Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


I must confess that I’ve been bogged down in my Real World work life and haven’t paid much attention to The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin’s protectorelections dot org website of late. While I wasn’t looking, the site posted an article with original content (everything for the past year or so has been ripped off from other websites). The new article is dated 5 February, 2020, and it tries to spin the problems with the Democrats reporting app for the Iowa Caucus as a Russian hack.

Without evidence, the article proposes the following similarities between the Iowa debacle and an alleged Russian attack on an election in Ukraine:

  1. Malware and/or denial of services attack to delay and distort election results;

  2. Interference of election result transmission to central tabulators;

  3. Chaos that undermined vote counting and confidence in election results;

  4. Propaganda effort to blame delay on those who oppose pro-Russian candidate; (sic)

BTW, the authority cited for the alleged attack in Ukraine is empr dot media, an English-language Ukrainian “news” website hosted on the same server as breitbartunmasked dot com and greencasamaryland dot org. In 2017, Kimberlin changed the corporate name of Velvet Revoution US to Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc.

Of course, Protect Our Elections takes the position that the Russians favor Bernie in the Democratic primaries because they favor Trump in the fall.

In the case of Iowa, Russia wants chaos and wants to use that chaos to divide the Democrats.  Of all the major candidates, Russia wants Bernie Sanders to be the nominee against Trump so the false narrative being spun by Russia and Trump is that Joe Biden and the DNC caused this Iowa meltdown in order to deprive Sanders of his win there.  Clearly, in the case of the Iowa cyber catastrophe, the real beneficiaries are Russia, Trump and Sanders.  Although election officials are feverishly trying to spin the failure on a bad app rather than Russia, Americans need to understand that when Russia benefits from something, it likely has a hand in it.

And that’s supposed to make sense? Let me get this straight—Democratic party officials are trying to hide hacking by the Russians in the Iowa primary in order to help Russia and Trump in November.

Uh, huh.

If Kimberlin expects that kind of crackpot theory to generate more donations to Protect Our Elections, he should probably fix the PayPal link.

The Art of Computer Programming


Slashdot reports that the Shadow app written for the Nevada caucus is also buggy and that the state’s Democrats have said that they will not use it.

Perhaps the Democrats would do better if they hired programmers who has demonstrated the ability to write functional software, especially phone//tablet apps.

Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men?


The Shadow knows.

Shadow is a tech firm that describes itself as a group that creates “a permanent advantage for progressive campaigns and causes through technology.” According to the New York Times, the company created the Iowa Democratic Party’s app that failed so spectacularly last night. The company is led by alumni of the 2016 Clinton campaign.

Well, as Lamont Cranston used to remind us, the weed of crime bears bitter fruit.

Bonus Quote of the Day


Я считаю, что совершенно неважно, кто и как будет в партии голосовать; но вот что чрезвычайно важно, это – кто и как будет считать голоса. I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this—who will count the votes, and how.

—Joseph Stalin

A Caucus-Race


This makes as much sense as anything happening this evening—

‘What is a Caucus-race?’ said Alice; not that she wanted much to know, but the Dodo had paused as if it thought that somebody ought to speak, and no one else seemed inclined to say anything.

‘Why,’ said the Dodo, ‘the best way to explain it is to do it.’ (And, as you might like to try the thing yourself, some winter day, I will tell you how the Dodo managed it.)

First it marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle, (‘the exact shape doesn’t matter,’ it said,) and then all the party were placed along the course, here and there. There was no ‘One, two, three, and away,’ but they began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over. However, when they had been running half an hour or so, and were quite dry again, the Dodo suddenly called out ‘The race is over!’ and they all crowded round it, panting, and asking, ‘But who has won?’

This question the Dodo could not answer without a great deal of thought, and it sat for a long time with one finger pressed upon its forehead (the position in which you usually see Shakespeare, in the pictures of him), while the rest waited in silence. At last the Dodo said, ‘everybody has won, and all must have prizes.’

Meanwhile, in Iowa …


Later this evening, we will get the first look at how the races for the Democrat and Republican Presidential nominations are going. I’m betting that ground game will be the biggest factor in both races in Iowa.

Here’s my fearless forecast—

Sanders edges out Clinton. O’Malley doesn’t make it to 5%.

Cruz beats Trump who doesn’t do much better than Rubio. Fiorina does better than expected. Bush doesn’t make 3%. This prediction is based on the level of low-level organizational effort from each campaign. Trump has done a lot of promotion, but he doesn’t appear to have brought new voters into the process the way Ron Paul did previously. Cruz and Fiorina have worked at their ground games, and I believe those efforts will pay off for them.

Be prepared to point and laugh at my predictions in a few hours.

UPDATE—DaTechGuy takes a look at who beside Trump benefits from Trump beating Cruz this evening.

Bottom line, with the exception of Marco Rubio every single other candidate has an incentive to stop Ted Cruz from winning Iowa, even if it gives the win to Trump.

Read the whole thing and stay tuned.

Congratulations, Mitt


I would like join former winners, Presidents Gephart, Harkin, Robertson, and Huckabee, in congratulating Mitt Romney on his decisive win in Iowa.

UPDATE–Ed Morrissey posted a piece yesterday asking if Romney is “Mr. Good Enough”? Apparently, he was, Mr. Morrissey’s essay is a pretty good description of what did happen and a reasonable guess ant where thing might go from here.