Last night was a disaster for the Republican Party, and wasn’t an accident.
For years, the Republican Party failed to stand up to the most extreme voices within their party, and instead promoted divisive dog-whistle attacks designed to drive us apart. We saw the result on stage last night with the coronation of Donald Trump.
Put best by the Huffington Post last night, a “xenophobic demagogue who’s insulted pretty much everyone and even earned the endorsement of white supremacists” won the New Hampshire primary by a mile, getting almost as many votes as the next three candidates combined. He has a commanding lead in the national polls, as well as in the early states of South Carolina and Nevada.
It was also a solid night for Ted Cruz, who finished third after spending only $580,000 in the state, giving him momentum going into South Carolina. The Cruz campaign is already making investments in uber-conservative Super Tuesday states in the South, causing one Trump ally to remark that, “Cruz is actually running the perfect [expletive] campaign.”
And here’s a fun fact: no Republican in modern history has won the nomination without winning either Iowa or New Hampshire. And with Marco RubioBot malfunctioning under pressure, John Kasich’s underfunded campaign, and Jeb Bush planning a “scorched-earth” attack on both of them, it looks like it’s time for the GOP establishment to pick their poison and make a choice between Trump and Cruz.
Check out some of the clips from this morning:
New York Times: How Donald Trump Won Twice in One Night
The Weekly Standard: Donald Trump in Driver’s Seat on Way to Presidential Nomination
Five Thirty Eight: Republicans Need To Treat Donald Trump As The Front-Runner
Huffington Post: New Hampshire Was A Very Good Night For Ted Cruz
The Nation: Ted Cruz Keeps Winning
Fox News Latino: Ted Cruz continues momentum while Marco Rubio loses steam
Christian Broadcasting Network: Trump and Cruz Make Strong Statements In New Hampshire
Video: CNN declares Trump and Cruz the frontrunners