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  • Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders win New Hampshire primaries

    [Reuters]

    Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders win New Hampshire primaries

    Hold on to your wigs, people, the 2016 U.S. presidential race is about to get even weirder. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are the winners of the New Hampshire primaries.

    Fueled by “working-class fury,” as the New York Times puts it, the two outsider candidates surged to rousing victories tonight in a New Hampshire primary that drew robust turnout from voters throughout the state.

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    Mr. Trump, the wealthy businessman whose blunt language and outsider image has electrified many Republicans and horrified others, benefited from an unusually large field of candidates that split the vote among traditional politicians like Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

    But Mr. Trump also tapped into a deep well of anxiety among Republicans and independents in New Hampshire, according to exit polling data, and he ran strongest among voters who were worried about illegal immigrants, incipient economic turmoil and the threat of a terrorist attack in the United States.

    The win for Mr. Sanders amounted to a powerful and painful rejection of Hillary Clinton, who has deep history with New Hampshire voters and offered policy ideas that seemed to reflect the flinty, moderate politics of the state. But Mr. Sanders, who has proposed an emphatically liberal agenda to raise taxes and impose regulations on Wall Street, drew support from a wide cross-section of voters who trust him more to address income inequality and expand the health care system.

    Photo above: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane Sanders (C) watch returns with their family at his 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary night rally in Concord, New Hampshire February 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton.

    This is how @BernieSanders is celebrating right now pic.twitter.com/A2oBa3iJfo

    — MaryAlice Parks (@maryaliceparks) February 10, 2016

    I remember being one of only two or three cameras at Sanders events #fitn pic.twitter.com/PxBTERowKl

    — MaryAlice Parks (@maryaliceparks) February 10, 2016

    Donald Trump waves during a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Feb. 1, 2016. REUTERS

    Donald Trump waves during a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Feb. 1, 2016. REUTERS

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    1. daneel says:

      I was a bit confused to see that despite losing by a landslide, Clinton (currently) has the same amount of delegates from NH as Sanders (13).

      Turns out that's because she had 8 superdelegates side with her before the primary.

      Yay democracy. Fuck what the people vote for, right?

    2. We will end their shenanigans at the convention. Worry not.

    3. Robert Reich:
      What New Hampshire Tells Us
      You will hear pundits analyze the New Hampshire primaries and conclude that the political “extremes” are now gaining in American politics – that the Democrats have moved to the left and the Republicans have moved to the right, and the “center” will not hold.

      Baloney. The truth is that the putative “center” – where the Democratic Leadership Council and Bill Clinton’s “triangulation” of the 1990s found refuge, where George W. Bush and his corporate buddies and neoconservative advisers held sway, and where Barack Obama’s Treasury Department granted Wall Street banks huge bailouts but didn’t rescue desperate homeowners – did a job on the rest of America, and is now facing a reckoning.

      The “extremes” are not gaining ground. The anti-establishment ground forces of the American people are gaining. Some are so fed up they’re following an authoritarian bigot. Others, more wisely, are signing up for a “political revolution” to take back America from the moneyed interests.

      That’s the real choice ahead.

      As usual, Mr. Reich has a good pulse on things...

    4. For anyone who hasn't seen it, this is a great read, and a solid explanation for why so many of the youngs are feeling the Bern (and for why Hillary is such a turnoff):

      http://www.villagevoice.com/news/feeling-the-yern-why-one-millennial-woman-would-rather-go-to-hell-than-vote-for-hillary-8253224

      And one more reason -- he actually pays his interns:

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/only-one-presidential-candidate-pays-their-interns-a6863016.html

    5. Here's another interesting analysis looking at the "Big Picture" and where the United States may be headed if it's not careful.

      "Bernie Sanders is not merely running to attempt to implement a set of idealistic policies that a republican-controlled congress is likely to block. He is running to take the Democratic Party back from an establishment that ignores the fundamental systemic economic problems that lead to wage stagnation and economic crisis. Those who say that the Democratic Party cannot be reclaimed by the FDR/LBJ types or that if it is reclaimed it will flounder in elections against the GOP are thinking too small....

      "This can only happen if democrats recognize that Bernie Sanders is not just a slightly more left-wing fellow traveler of Clinton’s. This is not a contest to see who will lead the democrats, it’s a contest to see what kind of party the democrats are going to be in the coming decades, what ideology and what interests, causes, and issues the Democratic Party will prioritize. This makes it far more important than any other recent primary election. The last time a democratic primary was this important, it was 1976. Only this time, instead of Anybody But Carter or Anybody But Clinton, the left has Bernie Sanders–one representative candidate that it is really excited about. The chance may not come again for quite some time.

      "Hillary Clinton is a neoliberal building on the legacy of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. She doesn’t understand the pivotal role inequality plays in creating economic crisis and reducing economic growth. She has been taken in by a fundamentally right wing paradigm, and if she is elected she will continue to lead the Democratic Party down that path.

      "Bernie Sanders is a democratic socialist building on the legacy of Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. He understands that inequality is the core structural factor in economic crisis and that growth in real wages and incomes is required for robust, sustainable economic growth.

      "It doesn’t matter which one is more experienced, or which one’s policies are more likely to pass congress, or which one is more likely to win a general election, or which one is a man and which one is a woman. This is not about just this election, or just the next four years. This is about whether the Democratic Party is going to care about inequality for the next decade. We are making a historical decision between two distinct ideological paradigms, not a choice between flavors of popcorn. This is important. Choose carefully."

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