First, is anybody else surprised they would call it with only an 8 vote lead? Given the margins for human error in polls, I'm really surprised this wasn't done again just to be sure, or Santorum didn't call for a recount or something. (Maybe there's a rule to keep Caucuses from being too large that they don't recount? I'm not sure)
As you might have gathered, I myself was pulling for Ron Paul all the way. I still find it a bit fishy that Rick Santorum exploded out of nowhere to effectively lead the state. Nobody seems to take him seriously, he performs poorly at debates, and he's friggin' crazy. (Has anybody seen the story he has confirmed where one of his children died at a premature birth? He and his wife took the dead fetus home, introduced it to their children, played and talked to it, and slept with it in their bed. Yeah. A sane fellow to be in the White House.)
I might sound like a typical Paulbot, but I sense chicanery. This virtual nobody in the debates that has very little following whatsoever, and was far back in the preliminary polls, jumps out of fricking nowhere to nearly take the whole state, all while the counting facilities were moved to an undisclosed location? I'm probably being paranoid, but it seems quite sketchy to me. Oh well, there's many other states for Paul to take, or for somebody sane to rise up in.
I am quite happy that Newt Gingrich performed so poorly. He has some decent ideas on domestic policies, although I don't agree with much of it. He falls into the war-mongerer category (With everybody except Paul it seems) when it comes to foreign policy, however. And of course, he has some serious shadiness when it comes to inside dealings and corruption. Let's hope he doesn't take all the other states by storm.
Michelle Bachmann dropped out of the race this afternoon after her poor performance. I don't think I know *anybody* who would have been willing to vote for her. Her vocabulary consists of "Obama", "Fault", "Obamacare", "Iran", and "Weapons". Did she really expect to get anywhere at all?
Enough rambling by me! Who are you guys pulling for in the GOP Primaries? I imagine I might see quite a bit of Huntsman. I hear a bit from some of my intelligent friends, but haven't gotten a chance to look into him yet. Seems he performed poorly in Iowa, sadly.