With all the post-Iowa hullabaloo (nicest way I can put it) happening on the GOP side of things, you might’ve almost forgotten the Democrat race that happened the same night. You know, the one with the razor-thin margin, along with reports of “missing” precinct votes? The one in which Hillary Clinton pre-emptively declared herself the winner — even before others, like the state party itself, had called it? Oh and let’s not forget a series of coin tosses to decide the winner of a delegate — in which, against all odds, Hillary Clinton won all six?
Yeah, well, it turns out Donald Trump isn’t the only one calling for a recount. Now, Iowa’s largest paper, The Des Moines Register, is calling for a recount — but on the Democrat side.
In a strongly worded editorial on Thursday, The Des Moines Register called on the Iowa Democratic Party to move quickly to prove that Monday’s results are correct.
In the category of so-what-else-is-new, the piece is entitled, “Editorial: Something smells in the Democratic Party.” It starts, “Once again the world is laughing at Iowa.”
It gets sharper from there. “What happened Monday night at the Democratic caucuses was a debacle, period. Democracy, particularly at the local party level, can be slow, messy and obscure. [We shared with you a video from Monday night in which this messiness is on full display.] But the refusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal reeks of autocracy,” the DMR reads. “The Iowa Democratic Party must act quickly to assure the accuracy of the caucus results, beyond a shadow of a doubt.”The editorial cites Clinton’s razor-thin victory as too close “not to do a complete audit of results.”
The newspaper editorial also said there were too many opportunities for error to arise.“Too many accounts have arisen of inconsistent counts, untrained and overwhelmed volunteers, confused voters, cramped precinct locations, a lack of voter registration forms and other problems,” the editorial reads. “Too many of us, including members of the Register editorial board who were observing caucuses, saw opportunities for error amid Monday night’s chaos.”
The editorial ends by calling on the state’s Democratic Party to “work with all the campaigns to audit results. Break silly party tradition and release the raw vote totals. Provide a list of each precinct coin flip and its outcome, as well as other information sought by the Register. Be transparent.”
Now, you may recall the paper endorsed Hillary Clinton on the Democrat side, so the call for a recount is unlikely to be a political play on behalf of a group whose candidate lost. Indeed, anyone who’s been paying attention to scenes from Monday’s Iowa caucuses has to agree the Des Moines register raises many important points.
In our republic, voting is a fundamental right, one that’s rendered meaningless if error — or worse, intentional fraud — distorts true voter sentiment. It’s a travesty that undermines our very republic. And as the paper points out, it seems there was ample opportunity for both of the above Monday night.
Democrat candidate Bernie Sanders, who narrowly “lost” Iowa, had already suggested an audit of the results, given how close they were.
Now, anyone want to bet on how Hillary Clinton, the so-called “winner” from Monday night, responds? Yeah, I think we all know how that’ll go…
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]