As the Iowa Caucuses draw nigh the Bernie Sanders for President Campaign is casting an eye of suspicion toward Microsoft. The giant computer company has partnered with both the Democratic and Republican Parties to run the caucuses, providing technological support. Microsoft has created mobile apps for every precinct so the results of the voting can be reported in a timely fashion. The system has caused Sanders and his people to suggest that Microsoft might use the system to manipulate the results. To guard against that, the Sanders campaign has created its own app to tally the results independently.

Sanders, an avowed socialist, has always taken a dim view of the private sector - especially big corporations. The campaign notes that a number of high-profile Microsoft employees have contributed to Hillary Clinton, Sanders’ political rival. Of course, Sanders has gotten his share of Microsoft cash as well. The company, in keeping with standard corporate practice, contributes to a variety of politicians to maintain access.

An ulterior motive?

Sanders may have an ulterior motive for claiming that Bill Gates is plotting to give the Iowa Caucuses to Clinton. While he is ahead in some of the polls, Sanders know that the winner of the Iowa Caucuses tends to be the candidate with the best turnout. Hillary Clinton may well get more of her voters to the caucuses than Bernie Sanders, winning the election. Sanders will, therefore, have a ready-made excuse. He did not lose because he had less support - he lost because Clinton’s corporate masters arranged for him to lose. The line is ready made to stir up Bernieacs in later states, starting with New Hampshire, where Sanders is way ahead of Clinton in the polls.

Sanders has attracted a great deal of support, especially among the kind of idealistic young people who used to support President Barack Obama and, later on, Occupy Wall Street. That is a remarkable achievement for an elderly curmudgeon who espouses an ideology that was largely discredited before many of his supporters were born, and even before the Berlin Wall fell. #Election 2016