Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton Get Iowa’s Votes and Their Fellow Candidates’ Ire

The claws are definitely out after last night’s Iowa primary vote, where Ted Cruz won on the Republican side and Hillary Clinton won for the Democrats. While Donald Trump is reportedly behaving like a big boy over his second-place status in the official polls, there are other camps crying foul.

Bernie Sanders, for one, “has called on the Democratic party to release a raw vote count in Iowa after a nail-biting finish left lingering doubts over the first, much tighter-than-expected, clash with Hillary Clinton for the presidential nomination,” as theguardian put it.

And last night, at the Bernie Sanders rally in Des Moines, Politico reports that people were over-the-top unhappy when Hillary started her little victory speech on TV. “The crowd booed loudly at first, then cheered when the sound cut out. The sound soon returned and Clinton was drowned out by further boos when she said ‘I’m a progressive who gets things done.’”

They then took to changing “She’s a liar!” until the Sanders campaign turned the broadcast off.

Admittedly, I’m surprised Sanders didn’t win. Considering how I’ve seen maybe one – and I’m not exaggerating – bumper sticker touting Hillary, but dozens if not a hundred or two for Bernie across multiple states, I find it questionable that she has that much support.

If she does, it’s lukewarm at best.

Then again, I’m thrilled Hillary won (if she really did and it wasn’t a Clinton trick where she killed or coerced enough Iowans to swing the vote), since that indicates there’s a majority of Democrats who aren’t so un-American and dangerously ignorant that they’d root for a socialist.

Meanwhile, over on the Republican side, Carson – my former favorite – is accusing the Cruz camp of telling people he was out of the race, thereby shifting votes over to Cruz.

Could that have happened?

I don’t want to think a real conservative would act that way. Then again, I also don’t want to think of a real conservative being such a bad sport. So it’s a lose-lose either way.

Steve King, an Iowan representative who was campaigning with Cruz, did tweet: “Carson looks like he is out. Iowans need to know before they vote. Most will go to Cruz, I hope.”

Whether he was misinformed or intentionally misleading is the question. But regardless, I genuinely don’t believe Carson has a shot anymore, hence the reason why I’m going with Cruz.

One way or the other though, the votes are in and almost assuredly here to stay. (Sorry, Bernie.) It’s time to shift focus to New Hampshire.

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