Doesn’t this make Buttigieg the front runner? The primary is determined by delegates after all.
Lol – just kidding. Silly to say anyone is front runner at this moment. https://t.co/Hb6yEbamyb
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) February 10, 2020
We’re 1,453 days from that quadrennial point where anyone has to pretend to give a shit about Iowa, and he’s living it up. https://t.co/aRuwYZWAYF
— Iowasca Tripper (@agraybee) February 9, 2020
The trade-off of being inundated with politicians and ads for a full calendar year is that I vote and therefore get off the ride before the primary season gets truly dumb.
— The Mall Krampus (@cakotz) February 8, 2020
Of course, looks like odds are Iowa inhabitants won’t be able to say that for much longer…
Since Democrats love black people tonight, make South Carolina first and show me it’s real lol. https://t.co/mjI7jPdDjO
— Jarrod Loadholt (@JarrodLoadholt) February 8, 2020
This is a hopeful argument, though:
Why the "Vote Blue No Matter Who" mantra may have led to lower turnout in the Iowa Caucus. Many Iowa volunteers say they ran into lots of Democrats uninterested in caucusing b/c they were happy with whoever the nominee was:https://t.co/3EhRcdZsre
— Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) February 9, 2020
Megan Suhr, the former chair of the Marion County Democrats, wasn’t surprised when her caucus site saw lower turnout than 2016. She expected the result.
She knocked doors before the caucuses and said she mostly encountered people who said they would vote for whoever the nominee is in November…
Linda Nelson, the former county chair for Pottawattamie County, chalked it up to people being burned out from all the campaigns and events happening everywhere and all the time.
In her view, the campaigns had made their case, and voters were ready for it all to be over.
“There was all the doorknocking and phone calls and people reaching out to them and it was like, ‘okay, move on,’” she said. “I think they were satisfied, like somebody just make a decision so we can move on.”…
I personally suspect there was an ‘overwhelmed by choices’ factor — what the marketeers call ‘decision fatigue‘. After a year of parsing minor differences between too many often-indistinguishable candidates, voters just want the vanity candidates and no-hopers to drop out and let everybody concentrate on beating the Squatter-in-Chief.
This Des Moines Register op/ed is supposed to be a defense of the Iowa caucuses but it ends up listing all its structural barriers lol https://t.co/st8tncpzQI
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) February 7, 2020
And everyone got their news from one of a few newspapers and/or the nightly news. Now everyone has a personally-curated information bubble that no one knows how to penetrate.
— Iowasca Tripper (@agraybee) February 6, 2020
The low turnout in the Iowa caucus was a warning sign. We either generate enthusiasm to vote for our candidate or lose in November. https://t.co/Oip6VbeFIW
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) February 7, 2020