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Thanks, Iowa, for the preview of future election debacles

August 11, 2007

Unbelievable–an embarrassing turnout of only 14,000 straw poll votes and Iowa’s voting machines go braindead.

Internet hacking instructions for Diebold machines are ubiquitous.
It’s become a national pastime for disturbed cynical geeks.

But Iowa is a competent jurisdiction.  Only 1,500 votes to recount.  This can’t be done in over an hour and a half?  They must have taken lessons from Seattle.

All right, they’re in.  Romney won; Huckabee is second.  

Ron Paul isn’t going away, either.  He came in fifth, with 9.1% of the votes.  It’s ok:  I didn’t expect him to be very popular in ethanol subsidy country.

  1. Rich permalink
    August 11, 2007 6:01 pm

    Not bad for Ron Paul. He only spent about a week in Iowa while the other candidates spent all their time there. Some months. To New Hampshire we go!

  2. August 13, 2007 9:23 am

    I’m surprised people aren’t more bothered by the Mormon thing. I don’t suppose a polytheist is functionally much worse than a Unitarian, but it’s certainly quite a departure from past history.

  3. August 13, 2007 10:26 am

    It might be that people are so cynical that they don’t think Romney’s religion matters enough to him to impact his thought process–or that a president’s thought process matters enough to impact anything else.

  4. August 13, 2007 8:01 pm

    Well, you know, the supreme executive and commander-in-chief doesn’t really need to think: he can just follow his heart and things will be all right.

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