Explaining Rhode Island to Outsidahs
For any national folks out there searching for an explanation of Hillary’s Clinton victory in Rhode Island, forget about all of the identity politics stuff that the analysts are trying to foist on you. Here’s all you need to know, starting with some wisdom from Jonah Goldberg of National Review Online…
The Clinton team reinforced the perception that Hillary is the closest thing to an incumbent the Democrats have.Then realize, despite the relevance of Goldberg’s observation to other states, that Rhode Island is the state that in 2006 — despite facing recurring multi-hundred million dollar deficits in the previous years — re-elected an incumbent Governor and every incumbent state legislator who re-ran for his or her seat, regardless of their race, gender, age, or party.
This is not the year for incumbents. This is not the year for a candidacy whose central argument amounts to “it’s my turn”.
Rhode Islanders don’t do “change”. They just expect it to happen. End of story.