It’s not Joe Biden, who polled a low 15% and came in fourth who wants to re-do the caucus canvassing in Iowa. It’s likely that he’d just as soon forget Iowa exists. Instead, it’s the guy in charge of the whole thing, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, calling for a do-over.
Citing uncertainty about the results, Perez said:
“Enough is enough. In light of the problems that have emerged in the implementation of the delegate selection plan and in order to assure public confidence in the results, I am calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass.”
What could he possibly be mad about? It’s only been four days since the voting took place, there’s still no winner, and three precincts still have not been counted.
The delay was initially attributed to a technical problem with a new mobile app, but other concerns have emerged.
A Democratic party official said:
The Iowa Democratic Party received an “unusually high volume of inbound calls” to its caucus hotline on Monday night from “callers who would hang up immediately after being connected, supporters of President Trump who called to express their displeasure with the Democratic Party, and Iowans looking to confirm details.”
It sounds like the Democratic party is blaming outside forces for its internal failures.
As it stands, Pete Buttigieg is barely ahead of Bernie Sanders in Iowa. If that changed in a do-over, then what?
The longer the party fights over Iowa, the more fodder they hand the Trump campaign to claim that they can’t run a caucus in a sparsely-populated state, how can they run a country?