A story that seems to be begging for a punch line, from John McCormick at Bloomberg Politics:
With Iowa’s first-in-the-nation franchise on the line, Republican and Democratic leaders are showcasing new technology they say will ensure timely and accurate results from their February 2016 presidential nominating caucuses.
That would be a major improvement from 2012, when the results on the Republican side became mired in confusion.
As part of a partnership with Microsoft, the 2016 outcome will be delivered via a “mobile-enabled, cloud-based platform that will allow for accurate, efficient and secure reporting on caucus night,” the Iowa Democratic and Republican parties said in a joint statement ahead of an afternoon news conference…
In addition to mobile reporting applications, each party will have a separate results verification app that will allow headquarters staff to monitor incoming results. Anomalies and potential problem areas will be automatically highlighted, and party officials will be able to quickly connect with precinct chairs if issues arise…
My emphases. This is “an issue” because in 2012, Iowa’s GOP votes were awarded to the Establishment Candidate (Romney) instead of the Deserving Insurgent (Santorum). Apart from the obvious tech jokes (Orca!), I’m not seeing how giving more power to the party heads from behind The Cloud is going to make the rebels happier. Also, I would calculate the odds of some RandPaul-supporting disruptor announcing, in the heat of the evening, that he’s hacked the program TO EXPOSE THE LIES WAKE UP SHEEPLE as… pretty darn good.
Apart from wondering why people always assume the cure for a one-time FUBAR is to add more chances to FU, what’s on the agenda for the start of the weekend?