In Iowa, in my district, where Paul won by show of hands by 40% at least in the room I was in, both fox news and msnbc are showing Santorum winning this district with Romney second. I live in Iowa and work all over the state. There are almost no Santorum or Romney supporters. It’s all Paul and Gingrich. So far they’re saying Paul has 14% in my county, though it’s clear he won. In my county there were 16 Santorum supporters who had to switch because of the way the caucuses work, and only two or three more Romney supporters. There were over 300 Paul supporters and over 150 Gingrich supporters. Combined 70% were Paul and gingrich supporters at least, but they’re listed as 3rd and 4th or 5th.
Is the fix in? Then again, does “fix” even apply in these circumstances?
As it happens, the Iowa Caucus results, while shockingly close, are totally non-binding. The really important election last night was that of the state delegates, who have taken their first step towards attending the Republican National Convention, where they can totally forsake all instruction and reason and vote for whomever the f**k they choose. And, if the Ron Paul campaign has their way, that’s exactly what will happen.
It’s bread and circuses, or would be if we could afford bread.