The Top Two (Other) Biggest Losers After Iowa

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

The two other biggest losers as a result of Ted Cruz’s Iowa victory:

1. Terry Branstad And His Crony Capitalist Buddies

Branstad launched an “anyone but Cruz” movement in Iowa, proving it’s Cruz, not Donald Trump, who really scares the GOP’s crony capitalists.

Gov. Branstad’s lobbyist son Eric leads a group of donors pouring a big chunk of money into ads attacking Cruz on ethanol in Iowa. Cruz correctly identified this Branstad dynamic as the way crony capitalism operates in Washington as well as Des Moines, as National Review reported:

Appearing on Meet the Press, Cruz said Branstad’s “son is a lobbyist who makes hundreds of thousands of dollars on lobbying ethanol.”

“His family makes a ton of money” from federal subsidies on ethanol, Cruz continued. “The lobbyists very much want to keep Iowa focused on the ethanol mandate because it keeps Iowa dependent on Washington — means every year they’ve got to go back to Washington and maintain the mandate, the lobbyists get paid, the politicians get paid.”

“I’m going to eliminate all the subsidies, no subsidies for oil and gas, no subsidies for anybody,” Cruz said. ”But the other piece that is very important and that’s resonating is I’m going to also tear down the EPA’s ethanol blend wall, which means make it legal to sell mid-level blends of ethanol and that in turn can expand ethanol share of the marketplace by 60 percent but not based on mandates or subsidies based on the free market.

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Evangelicals: “Jerry Falwell Would Be Rolling Over in His Grave” Over Son’s Trump Endorsement

Donald Trump speaks in Reno, Nev. (photo credit: Darron Birgenheier via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Major evangelical leaders have been quick to express dismay over Jerry Falwell Jr.’s green-lighting of Trump, none more so than John Stemberger, who helped lead the victory for Florida’s marriage amendment in 2008 (and is an occasional contributor to The Pulse):

‘The late Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr. would be rolling over in his grave if he knew the son who bore his name had endorsed the most immoral and ungodly man to ever run for President of the United States,’ Stemberger said in a statement provided to POLITICO. ‘It is one thing to allow the free exchange of ideas, even bad ideas, among college students on a Christian campus. It is quite another to give a glowing endorsement-like introduction calling Donald Trump … This in no way represents the legacy of Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr.’

And he’s not the only one. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council endorsed Ted Cruz. Peggy Nance of Concerned Women for America echoed Stemberger’s concerns. Marjorie Dannenfelser (another contributor to The Pulse) joined other pro-life women in urging pro-life voters to support anyone but Trump.

And Southern Baptist theologian Russell Moore tweeted:

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