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Jackie Gingrich Cushman on

We've had enough political news in half a week to last a month or more, but we know the velocity will only increase until the election. On Monday, Republicans and Democrats in Iowa participated in caucuses. President Donald Trump won the Republican caucuses in a landslide (somewhere north of 97 percent). This was not and is not news.

The news coming out of the Democratic caucuses involved a myriad of issues that affected how the votes were tabulated.

The result: The first partial results were not issued until 5 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday. It's hard to imagine a worse start for the Democratic Party. The party that wants to control your health care can't manage the caucus tabulation in one state.

Some have speculated that Democratic Party leaders orchestrated this delay intentionally as part of an effort to reduce the public's trust in our system of voting. After all, if we can't be sure that votes in Iowa are tabulated correctly, why should we believe that a correct tabulation of votes on election night is possible?

Others believe that this is simply pure incompetence. Whatever the reason, and I hope that hundreds of reporters are hard at work trying to find it, the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses debacle will live forever. While former Mayor Pete Buttigieg edged out Sen. Bernie Sanders, my bet is that Buttigieg falls dramatically in the South.

Tuesday was also the night Trump delivered the State of the Union speech in the House of Representatives. He was impeached in the same chamber in a purely partisan vote in 2019, but the Senate acquitted him on Wednesday.

 

During last year's State of the Union, Trump challenged officials to "reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution, and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise, and the common good." Instead, he was impeached.

While Trump has been outspoken both in interviews and tweets about his belief that the impeachment was not fair, he did not mention it once on Tuesday night. Instead, he looked forward to the future.

But the reception he got from the Democrats was ice cold. During the speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was seated behind Trump and appeared to read her copy of the speech and leaf through the pages. There were a few times when members of both parties stood up to clap, but they were few and far between.

"We are advancing with unbridled optimism and lifting our citizens of every race, color, religion and creed very, very high," said Trump as he began.

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