It has been a week of roller coaster in US politics, beginning with the debacle of voting in Iowa on Monday and continuing through the divisive speech of the State of the Union of Donald Trump and his acquittal in the trial trial of the Senate. But who are the losers and winners of some dramatic days for Republicans and Democrats?
5/5: Donald Trump
An arrogant and aggressive US president called his speech at the White House on Thursday as a “celebration,” and he might well do it. He was at the end of a week in which he had spent 80 minutes defending his reelection on primetime television in his speech by the State of the Union and had been acquitted in his political trial, with only one Republican breaking ranks. Vote against him. A Gallup poll put the president’s approval rating at 49%, the highest level for that poll since 2017, and on top of that, the Democratic primary race had a disastrously bleak start in Iowa. Holding the front page of a newspaper that He said “Trump acquitted,” the president told his White House crowd: “Let me take that home; maybe we frame it. He’s the only good headline I’ve had in the Washington Post.” His speech sounded like a preview of what he plans to do on November 4 after winning the election.
4/5: Pete Buttigieg
If someone managed to get a boost from the disaster in Iowa, it was the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who more or less declared victory before the results arrived and went on to get as much attention as possible. Did he even win? With almost 100% of the vote, Buttigieg is only 0.09% ahead of the socialist rival Bernie Sanders in the delegate count, and Sanders is ahead of the young suitor in the popular vote. But the veteran Vermont senator will now have to wait until New Hampshire next week to get his share of the glory.
3/5: Mike Bloomberg
The decision of the former billionaire mayor of New York to exclude the first states and cover California with publicity seems partially claimed. With the usual impetus conferred on the dull Iowa winner, a strong demonstration of Bloomberg in the variety of states that vote Super Tuesday (March 3) will surely launch thousands of ideas wondering if Bloomberg can rub shoulders with Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg and unite the center. Do you feel dizzy about a rich man buying the race? Bloomberg has an answer. “Someone said:” Are you spending too much money? “And I said,” I’m spending money to get rid of Donald Trump. “And the guy said,” Spend more. “
2/5: Joe Biden
The former vice president of Barack Obama entered the week as the favorite in the Democratic race and still leads the majority of national polls and clashes with Trump. But arriving fourth in Iowa, a result he called a gut blow, has seriously abolished his tone that he is the most eligible candidate. If on Tuesday he returns to underperforming in New Hampshire, Biden could find supporters and donors who leave him by Buttigieg or Bloomberg.
1/5: Nancy Pelosi
The leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives was very convinced that he agreed to dismiss Trump, only when the strength of the evidence in the case of Ukraine became overwhelming. She began the process knowing that it was almost certain that Trump would be acquitted, but hoping to put his accusation on the posterity record, gobble up his legislative agenda and damage him before the November elections. She has succeeded in the first two points, but the last one is under discussion. And on top of that, Pelosi, generally so balanced in his dealings with Trump, risked losing the moral ground when he broke his copy of his State of the Union speech on live television, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo compare it Lisa Simpson (Critics said I had not understood the episode).
0/5: The state of Iowa
Iowa was already facing criticism that as a small state, 90% white, largely rural, had a disproportionate impact on the Democratic race even before Monday’s debacle, in which the applications failed and the telephone lines were they saw overwhelmed, which means that even on Friday the Democrats could not say who won the first contest of the primary season. In the results that the party finally published, the vote counts did not add up and the figures contained inconsistencies and errors, according to the New York Times, which led the president of the national party to demand a review “to ensure public confidence in the results “. The conspiracy theories angered that the party was deliberately sabotaging Sanders’ chances, and Trump’s campaign cheerfully fanned the flames. If the Iowa state party had deliberately set out to undermine its own place in the primary hierarchy, it could not have done better than this.