Ok, the first primary in the nation is now over with and we have two clear front-runners in both parties.
Donald Trump ran away with the GOP primary with 35 percent. He was followed by Ohio Governor John Kasich, and he was followed by Senator Ted Cruz, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Senator Marco Rubio. I hope everyone remembers New Hampshire is an open primary meaning anyone can vote, regardless of party. It’s important to realize Independents were able to vote in either Democrat or Republican contests. Yes, Trump won this primary but there are two major stories from New Hampshire in the GOP contest.
First, the incredible fade of Senator Marco Rubio. He appeared to have incredible momentum after his surprise close third place finish in Iowa. Then the young first-term Senator ran into a buzz saw at last Saturday’s GOP debate, and did not recover.
I saw a news clip of folks dressed as robots appearing outside the Rubio campaign headquarters in New Hampshire — that ain’t good. That was the lasting impression on the folks in New Hampshire as it seemed Sen. Rubio would be the alternative choice to Donald Trump and Sen. Cruz. It will be hard for him to pivot from this potential fifth-place finish in New Hampshire and reemerge in South Carolina.
The second story is that it was a race for the three governors for viability. New Hampshire was a place where they had to make a strong showing. And in the end, the gamble of Gov. Kasich paid off. He didn’t end up being the Rudy Giuliani of this cycle. Gov. Kasich’s second place finish will enable him to move onto South Carolina, but will he be able to recreate the ground game. which he so heavily invested in in the Granite State?
As for Gov. Bush, he finished with a reasonable fourth, nearly tied with Cruz, which is what he needed…actually, he needed to finish in front of Sen. Rubio, and he did. Gov. Bush has the resources and a ground game in South Carolina. He has addressed the State Military College of South Carolina, The Citadel, and has the endorsement of Sen. Lindsey Graham.
On the other hand, Sen. Rubio has the endorsement of Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Trey Gowdy. This will be an interesting battle, but the best ground game in the South may belong to Sen. Cruz, so stand by and let’s see who pulls this out.
Donald Trump will try to parry his win in New Hampshire into a momentum but down South, he will have to establish a true ground game, retail politics. He’ll have to go out and eat some shrimp and grits, and connect with folks from the mountain side of the Palmetto State over to the South Carolina low country.
Regardless, the GOP contest is now down to five viable candidates: Trump, Kasich, Bush, Cruz, and Rubio. The life support for Christie, Fiorina, Carson, and Gilmore may be close to being pulled.
Now, for the Democrat primary — well, we all knew Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders would win, it was just a matter of by how much. Listening to Sanders’ victory speech, I just had to laugh. At least the fella is honest about being a socialist. President Barack Obama tried to deceive the country but has been a progressive socialist all along.
It was interesting to hear Sanders say folks vote Republican when the country is demoralized. I like the fact that Sanders wants to punish the rich, the millionaires and billionaires – I suppose he means the entertainment, media and political elites? I just want to know if Sanders will go after George Soros and Tom Steyer? It’s a hoot to see a bunch of young kids cheering on a 74-year-old socialist.
Also, a little birdie told me Sen. Sanders will be meeting with one Al Sharpton in New York City on Wednesday. If that be the case, we all know what that’s about — securing the black electoral patronage as Sanders heads south to South Carolina. If Sanders wins in the Palmetto state, Hillary Clinton is finished, kaput!
Sadly, Hillary Clinton’s speech was all about pandering to collective groups. Her assertion that she’s standing for human rights for every single American…but all she talked about was identity politics for blacks, LGBT, and equal pay for women. I think Thomas Jefferson took care of stating what our unalienable rights were: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Those rights come from our Creator, not Hillary Clinton.
However, the biggest lesson to be learned from the first two presidential electoral contests for the Democrat Party is that it is clearly now a socialist party. It is a party whose guiding philosophy is rooted in wealth redistribution, nationalizing production, creation and expansion of the welfare nanny-state, social utopianism/egalitarianism, and secular humanism.
It’s a party is antithetical to the fundamental principles of America. Bernie Sanders said America is based on a principle of fairness — way wrong Bernie. What Sanders is proposing is a guarantee of happiness. Our country was founded on the simple principle of individual sovereignty, liberty, rugged indomitable industrialism, and freedom. Making public colleges and universities tuition free? Let me explain something Sen. Sanders, I am paying for the education of my two daughters. I will not be paying for anyone else’s kids to go to college.
And my wife and I are able to do so because we worked hard.
At no time did I hear Bernie Sanders talk about protecting and defending America, just more chatter about “transforming” America.
So, it’s simple: there is a fundamental philosophical contest in this presidential election cycle. Benjamin Franklin said we have a Republic if we can keep it…the alternative is clearly before us, a socialist state. The Democrat Party is really the one in flux because the cat is out of the bag. Democrats have come out of the closet and admitted: we are a socialist party.
Ronald Reagan talked about a “time for choosing” in 1964. Fifty-two years later it is truly here.