I don’t know about most of you, but I am so glad that the Iowa caucus is now in the rear view mirror. All the media hype was draining. Hearing the same stories in and out, day after day is just ridiculous. You learn absolutely nothing from the coverage except how inane news reporters can be while attempting to sound so intelligent.
There was no real shocker to last nights results. I am relieved that Donald Trump did not win. That leaves me with some belief that Americans are smarter than I give them credit for; and, he gave a good speech which seemed to be heartfelt. I wish, however, that some of these other Republicans would follow in the steps of Mr. Huckabee, though. If you garnered less than 1 percent, then you need to step aside. Not doing so makes you look narcissistic. I suppose I can understand the fourth and fifth place finishers holding out passed New Hampshire, but staying after that is just wasting money, time, and energy which would be better spent on the three top candidates.
But here’s the purpose of my post today…why isn’t anyone talking about the huge difference in voter turn out between the Republicans and the Democrats? This is exponential, folks! Do you realize that Hillary Clinton only received 699.57 to Bernie Sanders 697.77 (a total of 1397.34; Des Moines Register 12:34 p.m. today), while Republicans had over 180,000 caucusers turn out to vote. I think that this says so much about where Democrats are right now. I think that they aren’t quite so sold out for either of their choices and many, if not most, chose to just stay home.
We all know that polls are not reliable indicators of how primaries will actually come out because when given a multiple choice test, people will pick an answer even if it doesn’t really reflect their opinion or what they would actually do. You’ll also notice that many of the polls cited on television have margins of error over 3% which happens because the sample size was probably too small; thus it isn’t a very good predictor of society as a whole and shouldn’t be used. The polls leading up to yesterday had Sanders leading Clinton. When in reality, it ended up being nose to nose, but then NO BODY showed up either. Can you really say that either one of them is a winner? I don’t think so. I’d call it a draw.
I think the winner is the Republicans. They came out and they came out strong. I don’t really think that there’s a clear winner here either. I think it is too close between these 3, but over the next few months one will pull ahead, but it seems to me that this is the first indication that the American people want real change from what they’ve had the last 7 years. They voted for change, but they didn’t like the change they got. We’ll see who pulls to the front over the next few months. I’m not certain who that will be. I’m fairly certain of who it won’t be, but I’m not going to share that just yet.
Let me know your thoughts.