The way the media swarms around the Iowa Caucuses, you would think it will determine who wins the nomination for their party. New Hampshire can just close down their primary next week. The winners have been announced, so don’t waste any money on a primary that doesn’t mean anything.
I don’t actually try to predict results, but on the Republican side I was not surprised to see Cruz win in Iowa. Nor, was I all that shocked that Rubio came in third, even closely behind Trump.
Iowa after all is an evangelical state and they don’t really care about your politics, they care about your religion. Remember, Rick Santorum won in Iowa just four short years ago. He didn’t fare well after that. Or, remember Michelle Bachmann won the “straw poll” just four years ago. Those two facts should stifle any Cruz winning the nomination assertions going around.
It is on the Democratic side that I see the most drama. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are in a virtual tie. It appears that Clinton may edge out Sanders in Iowa but Sanders leads Clinton big in New Hampshire. That is real cause for concern for Clinton.
There is the fact that Obama beat Clinton in Iowa in 2008, a surprise win for the President. Another loss in Iowa could spell doom for Clinton in he quest to be the nominee.
I am frankly still torn between the two. Sanders talks a very good game, but he isn’t too keen on real specifics for many of his plans. He says, for example, that he will ensure veterans will receive the help they need and deserve. But, I haven’t heard just how that will happen.
On the other hand, Clinton still has a lot of baggage following her around. I don’t think she did anything illegal while Secretary of State using her private email accounts, but that is still to be determined fully.
So, I will wait and see if I can get more details about the two before I endorse either of them. There are still too many questions for me to make up my mind.
The one thing I noticed on the Republican side is that a full 75% of Republicans caucused for liars. I know that is a harsh criticism, but it is true. None of the top three delegate getters are known to tell the truth.
It is also very interesting that a person who now claims to be a “Christian” but was divorced three times came in second in a very religious state. To me, that is something that is being missed by the so-called pundits about Iowa. I was not surprised that Trump came in second, but I must admit I was somewhat surprised that he came as close as he did.
It is true that Rubio will be glowing after last night. He will claim that he “won” even though he came in third. His placement wasn’t that much of a surprise, but the numbers he garnered were. Yet, he was the one “establishment” Republican that the party seems to be willing to back.
As a result, he got a big boost from the establishment wing leading up to the caucus. It will be interesting just how much that wing of the party will be willing to go to stop both Cruz and Trump by throwing their unconditional support behind Rubio.
To me, the polices that are coming out from the three top runners on the Republican side are the most dangerous in my lifetime. And that includes Richard Nixon. I dread to believe that they are the “best” the party has to offer.
In any case, the nomination process has officially opened. Iowa was no surprise to me, except maybe on the Democratic side. New Hampshire may be interesting on the Republican side, but I believe Sanders will win on the Democratic side. But, you never know.
It would be nice, as we proceed down the road, if the media would actually put the candidates feet to the fire and ask some meaningful questions. Like what are your specific plans and policies if you should win the election. The problem is that the media has lost focus on what their job is. They lost focus that their primary duty is to “inform” the population. They are more interested in “dirt” and “scandals” than the actual news.
There is going to be a lot of talk about winners and losers last night. But, it is Iowa. A state with a very small niche population. All last night has shown me is that the Republicans will nominate some kind of wacko to be their standard-bearer.
The Democrats seem to have a real race on their hands. Something they had not expected when this all started. From what I have seen so far, their two choices are far better for America than the whole field of Republicans put together. At least they have illustrated a capacity to think.
There are a lot of issues that still need to be talked about. Climate Change is real. Public Education is in trouble. Hate is running rampant in too many areas of the country. The Affordable Care Act is constantly under attack. Energy needs to be addressed. We need to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels for a cleaner environment and a better, less expensive energy source for our businesses to compete globally.
These are all things that the top three Republicans want to avoid talking about. They seem to believe that it is not our responsibility to address them or even try to fix them.
They don’t care if you have lead in your drinking water. They don’t care if you care about the environment. They want to protect their biggest investors, fossil fuel companies, and shut down clean energy projects. They don’t care if you have health insurance or if your children can read and write. They are perfectly fine with your hating people, but only if they are Muslim, minority, women, or gay.
That is what I took from the Republican side last night. These are the very things that 75% of Iowa voters voted for!
The determining factor in this whole process, including the general election, will be if Americans actually participate. If they do, the people may actually be the winners. If not, we will all lose. It is up to you, so please vote!