Democrats were horrified to learn some very bad news about their political future.
Even the most deluded liberal in Washington could no longer stick their head in the sand.
And now Bernie Sanders faced a harsh reality. This news sent Democrats into despair.
Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders is now the Democrat frontrunner for president.
Even though Pete Buttigieg eked out a controversial win in the Iowa caucus, the meltdown involving the state party and Joe Biden’s disastrous fourth place finish were the big stories coming out of the caucus.
The app Democrats planned to use broke down on caucus night and the nearly 24-hour delay as the Iowa Democrat Party performed “quality control” had many Sanders supporters wondering if they were living through a repeat of 2016 where party elites rigged the nomination process against Sanders.
The controversy over the vote totals for the top candidates did not obscure the fact that former Vice President Joe Biden finished a distant fourth in the Iowa caucus.
Biden served for eight years as Vice President of a two term Democrat President and as a result owned 100 percent name identification.
Despite these advantages, Biden tanked in Iowa which put his candidacy on life support.
These developments led election forecasters like FiveThirtyEight.com’s Nate Silver to install Sanders as a narrow favorite to win the Democrat Party nomination.
That is bad news for Democrats.
Polls in the run up to the caucus showed Bernie Sanders leading the field.
Sanders was counting on a surge of young voters and first-time caucus-goers to show up and fuel his victory.
In 2008, Democrats broke turnout records with 240,000 caucus participants.
Sanders said that high turnout was key to his chances of victory and that low turnout was bad for him.
The Vermont Senator’s words proved to be prophetic when around 170,000 Democrats participated in the Iowa caucus, which fell far short of expectations that pegged turnout to be closer to 2008 levels.
In 2008 Democrat caucus turnout dwarfed Republican turnout and it foreshadowed Barack Obama’s romp in the fall.
The tables were turned in 2016 when Republicans saw higher turnout which proved to be an early hint that – thanks to Donald Trump – the GOP would enjoy an enthusiasm advantage over Democrats.
Democrats had hoped that even though Sanders’ socialist ideology would hamper him in a General Election, if Sanders won the nomination, he would inspire new voters to turn out.
The anemic Democrat turnout on caucus night dashed those hopes.
By contrast, Donald Trump and the Republicans were grinning from ear to ear with their turnout numbers.
Iowa Republicans expected 8,000 voters to turn out in the Republican caucus.
Instead, 32,000 voters participated in the caucus to blow expectations out of the water.
Democrats now are staring down the possibility of nominating an extreme nominee that repels swing voters because of his plan to take away their private health insurance, but also doesn’t inspire new or infrequent voters to turn out.
Conservative Revival will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.