In this February 1st article in The Hill, Bud Budowsky writes, "Make no mistake about it: If Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wins the Iowa caucuses, it will be the upset of the century, and if he wins the Democratic nomination and the presidency, it would be exactly what he says: a political revolution. The establishment members of the Democratic Party, almost without exception, support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whom they consider to be one of them, and oppose Sanders, whom they consider a threat to their bastions of power."
The infrastructure of the Democratic Party that supports "one of them" is a nearly solid bloc from the President, whom Sanders had to visit in Washington last week to remind him that he should take a neutral stance in the presidential contest, on down through his administration, the DNC, and Congress to the governors, the state legislatures, and state committees.Caucus Results in Iowa
Be aware of this "solid bloc" that wants a very particular outcome. How much pressure was put on local Democratic officials responsible for organizing the caucuses? One wonders what role the State Party played in managing the caucuses so that Clinton could squeak out a victory?
For an example of how one precinct conducted its caucus go to:
This is a C-SPAN video of a caucus where the Clinton staffer did not do a recount at an appropriate point in the process and those in charge let her get away with it when she said that she just added the number of new people who had come into the Clinton group to the first count. The Sanders staffer, on the other hand, recounted her people as one can see in the video. This meant that her recount would have been down if people who had left her group-- for whatever reason -- and there were no new people coming into the group.
The chair of the caucus then put the recount up to a Yea/Nay vote. And awarded the majority of the delegates to Clinton.
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