Maintained, No Gains

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Less than one week now before Iowans brave the cold to caucus and select who they want to be the Democratic presidential nominee.

The state of the race remains unchanged today following a live, televised town hall where each of the three Democratic wannabes faced voters in Des Moines.

All three – Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley – solidified the support of their supporters. All three proved strong and passionate. All three seemed comfortable in their own skins.

None of the three, however, said anything so pronounced to move the needle or persuade the many, many undecideds to move into the column of support for this candidate or that candidate.

Bernie and Hillary remain in a statistical tie. Martin keeps hanging on, hoping for a miracle.

A revolution was called for, yet again, by Bernie. Experience and deserving the nomination was the clarion call of Hillary.

For now, beyond the support already garnered, it remains unclear whether the people will rise up or whether people will answer the cry.

From the Cornfield, all three candidates did well last night. But, no candidate won the battle. That will not be settled until Monday.

But What About The Money?

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Four years ago, everyone and his or her neighbor were dumping on Mitt Romney. Republicans lambasted him in the primaries. Democrats were gleefully mocking him. Independents were aghast wondering how dare he run for President.

What was all the outrage about? Romney was worth $250 million!

He was too rich!

He was out of touch with ordinary Americans and could not understand having all that money. Skip ahead to now, four years later.

We have one billionaire businessman wowing stadiums full of Americans. A billionaire who is held on to the lead in the Republican race for the White House since last summer and looking like a winner.

Then on Sunday we hear another billionaire worth four times the billions of the other billionaire who is thinking of mounting an independent bid for the Oval Office.

The news and social media are salivating. Low income, blue collar workers and the middle class are ready to start dancing in the streets.

While on the other side we have a Democratic Socialist, who is an independent, giving the traditional Democrat shades of 2008 all over again. This man is in his 70s. This man proudly accepts the socialist moniker.

People born after the Wall fell and the Cold War ended are packing arenas for him. His followers have no memory or knowledge of the Red Scare. This candidate wants to spread social programs to the nth degree.

Conventional wisdom this election season has not only been tossed out the window with the baby and bath water, it is if it never existed.

We have the epitome of what Establishment embodies denying she knows what that means.

We other reliable, old-family candidates who are seeing the Establishment reluctantly resigning to back a reality television star.

What’s next – a resurrection of the Bullmoose Party?

Or maybe more appropriately the return of the Know Nothing Party?

I mean the Bullmoosers were progressives after all.

And the Know Nothings opposed immigration and Catholics.

Remember history does repeat itself.

From the Cornfield, what about the money?

What about the purity of American capitalism?

What about political correctness?

What about political dynasties?

In one week from today, we may start finding out the answers to all these questions.

Facing Facts

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As I sat watching and listening to the undercard debate of the three out of four Republican candidates who chose to show up this evening, I was struck with one glaring reality:

Time for all three to drop out. While some of the sound bytes were nice with a certain ring to them, none of three can sanely say this is their time.

Perhaps Rand Paul had it right by not showing after being sent to the kids’ table.

Carly Fiorina who was back on the early debate stage since the first debate revealed that running as the female GOP alternative to Hillary Clinton was not enough. Fiorina has acquitted herself well in earlier debates and sounded strong again today.

But time to say, “adieu”. Neither Mike Huckabee, who won Iowa in 2008, nor Rick Santorum, who won Iowa in 2012, have been able to ignite more than a spark of interest. Both candidates are running on yesterday’s issues.

Time to haul it in, boys.

From the Cornfield, time face the facts, none of the three nor Paul, who refused to play the hand dealt, has a chance at the nomination this year.

While I agree with Paul no votes have yet been cast, some times the better part of politics, like with poker, is knowing when to throw in the hand.

Now is the time.

Look for my take on the main debate tomorrow. I do not plan to watch until after my shows tonight when I can watch it online.

Based on this early debate, I prefer to tune into Heroes Reborn, The Blacklist and Shades of Blue during prime time and the debate at 11 p.m. online.