‘It’s a total meltdown’ – Iowa proves Dems couldn’t run a kegger in a brewery. Social media round up.

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Last night’s shambles during the caucuses in Iowa is being blamed on a piece of vote-reporting software called Shadow. Apparently the app was overwhelmed, local teams had received no training on how to use it, all of which led to organizers resorting to old-school phone calls.

I turned on the TV in time to see a young man, clearly embarrassed, explaining to a caucus that he would have to toss a coin to come up with their candidate for the Democratic nominee to be president. 

The Iowa Democratic Party said it has found “inconsistencies” in the reporting of the caucus results, but says there was no “hack” or “intrusion.”

The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results,” party communications director Mandy McClure said in a statement about the delay in reporting. Hmmm, really?

Iowa’s caucus system seems odd to people used to paper ballots. 1,678 meetings are held across the state and voters express their presidential preferences and try to convince others to join their side. Voters stand in an area of the room alloted to their favorite candidate. Those whose first choice candidates don’t hit a “viability threshold” can move to another choice.

Mandy McClure went on: “We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results. In addition to 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. This is simply a reporting issue, the app did not go down and this is not a hack or intrusion. The underlying data and paper trail is sound.”

Blasts from the past

The Democratic computer business is a small tight world and we see many former Obama and Hillary people involved in developing apps and software and getting paid by campaigns.

The questions in Iowa are why wasn’t it tested, why didn’t it work, was there foul play, and is the fix in for Bernie? Also, Nevada is scheduled to use this app next. Thoughts, Nevada?

Let’s follow some of the Twitterverse last night. First, here’s David Plouffe, Obama’s Campaign manager for 2008.

An explanation from ACRONYM, the non-profit organisation led by former Obama campaign worker Tara McGowan (mentioned in the video above), that owns Shadow Inc. admitted it was responsible for building the application. ACRONYM put out a vague release: “We are reading confirmed reports of Shadow’s work with the Iowa Democratic Party on Twitter and we, like everyone else, are eagerly awaiting more information.”

According to Computer Business Review Shadow Inc. (“building political power for the progressive movement with technological infrastructure”) said in July 2019 that it had been bought by ACRONYM. (ACRONYM describes itself as having in January 2019 “launched Shadow, a tech company focused on enabling organizers to run smarter campaigns”).

We begin to see some familiar names:

Shadow Inc.’s CEO Gerard Niemira was previously Head of Product for the Hillary for America campaign and also previous CTO for ACRONYM, his LinkedIn shows.

McGowan’s husband Michael Halle is a Pete Buttigieg strategist. Buttigieg controversially declared victory in Iowa, despite the absence of official results.

Image: Looks like Pete was paying for this software…
That’s a lot of dough
Image: …and Pete was winning!

Here comes Hillary!

But wait? Was this planned? Someone tell Bernie!

You had one job!

Calls for Tom Perez, Chair of the DNC’s, resignation are sure to follow. It took him three years to organize this sh*tshow.