Feb
05
2016
6

My RedState post on suspected Democratic Iowa Caucus fraud.

Found here. Short version: the Des Moines Register is wondering what happened at the Democratic Iowa caucus. I’m wondering how is it that the Democrats can’t put this story to bed.

Feb
03
2016
4

My RedState post on Bernie Sanders not conceding Iowa.

Found here. Short version: he didn’t conceded Iowa yesterday. And… I think that he hasn’t conceded it today, either? That’s interesting, really.

Feb
03
2016
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My RedState post on the Iowa caucus party discrepancy.

Found here. Short version: the Democrats should be worried about the fact that we had more people show up for our caucus than those who showed up for theirs.  Of course, they have only themselves to blame for that.

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Feb
01
2016
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Tweet of the Day, This Is Why You Attend The Damn Caucus edition.

Because it matters, dammit.

Moe Lane

PS: Yes, the rules are different for the Republican side. Go to the damned caucus anyway.  It’s an election, so by definition it matters.

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Jan
31
2016
6

One more day!

And then comes the fascinating instant evolution (work with me, here) of Iowa from being the epicenter of the American political universe to a Midwestern state with a population of 3.1 million. I’ve seen it happen with political eyes for… I guess 2016 will be my fourth time… and it’s always amazing how quickly everything shifts. I’ve seen slower state changes from emergency cutoff switches.

As to the results? Well, I’m still mulling over my What To Look For On Caucus Night post. Or even to do one; I mean, everybody else will, and everybody else will be probably guessing, too. Besides, you all already know what to look for.

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Jan
28
2016
3

Tweet of the Day, This Is Not Compatible With Democrats Winning Iowa edition.

A lot of the discussion about the meaning of this Tweet will be about Trump – as Hot Air notes, it’s mixed news as best – but the real issue here is that there is a remarkable enthusiasm gap in Iowa when you compare 2008 to 2016: (more…)

Jan
20
2016
8

I continue to oppose the federal government’s ethanol crony capitalism.

I do not like the idea of expanding, or even retaining, ethanol subsidies. I do not think that ethanol subsidies are good for the country, or for poor people, or even for our cars. And I am unconvinced of the wisdom of Republicans pandering to a state that votes Democratic on the Presidential level.

I am not going to keep my mouth shut on that simply because candidates disagree with me.  I never have. I’m not going to start now.

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Sep
28
2015
8

Tweet of the Day, Jindal Could In Fact Win Iowa edition.

And it’s not even implausible.

Which is not to say that it’s likely, either. Basically, it comes down to how much favorability ratings matter in the Iowa race: Bobby Jindal is well-liked in that state, and if Ben Carson and/or Carly Fiorina don’t catch fire with Iowa caucus-goers then Jindal stands a chance of getting an upset win, or at least a second-place finish. …And there are at least three assumptions in that sentence. Possibly five. So, it’s a possibility, but don’t bet anything that you can’t bear to lose on the outcome either way.

Jul
08
2015
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Martin O’Malley’s futile pander to Big Corn’s Renewable Fuel Standard.

Futile because Martin O’Malley’s not winning Iowa anyway. Or the nomination. Or a “Where Are They Now?” competition, come to think of it.  Seriously, what was the point of him pandering on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) last month?

On the Democratic side, Martin O’Malley indicated his support during his announcement tour in Des Moines this weekend. “It’d be my hope that we continue to keep a high, renewable fuel standard, and that we move into celluosic fuels,” O’Malley told a crowd of Democratic activists. “The best way to do that is to keep the standard high. When you lower it, it creates all sorts of uncertainty about policy and direction.”

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Jun
18
2015
11

Iowa and New Hampshire GOPs starting to notice that they are not universally beloved.

I wonder how many people outside of Iowa and New Hampshire are upset by this?  I imagine, not that many: ” For nearly a half century, Iowa and New Hampshire have played a pivotal role in American electoral politics. But their top place on the nominating calendar is under threat like never before.” Certainly Republicans outside of those two states are going to default to not-caring at best.

Although the situation is particularly complicated this cycle by the continuing inability of Democrats to create an interesting primary season. As it stands right now, it’s still accurate to say that it won’t matter who will win the Democratic Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary; Hillary Clinton is still the front-runner, and they don’t have anybody better to replace her with.  Then again, it kind of doesn’t matter who wins the Republican caucuses and primary in those two states, either: the state GOP organizations in Iowa and New Hampshire cannot guarantee either state for the Republicans in the general election. That’s what gave those two states electoral clout, not some sort of inherent respect for tradition. If there’s no point to pandering…

May
07
2015
1

Obviously, I’m biased in any RedState Gathering / Iowa Straw Poll contest…

…but why does the Iowa GOP even want to split their straw poll off from the Iowa State Fair? I can sort of get the idea that the state Republican party may be a little upset with RedState: after all, we routinely daydream about a wonderful world where agriculture subsidies and ethanol mandates are history. But shifting the time and venue of the Iowa Straw Poll so that it interferes with the RedState Gathering still seems a little… petty.

I know, I know: the Iowa GOP will undoubtedly claim that we were completely irrelevant to their decision-making process.  Some of them might even believe it.  But there’s a certain percentage of that state’s party infrastructure that has never forgiven RedState for upstaging them in 2012 with Rick Perry’s announcement. And, let’s face it: Iowa is bad at picking the Republican nominee. Which is something else that the Iowa GOP doesn’t seem inclined to forgive us for mentioning.

Mar
21
2015
8

Iowa Democrats: Save us, Martin O’Malley, you’re our only hoHAHAHA sorry.

It’s a measure of how awful the Democratic bench is – not excluding its front-runner – that this is newsworthy: “Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley stepped up his critique of Wall Street excesses here Friday as he began his first swing through Iowa this year with a populist speech to an enthusiastic crowd of close to 300 people attending a Democratic dinner.”  As most people reading this probably know already, O’Malley is not exactly known for having the word ‘enthusiastic’ associated with him.  He is, in point of fact, rather dull. (more…)

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