All the talk about the power of insurgency in 2016 turned out to be true in Iowa. If either party was expecting the conventional party candidates to stop the tumult, they didn’t. While Donald Trump did not win the Republican caucus, Ted Cruz did. And Cruz is just as anti-establishment, just as outlandish and brazen, and just as off-center politically as his billionaire counterpart (and perhaps more so, many would agree). With Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and John Kasich performing poorly, the results from Iowa will certainly be seen as a sign that the GOP « establishment » is not strong.
It is crucial to remember that for a long time most experts assumed that Cruz would win in Iowa. Given the state’s strong evangelical
The Democratic race turned out to be a nail-biter as only a few tenths of a percentage point appeared to separate the two candidates late Monday night. Even if Hillary Clinton holds on to a narrow lead.
A few months ago, the notion that a democratic socialist could seriously challenge a front-runner who has been preparing
- Sanders has inspired and he has mobilized, and Clinton should see that she needs to strengthen her campaign and do something to energize
- Democratic voters or she will be in for another long and brutal primary battle, echoing 2008 in some ways.
- Whatever one thinks of the feasibility of a Sanders candidacy in the general election.
- Impossible to ignore that his message has tapped directly into something that is very much on the minds of Democratic voters.
In Iowa Cruz-Trump on the Republican side and Sanders on the Democratic have demonstrated that there is serious wind
So we leave Iowa without knowing much more than when we started — other than the electorate in both parties is restless and the maverick candidates are dictating the tone of this competition. Everyone should remember that there is a long line of victors in Iowa who didn’t go on to do much more. Mike Huckabee, who suspended his campaign Monday night, would be the first to tell them.
But in Iowa Cruz-Trump on the Republican side and Sanders on the Democratic have demonstrated that there is serious wind behind the sails of insurgents. Things are going to get even more intense.
The remaining candidates will double down in New Hampshire, where the independents are much stronger and the voting less predictable than in Iowa, to try to pose another blow to all the candidates who assumed that this competition was theirs for the taking.