By Robert A. Vella
Americans who are fed-up with the socioeconomic status quo should not make too much out of the New Hampshire primary results because the electorate in that state is hardly representative of the rest of nation. However, the stunning results do reinforce the central theme of the 2016 presidential campaign – that it is a contest between the upstart forces of populism and the moneyed interests of an entrenched establishment.
Progressive, democratic socialist candidate Bernie Sanders routed the Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton 60-39%. The margin of victory surprised everyone including his enthusiastic supporters. On the Republican side, nationalist firebrand Donald Trump overwhelmed his closest rival by more than 2-1 and dealt a stinging blow to GOP hopes of derailing his candidacy.
There’s a long way to go yet, and both Sanders and Trump will face great opposition in the weeks and months ahead. But, the anti-status quo sentiment in America isn’t going away anytime soon. Stay tuned.