New Hampshire, the first in the Nation to have its primary, had a lot to say yesterday. Across the granite state, a record turn out occurred, as thousands of voters made their feelings known in the March to the White House of 2016.
A neighbor, Bernie Sanders, rode to victory, in a resounding validation of his call for a political revolution. His campaign has struck a chord with the voters. In hamlet after hamlet, and factory town after factory town his message, his message of bringing all of us together, resonated.
It is more than interesting that the oldest candidate in the race is the most popular among the younger voters. His message is clear and genuine, as the hope of a new generation is being expressed by an old time democratic socialist who is calling for a political revolution.
Hillary Clinton may still win the nomination but her message is unclear. Although there is much that Hillary and Bernie have in common in their political beliefs, Hillary, as of yet, has not articulated a clear message as to why the voters should choose her over her rival.
Politics and life is a lot about perception. The perception is that Hillary Clinton is a captive of the same crowd that Bernie rails about, the oligarchs and the king makers who buy and sell our elections. Until and unless Hillary Clinton can somehow place herself in the position of being independent of Wall Street and more in line with the needs and wants of Main Street, her campaign will be damaged.
This is an unusual election, one for the ages. Bernie Sanders represents a very real revolution and a rejection of the politics of the past. Hillary Clinton talks the talk of recognizing the challenges that we face. But will she be rejected because she is not the right spokesperson to articulate the message? Has she amazingly caught lightning in a bottle a second time, where in the first case she encountered the lightning of a Barrack Obama campaign and now she is facing lightning a second time, with the revolutionary candidacy of Bernie Sanders?
New Hampshire sent we the people a message on Tuesday night regarding what candidates they like among the Republican tier of choices. In choosing Donald Trump as the favored candidate and by choosing John Kasich as their second choice, the citizens of New Hampshire have given us a lot to think about.
A little over 1/3 of Republicans want Trump to be the nominee. That means that 2/3 of Republicans do not want him to be their party’s standard bearer. Trump would have you believe that he will triumph from here on and therefore be the rightful nominee.
The importance of New Hampshire is not that Trump won but rather that the voters of New Hampshire have in their own infinite wisdom chosen another candidate as their second choice, Governor John Kasich. Kasich was given up for dead by the media going into the primary. But instead of giving up, Mr. Kasich trudged on, fearlessly going to over 100 Town Hall meetings.
Listening to what the voters concerns are is a valuable lesson that New Hampshire offers the candidates if you are willing to listen and learn.
The Republican race to the White House has just begun. Kasich is now for the lack of a better word the Establishment candidate. If being sane and competent is Establishment then one can claim that mantle with pride. If Establishment means being tone deaf to what voters are concerned about then John Kasich is not an Establishment candidate.
As we move on to hear from some Southern States, let us not get caught up in the media circus of accepting things for what they are not; South Carolina is not Nevada, and Nevada is not Ohio. Each state and each region has unique qualities. It has been a long time since we have had a convention that has not had a predetermined candidate. For the Republicans they may have to wait a long time before we have a nominee. We have a strong candidate in Donald Trump and a strong contender in Ted Cruz and now we may have a strong contender in John Kasich. Let the voters decide who the nominee will be!