Iowa’s Silver Lining & MAGA Rallying Cries
Plus: Anti-Ukraine Chorus Seeks to Exploit an American’s Death
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MONA CHAREN: Iowa’s Silver Lining.
NO QUESTION THAT A 30-POINT VICTORY for Trump was not the ideal outcome of the Iowa caucuses. Voters have only two opportunities to prevent the return to power of a Putin-besotted, antisemite-praising, Constitution-terminating, multiple felony indictee—the primaries and the general.
BILL LUEDERS: Rallying Cries for the MAGA Right
EVER SINCE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY declined to come up with a platform in the 2020 election, embracing fidelity to Donald Trump as its only animating principle, there has been a pervasive belief that it is somehow sorely lacking in the Ideas Department. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, maybe MAGA Republicans and their supporters aren’t churning out legislative solutions to real problems. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of slogan-worthy causes for the party faithful to embrace.
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OVER THE WEEKEND, the segment of American discourse in which Ukraine is routinely depicted as a corrupt and repressive regime decried an alleged new Ukrainian atrocity: the reported death in a Ukrainian prison of YouTuber and social media “influencer” Gonzalo Lira. Vivek Ramaswamy, then still a GOP presidential contender (he dropped out last night) weighed in with a viral tweet…
Happy Tuesday! Another snow day here in Washington, despite a measly few inches. We can’t handle snow, obviously. Some of us are headed west to San Francisco for our live event later this week. I’ll be there and looking forward to meeting you.
Some programming notes: No Thursday Night Bulwark this week. Since I’ll be going coast to coast, the length and send time for Overtime may vary on Thursday and Friday.
Roughly how much was spent per vote in Iowa? A back of napkin analysis.
He spent his life building a $1 million stereo… The real cost was unfathomable.
How Hillsdale… Got Mixed Up in the 2020 Election Plot.
The Stanley Water bottle craze… Unpacked by Phil Edwards.
Donald Trump Isn’t Going Anywhere… Molly Jong-Fast writes “Iowa Republicans gave Trump a blowout victory, as GOP leaders and Fox News fall in line.”
A Domenici return? The daughter of the former NM Senator is apparently seeking to return the name to the Senate. (His formerly secret son, Adam Laxalt, tried unsuccessfully in 2022 in Nevada.)
Why is the DNC dumping on Asa? Doesn’t seem like a great strategy to keep part of the coalition that brought ‘ya to the dance. Call me crazy!
What could go wrong? House Republicans think a big Fauci hearing is gonna move folks. (Did they think DeSantis was gonna be the nominee or something?)
Is it time for futile and stupid gestures? The Ragin’ Cajun on how to mock Donald Trump.
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