The Real Reason Ted Cruz was the Big Winner. The One No One's Talking About...
Everyone is spinning the Iowa results from last night. Marco Rubio had a surprisingly good night and Donald Trump had a surprisingly mediocre one, the big winner was Ted Cruz.
No, not just because he was the actual winner of Iowa. But because of just how different his victory is from candidates in the past. It's monumental.
Tonight is a victory for the grassroots. Tonight is a victory for courageous conservative across Iowa–and all across this great nation. Tonight the state of Iowa has spoken. Iowa has sent notice that the Republican nominee and the next President of the United States will not be chosen by the media; will not be chosen by the Washington establishment; will not be chosen by the lobbyists. But will be chosen by the most incredible powerful force where all sovereignty resides in our nation by “We the People–the American people.
Think about it for a second...
Think of this. Someone in Iowa ran on ending Ethanol subsides and won. Actually reducing goverment. #MindBlown https://t.co/l4boTBrnCM— Duke (@Duke) 1454392740.0
The candidate who openly talked about ending government subsidies - in IOWA - won the Republican caucus.
You're not supposed to win the Iowa Caucus if you take a stand against Big Corn.
You're not supposed to win anywhere if you take a stand for actually shrinking government.
You're not supposed to win if you stick to your conservative principles.
Ted Cruz did all three, and he's the big winner because of it.
Regardless of where you line up, one thing is undeniable; the easiest way to win an election is to buy votes. From the grade-school class president passing out Tootsie rolls, to Bernie Sanders promising more free crap if you vote for him (read "Bernie Sanders: Why the Math CANNOT Work" here), it's just good politics. The easiest way to buy votes in Iowa (where the main exports are Corn, Corn-dogs and Corn Nuts) is to promise to increase the size of "Big Corn." That is to say, the subsidizing of the corn industry in Iowa. As a campaigning strategy in the state, it's been all but assumed that any sensible candidate will support it.
After all, who's going to step into the corn state and say "Sorry, I know Corn is important to you. But I still don't believe that the government should be subsidizing it"? The short answer nobody. At least nobody who wanted to win. That is until Ted Cruz.
In this election, the people of Iowa voted against their own immediate selfish interests, to instead vote on principle. The people of Iowa said "You know what? I'm tired of our vote being bought. I don't care if Ted Cruz promises free money for corn. I'm going to vote for him regardless."
Again, it doesn't matter where you personally line up. The historical significance of this is grand. Not only that, but it gives hope for (whoever should be the nominee of the Republican party) a genuine Conservative to run... as a genuine Conservative in November. We don't need a moderate, we don't need a wiffle-waffler, we don't need a "deal maker." For the first time in decades, let's let our freak flag fly and let the cards fall where they may.
After all, the guy who possibly won Iowa for the Democrats is an open, self-avowed socialist (watch "Bernie Sanders, A Fascist for Mediocrity" here). So what does a true "Conservative" have to be ashamed of?
Think I'm wrong? Tweet me @SCrowder and I will be sure to respond. Actually, probably not. But you can try. Also, watch my exclusive, full, half hour interview with Sen. Ted Cruz below