The Iowa caucuses had satellite sites for various groups that could not make it to the regular precincts and here is one report from a Muslim Community Center where 99% of the 200 people present voted for Bernie Sanders and awarded him all nine delegates.
Look at this historical moment: I’m at the Muslim Community Organization where over 200 are here and 99% are for Bernie. This Caucus has 9 delegates available. This is the beginning of winning this revolution. I’m amazed and my heart is so warm! #IowaCaucus #CaucusForBernie pic.twitter.com/He3sEiKTKT
— Ja'Mal Green (@JaymalGreen) February 4, 2020
The next video follows a group of Sanders volunteers and shows how a trilingual satellite caucus that included Latino and Sudanese communities came out overwhelmingly for Sanders.
These are the kinds of things hat give me hope because they show that ordinary people can overcome the sectarian divisiveness that is foisted on them by the top and come together at ground level for the common good when they have a candidate that stands up for them. As the volunteer says at the end, when people speak disparagingly of ‘Bernie bros’, they have clearly not seen the wide diversity of people who are enthusiastically supporting him.
Meanwhile, the mess in Iowa just keeps getting worse as the party officials keep the process opaque and delay or report incorrect numbers.
We have known for over 24 hours as verified by our county party that @BernieSanders won the #iacaucuses in Black Hawk County with 2,149 votes, 155 County Delegates. #NotMeUs #IowaCaucuses pic.twitter.com/AYYHw8zISs
— Chris Schwartz (@SchwartzForIowa) February 5, 2020
The Iowa Democratic party then reported different numbers from what the precinct people had reported.
It is a good rule of thumb to resist assigning to malice anything that can be ascribed to incompetence or stupidity. But the scale of the ongoing Iowa debacle is starting to make people wonder if there is more going on than utter incompetence and the opacity of the process is what fosters all manner of dark theories, such as that the Iowa Democratic party establishment, like its national counterpart, is worried about Sanders winning and is trying to boost Pete Buttigieg’s standing as the anti-Sanders candidate by delaying and distorting the results. Now the chair of the DNC Tom Perez has called on the state party to ‘recanvass’ (a review of the worksheets from each caucus site) the results.
Meanwhile, the initial messaging that the Iowa turnout was low, signifying lack of enthusiasm among Democrats, also turns out to be false with the (almost) final numbers showing that this was the second highest turnout ever, beating the 2016 numbers.
Just for fun, here is someone who set a clip of Sanders’s striding along to the sound of the Bee Gees. Watch out, John Travolta!
— ML Kejera (@KejeraL) February 4, 2020