A solution in search of a problem

The Iowa caucuses have been held as the first-in-the-nation presidential campaign event since 1972. In 1976 they took on more importance when Jimmy Carter virtually moved to Iowa two years earlier to campaign and  went on to win the Democratic caucus and ultimately the Presidency. Suddenly, the way to win the nomination and then the Presidency was to spend untold time and money in Iowa. It has worked reasonably well until this year. Despite the fact that we’ve been counting votes and reporting results pretty well for all these years, the Iowa Democratic party decided that they needed more technology involved. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology. I’ve been an early adopter beginning with the TRS-80 in the 80s, the Commodore 64, Apple II, Palm, Handspring, Blackberry, Android, and I could go on. But when something has been working well, why add the increased risk of technology blowing up in your face as it did last week and if you’re going to add technology, add multiple robust backup plans so if it doesn’t work no one will be the wiser. There was no problem here so why try to find a solution? The rest of the world already thinks Iowans are a bunch of racist, sexist hicks. Now they think we can’t count or do simple math. I am dumbfounded and as usual, I got nuthin…

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