Okay, so Iowa or at the very least the GOP in Iowa has embarrassed itself and the state with the latest OOPS! moment of the season. As we all remember, Mitt Romney was the original winner of the GOP Iowa Caucus — by 8 votes over Rick Santorum. Remember? Well, that was a couple of weeks ago and now we have discovered that Iowa has determined Rick Santorum to be the winner by something like 34 votes, give or take a few.
Here’s the thing about this Iowa embarrassment. It wasn’t even a primary with lots of votes to be counted. It was a caucus! Fewer votes to count, for sure. But, here’s the thing about a vote count. Except on rare occasions (Florida presidential vote between Bush and Gore for one) votes are counted in whole numbers and the counting should be done consecutively….. 1, 2, 3, and so on. How hard can that be? Apparently, it is harder than one would think.
According to the confirmed or verified Iowa caucus vote, there were a few counting irregularities and some caucus precincts lost their votes. Now, we would be sending in the UN if this had happened in Iraq or Afghanistan. We would be yelling about voter fraud and irregularities. We would be demanding that election watchers be sent in from other (neutral?) nations to guarantee a fair election process. Maybe there is just cause for election monitors in the U.S., if not during the primary season, during the general election. Just saying…..
Or, maybe Santorum is looking like a better candidate — after the fact.