If you called yesterday's primaries in five states the "Acela Primary," then you do not understand what just happened. Acela refers to an Amtrak train line that runs from DC to Boston as subsidized transportation for the elite. While the train runs through many metropolitan areas in those five states and New York, Acela is far from Pittsburgh. And while the line may run through the neighborhoods of Trump supporters in the East, it is not how they get around.
Trump won every county in those five states. A week earlier he won every county in New York state except Manhattan, where the hoity toity have always dismissed Trump as new money from Queens.
In 1980, Reagan carried four of the six states in the most recent primaries. True, he carried 44 of the 50 states that year, but it was the areas Democrats assumed they controlled -- the mid-Atlantic and New England states in particular -- by converting blue collar workers to his cause. He did so by promising jobs, and he delivered. He did so by slapping tariffs on the Japanese, who were our biggest competition at the time. Free traders hated it.
Reagan Democrats stuck around and many became Reagan Republicans.
In 1988, Bush 41 took each of the five states Trump won on Tuesday, but then as president, Bush 41 abandoned the working class. Shipyards in Maine closed thanks to a new "luxury tax" that he supported. Republicans have since conceded that territory. In fact, Cruz supporters scorned Trump for winning Democratic states. You see, he's a liberal, is their argument.
Really? Reagan had no problem carrying all six of them in 1984. Those five states in Tuesday's primary represent 44 Electoral College votes in November. Add New York and you have 73. If Romney carried them, he would be president.
But the Washington Elitists -- led by the National Review -- despise the working class, particularly white working class people. Free trade works for Washington and life in Washington is excellent under Comrade Obama. The extra government workers push housing prices up, and the donations pour in from anti-Obama millionaires out in the hinterlands (as the Charleston Gazette called Eastern Kanawha County). Those who object because free trade closed the factory in town, are ingrates because free trade means you can get stuff cheaper at Wal-Mart. I doubt anyone who called it the Acela Primary shops at Wal-Mart.
The factories closed in Connecticut (yes genius, not everyone pushes paper for an insurance company in Hartford), Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island had real victims. They got off their duffs on Tuesday and voted for Trump because Reagan's America no longer exists. Washington has no compassion for the working class. None. The National Review refers to the white working class as people who are "whelping [their] children with all the respect and wisdom of a stray dog."
After Romney blew it in 2012, Republicans in Washington said the party had to expand the base by selling out on open borders to get the Hispanic vote. Trump rejected that nonsense and won the nomination. Look for his share of the Hispanic and black vote to exceed Romney's.