Now that a couple of the tinier states in the Union are trying their best to decide the next leader of the free world, let’s take a look at what just happened in Iowa. It looks like God was really in Ted Cruz’s corner and helped him win the caucuses, but a few dirty tricks may have helped as well. (Say what you will about Donald Trump and his motivation, at least he is using his crazed reality show electoral soap box to draw some attention to the Cruz campaign’s shady tactics.)
Now, after just one contest carried out in one small state, the torrent of candidates dropping out has begun. Where do these candidates who “suspend their campaign” go? Are they perpetually waiting offstage at some purgatory of a town hall meeting, forever doomed to be political wraiths in suspended animation?
The “virtual tie” between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders proved to be a fascinating cliffhanger, complete with multiple coin tosses and a not-quite-victory speech. (Clinton was breathing a “big sigh of relief” when most news outlets were still saying it was too close to call.) Depending on who’s talking, it was at once a terrible and great night for both Hillary and Bernie. I wonder if New Hampshire uses mumblety peg to break a tie?