Here are tonight’s big messages as we all fondly say “Goodbye, Iowa”:
- Ted Cruz: I will have the shortest name of any president in history.
- Marco Rubio: Benghazi!
- Donald Trump: Finishing in the top ten is a great victory.
- Jeb Bush: I have a short name too. And hey, I beat Carly.
- Republican Party: We count votes a lot more efficiently than those loser Democrats.
- Hillary Clinton: A win is a win. Let’s get out of here.
- Bernie Sanders: Hmmm. Maybe we’re not that tired of Hillary’s emails after all.
- Democratic Party: We may be slow, but we make up for it with a stereotypically cumbersome and complex voting process.
Iowa is historically so unpredictive of anything that I honestly didn’t have a lot of interest in tonight’s results. I was mainly curious about how Donald Trump would somehow spin his second place finish as a victory. The answer, it turned out, was to drone on about how “they” told him to skip Iowa because he wouldn’t even break the top ten. I assume this is the same “they” who repeatedly told Marco Rubio that he was too much of a schmuck to win. Whoever “they” are, they’ve been busy.
And now on to New Hampshire, a state inexplicably in love with Donald Trump. What’s that all about, anyway?
UPDATE: The photo above is from season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The name of the episode is “Goodbye, Iowa.”