The Iowa Caucuses have declared, and on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton won by a whisker (less than 1 %) over her rival Sen. Bernie Sanders. But, this must be considered a poor showing for her as the party favorite and heir apparent to Pres. Obama. Since Sanders declares himself a socialist, even I would prefer Clinton over him.
But, Clinton has several issues to answer for: 1. Her screw-up in Benghazi, when as Secty. of State, she refused support to her Ambassador and his security detail that got them killed by Islamic terrorists; 2. Her use of a private and unsecure e-mail system when she was Secty. of State and her lie that none of her e-mails were classified. Since then it has been shown that hundreds were in fact top secret and could have been read by any fairly clever hacker. She is currently under investigation by the FBI for offenses that would have had anyone else long since in jail. 3. The content of her e-mails has revealed a strong anti-Israel bias in the views of her close advisers. I refer to an article by Shmuley Boteach, “Torrent of anti-Israel advice found in Hillary’s e-mails,” (http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/No-holds-barred-Torrent-of-anti-Israel-advice-found-in-Hillarys-emails-443523) showing the not unsurprising anti-Israel bias among liberal Democrats, for example, from her trusted Jewish aide Sid Blumenthal. Sandy Berger her foreign policy advisor sent her advice on how to pressure PM Netanyahu to make concessions to the Palestinians. And former US Ambassador to Israel Sam Pickering advised a secret campaign to stir up Palestinian protests in the West Bank, even if it brought Hamas into power there and even if it resulted in “the murder of countless Jews.” So much for the enmity of our supposed friends. Given the lack of credibility on the Democratic side, this leads us to look more seriously at the Republic candidates.
On the Republican side, Sen. Ted Cruz at 28% just defeated Donald Trump by 4%, which was the first time the Donald has been defeated. As far as I am concerned Trump is an unprincipled loose cannon. However, Cruz is very right-wing and has evangelical support. What was more significant was that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio got 23% and was only 1% behind Trump. So the Republican race is now a three-horse race and as other candidates back out it is not difficult to predict that their supporters will got to Rubio. So watch Rubio, he is younger, more charismatic and more main-stream than the other two. I predict Rubio for President and would vote for him.