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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Sea Change: No One Blaming Iowa on Trump!

 

I’ve scoured all the usual suspects across the Internet, excluding social media, only because … raw sewage. But neither the alphabet media nor the NY or LA Times nor the Post nor Pravda has attempted to blame Iowa on Trump.

If anything, they seem to be hoping the whole kerfuffle is forgotten before someone ties their performance to a long string of epic political blunders. Like nominating Hillary so she would retire the DNC’s massive debt in 2016, or staging the most ham-handed coup attempt in the history of the republic in the name of protecting democracy. A move so reminiscent of mid-20th-century fascism that their preemptive accusation of fascism against the opposing side signaled their own transparent perfidy.

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This could be counterproductive for a political site, but given the last few months – and the last week in particular – I feel like I do after the Super Bowl or World Series: glad for the break. Yes, there’s plenty to discuss. Yes, the Super Bowl provides a few days of commentary about the […]

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Another wild day in a very busy week! So grab a stool and join Jim and Greg as they break down the latest headlines. First, they get a kick out of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell immediately following up the impeachment trial by filing cloture on five more judicial nominees. They also feel like wretching as mainstream media figures who savaged Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign suddenly extol him as a man of faith and principle because he voted the way they wanted him to. But they also spend time highlighting figures on the right who were way over the top in their condemnation of Romney. And they try to make sense out of the latest scraps of conflicting information coming from Democrats in Iowa while also looking ahead to New Hampshire.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Have We Seen the Last Iowa Caucus?

 

The Iowa Democratic Party is in disarray after its debacle Monday night. They had four years to prepare for their first-in-the-nation Caucuses; as the night draws to a close they have no results, no explanation for their failure, and no excuses.

The results of the Republican caucuses came in fast, showing Trump the overwhelming winner. After hours of silence, the Democrats said they are delaying any results. “We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results,” communications director Mandy McClure said. “In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report.”

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Finally, the Cure for Toxic Masculinity!

 

Don’t like prison food? Tired of being held responsible for all of those criminal convictions you racked up? Maybe there’s a sex crime or two or ten on the list? The state about to lead the nation on president selection is leading the way on enlightened rehabilitation! From Iowa:

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is no longer seeking the commitment of a former Midwest Christian Services student convicted of myriad sex crimes because the individual now identifies as a woman.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss what readers can expect in Jim’s new book, Between Two Scorpions. Joe Biden flip-flops on trade and calls President Trump “an existential threat” to the United States. Meanwhile, Democrats in Iowa grow more uncertain as to who they will support from the busload of presidential candidates.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Spreading Joy to Soyville, RV-Style

 

Ohio farmers are worried. But a guy named Sonny has swung by in his RV to reassure them. Sonny Perdue, the US Agriculture Secretary, is on an RV tour of several “flyover” states, reassuring farmers along the way that tariff tiffs will not harm them.

As the soybean industry assailed President Donald Trump today for launching a trade war with China, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Trump assured him that farmers in Ohio and across the country “will not be allowed to be the casualty in a trade dispute.”

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Hair Salon Owner in Iowa Fights Back Against Liberal Attacks

 

Ivanka Trump was making an appearance in Des Moines and she went to a local hair salon to have her hair done. When some other patrons of this salon heard about Ms. Trump’s visit, they responded the way you would expect. They initiated a social media storm, calling for a boycott of the salon and swearing never to go there again. Fortunately, the salon owner did not yield to the crap being thrown at her.

Any Ricochet members who live in the Des Moines area, check out Salon Spa W and give Ms. China Wong kudos for her response to the Facebook slam.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Attention, Weeping Iowan Collegians: “Suck It Up, Buttercup”

 

Leave it to a sensible Midwestern state to come to terms with this latest outbreak of infantilism on college campuses following last week’s election results.

In Iowa, a state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill he simply calls “suck it up, buttercup”.

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We departed Rapid City on Saturday morning, heading due south on the Heartland Expressway, a road running between the Black Hills and the Badlands. We planned this as a brief travel day, just a 4 or 5 hour push to get to the middle of Nebraska along US 20 for one last easy camp. My […]

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So, last night, six different Iowa precincts were decided for the Democrats by coin toss. And Hillary Clinton won every single toss. The odds of winning six consecutive coin tosses is 1 in (2^6), or 1 in 64. More

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Celebrating or mourning Iowa? Here’s some historical perspective. If 2016 is like 1976, Ted Cruz is our nominee. More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Trump’s Kryptonite

 

bergen-at-communipaw-13aug8Jersey City is a long way from Iowa, and in a sense even further from Manhattan, certainly if you travel way up the hill away from the river. And yes, record buyers have political opinions, too, even if collecting things is just an excellent distraction from tedious reality, one that doesn’t destroy your health. Around here, we stay away from the talking heads of Fox and MSNBC and just go out on the street and talk to the peeps. Like the guy who sells me my paper on Communipaw Avenue, far from the Wall Street crowd that’s rapidly taking over Jersey City.

“Steve, Donald Trump ain’t gonna run for nuttin,” says Rickie in his African-American twang as he hands me a paper through the car window. Sixty-something, skinny and a bit cramped-looking, he continues: “He don’t wanna lose. And he will lose big-time to Miss Hillary. Get it? Trump knows what folk will do when they get into that votin’ booth.” Rickie squints his eyes and crunches up his face to make a point. “Steve, you’ll see. You heard right here from Rickie.”

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. What an Upset!

 

What an upset! No, no, I don’t mean for what’s-his-name, I mean for Ann Selzer. I feel badly for her, actually, because she was trying her best to damp down all the “Ann Selzer is the greatest pollster in the history of the world” hype in the full knowledge (as a statistician) that it was more likely she’d get it wrong at some point than it was that her winning streak would be uninterrupted.

I’m confident that over a series of elections, she’ll get it right far more often than I will. Her methodology makes sense, whereas mine’s like using Paul the Octopus. But I confess I’m surprised. My Iowa poll methodology either worked better than I expected, or it was a total fluke. Only one way to know: Let’s see if I can do it again.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Just Three Things

 

It’s Iowa Caucus night, and just about everyone around here is busy worrying about the results, polls, social media trends, who visited where, and who is endorsing whom. I’m just taking a time out from wading through research on legislation that is being introduced in a few states across the union, and procrastinating on a long overdue column about the merits (demerits?) of some alternative psychological therapies. Needless to say, my mind has been miles away from national politics of late, which probably explains my relative absence here.

But tonight my inbox beckoned with a reminder that maybe someone around Ricochet might want to read my opinion on the current presidential race, and how I think it might turn out. Beyond what I think should be obvious — that Iowa has not really been a great bellwether in presidential races since they’ve only gotten three right — my general feeling is one of relief. This is at least the beginning of the end of the overly large field of candidates who have been generally unseen anyway.

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The following was posted before the results of the Iowa Caucus, so please feel free to disregard it I haven’t deleted it because (1) it is now a useful historical artifact and (2) it’s a reminder of Proverbs 16:18. More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Vote

 

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Tonight the various contenders wishing to become president of the United States will get their first real test in the Iowa caucuses. The caucus (meaning “a gathering of Caucasians”) process involves Iowans grouping together to publicly debate which candidates have spent the most money in the state.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. So, Should I Caucus?

 

635501804068694446-2016IowaCaucus-720x163The Iowa caucuses will come to their tumultuous conclusion Monday. I live in Sioux County, here in the northwest corner of the state, and from what I can tell, Cruz, Trump, and Carson are the candidates of choice here. Carson will probably do very well, as this area is both very conservative and very religious. The various precincts will have large public rooms or gyms assigned for meeting, and the Democrats will probably gather in someone’s basement. My pastor encouraged everyone this morning to participate in the caucus and make their voice heard. I do believe in fulfilling one’s civic duty, and my vote and advocacy (primarily against Trump) would have some non-zero value.

Problem is, I’m not a Republican.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Marco on the Move, or, a Sudden Eruption of Sanity?

 

As the Rubio campaign prepares to blanket Iowa with a 30-minute television specialThe Hill reports that “Buzz Builds for Rubio.” An excerpt:

Buzz is growing on the ground in Iowa around Marco Rubio, who many political watchers believe is set for a stronger-than-expected showing at Monday’s caucuses.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Why Marco Might Still Surprise Us

 

In the last couple of days, polls indicate that Marco Rubio has finally begun gaining ground in Iowa, climbing from single to double digits behind Ted Cruz and, of course, The Donald. Since Cruz has the better organization and Trump is dominating television and radio, what accounts for Rubio’s modest surge?

In part, at least, this video, which has gone viral in Iowa. Evangelicals find it compelling, apparently, but I’d make a larger claim on its behalf than that: In its sheer honesty and authenticity, any voter would find it compelling. Who knows what this video might accomplish in the next 72 hours?

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