Cruzing: and Trumpery
February 2, 2016 10 Comments
So, Iowa had its caucuses last night. There were some surprises.
Ted Cruz won, quite handily. That can be attributed to a few things: 1) superb organization on the ground, 2) his overt Christianity, and, 3) anybody but Trump. Don’t know about you, but all three would have motivated me. Not to mention that he is the real deal, a conservative who walks (and votes) as he talks, and doesn’t back down, not even in Iowa on corn subsidies. Of the viable candidates as it looks now, anyway, he’s likely my choice. His victory speech is too long, and wanders a bit but, it also tells us much of the man. I think he’s a formidable opponent for the statists, maybe the only real one.
Then there is Trump and his trumpery. He’s a past master at pulling wool over eyes. He’s managed to get a fair amount of support from evangelicals and conservatives/libertarians, simply because he’s a politically incorrect blowhard, who does understand why we’re so unhappy. The biggest problem for me is that, like Obama, he’s mostly a statist, and his candidacy is more of a cult of personality than anything else.
Rubio, is pretty far from ideal, I think, a bit of an egoist, and much too much of an establishment darling. All that said, he’s better than Trump, a low bar, obviously! I can live with him, but don’t think he’s the best.
As for the Democrats, well, nobody knows yet. That’s a win for Bernie. And there’s this, for all that he’s an economic idiot, who actually thinks socialism is viable, which is risable. At least he’s personally an honest man, which makes him a better choice than Hillary!. He’s also honestly against the crony-capitalist pork fest that Washington has become. So he’s a far better choice than Clinton is, which is damning with very faint praise.
Overall, what struck me is that 50% of the Republican votes AND 50% of the Democratic votes were for anti-establishment candidates. That strikes me as something of a record.
What’s it mean? This: