Anyone who has seen the reality show “Survivor” knows that when the contestants first arrive on the Island they are all together figuring out how to survive, helping each other out, etc. Then they are split into two teams each team outwitting the other until one team has to leave. Then the surviving team starts going against each other until one person wins. So it is with the political race today.
On the republican side we have about 14 contestants all vying to be president and defeating the democrats. They were all together attacking the democrats. One team was the major team with contestants of higher favorability ratings and the other team was a secondary team consisting of contestants with lower favorability numbers.
On the democrat side we had Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley former governor of Maryland, former senator Jim Webb and former senator Lincoln Chaffee. They were all together saying to vote for them and attacking the republicans.
Then slowly things started to fall apart. On the republican side Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio seemed to be siding against their fellow candidates. Rand Paul started criticizing them back. Everyone was hoping for a Trump/Cruz ticket as they both said what good friends they were and seemed to be siding with each other.
Donald started campaigning on his own drawing thousands upon thousands to his rallies. So many that he would fill a stadium with more people than an Elton John concert. Every TV show he appeared on saw their ratings go through the roof. He was loving it too. He talked about building a wall along our Mexican border and making Mexico pay for it and the immigration problem we have. He talked about how bad our vets are being treated by the VA. He talked about putting a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country until we could figure out what was going on. His speeches before the masses lasted an hour all without notes or a teleprompter, were entertaining and made sense.
Then as more and more of the republicans dropped by the way side, the main ones started attacking each other. Cruz and Trump started taking sarcastic and biting jabs at one another. Ben Carson remained steadfast and true to his calm and soft spoken stand in what was best for America and didn’t care to get into infighting.
On the democrat side suddenly Bernie Sanders with his legion of millennials who want free handouts like free college and free healthcare that Bernie promised them started accusing Hillary of misgivings and trickery. She attacked back and both were going at it like a cobra and mongoose.
Then came the Iowa caucuses. In a surprise election Cruz won over Trump by about 4 points. Sanders and Hillary ended in a virtual tie. The race between the Democrat presidential hopefuls was so tight in the Iowa caucus Monday that in at least six precincts, the decision on awarding a county delegate came down to a coin toss. And Clinton won all six, media reports said. Coin toss broke 6 Clinton-Sanders deadlocks in Iowa — and Hillary won each tim
On the republican side Ben Carson became enraged and accused Cruz of spreading false rumors that he had dropped out which wasn’t true.
Fortune magazine reported:
The Carson camp claimed Cruz’s team spread false rumors at caucus sites that Carson had dropped out.
Ben Carson was incensed as the results of Monday night’s Iowa caucuses rolled in, accusing the winner of spreading falsehoods about him at caucus sites.
Carson’s team claimed that Cruz’s campaign deliberately sent emails to supporters to spread false rumors at caucus sites that Carson had dropped out, so his supporters would caucus for other candidates.
“That is really quite a dirty trick,” Carson said speaking to reporters at the end of the evening. “That’s the very kind of thing that irritated me enough to get into this quagmire.”
“To have campaigns come out and send emails to their caucus speakers suggesting that Dr. Carson was doing anything but moving forward after tonight is the lowest of low in American politics,” said Carson campaign manager Ed Brookover. DIRTY: Carson Accuses Cruz Camp of Foul Play; Told Voters Carson Was Dropping Out….
He went on, condemning what he described as the shenanigans of his fellow Republicans in Iowa.
“My opponents resorted to political tricks by tweeting, texting and telling precinct captains that I had suspended my campaign — in some cases asking caucus goers to change their votes,” he said, The Hill reported.
Carson, interviewed Tuesday on “Fox and Friends,” said his supporters were told “voting for me was wasting their vote, and that they should reconsider.”
The stunning charge came as a Carson spokesman declared on Tuesday, “There has never been a more tainted victory in the Iowa caucuses.”
Although, CNN does not expressly say that Carson is dropping out, going home to Florida and skipping two primary states does imply it. It seems likely to me that’s where Cruz volunteers got it.
I would like to know what the outpolls were saying. Nothing against Cruz, but going in he was losing by 4% and comes out winning by 4% – how convenient for the GOP. Drudge did a poll with over a million votes and Trump was the clear winner by 40%. Obama won precincts with 100% plus and outpolls said different. It’s not who votes that wins it’s who counts the votes – beginning to sound truer every day.
Since 1976 25% of republicans who won Iowa did not make it to the white house while more dems who won in Iowa did make it to the Whitehouse. In most cases the one who wins in New Hampshire usually gets to sit in the oval office.
Now on to New Hampshire. Who will be voted off the Island next?