February 2, 2016. I am attending Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) victory party at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo credit: Kimberly Benz)
As I write this article, it is currently 3:30 am central standard time and we still have no clue which Democratic presidential aspirant actually won the Iowa Caucus.
In contrast, the Associated Press declared President Trump the victor in the Republican Caucus about a half hour after it began.
Four years ago I was privileged to be a staff member on the Ted Cruz presidential campaigns in Iowa, South Carolina and in my home state of Missouri.
As evidenced by the picture accompanying this article, we knew we were victorious by 10 pm. What a difference four years can make!
Democrat officials were denying it but reports from the media say the app Democrat activists were using to report results did not work properly. My own source on the ground, Iowa Republican political operative Karen Fesler, confirmed this hours earlier to me in a text:
“Dems have a cluster-rama up here. What I am hearing locally is the app that the Dems are using to report results is not working, there is a backup phone number but that has been overloaded. There are over 1,600 precincts.”
Of course the Trump campaign is having a field day with this at the Democrats expense:
“Democrats are stewing in a caucus mess of their own creation with the sloppiest train wreck in history. It would be natural for people to doubt the fairness of the process. And these are the people who want to run our entire health care system? Tonight President Trump posted a record performance in the well-run GOP Iowa caucuses with record turnout for an incumbent.”
Whoever does end up being declared the winner of the Iowa caucus, two damaging questions will emerge from this for the Democrat Party.
One, are the Democrats really capable of implementing their big government spending plans without having a repeat disaster like last night?
Also, Americans remember very well the intense hype during Obamacare’s initial implementation and the billion dollar website that didn’t work properly.
Two, will the campaigns that didn’t do as well as they expected cry foul over the results and suggest shenanigans occurred?
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale suggested in this Tweet that the DNC establishment is “rigging the process.”
I’ve written and said that the Democrats have so many divisions within their Party this presidential cycle, that it will be very difficult for them to coalesce around their eventual nominee.
They have the “Establishment” wing versus the “AOC” wing. The “new generation” versus the “old generation.” The so called “moderates” versus the so called “progressives.”
And then throw into the mix the two billionaires, Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer.
I personally believe one of them (probably Bloomberg) will run as an independent if and when they don’t secure the nomination.
Yes, the Democrats do have a “cluster-rama” on their hands and its just not in Iowa. So grab your popcorn and buckle your seat belts because this is going to be an entertaining and bumpy ride!