Charleston, S.C. — The man who is speaking on stage in Exhibit Hall A of the Charleston Convention Center right now could win the South Carolina primary and, probably, the Republican nomination and the White House too. He is the most fluid and engaging retail politician I have ever heard. He does not rattle off a list of his qualifications or accomplishments, the names of bills he sponsored or economic growth statistics from the years he was governor. Instead he talks about helping our children and giving the poor what they need and reaching out to the disenfranchised and keeping America safe.
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders overturned American politics with their stunning wins in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday. As I write, with two-thirds of the vote in, Trump leads John Kasich by almost 20 points on the Republican side and Sanders leads Hillary Clinton by 21 points on the Democratic side. Those numbers are incredible. Trump outperformed his ideological precursor Pat Buchanan, who won the New Hampshire primary in 1996. And Sanders—well, what can one say about Sanders?