Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Have you tried turning your caucus off and turning it back on again?

There's an app for everything these days. Both SHOT Show and the Tactical Conference offer apps for planning your schedule at these events. Practiscore is an app used to score results at IDPA and USPSA matches.

The Democratic Party had an app, too, for reporting the caucus results in Iowa...
"Mandy McClure, communications director of the Iowa Democratic Party, said in a statement that the new app was not responsible for the delayed results.

"This is simply a reporting issue," said McClure. "The app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion. The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results.""
People are less than pleased.

Speaking of people losing their minds, CNN's Chris Cilizza thinks this is an existential threat to our democratic system of government. To be fair, he seems to think that about a lot of things these days.
It's simply hard to imagine, given what we all witnessed play out on national TV Monday night, that some campaigns won't try to cast doubt upon the numbers in a way they would not have been able to if the reporting of the tally had been seamless.

That's obviously problematic for the candidates who appeared to be be overperforming and potentially headed to a victory. But it's an even bigger problem for faith in our democratic institutions -- for us to be able to trust that when we vote, that vote will be accurately counted and reported.
Remember those dudes and dudettes I was referencing yesterday? The ones who want Iowa's caucus bumped out of its preeminent position in the primary season? Well, the Iowa Democratic Party's cock-up may have delivered them their wish in an unexpected manner. Lord knows they have all the ammunition they need to call for bumping it back later in the calendar now.

EDITED TO ADD: Imagine the reaction of the Common Dreams wing of the party, who distrust any company as being inherently evil, to learning that the app was made by a for-profit company named "Shadow, Inc.".

EDITED FURTHER TO ADD: Oh, my god, the average age of the typical political party blockfuhrer is something on the north side of sixty. Like someone once blurted at our shooting club's monthly board meeting "OH, MY GOD. OLD PEOPLE AND SMARTPHONES!" (Politics at the superlocal level is almost entirely made up of retirees and under/unemployed young twenty-somethings, because those are the only age groups with enough free time to get really involved.)