This kind of stuff can only happen in the movies, or with Donald Trump. Reality TV shows be damned, the real thing is much more entertaining.
There were some irregularities going on at the Iowa Republican caucuses. Well, the Democrat caucuses was a little irregular, too. The whole exercise is a commentary on American politics and how we elect our leaders.
Sometime during the evening of the Iowa caucuses a CNN reporter tweeted that Ben Carson would be headed home to Florida to get a fresh set of clothes before going on to New Hampshire. I remember this coming over cable news that evening. Apparently, the Ted Cruz campaign read the same tweet and took advantage of an easy misinterpretation of the context.
The Cruz people began telling Iowans that Ben Carson was withdrawing from the campaign and going back to Florida that night. This had the effect of many evangelic Carson supporters throwing their support to Cruz, another evangelical favorite. The number of votes that resulted in Cruz’s column is not known, but the total result of votes were enough put Cruz in first place in the Republican caucuses.
Enter Ben Carson. Ben is extremely angry at what happened, and is convinced (along with the rest of us) that Cruz’s staff twisted the truth, knowing full-well what they were doing. I have never seen Dr Carson as animated as he was last night on TV. If he could get his hackles up that much, he would be polling better, and would not have the legend of being from Sleepy Hollow.
Donald Trump, not known for missing an opportunity to dominate the news cycle, has glommed onto this incident to demand a re-run of the whole Iowa Republican caucus. His insistence is that without Cruz’s shenanigans, Trump would have won the Iowa Republican caucuses outright, just as the polls predicted.
I believe Trump is right. He was robbed!
Bernie Sanders got robbed, too. This part of the story is classic Clinton. If there is anything famous about the Clinton’s it is their ability to lie, cheat, steal, smear their opponents, or possibly erase them. Hillary has always been a vindictive person, a well known character trait of the former Secretary of State and First Lady.
The voting in the Iowa Democrat caucuses was VERY close, forcing the determination of the winner into the next afternoon. The differences in the totals were oscillating in values much less than one percent, and the final total was that Clinton won by a scant 0.3%. If this were a government mandated election, there would be a recount. Instead, the rules were enforced by a Clinton weighted group of administrators.
The Democrats discovered that there were nine precincts that had not reported, and the chase was on to get to the precinct captains to get the totals in. People were rousted out of bed, and numbers were produced, whether or not they were correct. The fun comes in when we learn that there were six precincts where the precinct captains reported ties.
Now, it may not have been unusual for six precincts out of several hundred to have ended in tie absolute ties. The truth of the matter is that those precincts did not send in their results before people started leaving their caucuses, thereby making it impossible to get accurate counts. This is like being caught relieving yourself on Main Street. It is embarrassing and you will find any way out of your predicament.
The Democrat resolution was to flip coins to determine the winner. FLIPPING COINS! Why go to the trouble of having elections if in the end you are going to determine the outcome by flipping a coin? This is insanity.
Is it surprising to learn that Hillary Clinton was the winner in six out of six coin flips? How does that happen? Only a Clinton would see nothing wrong with this process. Statistically, it is possible for this to happen, although the probabilities get remote.
What’s the result? Bernie got robbed! The fool actually agreed with the outcome.
Here’s the situation. Politics in the United States of America is alive and well. They was robbed!