Good morning all. I am super busy before the upcoming holiday break so I’ll keep the intro down to that hello and the usual reminder to new users who are experiencing problems to email me at the helpdesk address listed on the sidebar.
The first thing I have for you is Bernie speaking in Concord, and then the rest of the news will be in the comments.
The two chairs set up for Bernie Sanders and event moderator Josh McElveen sat empty onstage for the first half hour of Sanders’s appearance on Monday at the Capitol Center for the Arts.
Instead, Sanders had resumed his familiar spot behind a lectern, with his signature glasses, wispy white hair and wild gesticulations as he talked about the need to take power away from big corporations and lobbyists and return it to the working class of America.
Sanders was in Concord to promote his new book Our Revolution but the event felt more like a subdued version of one of his presidential campaign rallies.
A year ago, Sanders himself was running for president – winning by a landslide in the New Hampshire primary before going on to run a competitive national race against Hillary Clinton.
The senator was a little-known entity in the early days of the primary, traveling between campaign town halls in a black sedan with Vermont license plates and a bumper sticker from an old senate campaign.
With a chuckle, Sanders remembered that one of his first campaign events was in Concord. A longtime staffer was driving him to the venue, when they realized they had screwed up the directions.
“We began the campaign pulling into the wrong town,” Sanders said, prompting a hearty laugh from the audience. “It was more or less uphill from there.”