by Gray Graham
Coming in 1st is a loss and coming in 3rd is a win, welcome to the spin doctoring of presidential politics. That is how politics work in 2016.
On the Democratic side
If Sanders had won then the Bernie bros would have been declaring that the revolution was in full effect. Hillary wins and it is like the establishment is keeping us down. Unfortunately I witnessed a Sanders supporter's sexist attack on Hillary. It is not uncommon online and just like there is an element of racism in the hate of Obama there is an element of sexism in the hate against Hillary. No denying that.
Also I don't know if Sanders realizes it or not but the fact that he is even in the race is pretty much killing his complaints about big money in politics. When you are able to pull in 32 million dollars so you can run for president from middle class and poor people, you should not be complaining about corporations and rich people. The fact that he is able to compete pretty much means that big money and establishment support have very little to do with winning if you don't believe me just ask Jeb Bush.
On the Republican side
Rubio was projected to be in 3rd place. He finishes in 3rd place and declares a victory. Everyone was excited that Trump came in 2nd. I don't know why because he barely spent any money, didn't even have a ground game, and didn't even really run a campaign. Trump is just trolling us because he doesn't even want to be president.
The winner of the night was Ted Cruz. While Trump is just pretending to be a hateful bigot, Ted Cruz has the political track record that shows he is a hateful bigot. One of his supporters said they were voting for him because he was going to wipe out Muslims and destroy their religion. I don't know what is wrong with the majority of Iowa Republicans but they tend to like the people the rest of us dislike.
To sum up
Sanders is not Obama. It is 2016 not 2008. There is no revolution just a bunch of upset liberals. Apparently dictionaries and history books are obsolete because people still don't know the difference between liberal and progressive. They also don't know the difference between conservative and bigot. They also have forgotten Ford vs Reagan and Carter vs Kennedy.
When it comes to our political process the American people are frankly just too lazy. They are too lazy to vote in local elections. Too lazy to learn how our government works. Too lazy to actually research the candidates for office. Americans are even too lazy to try and find common ground to work together to make the country great.
Instead they want to limit campaign finance, limit how long people can serve in public office, limit people's religious beliefs in their public lives, and limit the amount of respect they have for other human beings.
The Democrats in Iowa need to get their process in order. We need to change our election process and if people want new ideas then they need to put the work into building a new election system with new political parties. If you really want to change something then you are going to have to work to make it happen instead of wishing for magical pink unicorns to fix it for you.
At some point you have to stop talking and start working.