Like it or not, and I do, Hillary won in Iowa. Like it or not, and I don't, Ted Cruz won in Iowa.
All the spin in the world won't change those results.
Now it's on to New Hampshire, where Bernie has to "win," and not "virtually win," to stay even marginally alive on the Democratic contest, and it's on to New Hampshire for Cruz, where his historically inaccurate and horrifically un-American statement after his Iowa victory that "our rights come from God and not the Constitution" will lead to his decisive defeat in that "Live Free or Die" state.
And speaking of historically inaccurate and horrifically un-American statements, who is going to break it to Benito Trump that if elected president, he can't arbitrarily "overturn same-sex marriage" as he claimed in Iowa last week to Evangelicals.
It leads one to wonder if anybody has ever mentioned to either of the two Republican front-runners that America is, in fact, governed by a written Constitution, a Bill of Rights, and three equal branches of government?
I thought not.
And you wonder why I'm obsessed with mandating a return of civics to the American classroom.
Meanwhile, in other news:
"Barbie gets hips"' earned her the front cover of Time magazine.
She thus follows Trump, Bernie, but still not me, in achieving that illustrious honor.
On the other hand, it should be noted neither Trump, Bernie, nor Barbie has a weekly column in The Sun as do I, so I guess it all evens out in the end.
Just off the presses:
The Patriots are not one of the two teams playing in the Super Bowl tonight. I know.
You were so busy watching the Iowa caucuses, you missed the news. Understandable.
However, may I suggest as a real alternative to watching the Panthers vs. Broncos concussion fest tonight, you instead see the new film Brooklyn?
And could it really be 30 years ago last week that the shuttle Challenger exploded before our very eyes on television.
The fact is death on the tube before millions is thankfully still rare enough that it still shocks.
As a kid in 1962, I watched live on TV with my dad beside me, as former welterweight boxing champion Emile Griffith pummeled the then-welterweight champion Benny "Kid" Paret so badly during their championship rematch bout that he died 10 days later.
The following year, I watched as Lee Harvey Oswald was murdered on national television by Jack Ruby.
In 2001, we all saw live the bodies falling out of windows as the Twin Towers in New York City dissolved before our eyes in a matter of minutes.
But somehow the shuttle disaster was a horror unto itself, maybe because watching, you knew instinctively that if still alive, all aboard knew they were plunging toward certain death.
Meanwhile, for those alive then, tell me you agree it just doesn't seem possible that 30 years could have gone by since that terrible day.
Kind of puts the Patriots failure to make it into yet another Super Bowl into perspective, don't you think?
Finally, filed under the rubric, "sometimes bad things do happen to bad people," two extremists from an anti-choice organization who were part of the group that deliberately doctored videos to allegedly prove that administrators from Planned Parenthood were illegally offering to sell body parts from aborted fetuses, were themselves indicted by a Texas grand jury -- yes, Texas grand jury -- with both tampering with a government record, as well as attempting to purchase human organs.
Even more interesting, despite all the huffing and puffing by Republicans in Congress and Republicans on the campaign trail running for president, that same Texas grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood of any and all wrongdoing in the matter.
The decisions by the Texas grand jury produced nary a whiff of apology from any and all of those who chose to exploit the original charges when it suited their political agenda.
Somewhere in heaven, Terry Schiavo has to just be shaking her head and thinking that the more things change in the politics of exploiting tragedy, the more they stay the same.