New Hampshire primary voters have long taken pride in subjecting presidential wannabes to a long and thoroughgoing scrutiny — vetting the candidates on their political stands, grilling them at innumerable town hall meetings, assessing their demeanor on the campaign trail. White House hopefuls held themselves to a high standard of civility, or they didn’t win the first-in-the-nation primary.
By handing a victory to Donald Trump in this year’s primary, New Hampshire’s voters may have just blown up that long-nurtured credibility.
There are two problems with this:
- Ted Cruz is at least as bad as Trump and Jacoby doesn’t seem to have a problem with him;
- Pat Buchanan won the NH Primary in 1988. If that didn’t blow up any credibility than nothing will.
and this makes me laugh:
But it was a grievous confirmation of how far the Party of Reagan has drifted from its moorings.
Here’s Reagan in the kick-off to his campaign in 1980 in Philadelphia, Mississippi (where some civil rights workers were killed in 1964):
I still believe the answer to any problem lies with the people. I believe in states’ rights and I believe in people doing as much as they can for themselves at the community level and at the private level. I believe we have distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended to be given in the Constitution to that federal establishment.
States’ rights were of course used to justify continued segregation in the South, so this was a direct appeal to racists. It doesn’t seem Trump has drifted very far from the Party of Reagan.