results from the caucuses.
....
Hiding the details of how a computer system works does nothing to make it more secure. This is known as “security through obscurity,” and it provides a false sense of security, while making it harder for people to have confidence that the system actually works as expected.

Election systems should instead rely on the information security principle of “open design.” The National Institute of Standards, the federal agency responsible for recommending standards that industry and government agencies should follow, lists open design as an important principle for designing secure computer systems. “System security should not depend on secrecy of the implementation or its components,” NIST’s Guide to General Server Security says.
This open design practice is commonplace in the software industry, particularly in systems that handle very sensitive data. The Signal app, for example, is widely known as one of the best designed end-to-end encrypted messaging apps. Unlike the Iowa caucus reporting app:

    Signal’s source code is freely available on the internet for anyone to inspect. You can find the Android source code in this repository on GitHub, the iPhone source code in this one, and the desktop app source code in this one.
    The inner workings of Signal’s encryption algorithm are publicly documented, and the implementation has been peer-reviewed.

While it’s possible that cyberattackers could use this wealth of information about how the app works to find vulnerabilities, the benefits of open design by far outweigh the risks. When flaws are inevitably found, they are more likely to get fixed rather than to be quietly exploited by attackers, and the software ecosystem as a whole improves because of it. And, perhaps most importantly, open design gives users confidence in the security of the app without having to blindly trust the claims of the developers....

https://theintercept.com/2020/02/05/iowa-caucus-app-election-system-secu...

New Details Show How Deeply Iowa Caucus App Developer Was Embedded in Democratic Establishment
Lee Fang

Democratic operative Tara McGowan is denying that her high-profile liberal firm ACRONYM played a role in the Monday evening caucus debacle, claiming that her firm was merely an investor in the company Shadow Inc., which developed the app at the center of the controversy. But internal company documents, a source close to the firms, and public records show a close and intertwined relationship between Acronym and Shadow.
....
David Plouffe, a former campaign manager to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid who joined Acronym’s board, also distanced himself from the company during an MSNBC panel last night. “I have no knowledge of Shadow,” said Plouffe. “It was news to me.”

But previous statements and internal Acronym documents suggest that the two companies, which share office space in Denver, Colorado, are deeply intertwined....

https://theintercept.com/2020/02/04/iowa-caucus-app-shadow-acronym/

Given the commission, development, and implimentation of this app was tightly bound to the establisment biased DNC leadership, the many "fails" involved do suggest something other than sheer incompetence at work:

Hanlon's Razor "Never attribute to malace what can be explained by incompetence" is teetering under the sheer number of "unfortunate events":

The Myth Of Incompetence: DNC Scandals Are A Feature, Not A Bug
February 6, 2020 •
....Following the failure of an extremely shady app developed by vocally anti-Sanders establishment insiders which reportedly was literally altering vote count numbers after they were entered, Black Hawk County supervisor Chris Schwartz shared the election results in his county on Facebook so the public could have some idea of what’s going on as the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) slowly trickles out the results of the caucuses.
Sanders supporters quickly highlighted the fact that the IDP’s reported numbers for Black Hawk County were wildly different from those reported by Schwartz, with votes taken from Sanders and given to minor fringe candidates Deval Patrick and Tom Steyer. The IDP then announced that it would be making “a minor correction to the last batch of results”, which just so happened to be in Black Hawk County and just so happened to give Sanders back some votes (but still remains different from that reported by Schwartz)....

....if this party wants to screw over progressive voters, you’d expect that they’d at least try to hide it a little bit so they don’t alienate their progressive base before November.

The flaw in this expectation is its premise that Democratic Party elites care if their party wins in November. They do not.

Put yourself in the shoes of one of the leading movers and shakers within the Democratic Party for a minute. Pretend you’re getting a nice paycheck, pretend you’re getting great healthcare benefits, pretend you get plenty of prestige and exclusive access and invitations to classy parties. And pretend you’re the type of person who’s willing to manipulate and deceive and kiss up and kick down and do whatever it takes to get to the top of such a structure.

Now ask yourself, if you were such a person in such a situation, would you care if voters pick Donald Trump or Pete Buttigeig in November? Would it affect your cushy lifestyle in any way whatsoever? Would you lose your job, your prestige or your influence? No party elites lost those things in 2016. Why would you expect this time to be any different?

But you might be at risk of losing your cushy lifestyle if a forcefully anti-elitist progressive movement gets off the ground and takes control of your party. So you’d stand everything to gain by doing everything you can to prevent that from happening, and, because you don’t care if Trump gets re-elected, you’d stand absolutely nothing to lose....

https://consortiumnews.com/2020/02/06/the-myth-of-incompetence-dnc-scand...

Ending on a more positive note on Bernie's chances--and a call to action--there is this:

The DNC can't steal the election from Bernie Sanders despite the Iowa chaos
Bhaskar Sunkara
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/05/the-dnc-cant-steal...

 

 

 

NorthReport

The Calendar Isn’t Helping Biden, But His Iowa Performance Points To Bigger Problems

 

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-calendar-isnt-helping-biden-but-his-iowa-performance-points-to-bigger-problems/

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‘White male privilege’: Top N.H. women fume over Buttigieg’s Iowa speech

Mayor Pete’s early declaration of victory put him in hot water with some Democrats in the first-in-the-nation primary state.

 

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/06/buttigieg-iowa-new-hampshire-women-111746

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https://twitter.com/aaronjmate/status/1225586410696138752

"Former Dem presidential nominee Hillary Clinton furthered her comments discrediting Sen Bernie Sanders as a viable presidential candidate, insinuating that his potential failure to 'deliver the moon' would detract from efforts to rebuild public trust..."

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