Iowa

Joe Biden the unelectable

Timothy P. Carney, Washington Examiner

Here’s the question after Iowa: How can Biden be the “electable” guy when he keeps losing elections? Biden has proven he can win in only two circumstances: (1) When he is the running mate to President Barack Obama, the Democrats’ greatest political talent since President John F. Kennedy; and (2) when he is running in Delaware. This electoral history makes it a mystery why pundits and voters think he’s the most electable. Biden’s biggest contribution to Obama’s elections may have been his suicide-bomber mission to make Paul Ryan look small, which required making Biden look like a raging jerk in the process. His poor performance in Iowa this year reflected the ways in which Biden is bad at winning elections.

Bernie Sanders: The Best Man on Trump’s Team

David Catron, The American Spectator

For the GOP, Bernie Sanders' campaign has no downside. Trump will crush him. Now Sen. Sanders — complete with his record of praising communist regimes, his campaign for the Socialist Workers Party during the 1980s, a video of him partying drunk and shirtless with his Soviet comrades, another video of him heaping praise on the Soviet public transportation system, its “superb” cultural program for children, its “free” Soviet heath-care system, ad infinitum — is the choice of many Iowa Democrats to lead their party in the 2020 general election. Sanders is pleased with these results, presumably, but his complacency can’t compare to the euphoria it has produced among President Trump’s reelection team.

The best argument against Bernie Sanders? The Biden-backing Democratic establishment can't make it

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The only problem for establishment figures such as Clinton is that Sanders is leading in Iowa. He is leading in New Hampshire. He is in second place in South Carolina. And then, looking down the road a bit, he is leading in the biggest state of them all, California. The establishment has reason to be worried. One irrefutable argument the party establishment would have against Sanders is that he is simply too old to be president. The establishment's support of Biden makes it impossible to use the age argument against Sanders. So for now, the party has no good strategy for dealing with its Sanders problem. In a week, the Iowa caucuses will be over, and the problem could be much, much worse.

The Democrat Front-Runner’s Big Iowa Rally

George S. Bardmesser, American Greatness

Biden still, somehow, does better against Trump than the others—giving him, and the media, their electability argument in favor of Ol’ Grandpa Joe—or, more likely, an argument for the abject weakness of the others. The photo from Biden’s Iowa rally should be a good counterargument. A guy who can barely get 90 people to come listen to him talk is up against a guy who can fill sports arenas. A guy who can barely get 90 people in Iowa to come and see him is up against a guy for whom supporters wait hours, and sometimes days, before the rally—sometimes despite the heat, the cold, the rain, or the humidity. And this is right after the impeachment vote, the entire purpose of which was to taint Trump.

Bloomberg Is No ‘Moderate’ On Abortion, Religious Liberty And Guns

We urge our conservative friends to keep an eye open for Bloomberg appearances, especially in the early Democrat primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and to make a point of reminding voters that on guns, religious liberty and abortion Michael Bloomberg is not a “moderate” but an existential threat to constitutional liberty.

Conservatives Put On The Brass Knuckles

“What I want to do with the Article III Project is take off the gloves, put on the brass knuckles and fight back,” Mike Davis, an Iowa native who was the chief nominations counsel for Senator Charles E. Grassley, told Carl Hulse of the New York Times.

Beto Launches Apology Tour, Beats Out Bernie In First Day Haul

Like Obama, O’Rourke is an empty vessel who sees himself as a man of destiny, and like Obama he has turned apologizing into an artform, indeed his readiness to apologize for anything and everything was our primary takeaway from his first few days on the campaign trail. Given that, Beto is shaping-up to be the perfect white guilt candidate for a Democrat Party who’s only organizing principle is racial and social animus.

Democrats In 2020: One Creep Out, One Creep In

With Michael Avenatti’s departure from the scene the creep factor for Democrats' 2020 primary did not go down, in fact it may have gone up a couple of notches with the announcement that #CreepyJoe Biden is actively considering running for the Democrats’ 2020 nomination.

The Politicians Who Killed Mollie Tibbetts

Mollie Tibbetts was killed so that somebody in Iowa could have cheap labor, and she was killed so that members of the Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce could hit this quarter’s earnings target, and most shamefully, she was killed so that virtue signaling liberal politicians could get reelected.

Obama Minions Poised To Attack Iowa’s Conservative Senator Chuck Grassley

Obama has trained 40,000 Far Left agitators to disrupt Republican townhall meetings this summer. We encourage all our CHQ readers and friends in Iowa to attend Senator Grassley’s townhall meetings today and tomorrow to counter the Obama, Soros, Holder disruption planned by Indivisible Iowa.

Obamacare Is Working Great… In DC

DC Health Link has 20 private health insurance options to choose from, big companies like CareFirst and Kaiser Permanente. For 2017 small businesses -- like the United States Congress -- have 151 health plan options from Aetna, CareFirst, Kaiser and United. However, if you live in Virginia, Iowa, Tennessee or someplace else in flyover country you may be down to one or no choice in health insurance.

Viguerie: Trump’s ‘Balloon has been punctured’

Paul Bremmer, WND

“He underperformed and I think his balloon has been punctured,” said Richard Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com and a direct mail fundraising pioneer. “The only person who has gone after Trump and has won is Cruz, and now I think others are going to be emboldened to do that.”

Iowa ruins the ‘Inevitable’

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham

The results in the Iowa caucuses are a rebuke to the notion that the national media have all the influence over America's voters. Donald Trump has been the overwhelmingly dominant figure on television news. Even his decision to duck a debate was treated as bigger news than the actual event, and he almost fell to third place in Iowa.

A Good Night for Conservatives

The Editors, National Review

Ted Cruz didn’t play the expectations game in Iowa. He said he was going to win the caucuses, and he did. What’s more, he did it even while bucking the conventional wisdom that candidates who seek to win Iowa must genuflect toward ethanol subsidies — and earning the hostility of Republican governor Terry Branstad for his refusal. Senator Cruz deserves congratulations for his performance.

For Santorum, Iowa a Field of Dreams No More

Tom Bevan, Real Clear Politics

This time around, with four days until Iowans caucus, there is no hint of a late surge for Santorum. No overflowing crowds. No sense of momentum. And bashing Ted Cruz for not being liked by those in Washington isn’t helping his cause.

Pro-life Leaders Urge Iowans to Support Anyone But Trump

A group of pro-life women leaders from Iowa as well as the heads of national pro-life organizations have released a devastating letter urging pro-life voters to support anyone but Donald Trump in the upcoming Republican primaries.

Cruz To Iowa Pastors: Trump ‘Unstoppable’ If He Wins Iowa And NH

Kerry Pickett, Daily Caller

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told a group of Iowa pastors in Cedar Rapids Monday that if Donald Trump manages to win the Iowa caucuses next week and later win the New Hampshire primary, the New York billionaire will be impossible to beat.

Ben Carson suspends campaign after volunteer death

Rebecca Kaplan, CBS News

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson canceled all of the day's remaining campaign events Tuesday after three volunteers and a staffer were involved in a car accident requiring medical care. On Tuesday evening, Carson's camping confirmed that one of the volunteers, 25-year-old Braden Joplin, had died.

Cruz Committing Regicide Against King Ethanol in Iowa

Give Ted Cruz his due, ethanol appears to an issue on which he put principle before politics. Whatever one thinks of his presidential ambitions, we all would benefit if Iowans engaged in regicide against King Ethanol.