Don’t let D.C. pick nominee

The last thing our country needs is to allow the “establishment” to select the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.

You may ask, “Who or what is the establishment?”

In our opinion, the establishment refers to a Washington, D.C.-based coalition of powerful lobbyists, political strategists, campaign contributors and government employees.

For better or for worse, President Donald Trump is the antithesis of an establishment candidate. If the Republican-leaning members of the establishment had their way, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (whose father and older brother had already been president) almost certainly would have been the GOP presidential nominee in 2016.

Instead of courting the establishment, Trump took his message directly to voters. In the end, he won the Republican nomination with relative ease.

In stark contrast, 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was about as D.C. establishment as a candidate could get. She spent eight years (1993-2001) in the White House as first lady; the next eight years (2001-09) down the street in the Capitol as a U.S. senator representing New York; the next four years (2009-13) as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state; and spent the majority of the next four years running for president.

There is no doubt whatsoever that the Democratic Party establishment strongly preferred Clinton in 2016 in comparison to her chief primary opponent, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

We hope the votes of New Hampshire Democrats truly matter when it comes to picking the nominee.

America certainly does not need the D.C. establishment to select a candidate.