Skip to comments.As Iowa looms, GOP wonders: Does Trump have fans, or voters?
Posted on 01/19/2016 12:45:30 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - It's the No. 1 question headed into the primary season: Does Donald Trump merely have fans, or does the national front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination have voters who will mobilize come caucus day?
The definitive answer won't arrive until first-to-vote Iowa heads to the polls on Feb. 1, but interviews with dozens of voters, political operatives, party leaders and campaign volunteers in the past week paint a mixed picture of Trump's efforts to make sure they do.
Even some of the billionaire real-estate mogul's most ardent backers wonder whether the political novice has the kind of ground game needed to ensure supporters - especially those new to taking part in a caucus - can navigate a process that isn't as easy as casting a ballot....
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That’s the billion dollar question, is it not?
Seltzer predicted the turnout bump in 2008. More here : http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2016/01/02/big-question-what-will-iowa-caucus-avoiders-do/78019652/
Latest Seltzer poll has first time caucus goers at 29% of respondents.
I don’t trust anything coming out of the GOP or RNC or their RNC/GOP lackeys. Period. Anything out there attacking Trump rather than extolling another favorite candidate is nothing more than a smear on the front runner and is not advancing the process. No more Doles, McCains, Romneys.
Trump may be no real Conservative, but he is right on so many challenges facing the nation that neither party is willing to even talk about, including self proclaimed “conservatives.” (small c intended.”)
Definition: Socialism is a political term applied to an economic system in which property is held in common and not individually, and relationships are governed by a political hierarchy.
Common ownership doesn't mean decisions are made collectively, however.
Instead, individuals in positions of authority make decisions in the name of the collective group.
Regardless of the picture painted of socialism by its proponents, it ultimately removes group decision making in favor of the choices of one all-important individual.
Socialism originally involved the replacement of private property with a market exchange, but history has proven this ineffective.
Socialism cannot prevent people from competing for what is scarce.
Socialism as we know it today, most commonly refers to "market socialism,"
which involves individual market exchanges organized by collective planning.
People often confuse "socialism" with the concept of "communism."
While the two ideologies share much in common -- in in fact communism encompasses socialism -- the primary difference between the two is that "socialism" applies to economic systems,
whereas "communism" applies to both economic and political systems.
Another difference between socialism and communism is that communists directly oppose the concept of capitalism, an economic system in which production is controlled by private interests.
Socialists, on the other hand, believe socialism can exist within a capitalist society.
Also Known As: Bolshevism, Fabianism, Leninism, Maoism, Marxism, collective ownership, collectivism, communism, state ownerhsip
Alternate Spellings: none
Common Misspellings: none
Examples: "Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality.
But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."
-- French historian and political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville
"As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents."
-- author George Orwell
Yes, it is. The only way to answer all the rhetorical or actual questions about all the candidates is for the people to VOTE.
Anybody who thinks the thousands who line up and stand in the cold for hours to get into a Trump rally will not go to a caucus or the polls to vote is just not thinking straight.
Having a candidate that has an actual following flies in the face of the GOP long term strategy of selecting candidates that nobody likes.
I am starting to be dismayed by Trump’s increasing petulance
Does it matter? His job is to see a conservative doesn’t get elected.
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