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Holiday jar for birdies everywhere! and to w61 for bringing this perspective here. Cheers!

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orlbucfan

The Borg himself. gawd, is he ugly with that shaved head!!!! Merry Christmas and T and R, wi61!! 🙂

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polarbear4

awesome and merry ?wi61!

love this thinking.

2 things
maybe Many of our fellow hippies were in it more to be cool and have fun than from any deep seeded political, pacifist or socialist convictions.

i think i like
seeded better than seated.

rather than a federal point of service energy system, i’d like to see it more localized.

i’m glad the article gives a little push. i got my postcards to Iowa this weekend…

Benny

I missed this yesterday.

How Bernie Sanders Learned to Love Campaigning in California

Four years ago, Marlene MacAulay experienced her political awakening during Senator Bernie Sanders’s first presidential campaign.

“Last time it was underground,” said Ms. MacAulay, a 68-year-old bookkeeper from Simi Valley, Calif., who is so committed to Mr. Sanders that she named her schnauzer Bernie. In 2016, she said, she joined ad hoc groups of local Sanders supporters that formed on Facebook.

It’s not underground anymore.

California, perhaps more than anywhere else, shows how the Sanders campaign has evolved from a movement of true believers into a strategic machine built to win a presidential nomination. As Mr. Sanders and his advisers look beyond the four early-voting states and toward Super Tuesday on March 3, they are making a big play to accrue as many delegates as possible from California, the biggest prize on the map.

It’s a striking change from what Jeff Weaver, a top Sanders aide, called the “run and gun” operation of 2016. That year, Mr. Sanders hoped to make a last stand against Hillary Clinton in California’s June primary, but took only 46 percent of the vote. His team wasn’t sophisticated enough to focus its efforts where it could claim a disproportionate number of delegates — he carried just eight of California’s 53 congressional districts — allowing Mrs. Clinton to increase her delegate lead and clinch the Democratic presidential nomination.

Now Mr. Sanders, of Vermont, has the most robust California organization in the 2020 field. He has 80 campaign staff members in the state, more than any other candidate. He has spent time wooing the sorts of local officials whom he once derisively cast as part of the dreaded political establishment. And no 2020 candidate has held more public events in California than Mr. Sanders, according to a count maintained by The Sacramento Bee.

California’s decision to move its primary from its 2016 slot, at the end of the nominating calendar, to March 3, three days after South Carolina completes the quartet of early-state nominating contests, means that the Golden State will have more influence than ever in picking a presidential nominee.

Just as South Carolina, with a majority-black Democratic electorate largely loyal to Joseph R. Biden Jr., is a firewall for the former vice president, Mr. Sanders is banking on California — either to resurrect his campaign if he underperforms in the early states or to turbocharge it if he reaches March with momentum.

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More from the same piece:

For now, Mr. Sanders is poised to win a large share of California’s delegates. He has placed first or second in five of six public polls of the state dating back to mid-October. People close to the campaign predict he will come in first or second — and more critically, above the 15 percent threshold needed to accrue delegates — in every congressional district.

“We do believe that if we do well in California, which we are primed to do, that the delegate breakout from California can be the moment that you walk toward the nomination,” said Faiz Shakir, Mr. Sanders’s campaign manager.

The contrast between Mr. Sanders’s approach to California and that of his top opponents was stark in the days surrounding last week’s presidential debate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Mr. Sanders made the most of his week in the state, appearing at five public events. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Mr. Sanders’s leading left-wing rival, didn’t make any public stops outside of the debate.

Mr. Biden hosted two fund-raisers, posed for photos with striking McDonald’s workers and had lunch with a handful of voters at a Mexican restaurant. And Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., appeared at six fund-raisers and a Democratic National Committee gathering in the state before holding a pair of public events on Friday.

One of Mr. Buttigieg’s fund-raisers, at a wine cave in Napa Valley, was mocked by Ms. Warren during the debate and by top Sanders aides, who paraded past reporters in the spin room at Loyola Marymount wearing shirts reading “peteswinecave.com.”

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Mr. Sanders, who polls show has a clear advantage with Latino voters in the state, stopped at the Mexican border on Friday night before holding a rally on Saturday with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York that drew 14,000 people to Venice Beach.

“For most candidates, California is a piggy bank,” Mr. Weaver said as crews cleaned up after the rally. Mr. Sanders, he said, “doesn’t just come here and go to the wine cave — sorry, I had to — and then fly out to Iowa. He actually comes here and talks to voters.”

Mr. Sanders and his campaign are also doing the sort of spadework his 2016 campaign didn’t. He has opened offices in heavily Latino regions of the state and is doing the sort of outreach to local elected officials he resisted last time.

Nick Carter, the national political outreach director for the 2016 Sanders campaign, said it was “challenging” to get Mr. Sanders on board back then. “He was giving his time to voters and not just currying favor with politicians,” Mr. Carter said.

One of the officials Mr. Sanders courted this year was Reggie Jones-Sawyer, a state assemblyman from South Los Angeles. Mr. Jones-Sawyer had been an enthusiastic supporter of Mrs. Clinton in 2016 — a Little Rock native, he has deep roots with the Clintons — and had in May endorsed Senator Kamala Harris of California for the 2020 presidential nomination.

In November Mr. Jones-Sawyer took a meeting with Mr. Sanders on the sidelines of the California Democratic Party State Convention. Ms. Harris was still in the race, but struggling. Mr. Sanders made the pitch, and Mr. Jones-Sawyer told Mr. Sanders he was his second choice.

“Before she dropped out, Bernie Sanders was smart enough to come to me, talk to me personally,” Mr. Jones-Sawyer said at the Venice Beach rally, where he delivered one of the warm-up speeches for Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Mr. Sanders. “Then, all of a sudden, it happened. She wasn’t in. And then, I reread his criminal justice plan and realized, for my district, South L.A., it works great.”

Javier Gonzalez, a Californian who was Mr. Sanders’s deputy field director for Western states in 2016, said the 2020 operation is far more professional. Four years ago the staff members were a combination of operatives the Clinton campaign didn’t want and true believers who had never been involved in politics before, he said.

“I would imagine Bernie had a lot more high-level applicants this time. We were making half the stuff up as we went along,” Mr. Gonzalez said, using a more pungent word than stuff.

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What a simple message and very presidential.

Can’t wait to get rid of the orange blog and send him permanently to Mar-a-largo.

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