New Hampshire Sends Shockwaves Through the System

Source: Jack Murkinson in Salon, February 9

…If you look at basically any other Western democracy, you shouldn’t be too surprised that Hillary Clinton and the unappetizing mush that is Kasich/Bush/Rubio are having such a rough ride. The world is reeling from tectonic demographic and technological changes, along with the rot of oligarchical rule and continual warfare, all of which have driven the politics of country after country into great upheaval.

America is no different. The people backing the National Front in France would likely find much to discuss with some of Donald Trump’s supporters. The members of the Labour Party who made Jeremy Corbyn their leader over the howling objections of the party’s upper echelons would no doubt have a very jolly time commiserating with Bernie Sanders backers.

In all of these cases, the pattern has been much the same: insurgent candidates rise and establishment candidates are left with little idea of how to handle them. In her speech on Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton tried to signal that she gets it, saying, “People are angry. And they have every right to be. But I know they’re also hungry. They’re hungry for solutions.”

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3 responses to “New Hampshire Sends Shockwaves Through the System

  1. It’s interesting that, while the Labour Party in Britain and the Democratic Party in the US have been veering toward the left, our Canadian Social Democrats, the NDP, are still trying to appear as centrist as possible. Why is this?

  2. David Schatzky

    Around the world (too) many people are chafing against the necessary strictures of civil governance and are looking for a Big Daddy to tear those useful protections and institutional facilitators of fairness, equity and order apart, so that they can do exactly what they want, when they want and how they want without any regard to the broader consequences. It’s getting scarily close to Lord of the Flies.

  3. Hilary is a crook, Trump is a narcissistic buffoon and both he and Cruz talk about carpet bombing. Bernie is the only choice, even for a centre right voter like me. Imagine if Bloomberg runs: two Jews on the ballot.