Dean cheating?


This is a little worrisome. According to David Yepsen of the Des Moines Register, Dean supporters are talking about rigging the Iowa caucuses to put Dean in a better position in NH. How?

"There's talk in his campaign of trying to help Kerry win second place here. The gambit goes like this: Once Dean sees he has won the most delegates at a caucus, any extra Dean supporters will be shifted to Kerry's preference group to help Kerry beat Gephardt for second. The idea is that an unexpected second-place showing for Kerry in Iowa would help boost Kerry against Wesley Clark for second place in New Hampshire, and Clark is the guy Dean fears most in the contests down South."

Well, according to the latest poll Kerry is already tied for second place. However that turns out, I don't think this sort of move would help Dean's overall image. I don't know if this strategy is technically illegal, but it's certainly dishonest, and this isn't the first time in the Iowa campaign that Dean's supporters have been rumored to be trying to cheat. He does strike me as the kind of guy who would cheat if he thought he could get away with it, and he also strikes me as the kind of guy who would deny that he has anything to do it if his followers got caught doing it. Now that doesn't mean it's really going on, but that fact that it's so plausible is revealing.

Thanks to Antioch Road for the link.


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