Results in the New Hampshire primaries Tuesday night validated the anger and anxiety being felt by voters across America, as Sen. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump earned historic wins.
Only two states have voted in the presidential nominating process thus far, but that has supplied a representative sample indicating people are struggling with how far the American dream has slipped away and they are nervous about their future and their children’s future.
The economy, stagnant wages, disappearing jobs, Wall Street greed, Katrina, 9/11, Black Lives Matter, Flint, MI…
The examples go on and on where governmental institutions in America have failed the people and trust in the establishment has collapsed.
That rage was exemplified by Trump supporters pushing their unlikely candidate to a winning victory in New Hampshire by a two-to-one margin over second place finisher Gov. John Kasich (OH). Likewise, Sanders crushed centrist Hillary Clinton by an eye-popping 22 percentage points.
Leaders of both political parties were scratching their collective heads Wednesday morning wondering what happened, as a billionaire New York City playboy sat atop the Republican field and a 74-year-old Socialist from Vermont had taken the lead for Democrats.
Sanders trailed Clinton by 44 points in the first New Hampshire poll taken. It’s a state that has been very kind to the Clinton family.
In 1992, Gov. Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign received the boost it needed to move forward from the voters of New Hampshire, and Hillary got the comeback victory her campaign needed in 2008, by winning the Granite State primary over eventual nominee Barack Obama.
The Clinton campaign knew they were going to lose New Hampshire, but spun the message that they had the margin of defeat down to single digits.
To drop a 44-point lead and then lose by 22 is a brutal awakening. I bet that was a real treat traveling with Sec. Clinton Tuesday evening after she had to give her concession speech.
Obviously there is a ‘lost in translation’ problem with her message. I still don’t hear a concise answer about why she is running for president. Sure it completes her trifecta of political super jobs, but she just drones on about problems, problems, problems. Where is the optimism?
Clinton is a pro at planned spontaneity or phony realism. Look at her concession speech Tuesday night.
Knowing full well she had clearly misjudged her adversary’s ability from the jump, and failed to recognize the animosity and fear in the 2016 electorate – Hillary embarked on her first course correction of the campaign to begin building a bridge to this reality.
She dipped into her personal history, to get at the origins of why she is making this second run for president.
Anyone seeking to become CEO of America should know this answer in their heart and be able to deliver it with authenticity. I find it telling that Hillary required a teleprompter to retell her own story.
Underneath all the advising and polls, Clinton is a compassionate politician and has a proven record in advocating for the rights of young people, women, minorities and the working class. I have met her several times and she is compelling in a small setting, but that individual rarely is exposed for mass consumption.
As staggering as the victory total is for Sanders, in terms of delegate allocation, he evenly split the available delegates with Clinton, due to New Hampshire’s super delegates siding with Hillary.
Sanders does have the momentum of a political movement carrying him forward, but Iowa and New Hampshire can be looked at as specialized electorates.
These are both progressive states inhabited by large white majorities. Now the process moves south to more diverse populations.
If Sanders can pull together the college crowd, with blue-collar workers and a slice of the African-American and Latino populations, that is a coalition that will stretch this nomination contest deep into the spring.
Bernie Sanders can become the Democratic nominee, and that is something party leaders and voters in 48 other states need to begin considering.
For the Republicans we saw again that debate performances do matter, as Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) got crushed after his inexperience was crystallized in last Saturday’s debate. You don’t get a second chance like Rubio had coming out of Iowa, and he whiffed.
Kasich and Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) both had solid nights, but Trump was the big winner. GOP organizers and voters also need to take a hard look at whether the Donald is who they think is best suited to lead their party forward in June.
Wednesday the harsh light of reality shined down on Gov. Chris Christie (NJ) and businesswoman Carly Fiorina, as both withdrew from the race after continuing to languish near the bottom of the GOP field in terms of popularity.
Thank you New Hampshire for getting rid of the excess baggage.
Calling Dr. Carson. You’re needed back in surgery.