The Iowa Caucuses have come and gone, and as of this writing we still have no idea who won. The Iowa Democrat Party hopes to have some of the results available later this afternoon.
But that didn't stop Pete Buttigieg from declaring victory last night . . . without any results at all. Of course, Bernie Sanders disputed Buttigieg's claim to victory, and issued internal numbers suggesting he was having a good night. Elizabeth Warren's campaign refuted that as well, saying it was too close to call between the three of them.
Having campaigned in the Iowa caucuses during the 2000 primaries, having done five, six or seven events day after day after day, I know how frustrated the candidates are. For many of them, this was their moment.
And after months of campaigning and millions of dollars spent in the state, the Iowa Democrat Party proved itself to be utterly incompetent. They have provided pundits and comedians with enough material to last weeks. A lot of money and candidate time may all be for naught.
(In all fairness, I recall another famous app failure. This one occurred during the 2012 campaign and it had much more serious consequences. Orca was supposed to coordinate a huge grassroots effort by the Romney/Ryan campaign, but it collapsed on Election Day. Technology is great, but nothing beats old-fashioned door-knocking!)
Here's something to think about: The party that fashions itself the party of science, that thinks more government is the solution, that believes it can tell the temperature of the entire planet 100 years from now, that thinks it can make better healthcare decisions for all for us, could not even use a phone app to count votes.
And its backup telephone system failed too. County officials were stuck on the phone for hours waiting for help to little avail.
I think a strong argument can made that the ultimate winners are Michael Bloomberg, who skipped the Iowa caucuses, and Donald Trump, who crushed his two opponents in the Republican caucuses by winning 97% of the vote.
The Biden campaign responded to the chaos with a scathing statement from its general counsel blasting the Iowa Democrat Party for the "considerable flaws" and "acute failures" throughout the caucuses. Translation: Biden is preparing to reject and contest the final results, whenever we get them.
As a result of the chaos in Iowa, some are suggesting that the entire primary season has been scrambled and that the state may lose its coveted "first in the nation" status.
And, really, what are the odds that the Des Moines Register can't report its polling results and the Iowa Democrat Party can't report its caucus results?
If you need more evidence of just how insane and unhinged the left has become in its obsessive quest to resist and remove Donald Trump from office, look no further than the closing arguments offered on the Senate floor yesterday by Rep. Adam Schiff.
Incredibly, Schiff suggested that unless Trump is impeached, he might try to sell Alaska back to the Russians!
I just want to clarify this now: If President Trump sells any state, it will be California, not Alaska.
The State Of The Union
President Trump will deliver the annual State of the Union address tonight at 9:00 PM ET. I hope and pray that the progressives in Congress are on their best behavior and that the left's reaction won't further divide our nation.
Here's my unsolicited advice to the president, who understands mass media much better than most politicians. Tonight, I would urge him to remember that it is not always necessary to "punch down."
Tonight, the president of the United States will command the cameras as he lays out his agenda for the year ahead. This is a time to be presidential. If someone yells something rude or offensive, Trump should just shake his head and go on with his address.
The Russia hoax is behind us. The impeachment push has failed. Our country desperately needs unity and common ground, an uplifting and positive view of the future.
And if a recent Gallup poll is any indication, most Americans are in hopeful mood. Gallup reports that Americans' satisfaction with the economy is the highest it has been in the past 20 years!