They came close in Iowa, but merely fell short of claiming victory. Tuesday night in New Hampshire was a different story.
The political outsiders have taken control of this election.
Donald Trump won Tuesday nights Republican primary in New Hampshire. By a margin of 34 percent to 16 percent for John Kasich, Trump proved that his slogan of Make America Great Again resonates with voters in a big way.
On the Democratic side, ego extol socialist Bernie Sanders edged Hillary Clinton out by 20 percentage points. His message railing against the rigged economy, special interests that control Washington and pledging to give Americans universal healthcare and free college tuition brought together a larger alliance of young voters than the one Barack Obama built in 2008.
To my mind, Tuesday nights results show that there are finally politicians who understand how marginalized, disenfranchised and betrayed a majority of Americans feel. Its both Republican and Democrats, including the 42 percent of Americans who now identify as independent since they are believe the two parties dont represent their values and positions.
We are seeing a full scale rejection of the political establishment. This is a threat that we did not take seriously enough over the past few years, as evidenced by the fact that most repudiated Trump as a clown and a joke. His ideas on illegal immigration and placing a temporary banning on Muslims ruffled our national feathers even though a majority of Republican primary voters agreed with him. Thats how out of touch our political class has become.
Indeed, 46 percentage of GOP voters say they feel betrayed by Republican politicians. Trump won 32 percent of that group.
We did the same thing to Bernie Sanders who began this race upwards of 50 points behind Hillary Clinton. We said a socialist could never win. And he may not be able to win their own nationals election, but we are seeing an electorate so starved for an honest and trustworthy legislator that they will make allowances for ideologies that they are not able to have considered before.
Sanders has argued about oligarchy and fund in politics and has been his whole career. He doesnt flip flop or evolve on his advocacy for the average American.
Sanders is just Bernie Sanders. And Donald Trump is merely Donald Trump.
We are living in a day when trust in Americans organizations has collapsed. A recent Pew survey shows that less than 20 percent of Americans trust the governmental forces always or the majority of cases. And a CNN poll showed that 60 percentage think the American Dream is unachievable today.
Against this backdrop, its no surprise that America is in uprising. Honesty and trustworthiness matters more than whether a candidate has experience or can win in November according to voters. And the establishment isnt delivering anything resembling what the American populace passions in their political leaders.
I find a clearer path to the nomination for Trump than for Sanders, but there is no doubt that Americans have spoken and theyre done with business as usual.
Douglas E. Schoen has served as a pollster for President Bill Clinton. He has more than 30 years experience as a pollster and political consultant. He is also a Fox News contributor and co-host of “Fox News Insiders” Sundays on Fox News Channel and Mondays at 10:30 am ET on FoxNews.com Live. He is the author of 11 books. His latest, co-authored with Malik Kaylan is “The Russia-China Axis: The New Cold War and America’s Crisis of Leadership( Encounter Books, September 2014 ). Follow Doug on Twitter @DouglasESchoen .