Yesterday I talked about the media narrative and how, no matter what the result, the narrative would already be in place.
Anyone who watched the coverage yesterday and today can recognize this.
Just a week ago, we were told by the talking heads that Donald Trump’s 2nd place finish by 4 pts was a crushing defeat that it brought questions about if Mr. Trump was for real. At the same time Marco Rubio’s 3rd place finish was the sign that his time had come, the media was all Rubio all the time. Endorsements poured in and Marco mentum was the rule of the day.
Not so Ben Carson whose 4th place was an afterthought, nor Ted Cruz whose actual victory seemed to mean nothing because NH is different kettle of fish (do people put fish in a kettle)?
Well now we’ve seen NH and we’ve learned some interesting things.
While finishing 2nd place by 4 pts is a crushing defeat in Iowa in NH 2nd place by 18 points is a great victory that can propel a candidate to the upper tier of the GOP field even if said candidate didn’t manage to crack 10% in Iowa.
We learned that while 3rd place by 2 pts in Iowa is an incredible finish that gives a candidate momentum 3rd place in NH by 4 point is no big deal even in a state where you aren’t expected to do well.
We’ve further learned that while 4th place in Iowa is not even worth mentioning 4th place in NH revives a campaign and guarantees a candidate can go on even if that 4th place finish is the best said candidate has done so far.
And most odd of all we’ve seen that a first place finish by a wide margin is less newsworthy than finishing 2nd.
How can this be? Well it’s very simple.
For the MSM Jeb Bush and John Kasich are the most liberal members of the GOP field supporting Obamacare, Common Core & Illegal Immigration and thus the easiest for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders to defeat, therefore any meme that potentially advances their chances to get the GOP nomination is to be given the full force of the msm.
Ted Cruz opposes all of those things, thus in Iowa his 1st place finish is eclipsed by Marco Rubio and his 3rd place finish is eclipsed by Jeb Bush because under no circumstances shall any scenario that advances his candidacy be advanced.
Finally while the media absolutely hates Donald Trump they fear Ted Cruz. Therefore while they will downplay Trump’s win for now they will hold their fire under the assumption that it might come down to Trump vs Cruz and in that case they will go all in for the Donald.
Never forget that the media’s stories are already written, it’s only a question of shoehorning the facts to fit them.
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