(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) The Iowa Democratic Party has floated the idea of concealing its 2024 primary caucus results until President Joe Biden can score political points in more favorable states.
Iowa Democrats said that they want to show a willingness to work with the Democratic National Committee on its new election calendar, which is meant to address the shortcomings of the disastrous 2020 primaries, the Washington Times reported.
“This flexibility is purposeful,” Iowa Democratic Chair Rita Hart said.
Iowa has spent the last 50 years first in the primary election lineup, but this year it will fall out of the first five voting states. South Carolina will now take the lead.
The DNC’s move stems from its desire to promote more “diverse” states in order to empower minority voters.
Des Moines lawyer Scott Brennan, who is also a member of the DNC’s rules committee, said that Iowa Democrats have drawn inspiration from New Hampshire Democrats, who have decided to ignore the DNC’s attempts to move South Carolina to the premier spot.
“This calendar will not hold,” said Brennan. “New Hampshire has made it very clear that they’re going to move. They are not going to go behind South Carolina.”
Presumably, the powers that be in the DNC are thinking back to Biden’s disastrous campaign start in the 2020 Iowa Caucus, when he scored a lowly fourth place finish.
“It was a cluster-f—” said one Biden campaign staffer at the time. “A sh-t show. A f—ing disaster.”
Biden recovered from the 2020 Iowa disaster only by a strong showing in later states, presumably boosted by those in the DNC who favored him.
The president will face–but will possibly not debate–two challengers so far: self-help author Marianne Williamson and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.