Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Observations From Iowa
Forty-eight hours later, the results of the Iowa caucuses are still reverberating throughout the political landscape. Here are some observations about this great American quadrennial tradition:
Conservative voters are often mocked by the media for their alleged bigotry and lack of diversity. But Monday night, the first Hispanic in history won the Iowa caucuses, as a Republican. In fact, 60% of Iowa Republicans voted for minority candidates. But the left-wing media have been strangely silent about that fact.
To the left, which includes the media, if you're a conservative African American like Clarence Thomas, you're not a real black man because ideology trumps everything. If you are a conservative Hispanic, you're not really Hispanic. That's why pro-life women are supposedly "anti-woman" and yet Bruce Jenner, we are told, is a woman.
The Iowa caucuses have traditionally helped to winnow the field, and they did so again this year. Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley ended his campaign for the Democrat nomination Monday night. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee dropped out of the GOP race Monday as well. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul ended his bid today, as did former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
Republican turnout in the Iowa caucuses surpassed Democrat turnout this time. That's was a first for the caucuses when both parties had contested races.