The Iowa caucuses turned out to be a bit of a mess. This one was caused by the malfunctioning of a new app that was introduced to record and count the precinct results as they were turned in. The decision to create and use the app was the result of a mystifying desire to have the results of elections released as soon as possible though there is absolutely no urgency whatsoever. As a result, the whole process was a massive anti-climax. One benefit is that it reduces the importance of the Iowa results to what it should be, rather than the outsize significance it has been given for simply being the first contest.
I came across this montage of Bernie Sanders over several decades that shows that what has changed with time is the amount of hair that he has, not his views about social justice.
I will never stop fighting for the working people of this country. pic.twitter.com/1V91xa638J
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 29, 2020
It is interesting that most candidates have consultants who make sure they are well groomed and who carefully oversee how they are look, speak, and are dressed. Remember the idiotic attention paid to Al Gore’s ‘earth tone’ clothing, Lamar Alexander’s plaid look, the expensive haircuts that Bill Clinton and John Edwards had, and Hillary Clinton’s laugh? The idiotic media obsession with ‘likability’ and whether the candidate is someone whom an average voter would ‘like to have a beer with’ (an absurd suggestion about why people preferred George W. Bush over John Kerry)?
Sanders seems to not care at all about these things, appearing with rumpled clothes and tousled hair, and speaking intensely and passionately, often yelling and scowling as he does. I suspect that that most ordinary people do not care about these superficial things, only the political insider class does.
After all, what does it say about you if you care more about how a candidate looks than what their policies are?