Pete Buttigieg claims victory in Iowa caucuses, though no results have been released

Hey, who needs pesky numbers to win anymore?

Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg declared victory in the Iowa caucuses early Tuesday, despite a botched election process that delayed the release of the state’s results.

“So, we don’t know all the results,” Buttigieg told hundreds of supporters at a rally in Des Moines. “But, we know, by the time it is all said and done, Iowa you have shocked the nation. Because, by all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious.”

Rashida Tlaib boos Hillary Clinton from stage at Bernie Sanders Iowa event

WTF Democrats? Whatever your feelings on Hillary are, this isn’t the way to unite an already splintered Democratic party. And Hillary isn’t even running. This is the same kind of shit that happened last time surrounding Bernie’s followers who ended up not voting or voting Jill Stein which got us into the current situation with the stable genius.

CLIVE, Iowa — Campaign surrogate Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Friday night booed Hillary Clinton from the stage of a Sen. Bernie Sanders event.

With Sanders stuck in Washington due to the Senate impeachment trial, the campaign has had to lean more heavily on surrogates to energize voters in the days leading up to the caucus.

As part of the Friday night concert featuring indie folk band Bon Iver, Tlaib participated in a panel discussion along with House colleagues Reps. Ilhan Omar and Pramila Jayapal.

As they were about to wrap up, moderator Dionna Langford, an Iowa-based activist, brought up recent comments by Hillary Clinton that nobody liked Sanders. At the mention of Clinton’s name, scattered boos could be heard among the fired-up crowd.

“We’re not gonna boo; we’re not gonna boo,” Langford said, attempting to calm the audience. “We’re classy here.”

Tlaib interjected, “I’ll boo.” Then she booed from stage, leading the crowd in another chorus of boos.

Security at debate didn’t realize John Hickenlooper was a candidate

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) speaks at the United States Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, U.S., January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas – RC1866C8A6A0

I’m with security on this one. Who?

As Hickenlooper, who is participating in Thursday night’s debate, attempted to go inside the hall to take questions from reporters, a security guard stopped him after mistaking him for a member of the press.

“Are you here to pick up press credentials?” the security guard asked, according to NPR’s Scott Detrow.

“I’m a candidate,” Hickenlooper replied.

Steve King removed from committee assignments following racist comments

He never should have been re-elected but, alas:

(CNN)Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa has been stripped of committee assignments following racist comments he made to The New York Times in a report published last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Monday.

McCarthy announced that the House Republican Steering Committee — which oversees committee assignments — met Monday night and made a decision that King “will not be serving on committees in this Congress.”
Earlier Monday, a pair of the Senate’s most high-profile Republicans on Monday sharply condemned King, the highest ranking GOP officials to publicly rebuke King after comments he made to The New York Times that were sympathetic to white supremacists.

The criticism from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Utah freshman Sen. Mitt Romney, comes as the House plans to vote as soon as Tuesday on a resolution to disapprove of the actions of King, who has a history of making incendiary comments related to race and immigration.

Sarah Palin Not Invited to McCain’s Funeral

It would have been better if she hadn’t been invited as his running mate but ok I guess:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has reportedly not been invited to attend funeral services for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), her onetime running mate.

NBC News reported Wednesday that Palin had not been invited. A source within the Palin family told NBC News that “out of respect to Senator McCain and his family we have nothing to add at this point.”

When the Bar for Decency is So Low You Can Accidentally Trip Over It

One of the clips that is being used around the internet and twitter to illustrate what an honest guy McCain was is this clip from the 2008 campaign when some racist white woman says Obama can’t be trusted because he’s an Arab:

And good for John McCain to immediately shut her down (we’ll ignore for the moment that his clumsy response implies that you’re either an Arab or a decent person), but it’s just sad that we have to take a moment when a politician stops one of his supporters from smearing his opponent with an egregious lie and herald this as a shining moment of honor.