The aftermath of following the Iowa caucuses continues . . . .
Three GOP contenders (Huckabee, Paul and Santorum) and one Democrat contender (O'Malley) are out - with the field sure to winnow further in the next week - and the circular firing squads are in full campaign mode on both sides.
Career politicians are basically stupid, as are the people who keep making them career politicians.
If there is a benefit to these campaigns, it's that light gets shined on the more unsavory people who want our votes, and sometimes that light illuminates some pretty ugly details which with voters can choose to respond. Not enough light was shined on Barack Obama 8 years ago, and even when it was shined on him, voters had a terrible alternative (McCain) in 2008, and conservatives petulantly sat on their hands in 2012 when Mitt Romney was the GOP nominee.
The light this week is on Texas Senator Ted Cruz and his sycophant followers.
Early in the evening of the Iowa caucuses, CNN reported that Dr. Ben Carson was heading home to Florida following the vote there, presumably based on a question from a reporter to someone in the Carson campaign. They even speculated that Carson might be dropping out of the race because he wasn't immediately heading towards New Hampshire the next morning. Cruz supporters immediately jumped on the report, and Rep. Steven King (R-IA), an influential Cruz supporter, tweeted out that Ben Carson was, in fact, dropping out of the race, and that any Carson supporters who followed him should change their vote to Ted Cruz.
But the speculation wasn't true.
That didn't stop Cruz supporters in numerous precincts across Iowa from repeating the false report in their caucuses, even AFTER the Carson campaign stated flatly that their candidate wasn't dropping out. Rep. King never tweeted out a correction to his earlier tweet.
The erroneous report now took on the form of a lie.
This was following another lie from the Cruz campaign in the form of a campaign mailer sent to Iowans telling them they were potentially committing a "Voting violation" if they didn't attend their caucus and vote, insinuating that their friends and neighbors had already committed the sin of not voting in past caucuses. It was a tactic used in a similar fashion in previous elections, and Ted Cruz figured if someone else used it, it must be alright to use it again.
Two lies. One apologized for, even though it was done way too late and could have been corrected easily before the caucuses ended in this era of electronic media, and one unapologetically defended by the candidate himself, simply because someone else had lowered themselves to use it. Even Cruz supporters today are blaming CNN because "they started it". I don't know about you, but I learned that defense was useless back in kindergarten.
It just shows that Ted Cruz cannot be trusTED.
If there was any good news following the Iowa caucus (in addition to Donald Trump not winning it), it was Cruz declaring victory by droning on endlessly for 40 minutes with a hand-held microphone and cliff notes. He ended up looking as low budget as he did phony and smarmy. Phony, because if after all this time you can't articulate the joy of winning using your own campaign talking points without relying on notes, you show the world your message isn't yours, but is one carefully crafted to appeal to certain groups you wish to attract and not offend. Smarmy, because you had to lie in order to win.
Light sometimes is the best disinfectant in politics. Hopefully it rids us of this disgusting creature soon enough.
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