“It is quite incredible to see with what deadpan and neutral a tone of our journalism and open corrupt television reports – and the anti-Democrat way – of the Iowa caucuses.”
I last quote Christopher Hitchens because I couldn’t put it better.
In a primary, eligible election may show at any time while polls are open, cast anonymous ballots and go home. In caucuses, they must show up on a winter night and spend a few hours jostling with neighbors and strangers when they show support to a candidate or the other.
This setting favors activists not to be discouraged by snow, cold and darkness. They tend to be educated and have the elegance of the evening for free now. They are also positive and have skills to work with the complexities of the Caucus process.
The caucuses don’t like working people to juggle two children and three jobs. Add to that anyone who works overnight in McDonald’s or an Uber drive after hours. Or those who depend on a public transport system slows down in the evening.
The obvious winner of this unequal setup is the candidate with the passionate followers. Bernie Sanders is notable for being a beneficiary. In 2016, he did better in caucuses, where his activists could promote control, than in the primary election where an ELEC.
Caucuses frequently prevent voter involvement, according to the attorney’s Committee on Civil Rights under the law. In 2016, turnout at the Iowa caucuses were under 16 percent, while…