Cruzing: and Trumpery

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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:

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10 Responses to Cruzing: and Trumpery

  1. the unit says:

    As the Earth spins around me, as the Sun spins around Earth. 🙂 I lose sight the importance of this caucus, until a comment somewhere reminded me, no indication from independents and no party gathered there… until general election.
    Yeah, cross overs. But most to busy working, checking mail box for gov check, or too old and feeble to bother getting dressed to go vote.

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    • NEO says:

      Actually not this time. Turnout was record high, especially on the Repub side. Trump effect, I suspect, both for and against. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Not that I’m dissatisfied with the IA results, ’cause I’ll be voting for whoever is against the Democrat.
        I meant these last night were confined to democrat and republicans. WP says turn out was 8% of electorate. That’s a record? I’m not familiar with prior at all.
        I was just getting at…still independent and no party people is still an unknown.
        I don’t know what I don’t know. Of course ignorance of the law is no excuse as like another, I read it in the newspaper this morning like everybody else. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Could well be, cauci take a fair amount of time, couple hours of the evening, so they’re a fair commitment compared to pulling the lever. Iowa’s not very representative of anywhere else though, really. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Yeah, last few years I got a “I Voted” sticker for pulling the lever at each election. Seems one has to be rewarded to do their duty. Maybe the consequenses of like, i.e. skipping jury duty would help/
          Yes, their commitment is notable to the effort put out to make their choice known.

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        • NEO says:

          Quite so 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Nah. A new agency would have to be originated by pen and phone and administered by those requiring proper ID to be sure consequences dispensed appropriately. Still that might encourage voter ID to prove voting status and maybe a signed statement that one voted as instructed, and cam recorded in booth. Do it right and get extra benefits.
          Forget I mentioned it.
          P.S. read your weather. Had to turn on a electric space heater by my feet and it’s 70 here. lol

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        • NEO says:

          Want our foot of snow to go with it? 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Again nah. I pass on caucus for that. I even have a heating pad to place my boots over night. And of course got the bed post for my chewing gum too. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          🙂

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