NATIONAL (VFB) – The irony of betting the Presidency and our futures on a coin toss – a 50/50 gamble on a shimmering floating piece of American currency – should be lost on no one. Especially in this election, between these two candidates, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, where so much todo has been made about where they both get their money. But that’s exactly what happened.
At Monday night’s Iowa caucuses, coin tosses awarded Hillary Clinton enough delegates in at least six precincts to pad her delegate count and stave off outright defeat.
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) February 2, 2016
To understand how critically important that is, had the coin tosses gone the other way, with delegates instead being awarded to Bernie, he could have beaten not just tied Clinton.
Or stated differently, Hillary would have lost without her Coin Toss delegates.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 2, 2016
Clinton won additional delegates at a precinct in Des Moines.
— Fernando Peinado (@FernandoPeinado) February 2, 2016
At another precinct in Des Moines.
— Sage Rosenfels (@SageRosenfels18) February 2, 2016
Wild: Dean Lane says in his Newton precinct Hillary & Bernie tied 34-34. Flipped a coin. She won and got extra delegate. IOWA!
— Trip Gabriel (@tripgabriel) February 2, 2016
And West Branch.
@tripgabriel Same situation, same result in West Branch.
— Julia (@JLaBua) February 2, 2016
And in Davenport.
— The Hill (@thehill) February 2, 2016
No one wants to lose delegates, much less statewide victory, to a simple coin toss.
All things considered, however, it is a true testament to the Political Revolution that Bernie has come from over 60 points down to seriously challenge the most entrenched establishment candidate of all time.
Fret not, Sanders supporters, as Monday night’s Iowa caucuses should be seen by all as a great victory, one that will be built upon for months and years to come.
From Iowa’s experiment in Coin Toss Democracy last night, we now know that not only can Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton, but every single vote matters, and if you want to change America for the better, you’ve got to get out there and make it happen. We can’t leave it to a coin toss in the future.