- Since Iowa is a caucus state, people actually get to see who their friends and neighbors are supporting. It is possible that a significant number of voters who would happily support Tr*mp in a secret ballot might hesitate to do so in an open caucus for fear of open mockery.
- Cruz put a hell(?) of a lot of faith in Jesus when he opposed the motor fuel ethanol requirement. One assumes there are many evangelicals with no strong economic reliance on corn farming.
- Rubio's "victory" speech pandered to the pathologically religious with all the vehemence of, say, Ted Cruz. He didn't mention his support for eliminating the capital gains tax, which constitutes pandering to a much smaller but much wealthier interest group.
- Hillary's camp declaring "victory" while in a dead heat with Sanders and with ten per cent of the vote still out struck me as, shall we say, odd.
- Given that we're talking about Iowa, with its proportional delegate selection and other foibles, it seems absurd that anybody should claim to have "won" — except for the fact that America loves "winners," and politicians are pathologically needy.
Back when I was young, political conventions actually selected candidates, and it was a lot of fun. I'm hoping to see that happen again.