Last week Donald Trump said he could kill someone and it wouldn't hurt his poll numbers. Well, as I write this on Tuesday morning, it looks like Iowa Republicans returned to their senses and gave Ted Cruz a victory....with Rubio nearly walking over Trump as a close third (both received 7 delegates so it was, in the end, a virtual 2nd place tie.)
Iowa's caucus last night restores a bit of hope that America is learning that snake oil is snake oil and not a cure for our nation's ills. Those Iowans got together last night and essentially said "well, we enjoyed all the bluster, we enjoyed seeing Trump make traditional politicians cringe just a little...but let's get real now and vote like adults."
Ted Cruz, in his victory speech, was just a bit too preachy, a bit too hokey. Hopefully that stuff will fade and he'll learn the smooth finish. Rubio, on the other hand, elated at an unexpected rise in his vote numbers, gave a speech so lofty and soaring you might have thought he'd won the "big enchilada". Probably a good move.
On the Democratic side Hillary was up to her old tricks; declaring victory even before the vote count was in....leaving the media stunned and Sanders supporters extremely angry. It will be interesting to see if there's any fall out from Hillary's arrogance. It would seem any objective observer could only conclude that Iowa was a virtual tie, with less than two tenths of one percent between them and Iowa Democratic party officials still not declaring a winner some 12 hours after the caucuses concluded.
I think what is crystal clear is that Hillary is damaged goods. To think that an avowed socialist could match Hillary vote for vote speaks volumes about how voters perceive Hillary's integrity and honesty.
I don't believe we can take much from the Iowa caucus...except that Trump has proven he's not as invincible as he thought he was....he can no longer contemplate shooting someone and still ride high in the polls.
In New Hampshire we might see further chinks in the Trump armor. While he will most probably win (with Kashich and Bush getting votes that might have gone to Rubio), I don't believe Trump will win by the 28% the polls are reflecting as of this week.
And, on the Democratic front, good old socialist Bernie will probably win New Hampshire, but once the voting moved to South Carolina we know the Blacks will vote in droves for their "plantation master" Hillary...Bill and Hillary have kissed Black ass far too long to lose the Black vote. Hillary will travel to South Carolina, promise more welfare and food stamps, urge more federal money for Baltimore and Flint and Detroit, and win the Black vote heartily.
So what have we learned? On the Republican side it is still a crap shoot. On the Democratic side, Hillary seems well on her way to a party coronation. Between the Black vote and the "vagina vote", Hillary can relax and enjoy the ride.