So, Romney wins the Iowa Caucus by 8 stupid votes. What did we learn last night?
Romney isn't doing well with evangelical Christians.
Romney still hasn't convinced Republican voters that he's The Man.
Rick Santorum looks younger than his son.
Ron Paul is popular with college voters, specifically with the type of guy who would show up for my Political Theory 101 class who thought he knew all about John Locke from watching Glenn Beck.
Perry wasted everyone's time and money.
Santorum is popular with evangelical Christians.
With the lack of energy behind any one of these candidates, Obama is going to stroll though the next election.
Why the fuck is Matt Lauer asking Donald Trump what he thinks about these candidates?
All those debates helped nobody.
A bunch of Iowa farmers have too much power in this country. Please stop it.
OK, I'm fascinated about why Republicans don't like Romney. I don't understand why evangelical Christians don't like Mormons. He's also losing votes with poorer Republicans. The poorer Republicans are going for Ron Paul, who wants to totally dismantle government programs that the poor need the most. Is it because they think that Paul is more conservative on social issues than Romney? I don't think so. I think the social issue voters are going with Santorum. Romney's personality is killing him. He came off as humorless and slightly mean in the debates. The flip flopping charge has stuck to him, too.
I confess that my interest in these primaries have been selfish. I've been hoping that the most crazy candidate will win, so that Obama will have an easy job in the election and because crazy is entertaining. I suppose that I should hope that the best candidate will win, because that's good democracy. But I'm shallow.
I think that the underlying story in these primaries is really about angry voters. Lots of people, both Republicans and Democrats, are pissed off about the economic situation. Super pissed off. Who is going to tap into that?