On Tuesday night, the establishment of both parties got hammered. On the Democratic side of the aisle, the most establishment candidate in American history, Hillary Rodham Clinton, got demolished by a 74-year-old loonbag socialist – she’s currently losing by more than 20 points in the state that saved her campaign in 2008, and a state she led by 56 points one year ago.
Hillary lost among voters of every age group up to 65 and over; she got cleaned by an 85 percent to 14 percent margin among young voters. She lost with every income bracket except those earning over $200,000. She lost among men; she lost among women. There will be plenty of women in hell for failing to vote Hillary tonight. Voters who worried most about honesty voted for Sanders by a margin of 91 percent to 5 percent for Hillary; for which candidate cares more about people like them, they said Sanders by an 82 percent to 17 percent margin.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, Donald Trump destroyed the competition. He more than doubled the second-place finisher, Ohio Governor and black belt fruit ninja John Kasich, winning 35 percent of the vote to Kasich’s 16 percent. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), whom the establishment despises, finished a surprising third with 12 percent of the vote, despite spending well under $1 million in the state in television advertising. Cruz actually won about the same percentage as fourth-place finisher Jeb! Bush, who spent $35 million on television advertising in the state. Cruz was rightly celebratory:
Thank you New Hampshire for tonight’s result, which has left the Washington Cartel utterly terrified.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 10, 2016
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who had all the momentum coming out of Iowa and a hearty dose of media love as well, apparently blew all of it with his debate gaffe last Saturday night: he came in a distant fifth in a state in which he needed to take silver. He admitted that New Hampshire was a massive disappointment, and vowed never to do this poorly again:
Our disappointment tonight is not on you. It’s on me. I did not do well on Saturday night. So listen to this, that will never happen again.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 10, 2016
All of this is setting up perfectly for a final establishment meltdown in South Carolina.
In 2008, Hillary lost her campaign for the presidency by winning a majority of the white vote but losing the ethnic minority vote in a landslide. This time around, the math has almost entirely reversed: she must win ethnic minorities in order to wrest the nomination away from the Old Man Howling At The Moon. She made clear tonight that she would pander as hard as she needed to in order to accomplish that mission:
We also have to break through the barriers of bigotry. African-American parents shouldn’t have to worry that their children will be harassed, humiliated, even shot because of the color of their skin….when children anywhere in our country go to bed hungry, or are denied a quality education, or who face abuse or abandonment, that diminishes all of us. That’s why I did start my career at the Children’s Defense Fund. That’s why I went undercover in Alabama to expose racism in schools. That’s why I worked to reform juvenile justice in South Carolina. And that is why I went to Flint, Michigan, on Sunday.
She’s about five minutes away from breaking out her down home accent for a few church visits in Charleston. She’ll need them, given Sanders’ upcoming meeting with racial conflagrationist Al Sharpton and the endorsement of radical racial figure Harry Belafonte.
Meanwhile, look for Hillary to beg President Obama desperately for an endorsement. Look for him to hold off until after South Carolina.
The Republican race in South Carolina now swings heavily against the establishment. The only two candidates with a win under their belt are Cruz and Trump – and no Republican candidate has won the nomination without taking either Iowa or New Hampshire since the primary and caucus system began in 1976.
Perhaps that changes, but it’s difficult to see precisely how. Kasich has no ground game outside of New Hampshire; he’s angling for a vice presidential slot. Chris Christie has already suspended his campaign. Jeb! is sticking around – he said tonight that New Hampshire had “reset the race” — but voters dislike Jeb! more than anyone else in the field, and he’s likely to split votes with Kasich and Marco Rubio. Rubio still hopes to boost in South Carolina, but his lackluster finish in New Hampshire won’t help him one iota.
Which means South Carolina is now a two-man race: Trump vs. Cruz. That’s the establishment’s worst nightmare.
Hillary Clinton is down to her last stand in South Carolina. And the Republican establishment’s last stand may just have taken place in New Hampshire.
Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News, Editor-in-Chief of DailyWire.com, and The New York Times bestselling author, most recently, of the book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration (Threshold Editions, June 10, 2014). Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.