Clinton survives, Sanders soars, & Trump got trumped at the Iowa Caucus
February 02, 2016 at 9:46 am
For months on end we have maintained a singular focus on the oft and otherwise overlooked Hawkeye State of Iowa as its residents were targeted at county fairs, in diners and at coffee shops by purposefully gleeful candidates. Meanwhile, the rest of us watched every step in anticipation of Iowa’s signal to the nation as Republican rancor became the topic of discussion and misplaced Democratic dialogues filled our screens due to the DNC’s cunning choice of scheduled debate options. Yet, in spite of it all, Bernie has soared, Trump has sobered up a bit, and the suspense finally came to an end Monday night as Iowa fulfilled its indispensable place in our political process.
Keeping to custom, social media tuned in and provided entertaining commentary as a backdrop to last night’s nail biter.
— Betty Chen (@bettychn) February 2, 2016
To the surprise of none, Trump came in second place.
— BET (@BET) February 2, 2016
Sure, you may have let your nerves and those projected polls get the best of you leading up to Monday night’s contest, but most held fast to their faith in the political process and believed that goodness would prevail.
I use that term lightly, however, because Ted Cruz is not necessarily viewed in a positive light by any of his peers in the Senate, or in the entire United States Congress, for that matter. However, he is the lesser of two evils.
His win in Iowa restored a bit of faith in us all and brought Trump down to size to the very unfamiliar posture of a humbled man.
— Auntie Can (@spinnellii) February 2, 2016
Let’s all celebrate that Trump lost tonight and deal with the fact that Ted Cruz is a delusional nightmare person tomorrow! Huzzah!
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 2, 2016
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 2, 2016
Yes Felicia, be gone. The political new comer learned a valuable lesson in the ways of our political process: hot shot media sound bites will not win an election.
Sarah Palin, you silver tongued devil you. https://t.co/lTcO26Bl7k
— Zachary Lujan (@GauchoGunSlingr) February 2, 2016
Ground support and organization are required to win—omnipresence in every media clip, and even backing from the likes of Sarah Palin, are simply not enough to win.
“No one remembers who came in second.” – Walter Hagen
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2013
Oh how quickly those tables turned.
Sanders soared and Clinton narrowly escaped defeat.
Like it or not, the people have spoken, and Sanders is here to stay. With Clinton narrowly winning by two tenths of a percent, her victory is more of a calling card than an outright cause to celebrate. Clinton faired better this time around in her pursuit of support from the people of Iowa, but the virtual tie between Clinton and Sanders is an undeniable triumph for the later, because his campaign was not so long ago laughed off as a radical idea. Oh, the irony.
Trump will bounce back, but it’s Bernie Sanders who’s sent shockwaves through this race.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 2, 2016
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) February 2, 2016
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 2, 2016
Clinton and Sanders will essentially split Iowa’s delegates. You’ll have to stay tuned into this race as it unfolds to get a clear sense of who will win America’s support down the line. Clinton had a razor thin edge in Iowa, so we’ll call this one a win-win for them both as they head into New Hampshire.
Last night was huge for politics all around.
Nananana hey hey hey good byeee… Omalley and Huckabee
— D Marie (@d_marie114) February 2, 2016
— Tom Fitzgerald (@FitzFox5DC) February 2, 2016
As O’Malley and Huckabee made their long overdue exits, we witnessed the tightening of this race and a few indicators of what’s to come.
In the coming weeks, do expect fireworks from all camps in both parties.
Much like a tied match up between two high caliber sports teams, the Democratic race will provide moments of excitement as Clinton and Sanders duke it out in the primaries moving forward. Although Sanders did soar to heights unexpected of him in Iowa, Clinton is still the party’s prevailing favorite, and it will take much more work and strategic action for him to pick up steam among minorities and establishment-backers in states beyond New Hampshire.
Likewise, Trump is down, but he is not out. He can still regroup and implement a formidable plan to increase groundswell in impending states.
And Rubio, as delirious as ever last night, will now have the support of the Republican establishment as they look to overstep the possibilities of either placing Donald Trump or Ted Cruz on the ticket.
“No one thought we could get 3rd place!” Actually, everyone thought you would get 3rd place. And you did!
— John Legend (@johnlegend) February 2, 2016
Never has their been a more buoyant third place finisher than @marcorubio. But watch the GOP establishment rush to his corner now.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) February 2, 2016
Even with a third place finish, Rubio will now receive more financial and political backing from his Republican peers as they race to replace the current frontrunners with viewed as the best candidate to face their Democratic foe at the polls later this fall.
Finally, expect anti-establishment sentiments to increase in popularity on both sides.
Trump and Sanders are changing the political process right before our very eyes. A relative political unknown and a self-confessed radical socialist have shaken the traditional nature of this process by relaying messages that resonate with America’s youth and register with those hungry for change.