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