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Looks like close to half the town came out. Now is the time to do this as once 2020 gets closer he may not have a lot of time to do this. But If it fits logistically after a larger stop who knows. We’re used to the term fly over country in the Midwest.


I stand corrected just found out that 230 of the 287 were there


Mixed bag in this long article but some good stuff

This is the prevailing explanation for Sanders’ reticence to open up, even when it could really help his campaign: that he despises the kind of politics that revolves around “exploiting” who you are, where you’ve been, and what your personality is, rather than what your ideas are.

“He believes that politics should be about ideas and platforms, rather than trading on relatability,” California Rep. Ro Khanna, one of Sanders’ three campaign co-chairs, told me. “Someone can be very charming and connect by talking about their favorite restaurants or their hobbies, but still not have the right platform … and I think he thinks that’s not a serious politics.”

Khanna has urged Sanders “many times” to speak more about himself and believes there’s one aspect of his biography in particular that doesn’t get enough play: Despite Sanders’ depiction as just another straight white man running in an excitingly diverse field, he would make history as the first Jewish president. But when he tries to convince Sanders to make this case, “he says, ‘You do that. You guys do that,’ ” referring to his surrogates.

Khanna offered one other explanation for Sanders’ reticence that I hadn’t considered before and that no one else had floated. “He’s had a very tough life,” Khanna said, based on the few personal conversations he’s had with the senator. His mother died young; much of his father’s family, as he’s said from time to time, was “wiped out” in the Holocaust. He didn’t have much growing up.

“He had a very tough thing with his parents, and his childhood. It may be a painful part of his life.”

Every last person in the Sanders orbit I spoke to—even if they shared a gripe about how Sanders doesn’t listen to their advice on political outreach, talking about himself, polling, playing up a killer photograph of a college arrest, dropping out for the good of the party, attacking an opponent, shooting a professional-looking launch video, trying to crack a few jokes once in a while, or whatever else they believe could help him unlock new masteries of political dexterity—would all quickly hedge their gripe with the same caveat: Of course, the reason he’s so popular, and the reason I was attracted to him in the first place, is that he ignores people like me. Most of them think he needs to evolve to win, but the weight you give their opinions depends a whole lot on what you think of political advisers and strategy to begin with.


Sanders explained that there were “two forces that shaped my political views.” The first was that his family didn’t have much money; his mother, Dora, who died of a heart condition at 46, was never able to achieve her dream of owning a home.

“The second part of my life that shaped my views,” he continued, “was being Jewish—is being Jewish. Crying when I would read books about the Holocaust, these picture books of what happened at Auschwitz and the other concentration camps, and tears would stream down my eyes. And it never occurred to me, I could never understand: Why would people do such terrible and horrible things to people?”

This was not a Bernie Sanders I had ever seen before, and one that his friends, allies, and staff, who speak of getting Bernie to talk about himself as among the hardest feats known to mankind, have worked for years to reveal. There he was connecting his personal story to his political beliefs and comforting a room of people shaken not just by the recent New Zealand shooter’s targeting of Muslims but by the political climate in Donald Trump’s America. His communications director, who insisted to me that the remarks were unprepared, was pleased to see it. This was Bernie looking, well, presidential.

So, the author is admitting that he did No Research into Bernie’s 2016 campaign. Because Bernie frequently mentioned -growing up in a 3-1/2 room apartment – not growing up with much money, the fights his parents had over money, the impression that left on him – how his mother’s dream was a house & how she didn’t live to see it.

As for his Jewishness, while he didn’t go into it much (instead he talked about his father immigrating from Poland, and I believe he might have mentioned the time he spent on a kibbutz), he had a memorable event where he Did Go into it. A town hall at George Mason University. In 2015.


Here’s the WaPost coverage of Bernie’s IA swing. The usual piece of crap. Let’s see what they chose to tsk tsk over today.

For Sanders (I-Vt.), who has been criticized for having little interaction with voters, that meant answering dozens of questions from people in Malcom about whatever they wanted to discuss: student aid for undocumented immigrants, a universal basic income or criminal justice legislation.

Criticized by whom? The gatekeepers in the msm, pundits with an overinflated sense of selfworth, etc. Ie the usual. If Bernie wasn’t getting a 1000+ people at his events it would be that his support had dropped, tsk tsk.


Both candidates have appeared in Iowa before, so the stylistic differences this time were noticeable. Sanders’s rallies have followed a format similar to his 2016 campaign: an hour-long speech that features Sanders delivering policy prescriptions and applause lines.

But Sanders’s supporters have told him that style can be grating to retail voters in states such as Iowa or with black voters in South Carolina who want to be listened to instead of talked at. The lack of interaction was especially telling when compared with selfie-snapping candidates such as O’Rourke, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)

Really. Sanders Supporters don’t like his 1 hour stump speech? You mean the same supporters who memorized parts of his 1 hour 2016 stump speech? And you don’t think that Bernie, who comes from a rural state with its town meeting tradition, who previously campaigned in IA (tying for first) & NH (coming in first) & SC, who speaks to the overflow crowds, who meets with small groups before large events (or at least he did in 2016), Who does not screen his senate email to exclude non-Vermonters, you think Bernie doesn’t like to take questions? And may I remind you that perfecting the selfie did not win Hillary the presidency. Jesus, take something for your dyspepsia.


Reminder: WAPO is now owned (unfortunately) by Jeff Bezos. Bezos is a control freak/micromanager of every aspect of his life. Bernie Sanders humiliated him by winning the Amazon $15/hr wage hike. Bezos won’t print anything superlative about Bernie even if the news demands it. I hate seeing this newspaper decline. I learned to read as a little kid by scanning the front page–my parents had a subscription. T and R, Benny!!


Poweshiek County has fewer than 19,000 residents, but the glare of the national political spotlight was focused on this tiny spot between Des Moines and Iowa City, as the campaign paths of Sen. Bernie Sanders and former congressman Beto O’Rourke came within a few windmill-covered miles of each other.

Both men spent the weekend campaigning heavily in Iowa and tweaking messages to address some criticisms they’ve received on the campaign trail as they fight for groups of energized and increasingly young voters, who they hope will help them win the Democratic presidential nomination.

For Sanders (I-Vt.), who has been criticized for having little interaction with voters, that meant answering dozens of questions from people in Malcom about whatever they wanted to discuss: student aid for undocumented immigrants, a universal basic income or criminal justice legislation.

At one point during his town hall, an aide warned Sanders they were running short on time and “this will have to be the last question.”

“No,” Sanders replied. “We have time to take one or two more.” Then he took a question about his plan to raise the minimum wage.

“I want to see very specific legislation. I want to see legislative ideas,” said Maya Dru, a 21-year-old sociology major at Grinnell College who asked O’Rourke how voters can trust his words about addressing climate change, given that he voted to explore expanding oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. (O’Rourke told her he regretted the vote).

“I think saying ‘I regret my vote’ is one thing, but they need to somehow make it clear to voters that you will hold the individuals and corporations that (contribute to) climate change responsible,” she told The Washington Post.

Dru said she was miffed when O’Rourke said he didn’t have a complete answer to her question and would follow up. “What is he going to do, text me?”

She was not the only voter with that reaction.

“He’s talking about Tinder to us,” said Henry Brannan, a 21-year-old sociology and American studies major at Grinnell who is leaning toward Sanders, referring to a common line in O’Rourke’s speech about rural broadband. “His rhetoric in general is clearly aimed at us, but there’s clearly no substance behind it. His website, which I’ve been looking at in recent days, has vision statements. There’s nothing concrete about any of this.”