- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The insular political press consider themselves a “powerful weapon that benefits Democrats,” writes John Nolte, editor-at-large for Breitbart News. “But if this same media truly believed in science and objectivity, the results in Iowa would forever end their relentless smears against conservatives as racists. Tuesday night, one of the whitest and most conservative states in the country — Iowa — gave 60 percent of the Republican vote to two Hispanics and a black man.”

Mr. Nolte did all the final math on the Iowa caucuses.

“For the first time in history, a Hispanic won a presidential primary. But due to the fact that Sen. Ted Cruz is Republican, no one on the media dares say so. Hispanic Ted Cruz handily won the evening with 28 percent support. Hispanic Sen. Marco Rubio shocked the world with a third place showing of 23 percent. Dr. Ben Carson, a black man, came in fourth with 9 percent. Total: 60 percent,” Mr. Nolte continued. “Meanwhile, over on the Democrat side, two people so old and so white they seem like something straight out of central casting, won 99 percent of the vote. Another white guy took the remaining 1 percent. Democrats gave their voters no other alternative.”

HEADLINE OF NOTE

“Thank you, Iowa: We’ll take it from here.”

— Editorial in the New Hampshire Union Leader.


SEE ALSO: Iowa’s also-rans facing new questions about quitting


It could get very noisy: New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner predicts a half-million voters could turn out for the first-in-the-nation primary in six days. Republican candidates alone have 14 events in the state on Wednesday.

It is of note, however, that Donald Trump will leave the Granite State for the day, bound for a jumbo rally in the Barton Coliseum in Little Rock, Arkansas — a mere 10 blocks from the Clinton Presidential Library. Mr. Trump is back in New Hampshire by Thursday with a full schedule, however.

STILL IN THE FRAY

No, they have not dropped out. Republican presidential hopeful Jim Gilmore begins a three-day jaunt through New Hampshire on Wednesday. His itinerary includes 10 events, including greeting soldiers at Pease Airport in Plymouth on their return to the U.S. from overseas deployment.

“I have chosen to make my stand in New Hampshire,” says the tenacious former Virginia governor.

Rick Santorum is taking his stand in South Carolina. Beginning Wednesday as well, the father of seven and values voter champion begins a 46-county tour of the Palmetto State, and yes, the former senator is still wearing his signature sweater vest. His campaign, in fact, is now called the “InVest in American Tour” — and so far he has made over 700 stops.

ADVICE FOR THE WEEK

Democratic hopeful Sen. Bernard Sanders is likely to be in the 2016 race for a long time and will have a significant impact on the contest, predicts Grant Reeher, a political science professor at Syracuse University. But Mr. Sanders must be prepared for the long march.

“The bad news for him is that he did not score a decisive victory in Iowa, which would have embarrassed Hillary Clinton and signaled to the media and political elites that her inevitability was overstated. In order to win the nomination, Sanders needed to essentially knock her out early. Clinton will soldier on and continue to accumulate delegates in the states that follow New Hampshire,” says Mr. Reeher.

He has a forecast for Sen. Marco Rubio as well.

“He could emerge as the more mainstream Republican whom the disaffected within the party can learn to live with and get behind. And the vote revealed some softness in the Donald Trump support. Iowa may also signal the final end of Jeb Bush’s campaign — finishing behind Rand Paul. He needed some early delegate traction to stay viable,” the professor concludes.

FINANCIAL NEWS FROM THE GRIDIRON

Super Bowl 50 is but four days off. The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will compete for glory before a TV audience that could top 1 billion, according to some analysts. Fans still seeking the rare ticket for a seat at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, are not exactly finding any bargains, says Wall Street 24/7 analyst Michael Sauter, who has been scanning the ticket price lists.

“At last check, the average list price of a ticket to the February 7 event was a whopping $5,659.60. Some individual seats are being sold for several times more than this. One — section 138, row 22 — is available for an unbelievable $25,400,” he says. “This year’s average Super Bowl ticket is 17 percent higher than it was at this time last year — which could mean prices will go even higher from here.”

Box suites, Mr. Sauter adds, are available for over $350,000.

FOXIFIED

For the 14th year in a row, the Fox News Channel has emerged as the most-watched cable news channel, according to Nielsen Media Research. It was also rated second among all basic-cable networks in prime time for January, trailing only ESPN and finishing ahead of TBS, USA and TNT.

But wait, there’s more: Fox also bested CNN and MSNBC in total viewership during the endless coverage of the Iowa caucuses, averaging a record-breaking 3.4 million viewers during the big night, compared to CNN’s 1.8 million and MSNBC’s 509,682.

In addition, the Fox Business Network has also done well, delivering its highest-rated month ever in January. The network’s second presidential debate in midmonth drew 11 million total viewers.

POLL DU JOUR

75 percent of Americans are not aware that the Food and Drug Administration recommended that sugar and fat should account for 10 percent of total calorie intake.

58 percent have tried to limit sugar in their diet in the last month, while 50 percent have tried to reduce the amount of calories in their diet.

48 percent have tried to limit sodium in their diet; 46 percent have tried to cut down on saturated fat.

40 percent have tried to limit carbohydrates.

37 percent say they are not likely to follow the new FDA guidelines.

Source: A Reuters/IPSOS poll of 1,883 U.S. adults conducted Jan. 15-21.

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