What Now?! – February 4, 2020

“The lack of results in the Iowa caucuses so far has led to confusion online and on television networks, which are used to having some reported results by this point in the night,” the New York Times reports.

“Democratic officials said that the delay was largely because of a party effort to do ‘quality control’ on the results before they were made public. This could include comparing final results to presidential preference cards, as well as final results to check-in numbers.”

Politico quotes one Iowa official: “The whole system largely broke.”

Axios: “The Iowa caucus machinery melted down last night, leaving nervous campaigns and exhausted voters with not a single result. The Iowa Democratic Party hopes to release numbers Tuesday.”

“The debacle overshadowed the winners-losers story of the night, opened Democrats to accusations of incompetence by the Trump campaign and reignited the debate about how long this small, predominately white state should keep its lock on first-in-the-nation status.”

David Yepsen quoted by Politico: “This fiasco means the end of the caucuses as a significant American political event. The rest of the country was already losing patience with Iowa anyway and this cooks Iowa’s goose. Frankly, it should, The real winner tonight was Donald Trump, who got to watch his opponents wallow in a mess. A lot of good Democratic candidates and people who fought their hearts out here for … nothing.”

New York Times: How the Iowa caucuses melted down.

So this thus ends all caucuses forever, and Iowa has lost the right to go first forever, and if they complain about it in any way, they will be renditioned to Saudi Arabia.

I don’t care if you, like Rachel Maddow, think they are a cool community tradition, or if you, like Bernie Sanders, are a purist who only wants the hardcore party activists voting, caucuses disenfranchise people from voting and they therefore must be ended like we would end poll taxes or other Jim Crow laws in the racist South. And thanks to the gross incompetence of idiot Iowans, the death of the Iowa Caucus has been accomplished.

House impeachment managers and Trump’s lawyers delivered their closing arguments in the Senate impeachment trial. Adam Schiff, the lead House manager, used his closing arguments to warn Republican senators that “It is midnight in Washington” and that “You can’t trust this president to do the right thing, not for one minute, not for one election, not for the sake of our country, you just can’t. He will not change and you know it. […] A man without character or ethical compass will never find his way.” Schiff added: “History will not be kind to Donald Trump.” Trump’s lawyers, meanwhile, urged senators to “stand firm” and “leave it to the voters.”

The trial is adjourned until Wednesday, but senators are now giving speeches on the Senate floor to deliver remarks about whether they are for or against the articles of impeachment. Trump, meanwhile, will deliver his State of the Union Address Tuesday night in the House. The Senate will vote at 4 p.m. Wednesday on the two impeachment charges against Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a moderate who is friendly with the White House, asked his colleagues to consider censuring President Trump as it concludes the Senate impeachment trial, the Washington Post reports.

“Manchin has prepared a censure resolution for fellow senators to consider in the coming days, which would be a less severe rebuke than removal from office for Trump’s efforts in pressuring Ukraine to investigate his domestic political rival.”

Gabriel Sherman: “With Senate Republicans on track to acquit Donald Trump on Wednesday, Washington is bracing for what an unshackled Trump does next. Republicans briefed on Trump’s thinking believe that the president is out for revenge against his adversaries.”

Said one prominent Republican: “It’s payback time.”

“Names that came up in my conversations with Republicans included Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, Mitt Romney, and John Bolton. Several sources said Bolton is at the top of the list.”

“The campaign against Bolton has already begun. On January 23, the White House sent a cease and desist letter to Bolton’s lawyer demanding that Bolton’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, not release the book in March without removal of certain information. Trump intends to ratchet up the pressure, and some Republicans close to the White House fear how far Trump will take things after he’s gotten off for a second time.”

Michael Kruse: “Due to the sheer scale of the field, an around-the-clock, screen-scrolling amount of attention paid to national polls, national media and social media, and a pervasive, almost debilitating trepidation about picking the ‘right’ person to challenge Trump, how people perceive the candidates elsewhere is influencing how people are perceiving them here. National storylines are crowding out local issues. And in the last few fraught, fluid weeks heading into Monday’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, national chatter about who can win in November was weighing down Iowans’ brooding about who should win now.”

“I’ve heard it again and again of late, all over this state, so many Iowans wracked by indecision, practically paralyzed by dread that a choice they once relished might somehow irrevocably alter the arc of an election they suspect could be the most consequential of their lives. Spooked that they might pick wrong, they are searching desperately for the comfort of a national consensus that’s elusive because it doesn’t exist.”

“President Trump has repeatedly said all Americans should ‘stand proudly’ during the national anthem, and publicly chastises those who don’t as disrespectful of the troops,” the Miami Herald reports.

“But during the national anthem at his own Super Bowl watch party Sunday night, a brief video posted to Instagram shows Trump greeting guests, adjusting his chair, and straightening his suit jacket as other attendees — including first lady Melania Trump and their teenage son — stand with their hands over their hearts.”

He also mockingly pretended that he was conducting an orchestra.

“Republican senators are expected to vote on Wednesday afternoon to acquit President Trump in the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history,” CNN reports.

“They would prefer the President not draw attention to that fact on Tuesday night, when he commands the country’s attention with his State of the Union address.”

Rush Limbaugh announced during his nationally-syndicated radio show that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, WBEN reports.

USA Today measured which Super Bowl commercials people liked best. President Trump’s came in dead last.

President Trump deleted a tweet after congratulating Kansas, not Missouri, for the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory, USA Today reports.

“There are dozens of climate models, and for decades they’ve agreed on what it would take to heat the planet by about 3° Celsius. It’s an outcome that would be disastrous—flooded cities, agricultural failures, deadly heat—but there’s been a grim steadiness in the consensus among these complicated climate simulations,” Bloomberg reports.

“Then last year, unnoticed in plain view, some of the models started running very hot. The scientists who hone these systems used the same assumptions about greenhouse-gas emissions as before and came back with far worse outcomes. Some produced projections in excess of 5°C, a nightmare scenario.”

“When he delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, President Trump will directly cross paths with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the first time in months,” CNN reports.

“According to a Pelosi spokesman, the two have not spoken since the October 16 meeting in which Trump insulted Pelosi, including calling her a ‘third-grade politician,’ before she and other top Democrats walked out and later accused Trump of having a ‘meltdown.’ That meeting was supposed to be about Syria.”

“The coronavirus has the potential to be as damaging to the global economy as the U.S.-China trade war, economists tell Axios, and if not contained could wreak havoc on businesses across the globe, with great uncertainty over how bad things could get.”

“The epicenter of the virus is China, which is now the world’s top trading nation and largest commodity buyer, and the no. 1 trading partner for many of the world’s biggest economies, including Germany and Japan, which both are suffering already from anemic growth.”

New York Times: “The Wuhan coronavirus spreading from China is now likely to become a pandemic that circles the globe.”

Jonathan Swan: “Bernie Sanders has surged to the front of the polls ahead of Monday’s Iowa caucuses. And some of Trump’s political advisers say they are doing their best to help him stay there.”

Said a Trump adviser: “We’re trying to promote the rise. The campaign has been pumping up the national messaging behind Bernie, pushing out fundraising emails. When you attack his policies, it gets the media to talk about him.”

“The adviser said that highlighting Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, helps Trump put the whole field of Democrats under a socialist umbrella.”

“Democrats are bracing for a more emboldened President Trump now that his acquittal is at hand, beginning with Tuesday’s State of the Union address before a nationally televised audience,” the Washington Postreports.

“Rather than seeking to unify Congress and the nation with remorse, Democrats expect Trump to ratchet up his rhetoric of grievance on the eve of Senate impeachment votes that are all but certain to acquit him for abuse of power and obstructing Congress.”

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9 comments on “What Now?! – February 4, 2020

  1. Ben (who still supports warren contrary to this comment)

    lol. Bless your heart, DD.
    only you could take a thing caused by (your words) the Party wanting to do “quality control” and blame it on Bernie Sanders and AOC (yeah i threw that in there because these are your rules)…. Bernie, btw. who lost Iowa last year to a terrible choice on their part AND wasn’t even a democrat until a few weeks ago, and therefore has no ingrained structure in the party.

    Sort yourself out, bud. start coming up with reasons why the NH primary is flawed. As long as we’re just tossing idea spaghetti around, i bet it was a #warren/bernie blow out and the old Clintonian guard couldnt let that happen. a little preview of November.
    STILLWarren2020… but sanders is a close second.

    also, im fucking glad Rush is rotting from the inside out. cant happen fast or painfully enough.

    • Delaware Dem

      The New Hampshire Primary is a primary. You won’t see me attacking it no matter if Bernie wins by a trillion. Are you seriously defending the caucus? Then you oppose democracy and love supressing voters as sport.

      • Delaware Dem

        Oh, and contrary to your little narrative in your conspiracy riddled mind, I support Warren too.

        • man, i dont even support closed primaries, much less caucuses. I also didnt say “you” i said “the old clintonian guard, but nice job telling on yourself. *jaunty finger guns *

          Look. Warren is my ideal of what a president should be. Shes the most similar current politician to Obama imo…. Obama if he hadnt been convinced to try and work with the republicans…. (come to think of it, i bet that was Biden’s fault… ANYWAY… Warren is FAR more intelligent than you or me, more educated than the entire GOP combined (voters included) Has genuine ideas BACKED UP BY PLANS (cough* bernie cough) and seems like a nice person (which is Biden’s only positive quality)
          Kind, open minded, smart, intellectually curious… what we should all strive for in ourselves and our leaders.

          She also seems to have a smaller chance than Sanders to win the nomination….. which is just a realistic assessment and nothing else. So if Senator Warren is a contender by the time we finally get to our exclusive and undemocratic primary here in Delaware, you better beleive i’ll still be sending texts and making calls for Warren.. BUT we both better get ready to be really enthusiastic about the country’s first Jewish president as well, because no nominee belly aching should be tolerated. You’re either against trump 100% or you’re also going to the gulag when all this is done. deal?

          and fk iowa. Why do a bunch of white conservadems who will ultimately fail to deliver their state’s electoral votes get to decide?

  2. Cmon. How could anyone have known that a dude named Robby Mook was a piece of shit con man?

    Its been 12 hours since the Dem party lost the whole election and Tom Perez is still in charge.

  3. Just to play devil’s advocate, I don’t think there’s anything wonderful about primaries for choosing a nominee, at least if we judge by the results.

    The primary era really took off after Watergate. If we look at all the Democrats nominated since then, you eventually notice that the masses have done a piss-poor job of it.

    First we got Carter — nice guy but in so far over his head that he lost his re-election.

    Mondale and Dukakis — safe-pick losers. Clinton, who sold the entire party to corporate America. He won, we lost.

    Gore. Kerry.

    And finally the broad public got it right with Obama.

    That’s a piss-poor track record right there.

  4. Software development for counting votes and reporting election results from a company called Shadow Inc.

    Paid for (at least partially) by one of the candidates in said election.

    Just can’t make this stuff up, folks.

    Good luck the rest of the way, kids.

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