Lessons from the Iowa Caucuses
The Iowa Caucuses have come and gone, and through all the ups and downs of a volatile and fluid race we learned 4 key things about Iowa and the rest of the race to evict Barack Obama from the White House.
A Campaign Cannot Rise Above its Candidate
I’ve been saying that for years, and it was proven in these Caucuses. Ron Paul’s campaign is one of the best political organizations I’ve ever seen in Iowa, but in the end it couldn’t overcome the fact the American people don’t elect nerds to alpha male positions. Forget his quirky ideology, Paul just doesn’t have the stage presence and charisma required to be captain of the football team, let alone President of the United States. Perhaps one day his more affable son Rand will be able to compensate for his father’s shortcomings and come across as less crazy, cranky, and more inspiring.
A Campaign Can Kill its Candidate
Just ask Bachmann and Perry. From the moment she won the Straw Poll until the very end Bachmann’s campaign substituted the woman of substance and convictions she’s been as a Congresswoman for a clichéd driven Sarah Palin wannabe. Rarely did Iowans see publicly the woman of chutzpah and conviction I saw privately. The only time that came out was in the debates when Bachmann was on her own without handlers, and letting it rip. That’s no coincidence.
Likewise, Perry’s campaign started off on a suicide mission by distancing their candidate from his book Fed Up, which should’ve been the book that propelled Perry to the nomination, but instead they tried to run from it. Following that was a string of disastrous debate performances and gaffes that in fairness no campaign could overcome.
The Establishment Never Breaks Ranks