January 3, 2008
Iowa Caucus Organizers Admit They Just Make Results Up
Dane Goodman, official overseer of the Iowa caucuses, admitted today that no one really understands how the Iowa caucuses are supposed to be conducted, and that every four years, he and two other state officials just "make up some results."
Goodman explained the procedure that the caucuses were supposed to employ. "People gather at chosen locations, group themselves by candidate, and somehow they exclude some of the candidates or something, and then they call us and try to tell us what happened. But in the end we just pick some numbers out of a hat," he said.
Goodman admitted that he and his fellow officials usually don't even wait for the caucuses to report back to them, but instead just read the latest poll, change the numbers a little and fill out some forms indicating the alleged results.
He defended his committee's procedures. "Let's face it, this is just as democratic a process as the caucuses ever were."
Goodman revealed that, in 2004, the committee was pretty sure that Howard Dean had actually won the caucuses by a hefty margin, but found that "so hard to believe" that it picked John Kerry instead.
In the future, Goodman promised that primary overseers would scrupulously follow the correct caucusing procedures.
"As soon as someone figures out just what they are," he said.
Cross-posted at The American Street.
Posted by Tom Burka at 2:02 PM