In his Feb. 11th column, Mike McFeely expressed concern about the Democrats chances in the 2020 presidential election. He mentioned the problems with the Iowa Democratic caucuses, which the news media have been eager to report.
I just visited my daughter in Cedar Rapids and got firsthand information on what happened there. My daughter and son-in-law chaired the Democratic caucus in their precinct. They had excellent turnout and registered 150 new Democrats. Having had face-to-face sessions on how to run the caucus, they carried out the required procedures, which resulted in the proper number of delegates assigned to each of the presidential candidates.
The cause of the chaos was an app to be used by the precincts to report their results to the state organization. My daughter’s precinct was able to file their reports using the app. However, the system soon broke down for reasons explained by my son-in-law. That was still not a crisis, because the precincts could still phone in their results. However, someone not friendly to the Democrats got hold of the phone number. Consequently, the lines were flooded with calls from Trump trolls who deliberately messed up the whole procedure.
The fact is, the precincts participating in the Iowa caucuses did their job and got legitimate results. The only problem with the app and the trolls was that it took longer to add up the results. It is not the total catastrophe implied by the media. Also, the Iowa caucuses are not a winner-take-all event, but rather a way to appropriate delegates. There is not necessarily a “winner.”
I do share McFeely’s concern about the presidential campaign. I am reminded of the quote from the cowboy actor and humorist Will Rogers: “I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.” Since Rogers said that, Democratic presidents have seen the United States overcome the Great Depression and more recently the Great Recession, win a World War, enact Social Security and Medicare, achieve unprecedented prosperity, and become the leader of the free world.
Now we have the most unqualified and incompetent person who ever occupied the White House. Most disturbing is the number of people who support and enable this danger to our country. It is encouraging to see a few Republicans such as Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, starting to realize that the security of the United States and preserving democracy are much more important than temporary partisan advantage. Let us hope and pray that McFeely’s concerns are unfounded.