David Frum: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Democracy Won in New Hampshire – The Atlantic
Republicans, it turns out, also worry about losing health care. They also want to preserve Social Security and Medicare in roughly their present form. They believe that immigration has costs, and that those costs are paid by people like them—even as its benefits flow to employers, investors, and foreigners. They know that their personal situation is deteriorating, and they interpret that to mean (as who wouldn’t?) that the country is declining, too. “Hope,” “growth,” “opportunity,” “choice”—those have long since dwindled to sinister euphemisms for “less,” “worse,” and “not for you.”
More than $110 million was invested in a single campaign to silence all those internal doubts. Between them, the so-called “establishment lane” candidates spent a combined $81.8 million of campaign and super PAC funds in New Hampshire alone. And what did it all buy? Everything that was supposed to be out is suddenly in. Everything that was supposed to be silenced is suddenly being said.
…Amid all the shocked headlines, the most important news of the night may be: For once, the system worked.