IOWA CHANGES EVERYTHING: Get Ready for a BRUTAL Political Cage Match

Iowa was a game-changer for both parties this time around. The coronations predicted by the TV talking heads never materialized. The races are now nothing less than dogfights, on both sides of the aisle.

On one hand, the suspiciously monochromatic DNC race was supposed to be a cakewalk for Hillary. She was supposed to wipe Sanders out in a landslide. (Like, with a cloth or something.) Those heady days of the well-oiled Clintonian machine, and winning because she showed up are long gone.

Hillary and Bernie finished the night virtually tied, with Clinton appearing to lead by the narrowest of margins, but as of 4am Eastern, that victory is still not officially confirmed. That’s how close this is. (And why is that other guy still hanging around, anyway? It’s getting awkward.)

As shocked (dismayed?) as some journalists may have been at this news, it would hardly come as surprising to Clashdaily regulars. The signs were all there. Moveon.org’s official support of Bernie by itself should have told you that something was changing in their grassroots.

Is it because Clinton is yesterday’s news? All the scandals? Her hypocrisy for slut-shaming her husband’s accusers? Is she now seen as one of the powerful 1% by her own party, and therefore a pariah?

Or, maybe Bernie did a better job of reading the Democrat base: running on an “Ask Lesko” campaign, generously promising free government cheese. Whatever the reason, their race is going to get bloody. And therefore, should be fun to watch.

Across the aisle, another coronation will need cancelling. The mighty Trump train jumped the rails, and the top three candidates are separated by a mere 5 percentage points.

There will be all kinds of grist for the speculation mill about the role of the Fox News debate (and Trump’s absence) or about campaign mail-outs and social media campaigns.

When the dust had settled, any predictions about Ted’s principled stand on ethanol subsidies killing his chances in Iowa proved entirely wrong, as he finished 4 points up from second place Trump. Rubio, in turn, was only one point back of the Donald.

Rubio seems to have bled his votes away from Trump, and many would credit his strong performance in the last debate. For those keeping score, Ben Carson, Rand Paul and Jeb! Bush finished at 9, 5, and 3% respectively. The remainder of the field had no more than 2% each. Huckabee has now officially made his exit. Hopefully, others will soon join him.

There you have it, the coronations are cancelled. The gloves are off. We are about to have ourselves a cage match.

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Wes Walker is the author of "Blueprint For a Government that Doesn't Suck". He has been lighting up Clashdaily.com since its inception in July of 2012. Follow on twitter: @Republicanuck

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