Ted Cruz just won Iowa, and it was competitive, but hardly a photo finish. In fact, runner-up Donald Trump was much closer to Show horse Marco Rubio than he was Cruz.
Pay attention, dudes and dolls, because the next two weeks will be educational (and, if such is your wont, entertaining). Donald Trump’s candidacy has been, to now, a major success. However, there’s been very little about it that’s been traditional. Trump’s been untouchable, absorbing major body blows that would have taken other candidates down without so much as flinching.
But, when the first time for any official tally came, he didn’t come out on top. Trump has not yet genuinely played from behind. How will he respond?
I think we’re about to learn a bit more about what kind of leader Trump would be. Literally overnight, “more cowbell” suddenly seems a perilous plan. Moreover, damage control hasn’t been any sort of play for him yet. Even his most outrageous pronouncements have consistently settled into the narrative as only more evidence of his genius, so there’s been nothing to recover from.
Now there is a documented result. Trump didn’t win. Trump is first loser. He’s bleeding.
Will he dress the wound with peroxide or ditchwater?