A failed app has some people predicting the beginning of the end for the Iowa caucuses as the three-ring political circus to kick off the nation’s quadrennial presidential sweepstakes.
Not solely because the caucuses are a 19th century system that doesn’t adapt well to 21st century sensibilities. Heck, caucuses didn’t adapt to late-20th century sensibilities.
It was inevitable that what the caucuses were meant to do — start a long and involved process for picking a few delegates to another meeting, the Democratic National Convention, almost six months later — wouldn’t measure up to the needs of the 24-hour news networks and their drive to pick instant winners and losers in the presidential race.
But last week’s caucuses didn’t really fail in their main function, which is to start the process of picking delegates for the Democratic National Convention.
Despite problems with producing a count of delegate strength for the cluster of Democratic candidates Feb. 3, the Iowa Democratic Party will eventually figure out how many delegates for each candidate will move on to the next round of meetings, where they will be winnowed again before the next round of meetings, and so on until the state has a representative sample for this year’s convention.