Regardless of your political views, the outcome of the Democratic nomination will create a very interesting situation either way. If Sanders, an older, grumpier, Independent candidate who openly identifies as a socialist, wins the nomination over a well-seasoned, well-known, well-connected, non-socialist candidate such as Clinton, it will easily be considered one of the greatest upsets in our political history. If Clinton wins the nomination, she could potentially be the first presidential nominee to be indicted while running for office.
The mainstream media likes to covers the race like it's ballgame with a clear winner and loser in each caucus or primary. But proclaiming a Hillary "win" is misleading when it comes to the Iowa caucuses. In any meaningful sense, it was a "virtual tie."
What made last night's Democratic caucuses so interesting, aside from the fact that Clinton and Sanders virtually tied, was the battle between younger and older voters. If you look at how Iowan Democrats voted by age, it's plain to see that Clinton took home the older vote, while Sanders won huge among millennials.
While it's true that anger associated with financial insecurity is feeding both the right and left this election year, it seems there is a place beyond anger, a place where powerlessness makes anger feel irrelevant, such is the dissociation with the political process.
Anyone watching the Republican and Democratic presidential debates would be excused for thinking that there are indeed two different countries called "America," a Republican America and a Democratic America.
Ironically, Sanders, Cruz and Trump all make similar arguments: the system is rigged against average Americans; special interests and political "cronies" are reaping the rewards; and nothing short of a massive overhaul is in order. Extreme populism has been on the rise in Europe, and these candidates are attempting to foment a similar sentiment in the U.S.
At long last the 2016 presidential nomination contests have finally started with the conclusion of the first contest, and we now have the first solid glimpse at voter participation. 186,874 Iowans participated in the Republican caucus and 171,109 participated in the Democratic caucus, for a total of 357,983 or a turnout rate of 15.7% among those eligible to vote.
Outside of the beltway, it's not really controversial to assert that money in politics has reached a crisis level. But in Washington, a town where naming a post office might set off a filibuster, it's hard to overstate the value of consensus.
Given the rise of Trump and Sanders, anger could prove to be the driving force of the primaries. If so, November could pose an even more consequential question: against whom is this anger to be directed? And how? I cannot remember when voters have had to answer a more significant question.
I've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that presidential candidates are starting to talk about Internet issues. The bad news is that presidential candidates are starting to talk about Internet issues.
Winning the Iowa Caucus catapults presidential candidates into national prominence, and in this case, Bernie Sanders was able to win a crucial victory, even with a "virtual tie."
Although Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders just barely lost to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Iowa Caucuses, millennials all over Iowa made their voices heard: they are feeling the Bern. Voters at Iowa State University in Ames heavily favored Sanders.
Since the moment the Bernie Sanders campaign began there has been no shortage of detractors in mainstream media. Self-appointed political sages have put his "Democratic Socialism" on trial and passed the verdict of "unrealistic" on his economic plan.
Going forward, I do not see how Trump undoes the damage he inflicted on himself in Iowa. Not only has he unilaterally destroyed his narrative that he is a "winner," but he has now given the rapidly rising, if boyish, Rubio a clear path to victory.
Late Monday night, Bernie Sanders thanked voters for propelling him to a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton in the Iowa caucuses.
The primary season officially gets underway tonight, as Iowa voters brave the winter weather and head to the caucuses. This will give political wonks some actual hard data to discuss, instead of just opinion polling and sheer speculation, so it's a big day on the political calendar for us.