On Sunday evening, dozens of polls told us hundreds of reasons why Donald Trump was beating Ted Cruz in Iowa. When the voters met in Iowa the true poll told a different story. The mantra for the past month has been that Conservatism is dead, but Monday night showed us a different story. Iowa also showed us the evangelicals weren’t fooled by obnoxious platitudes and bombastic rhetoric. Cruz won the race in record fashion with 51,666
which further proves that a pure conservative message can and does win. This tells me that when we take our case to the American people, it will work.
The results from Iowa won’t spell defeat for the Trump phenomena, not by a long shot. What is does show us is that retail politics and unabashed conservatism do still have a dominating place in Republican primaries. Cruz ran against the grain of Iowa politics by advocating for rolling back subsidies to the powerful ethanol lobby. This ran contrary to conventional wisdom that you can’t run on taking away things from the electorate.
Of course, Cruz has been taking heat from all sides: the old media, new media, other candidates… you name it. Prior to his win, he took on Mr. Ethenol himself, Iowa governor Terry Brandstad, Sarah Palin and a cavalcade of backbenchers. It’s funny how Cruz wins Iowa but somehow Marco came out the real winner in the media, and then there was the erosion of Trumps lead.
There were a number of things that I think caused Trump’s lead to erode. First of all, the guy was saying days before the vote that he could make deals with Nancy Pelosi and other DC leftist. Skipping the debate didn’t help either, even he admitted that one. Long ago, Reagen made this same mistake and it cost him the Iowa Caucus as well. Going into New Hampshire, Trump is still ahead by leaps and bounds but still, old and new questions still persist in my mind. The first one being is he a paper tiger as far as polls are concerned? I doubt this assertion to an extent but I recognize the fluidity of these things and perceptions by the voting public. My next question is how will the voters react to sending another deal maker to Washington?
Conservative Rush Limbaugh made this great point on his show about the issue of deal making:
“In a Republican primary, you do not win if you’re going to sound like a liberal Democrat criticizing Ted Cruz. And it wasn’t just health care. How many of you remember (I pointed this out when it happened) Mr. Trump pointing out that you can’t do anything if you can’t make deals, can’t cooperate? Part of his criticism of Ted Cruz is he’s hated; nobody likes him. Trump said, “I can do deals with Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Pelosi . I know these people. I like these people.
Schumer? I can do deals.” No, no, no, no! We don’t want to do any more deals with these people. We want to beat those people. There are many things that harm Mr. Trump, but not showing up at the debate is not one of them.”
There are a lot of questions I’m left asking myself about this guy and if you support him, you should be asking yourself these questions as well. At the end of the day, conservatives must ask… what does Bob Dole know about trump that I don’t? What does Orin Hatch see that we’re not seeing?
The former president, Jimmy Carter, may have let the cat out of the bag with his comments and sort of endorsement of Trump, saying: If he had to choose between Cruz and Trump for the Republican nomination, Carter chuckled, “I think I would choose Trump, which may surprise some of you.”
(It did, judging by the loud laughter from the audience.) “The reason is, Trump has proven already he’s completely malleable,” Carter explained. “I don’t think he has any fixed (positions) he’d go to the White House and fight for. On the other hand, Ted Cruz is not malleable. He has far right wing policies he’d pursue if he became president.”
Trump displayed his unique ability to be malleable when he swiftly came to Ben Carson’s defense. The Cruz campaign had lied or mistakenly told caucus-goers that Carson was dropping out of the race. They claimed they were reacting to a CNN story and tweets that suggested he wasn’t going to New Hampshire or South Carolina and he was headed to Florida to get a change of clothes. Look we all know that Trump only has Carson’s best interest in mind here. This is the same man he was comparing to a child molester while also calling him deranged a few months earlier. We all know that without this trickery by the Canadian conservative, Trump would have been the victor. So his lawsuit threats are perfectly legitimate at this point, it’s only fair.
The Daily Wire laid out the timeline of supposed Cruz scandal:
The Cruz Press Release Stole Votes From Ben Carson. Fact: the Ben Carson campaign suspension rumor came from CNN, and that rumor originated with the Carson campaign. Trevor Loudon puts together the full timeline here, but here’s a brief summary: CNN reported at approximately 4:45 PM ET that Carson was going home to Florida after Iowa. Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a Cruz supporter, tweeted what everyone in the political world was thinking: “Carson looks like he is out. Iowans need to know before they vote. Most will go to Cruz, I hope.” At 5:08 PM ET CNN itself tweeted, “After the #IAcaucus, @RealBenCarson plans to take a break from campaigning.” A Cruz staffer then told precinct captains, “Breaking News. The press is reporting that Dr. Ben Carson is taking time off from the campaign trail after Iowa and making a big announcement next week. Please inform any Carson caucus goers of this news and urge them to caucus for Ted Cruz.” Apparently, Rubio also “pushed the narrative hard” that Carson was dumping out of the race, according to a tweet from Conrad Close, who identifies as a Rubio supporter. Cruz has apologized for the screw-up.
This guy fights like a liberal and if that’s your thing, be my guest and partake. I, on the other hand, will continue to sit back and watch until it’s my turn to cast my vote.