Establishment Republicans and establishment media have been trying to style Rubiobot 3.0 as the “comeback kid” a la Bill Clinton in 1992. But there aren’t many similarities. For example, Clinton won South Carolina in the sense of getting the most votes not just in the sense of being declared the Real Winner by right-center hacks.
The only precedent for a Republican winning South Carolina and then losing the establishment was Gingrich in 2012 (he won by 13 points, amazingly), and while Gingrich was wacky in the way that Trump is, Romney had already won New Hampshire and tied in Iowa. What I didn’t know until this day was how well Gary Hart did in the early states in 1984:
Few campaigns have seen more twists and turns than the 1984 Democratic primary. What began as a ceremonial coronation of former Vice President Walter Mondale was upended, with no advance warning, when Senator Gary Hart and his “new ideas” campaign won a landslide in New Hampshire. He followed that with five wins in the next two weeks; only Mondale victories in Georgia and Alabama, with crucial margins provided by black voters, kept him afloat.
I was but a lad in 1984 and all I can remember is “where’s the beef”…I had no idea the race was so close that Hart might have contested at the convention if he hadn’t made the joke about New Jersey being a big toxic waste dump. (I also didn’t know that Gary Hart’s real name was “Hartpence”, which I think is a better, more Real Murkin sounding name.)
I wonder why the pundits who are (a) obsessed with Ronald Maximus’ titanic victory in 1984 and (b) obsessed with any and all historical precedent for a Trump collapse haven’t brought the 1984 Democratic primary up more.