The dust, or in this case, the snow has settled in New Hampshire. Donald Trump won his first primary contest in landslide fashion. Trump supporters were elated all over social media. And it was one of those I’ll believe it when I see it moments due to what happened in Iowa.
Let’s consider what just took place. A man who was primarily known for his hit television show, The Apprentice, jumped into politics back on June 16th. He’s never run for, or held public office before. He is funding his campaign with his own money. The media has actually funded much of Trump’s campaign by giving him an endless stream of round the clock attention. He sneezes and they cover it.
Donald has called his opponents almost every name in the book. He’s done things that not one political consultant would advise. And despite all of that, he’s winning, and winning big league.
For Trump fans, last night was particularly satisfying. The dejected pundits looked like they were all working in a mortuary. Fox News quickly moved on to that exciting horse race (sarcasm) for second place. A Trump tsunami just hit, a historical thing of Biblical proportions just occurred, so let’s talk about John Kasich and Jeb Bush. This was a real case of “elephant in the room” syndrome. There’s Trump staring them all down. And they move on to “other” news. Breathtaking ignorance and bias.
It wasn’t historic enough that Trump finished in 2nd place in Iowa amidst a wacky voting system and what appears to be real political chicanery by the Ted Cruz campaign. What happened last night in the granite state really sealed off any notion that Donald Trump is some kind of circus act. The truth is, he made the entire media-political-complex into an honest to goodness clown show.
So what happens next? Well, South Carolina. Trump had massive leads. But it’s a Bible belt state that has been slowly trending more purple than red. Ted Cruz will think he owns this place, but not so fast. The rest of the establishment field will soldier on. Rubio, Bush and the hapless John Kasich will all show up there. In 2012, Newt Gingrich won the Palmetto state, and was then destroyed by Glenn Beck and the GOPe. Trump is Newt on steroids and has defined himself and the issues better than Gingrich did in 2012. I’m not ready to say that South Carolina wants a pastor in chief with the likes of Lindsey Graham and Nikki Haley roaming about. Cruz will not get any support from the local politicians. So he and Trump will be on a level playing field.
What’s clear is that in battleground states Donald Trump is going to win. And if his campaign hits stride strategically, he can run most of the table and make many of his opponents go home. The establishment is running out of options. Kasich is a complete flash in the pan. Marco Rubio is now damaged goods. Rush Limbaugh’s desperate efforts to save him have fallen short. Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson all need to call it a campaign. And Jeb will soldier on at least until the Florida primary, where a last place finish is almost certain.
Last night was amazingly satisfying for millions of disenfranchised Americans. These are hard working, decent folks who love the country and are now being shunned by the left and the right. They are tired of insurmountable debt, stagnant wages, and crappy part time employment. And they want to feel safe in their own country. Donald Trump won New Hampshire because he’s listening. He understands what this country was, and what it can be again.
Donald Trump just made history. And he is poised to do it again and again.