And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken
– “American Pie” by Don McLean
Welcome to Wednesday! Here are some “Wednesday Quick Hits” about these important issues:
- The Day the Music Died
- Denise Juneau
- Ted Cruz
- Ann Coulter
- Caucus Speeches
- Cable News & the Caucus
- Obama Visits U.S. Mosque
- Super Bowl 50 poll
The Day the Music Died:
That’s another thing that makes Iowa a terrible place…
MTN News reported yesterday that current Superintendent of Public Instruction and candidate for the U.S. House, Denise Juneau, is Montana’s first openly gay candidate running for federal office.
The bigger news is that with that announcement the world did not end – not even here in Montana.
Back in November, I wrote that Juneau will have a tough time beating the Montana’s current U.S. Representative, Ryan Zinke. That’s still true, although Zinke seems to be the type of politician who lives on the edge, so he could self-destruct very easily on the campaign trail.
Several months ago I wrote that Ben Carson and I have something in common: Neither of us will be President of the United States.
Here’s another bold prediction: Ted Cruz will not be the President of the United States. In four years he can look forward to finishing near the bottom of the Iowa caucus. That’s where several Iowa caucus winners (Huckabee/Santorum) ended up after they won the caucus.
She may have had the Tweet of the night during the Iowa caucus:
Trump is the leading GOP vote-getter tonight, among natural-born-American candidates.
In case you did not know, Ted Cruz was born in Canada.
I posted my thoughts on Twitter about Cruz saying, “Ted Cruz is projected to win the Canadian province of Alberta. He was very strong in his hometown of Calgary. #IowaCaucus”
Here are my quick takes on the Caucus speeches Monday night…
-Marco Rubio finished third in the Iowa Caucus and gave a speech like it was a victory speech
Rubio should probably shut up and show up for work in the Senate. When I think of Rubio, I think of “the drink.” I also think of him missing work in the senate, and not really caring. Rubio is getting paid almost $175k a year and not working.
By the way, it’s not right when any elected official receives a check for one job while campaigning for another.
-Ted Cruz spoke for about 32 (very long) minutes
It was worse than a filibuster. He spoke about God. Let’s see how often he talks about God when he finishes fourth. I think Cruz is a fake politician that will do or say anything to get elected.
-Hillary Clinton’s speech was about six minutes long
It’s like she wanted to get the hell out of Iowa before they declared Sanders the winner.
-Bernie Sanders had the best crowd
With almost being tied with Clinton, and winning the youth vote, look for him to be a serious contender for several more contests. He will raise some serious cash off his Iowa showing. Sanders’ crowds are most like Obama’s in 2008.
The momentum around Sanders almost makes me want to pack up a backpack and head to New Hampshire. It’s a revolution!
–Donald Trump was pretty nice and conciliatory in his speech
He said the right things. Now Trump must win New Hampshire and/or South Carolina. He leads by wide margins from the polls I have seen in both states. He also led by a small margin in Iowa.
I thought CNN did a pretty good job on caucus night and so did MSNBC. Fox News is so one-sided that I have problems watching it. Fox News did win the night with total viewers, but CNN won in the key advertiser 25-54 demo. MSNBC called the race for Cruz before CNN and Fox News. (Source)
Obama Visits U.S. Mosque:
It will be interesting to see the reaction from the haters on the right when President Barack Obama visits a U.S. Mosque on Wednesday.
After 9/11, President George W. Bush visited Islamic Center of Washington. According to this story, Bush quoted the Quran, and warned that Americans unleashing their anger on fellow Americans who follow Islam “represent the worst of humankind.”
Bush also said, “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.”
Super Bowl 50:
Which team do you think will win Super Bowl 50? Take the poll!