After months and months of pollsters telling us who was in the lead, and political pundits telling us who was likely to win and who didn’t have a chance, the good people of Iowa finally had the opportunity to actually vote. And what we were being told, and what actually happened, were quite different. Trump had been in the lead in Iowa for half a year, and the latest Des Moines Register poll, taken only three days before the caucus, and supposedly the gold standard in polling, had Trump winning with 28%, followed by Cruz at 24%, and Rubio with 15%. The actual vote however had Cruz on top with the 28%, Trump in second place with the 24%, and Rubio only one point behind Trump at 23%.
- February 2nd, 2016
- January 27th, 2016
In 5 days, Iowans will gather in schools, and libraries, and churches, at nearly 1,700 locations around the state, to pick a President. They’ll gather together with their neighbors in groups, and try to convince each other why the candidate they support is best, and by the end of the evening, the rest of America will know their decision. Well, usually we’ll know their decision by then; but four years ago we were told Mitt Romney was the Republican winner in Iowa – by 8 votes out of approximately 125,000 cast! Almost three weeks later, after a recount, we learned that Rick Santorum had actually beaten Romney – by 34 votes. Of course Romney went on to win the Republican nomination, but lose the general election to Barack Obama. Curses.
- January 20th, 2016
Well, I sat through my last Barack Obama State of the Union Address. Although I was in the room, you probably didn’t see me if you watched on TV, because I was in the back. Why? Well, the speech takes place in the House chamber, so the Senators get the seats up front, along with the President’s Cabinet, the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a number of diplomats. The House Members sit behind them, first-come first-serve. In order to get a seat towards the front of the House Members, you have to get there hours before the speech starts. I prefer to stay in my office and get work done, read mail, return phone calls, etc., get to the chamber a little later, and sit in the back.
- January 13th, 2016
“Well this is it, America. The last time I’ll have the opportunity to come before a joint session of Congress, and address the nation, in prime time. And I’ve decided to do something different. I’m going to turn off my teleprompter, and not read that speech that my crack staff and pollsters and wordsmiths have been working on the last few months. They had put together a legacy list of my accomplishments over the last seven years, and a laundry list of things I’d propose doing over the upcoming year, knowing full well that this stuff had no chance of getting through Congress.