I find the failure of the Iowa voting app somewhat refreshing. You see? It's not me after all. All the stupid aps I've downloaded that didn't work right or don't work at all. For decades we've had this stereotype of the fast talking used car salesman. That was so last century, no one is slicker in this century than a software salesman. "It'll wash your car! It will sweep the warehouse! Why, you'll make so much money the bank is going to complain!"
I've seen this twice, there's a meeting and the boss says, "We're gonna try some new software. Try it out, take it for a spin and let me know what you think." Then after the staff points out the short comings of the program the super salesman whispers in the bosses' ear, "The staff are always resistant to new programs, write the check!" The second program lacked the ability for varied discounts, and it cost us five dollars every time we sold a carburetor kit. The program totaled the items and gave the discount off the total rather than the item. In the end it was a factor in the business going under. Not only did the staff hate it, so did the customers.
This Democratic ap sold by insiders and political operatives is crooked, but it's also the way of the world. Being the Governor's brother in law is one of the best sales tools you can have. Who you know matters, it means you get the names of decision makers. You have names to throw around and provided your product works, that's the way it goes. I worked with a guy in Real Estate who was married to the boss's daughter. They told him to order five thousand bricks and fifty light fixtures and well, he screwed it up. It doesn't mean he's corrupt or trying to ruin the company, it just means you best source your materials from those who know what they're doing, not who they're connections are.
But gee! Why does get to Iowa go first? They're not representative of the United States. They're too white! I'll let you in on a little secret"none of that matters. Iowa is a state in the mid-west that holds a caucus. They can't help their demographics; they can't help it they're a rural state. Going first doesn't mean you get a bigger slice of cake, in a month from now it will be forgotten. But all the candidates are white! We need more diversity. At the candidates own request campaigns began months before the Iowa Caucus. This costs big, big bucks and many of the candidates black, white and Hispanic dropped out not because they're minorities, but because their campaigns ran out of money. I could try out for the NBA and if I didn't make the cut is it because of diversity or because I didn't make the cut. This too is part of the plan.