Posted February 3, 2016on:
Here are eight things I learned Monday evening.
- People who are not Democrats love them some Bernie Sanders. Bernie won over two-thirds of Independents participating in the Iowa caucus. Interestingly, he lost Democrats by a rather resounding 56% to 39%. As a prelude to coming attractions: Guess who cast over half the votes in the 2008 New Hampshire primary? That’s right – Independents and ever-helpful Republicans who, as good Samaritans, want to assist their Democratic friends by selecting the most unelectable candidate.
- Forty-three percent (43%) of Iowa Democrats consider themselves to be Socialists. This statistic supports the rather unique proposition that Iowa is truly representative of what a non-representative cross-section of the Democratic Party looks like. Accordingly, only 47% of all Americans (that’s Ds, Rs, Is, and everyone else) would even consider voting for a self-described Socialist candidate. So much for the Socialist Republic of Iowa.
- Channeling Walter Mondale’s “Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and so will I. He won’t tell you. I just did,” is not usually considered a masterful political stratagem. Bernie’s braggadocio about raising everyone’s taxes isn’t a purity test. It is dumb. It reinforces every liberal stereotype. It answers the prayers of Republicans. Bernie is painting with a broad brush and he is smearing all Democrats with this meshugas. It needs to stop.
- Hell hath no fury like an Obamabot scorned. It seems as if a vast majority of Berniebots are merely Obamabots whose warranty ran out. It is amazing to watch the contortions, without anything resembling logic, these Berniebros put themselves through in order to try and square the circle of their support for Obama before he became the “Disappointer in Chief”. A perfect example is Van Jones, a paid CNN talker, who is massively over-employed in a role where logic couldn’t have been a prerequisite for hiring.
- In yet another example of the idiocy in allowing Iowa to play the inaugural role in selecting nominees, minorities comprise only 9% of Iowa voters. Conversely, in the Democratic primaries as a whole, minorities will represent four in ten voters. Unlike Independents, minority voters aren’t feeling the Bern. In fact, Hillary won three-fifths of minority voters in Iowa while Bernie attracted less than a third. Nationally, Hillary polls even better than this among minorities and in the delegate rich environment of larger states, minorities will play a much more important Hillary-friendly role.
- Marco Rubio seems to have studied the lessons of Dubya being appointed President. After months of polling in third place, clad in his ego-boosting boots and his overbite, Rubio marched out and declared himself to have overcome all the odds by securing – third place. The originating genius of the “expectation mirage” is James A. Baker, who was tasked with being Dubya’s “manny and minder” during the 2000 election. Baker declared Dubya President and began assembling a Cabinet. He was also behind the great Brooks Brothers Riot in Dade County. Rubio, or more likely someone babysitting Rubio, learned the lesson of expectations management quite well.
- Poor Jebra Bush ended up spending about $2,800 per vote. That’s a record and doesn’t count Super-Pac spending.
- And this is probably the most important lesson for Hillary supporters. When is a win not a win? Answer: When Hillary is the winner. These were some of the headlines on Tuesday:
The New York Times: “Hillary Clinton Campaign, Unnerved by Iowa, Braces for New Hampshire”
The Washington Post: “Photo finish reveals shortcomings of candidate who once seemed invincible”
Politico: “How Iowa went wrong for Hillary Clinton”
CNN: “Did Hillary Clinton really win the Iowa caucuses?”
No one in the press seemed to remember, other than Dana Milbank, that the margin of victory for Rick Santorum over Mitt Romney was a scant 34 votes. Rick Santorum and his sweater vest were treated as conquering heroes in the press.
This incredibly unfair double standard was never more evident than when Hillary made her statement and the talking heads immediately faulted her for claiming victory. This criticism frothed while they admitted, “She didn’t explicitly say she had won.” CDS has risen to new heights of illogical hallucinations.
This also brings me to this learning – something is “bad wrong” when watching MSNBC makes one want to turn the channel to Fox for less biased commentary. MSNBC is again infected by and has surrendered to CDS. Monday night MSNBC was Fox-lite when it came to Hillary prejudice and Bernie-gasma.
Unfortunately, these conditions are not going to get better in the short-term. It will take another three weeks for things to right themselves. Nevada’s Democratic primary is set for February 20th and South Carolina’s is set for one week later on February 27th.
Until then Widdershins – mind these lessons. Enjoy your Wednesday and take this conversation in any direction you might like to explore.
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