With the Iowa Democratic party failing to announce a winner following complications with the caucus on Monday, the existence of the caucus system and Iowa’s first position on the calendar must be questioned.
In theory, caucusing sounds pretty cool. Everyone gets their voices heard, voters can become more informed due to the process and it seems to be the epitome of direct democracy.
In practice, it is inefficient, tedious and chaotic, which begs the question, why does Iowa still use this archaic process? Should Iowa be the first state to change it?
Iowa has a small state population with around 3 million people and yet all the attention is given to them because they are the first state to start off the presidential nominating contest. Candidates barely bother with the 40 million California voters because it comes so much later.
Iowa should not be the first state in the presidential nominating contest because whoever wins in Iowa gets a lot of momentum and it is proof to voters that the candidate can get support and votes.
Because that position comes with a lot of responsibility, the first state should be more representative of the whole country.
According to the Census Bureau, Iowa and New Hampshire, the second state to vote for a nominee, are among the country’s whitest states.
Aside from the issues with the actual process, I assume President Donald J. Trump will most likely use the delay of the results as fuel against the Democratic party during his State of the Union address.
Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale is already painting it as the sloppiest train-wreck in history.
As far as results, there wasn’t much to go off of as far as front-runners at pres time.
With no numbers released by the Iowa Democratic Party before the Coast Report’s press time, campaigns are able to set their own narratives regarding the results despite not knowing what they are.
Most candidates took that opportunity to rally voters behind them with speeches claiming some degree of victory.
“We are going onto New Hampshire victorious,” said former mayor of South Bend, Ind. Pete Buttigieg.
This quote is especially misleading because the Iowa result is less about the actual delegates and more about the momentum given to the winner.
Buttigieg was trying to snag some of that momentum even though there were no real totals, a smart and sneaky move.