…and maybe the shenanigans in Iowa will finally convince rank-and-file Democrats of this fact:
What a difference a fortnight makes.
Two weeks ago, Hillary Clinton was all about transparency. “We have to do a much better job of protecting Americans’ voting rights…” Having since secured a hair’s-breadth victory in Monday’s Iowa caucus, Clinton is suddenly feeling less exercised about those principles.
On Thursday, the Des Moines Register, Iowa’s largest newspaper, took said caucuses to task in an editorial. “What happened Monday night at the Democratic caucuses was a debacle, period,” the paper declared. “Democracy, particularly at the local party level, can be slow, messy and obscure. But the refusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal reeks of autocracy.”
The resounding response from Clinton’s team and Iowa’s Democratic party? “Shut your trap.”
Of course, even If Democrats did want to audit the results, they couldn’t. “People physically aligned in groups,” Sam Lau, the Iowa Democratic party’s communications director said in a statement on Thursday. “There are no paper ballots to recount.”
But for a party that claims Republicans are one Antonin Scalia opinion away from re-instituting a poll tax and is still crying foul over Bush v. Gore — a party whose presidential front-runner sanctimoniously quoted Al Smith on how “All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy” just two weeks ago — this episode is particularly rich.