Just a few thoughts on tonight’s Iowa caucus results:
- Perhaps it’s just my own bias showing, but I thought it was awfully presumptuous of Hillary Clinton’s campaign to declare victory over Bernie Sanders, especially with such a narrow margin separating the two. Apparently Clinton is basing her declaration of victory on the presumption she’ll win slightly more delegates thanks to her control of establishment super delegates – and not necessarily because she’ll win more caucus votes.
- Speaking of Bernie Sanders, even though he didn’t win the Iowa caucuses, the fact that he had such a strong showing means the Democratic presidential primary is very far from over and may prove to be as interesting as the 2008 Democratic primaries.
- As I write this it looks like Rand Paul is going to finish ahead of dynasty candidate Jeb Bush, leaving me to wonder how long Bush will limp along in the race.
- Shortly after the Iowa caucus results started coming in it became clear Martin O’Malley wasn’t going to have a good night, so it wasn’t a surprise when he suspended his campaign. Interesting fact: tomorrow is the deadline for candidates to declare for the Maryland Senate seat that’s up for election this year.
- And one last thought: as I listen to Donald Trump give his concession speech, I can’t help but think his speeches are just stream of consciousness word salad in which he tosses together random words and thoughts to see if folks are paying attention.