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What Conservatives Should Take Away from Iowa Caucuses

Posted by Joshua Price on January 4, 2008

I’m going to be honest: I really don’t care who won the Iowa Caucuses. Well, let me clarify, I don’t care about or obsess over it like some, but there are things we can learn from the 2008 Iowa Caucuses.

One thing really jumped out at me while looking at CNN’s entrance polling. According to the polling, 68% of Republican caucus voters were either satisfied or enthused (48% and 20%, respectively) with the Bush administration. Now there is one caveat here, we can’t read as much into this as we could if we knew more about the nature of the question asked. For example, many Republicans or conservatives may be disenchanted with Bush on some things but not many. So asking if one is enthusiastic, satisfied, dissatisfied, or angry may not give the most accurate representation of feelings towards the administration.

With that said, however, it is quite disconcerting to hear that 68% of Republican caucus voters are at least satisfied with the Bush administration. If we, for argument’s sake, take the numbers at face value, this tells me one of two things: First, it is indeed true that Republicans are moving away from conservatism; or two, conservatism is being re-defined. Either way it’s bad news for paleoconservatives within the Republican Party.

Now this is just Iowa. We have several caucuses left to go and the vote breakdowns will undoubtedly be different, but this is definitely an interesting start.

Finally, let me just talk about Hillary Clinton’s third place finish. It means she’s in serious trouble as I have been saying all along. Her negatives are too high. What this means is that Obama better get geared up for the “Clinton Machine” because as the old saying goes: desperate times call for desperate measures. Make no mistake, Hillary is in a desperate time.

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