Morning Greatness: Suspicion, Chaos Win Iowa Caucus

Good Tuesday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president delivers the State of the Union Address

Pray for Rush Limbaugh

It’s safe to say that Rush is one of the most important if not the most important political force of the last 30 years.  Yesterday, Rush announced he is battling advanced lung cancer so say your prayers for him. He’s a mighty soul and a fighter but every little bit helps. I’m cheering for you, Rush!

Dumpster fire filled with hot vomit in Iowa

I missed the Iowa caucuses last night, I fell asleep early. Whoa Sally, I wish I had stayed up for this dumpster fire. My hopes and dreams for the caucus were that the results would generate suspicion and bitterness and the fates delivered for me.

The big loser seems like it was Joe Biden, who had free reign in Iowa while his opponents were held hostage in the Senate, and it appears he performed quite poorly. Take a look.

Who won the Iowa caucus? We don’t know because there was some sort of technical glitch with the caucus app or some kind of mumbo jumbo. Amazing. So many technical glitches, first the big Iowa Caucus poll and now the entire caucus reporting infrastructure. Coincidence? I don’t know.

“We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results. In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report,” IDP Communications Director Mandy McClure said. “This is simply a reporting issue, 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.”

Precinct captains could not report their results. The Des Moines Register describes:

Bret Niles, chairman of the Linn County Democratic Party, said he was aware of eight of 86 precinct officials in that county that had trouble logging into the app as of about 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Precinct chairs were provided a PIN to test the mobile app, which was different than a login required for Caucus Day. Some might have entered the wrong login credentials Monday, creating temporary problems, Niles said.

Politico proclaimed the caucuses were in “disarray.”

The disarray dealt a huge black eye to Iowa, which was already struggling to defend its coveted first position on the primary calendar. Democratic campaigns grew more furious as the night wore on with no word.

During the first call between officials from the campaigns and the state party, the party “hung up on campaigns” when pressed for a release time, an aide to one of the candidates said.

You guys, it’s too much for me, I can’t take the WINNING.

“They are matching the paper worksheets by hand,” an adviser to one of the top tier campaigns said. The party said only 35 percent of the results were in and none of it was yet verified. “They literally have no verified results right now so we won’t know anything until sometime Tuesday.”

“We have no sense when results might come in,” said Anita Dunn, a senior adviser to Biden. “We are, as other campaigns are, very concerned with what they might release: the alignment numbers are not adding up.”

“It’s a total meltdown,” she added.

The Trump campaign responded to the chaos:

“They can’t even run a caucus and they want to run the government,” Brad Parscale tweeted alongside a flushed-face emoji. “No thank you.”

A statement from the campaign read: “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.”

Perhaps we will get some results today. In the meantime, enjoy the chaos!

CNN Interview With Iowa Precinct Official Sums Up Caucus Chaos
Campaigns fume about being left in the dark after Iowa results delayed
Democratic presidential race off to rocky start as Iowa results delayed by ‘inconsistencies’
CNN’s Jake Tapper goes viral after ‘destroying’ unviable Iowa caucus group of hopeful Biden supporters
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews says Dems ‘have a problem’ in Iowa, compares Sanders to ‘old guy’ with socialist lit
On Iowa caucus day, YouTube details how it will tackle misleading election content
It’s rigged. Sanders campaign rejects Trump claims: Democratic primary is ‘not currently rigged’
Fake children in cages installed throughout Des Moines ahead of Iowa caucus
Iowa caucus: Beating Trump outweighs agreeing on issues, poll shows
Pete Buttigieg signals Iowa caucus ‘victory’ despite lack of results
Iowa caucus: Bernie Sanders campaign releases internal numbers that show him leading
Coin toss gives Amy Klobuchar the edge over Elizabeth Warren at one Iowa caucus site
This is a good job for Joe. Biden seen delivering pizzas to campaign volunteers, staff on Iowa caucus day
Facebook takes action over debunked claim on Iowa voter numbers

The Senate continues their parade of blowhards

Previously on ImpeachmentTV, both the White House lawyers and the House Managers made their closing arguments. I think most of the Senators were asleep, milling about outside the Senate well or in a sugar coma from the candy drawer. No one is paying attention and no one is going to be moved. Each Senator has the opportunity to stand up now and to shower the audience with a soup of righteous indignation and virtue signals. This exhibition will continue today and tomorrow there will be a vote to acquit or convict. Some highlights include the very broken Adam Schiff warning that Trump might give Alaska to the RUSSIANS. Senator Joe Manchin wants to censor Trump, and Lisa Murkowski gave a “fiery” speech. Meh, this process can’t end soon enough.

This man is broken. Adam Schiff Warns Donald Trump Could Give Alaska to the Russians If Not Impeached
Republican Senator Murkowski spares few in fiery impeachment speech
No. Manchin proposes lesser punishment of censure for Trump
‘You do not know what you’re talking about’: Joe Biden irked by reporter’s questions about Hunter, Ukraine
Lawmaker quotes ‘Harry Potter’ to make impeachment argument
Justice Department releases more Mueller documents to CNN and BuzzFeed
Jill Biden says she no longer considers GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham a friend
Democrats Recycled Talking Points from Mueller Report for Impeachment Trial

Other morsels:
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Chiefs Player Pays Adoption Fees For All Dogs At KC Shelters Following Teams Win Over The 49ers
2 dead in shooting at university residence hall in Texas
China has yet to allow CDC in country to help with coronavirus
More than 30 migrants found inside hidden compartment of dump truck in Texas
Virginia Senate blocks another Northam-backed gun bill
CDC works to provide coronavirus testing capabilities across US
Dems on Twitter are ‘more liberal,’ less likely to seek compromise, poll shows
Kobe Bryant helicopter crash 911 calls released
Infections from coronavirus exceed 20K as China vows new measures to prevent spread
The coronavirus is clobbering oil prices
Second Wuhan coronavirus death outside of mainland China confirmed
Wuhan coronavirus: Confirmed cases top 20,000 as China marks deadliest day
Apple temporarily closing all stores, offices in China amid coronavirus outbreak
Bill Would Allow Parents Say over Drag Queen Story Hours in Taxpayer-Funded Libraries
Celebs Praise ‘Brave’ Greta Thunberg After Nobel Peace Prize Nomination

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

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About Liz Sheld

Liz Sheld is the senior news editor at American Greatness. She is a veteran political strategist and pollster who has worked on campaigns and public interest affairs. Liz has written at Breitbart and The Federalist, as well as at PJ Media, where she wrote "The Morning Briefing." In her spare time, she shoots sporting clays and watches documentaries.

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