It’s a shame that many people have fallen for the idea that Donald Trump is an outsider. His inexperience in public office belies his true deal-making skills and penchant for political expediency. This became clear with his proposed expansion of liberal subsidies in Iowa. Of course he suddenly supports expanding subsidies. He’ll have plenty of time to reverse it after the Iowa caucus. That’s the smart thing to do, principles be damned. It’s the way of a political insider.
Donald Trump’s expedited touchback amnesty plan is very similar to other amnesty plans except that it makes him seem tough on immigration and it will cost a whole lot more than other plans. It’s a feel good plan for the Republican Establishment to make them feel like they’re being tough while not alienating minorities. There’s a reason that conservatives fought it in 2007 and there’s a reason that we should all fight it today.
The polls in Iowa are painting a very close race, but if we’ve learned anything about polling over the last couple of years it’s that the rise of smartphones and online interactions has yielded extremely inaccurate poll numbers. The two most accurate indicators of how Iowa is going to play out are net favorability and social media.