Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. I Attended a Bernie Rally, but Did Not ‘Feel the Bern’

 

On a gorgeous February evening, I was sipping on a glass of white wine with the balcony door flung open when I heard John Lennon’s anthem “Power to the People” blaring through a loudspeaker in the distance.

I tapped my toes to the catchy tune and wasn’t surprised by the roar of applause that followed. I was surprised when I heard a voice that I’ve long thought sounds like an angry muppet supervillain who would star in a movie about trying to control the lives of Kermit the Frog and crew.

The undulating waves of crowd noise were clear, and I was intrigued enough to put on my shoes and grab my dog. The barking of the voice then acted like the Pied Piper’s pipe calling all the city’s children to a gathering on a public lawn where Beto O’Rourke once—literally—rocked it out with Willie Nelson.

It is curious to me that the news said afterward that the crowd was more than 12,000 strong. Bernie made a big deal about the turn out as well since Super Tuesday is just on the horizon, while cameras close-cropped the supporters that waved blue and white signs around the temporary stage on which he spoke.

So, this was my first lesson.

I am apparently very bad at estimating crowd size, since this one did not look anywhere near that big to me in even the most progressive city in the Lone Star State, unless I included all the walkers who were constantly streaming along the path by Lady Bird Lake, a normal occurrence on a blue sky day in Austin.

Then again, if you saw the scores and scores of people who turned out for Beto when he was running against Ted Cruz, you might conclude crowd sizes aren’t the best indicators of ultimate outcomes of elections, and there were lots of drones buzzing around in the sky, so maybe they could see something I couldn’t?

Regardless, I scanned the expectant faces of the deliberate rally attendees who had clearly shown up to hear the muppet.

Many were young, which is no surprise. This is a college town, and lots of students are feeling the Bern, just as they once talked with great passion about “Beto days ahead” with O’Rourke. Then there were plenty of those older women who move in groups without men and seem to me to make their clothes out of tablecloths. You know what I’m talking about? Those loosely fitting garments with loud patterns that scream their wearers buy wheatgrass by the pound at the local co-op. There were plenty of young families who can’t afford downtown rents, who pushed cute kids in strollers, toddlers holding political signs in their pudgy little fists and excitedly waving them whenever prompted to do so by their parents. There was also a tight knot of Trump supporters holding up a Trump 2020 sign as tall as a scrub oak in the back of all the action, but I’ll get back to them in a minute.

After walking around to do my survey of who was where, I found a place in the grass for me and the hound to just sit and listen. Bernie was saying a lot of … nothing.

To be fair, this is something politicians of all political persuasion do at rallies. They spin together platitudes, talking points, and promises without any real explanations about how these things turn into implementable policies. The muppet is master at this format.

Some highlights: He is going to legalize marijuana in all 50 states by executive order on his first day in office because the War on Drugs is oppressive. He is going to expunge the criminal records of all drug offenders because that’s justice. He is going to outlaw the cash bail system so that the innocent will never again be unduly detained “just because” they’re poor, especially since we all agree the system’s racist. He feels small government senators from Texas should stop talking about government interference with individuals as long as they want to curtail a woman’s right to choose what she wants to do with her own body. He is going to only appoint judges who 100 percent approve of a pro-choice agenda, and he will make Roe v. Wade into law, though I’m not sure exactly what that means in practice. Furthermore, healthcare is a right. Housing is a right. Universal childcare is a right. Higher education is a right. And Wall Street will pay for all of it.

In other words, I heard the standard stump speech Bernie Sanders has been giving for decades, and the people who were there liked a whole lot of it.

Now let me get to the Trump supporters.

I am not really sure how effective going to a Bernie rally in MAGA hats can be when thinking about persuasion, but I had to hand it to them for bravery. I disliked the fact that like some of the unkempt hipstery folk who were pro-Sanders looked too much their part, these people looked like they had driven in from the country in pickup trucks with rifle racks in the back window.

Now, don’t misunderstand me.

I love the country, and I grew up with many a fine person who farms and hunts and wears camo pants unironically. But there was that time when a bunch of the unwashed got “clean for Gene” to make it easier for others to listen to them when they knocked on their doors. I dunno. Those hippies were onto something from which the Trump guys can learn: Know thy audience?

One thing they (mostly) did right while I was there, however, was stand quietly, respectfully, simply waving their Trump signs in protest. I even laughed (internally) at the one big dude who looked like a cowboy of some sort (maybe a rancher?) in faded jeans because he had a sign that said “I want free [expletive],” which was quietly displayed every time Bernie made another empty promise.

Of course, there was also the one Trump guy on his bike who kept zooming through the crowd like a water bug on crack and laughing as maniacally as the Joker to show his disdain for Sanders. He looked to be in his late teens or early twenties, and all he really did was serve as an annoyance for the Bernie supporters who were there to hear their guy and found the biker’s disruptions — rightfully so — rather uncivil. You could see how they felt about him when they looked at him invading their space, riding too close to where they were standing, though they mostly were able to ignore him.

More important, for any curious moderate standing in the crowd — people like me who can’t stand the Marxist garbage Sanders is selling but who also find the Twitter tone so often used by the president to be gross — he was a very poor Trump surrogate.

The whole thing ran less than an hour and I ran into some of my neighbors as the crowd started to disperse. This was probably the most interesting part of the rally to me, as a man who is a member of that very class the muppet wants to eat told me he was thankful Sanders had pulled the Democrats so far to the left in the last few years. He thought he’d vote for Bloomberg in the primary per his feelings about Bernie’s electability, but if he weren’t worried about beating Trump, he’d be “all in” for Sanders because his ideas are “fabulous.”

Keep in mind, this is a nice person, a professional who has done very well in our system, so his ideology is difficult for me to fathom. He doesn’t care at all about the hypocrisy of choosing a billionaire to “buy” votes either because “it’s just about winning.” Trump has done nothing worthwhile in three years, and that man “has to be stopped.”

At least another neighbor was honest enough to say she’d benefitted from the Trump economy, though she wouldn’t vote for him because of her social positions.

As for me, I’ve decided I will vote in the Democratic primary for Amy as long as she’s still standing after South Carolina. I’m not trying to get Donald Trump the “easiest” opponent to beat either. Rather, I’d like the Democratic Party to see enough people casting a ballot for something more moderate to (maybe, possibly, please Lord!) pull that world back to the center, and Amy is the most centrist candidate of the no-one-is-really-a-centrist in this field in 2020.

Of course, I can’t vote for Amy in the general. She’s also made it perfectly clear there is no place at all in her party for a pro-life Catholic. But at least she doesn’t seem to want to put me in a gulag for re-education like the muppet, which gets a shout out from me at the ballot box.

Thinking about the state of politics in the United States at the moment, I did the only thing I could think was reasonable when I walked back into my front door and continued with my evening. I finished that glass of white wine I’d been drinking when I first heard “Power to the People” blaring in the distance, as I wondered if Miss Piggy cared about politics. She’d probably be a Democrat as a single lady, whatever her beloved frog’s arguments for other positions. Maybe a fan of Sanders, which called to my mind Orwell’s Animal Farm as well as the saying “pearls before swine.”

Or perhaps I’m unfairly stereotyping?

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  1. Kozak Member
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    More appropriate anthem for Bernie

     

     

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    • February 26, 2020, at 8:14 AM PST
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  2. Lois Lane Coolidge
    Lois Lane

    Kozak (View Comment):

    More appropriate anthem for Bernie

     

     

    No doubt a good one, but his choice is pretty in-line with his branding. ;)

    Either way, he could invite Yoko to stump for him!

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    • February 26, 2020, at 8:20 AM PST
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  3. Gossamer Cat Coolidge

    Thanks for the recap; it was very interesting especially as you went to a place where I’m never likely to go.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 10:34 AM PST
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  4. Lois Lane Coolidge
    Lois Lane

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    Thanks for the recap; it was very interesting especially as you went to a place where I’m never likely to go.

    I like to hear things for myself when possible. I was most interested in the crowd though. I think Trump supporters are sometimes defined by bad actors per who the media highlights or how the stories are told. Most Bernie supporters are not raging crazies like most Trump supporters aren’t, though there are definitely some of those folk in their midst.

    Perhaps it is more scary to me in a weird way how “normal” the crowd seemed to be per the really bad ideas they also seemed to think are somehow workable?

    I dunno. I just don’t get the appeal of the muppet.

    The music was good though.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 10:49 AM PST
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  5. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    It is interesting to hear of Bernie supporters who are normal people. I have a daughter who was a Bernie supporter in 2016. She is in the art world of So Cal so I was not surprised. On the other hand, she went to Cuba when she was about 20 “to see if Socialism worked,” as she explained to a friend in a call I overheard. Unfortunately, she is fluent in Spanish, unlike Bernie I suspect, and was there less than a week when she realized it is a prison. She is now almost 20 years older, married and a mother, so I have not checked to see her political sentiments. She is still in the art world. Her husband is a sculptor with 40,000 followers on Instagram. He is in business for himself and doing well. We may talk about it on next visit.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 11:03 AM PST
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  6. Full Size Tabby Member

    Lois Lane: Furthermore, healthcare is a right. Housing is a right. Universal childcare is a right. Higher education is a right. And Wall Street will pay for all of it.

    Yeah! Slavery! 

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    • February 26, 2020, at 11:05 AM PST
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  7. Manny Member

    I doubt I would ever be caught dead at a Bernie rally. Or any left winger rally. Better you than me. Thank you for relating the experience. :)

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    • February 26, 2020, at 11:05 AM PST
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  8. Lois Lane Coolidge
    Lois Lane

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    It is interesting to hear of Bernie supporters who are normal people. I have a daughter who was a Bernie supporter in 2016. She is in the art world of So Cal so I was not surprised. On the other hand, she went to Cuba when she was about 20 “to see if Socialism worked,” as she explained to a friend in a call I overheard. Unfortunately, she is fluent in Spanish, unlike Bernie I suspect, and was there less than a week when she realized it is a prison. She is now almost 20 years older, married and a mother, so I have not checked to see her political sentiments. She is still in the art world. Her husband is a sculptor with 40,000 followers on Instagram. He is in business for himself and doing well. We may talk about it on next visit.

    I went to Cuba when I was in graduate school. The first few days the two Gen-Xers of which I was one had to do a lot of eye rolling at the younger students who found it all “romantic.” A few weeks in, however, they were all just wanting soft toilet paper. It was very good for them to see the real impact of the revolution.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 11:17 AM PST
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  9. Lois Lane Coolidge
    Lois Lane

    Manny (View Comment):

    I doubt I would ever be caught dead at a Bernie rally. Or any left winger rally. Better you than me. Thank you for relating the experience. :)

    You’re welcome. :)

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    • February 26, 2020, at 11:17 AM PST
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  10. Hartmann von Aue Member

    Sooo… was this in Zilker or where, exactly?

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    • February 26, 2020, at 11:33 AM PST
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  11. Lois Lane Coolidge
    Lois Lane

    Hartmann von Aue (View Comment):

    Sooo… was this in Zilker or where, exactly?

    In front of (or behind?) the Long Center on Auditorium Shores. (Near the dog park)

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    • February 26, 2020, at 1:45 PM PST
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  12. Roosevelt Guck Inactive

    Amy is probably not going to win. But if she is his VP pick, she’ll have a good chance of becoming president if Sanders wins. The cold truth, though, is that there is no moderate Democrat running for president. They will all support Bernie if he is the nominee. A moderate puts his money where is mouth is and says, “Look, Nominate Bernie if you want, but I won’t support his views. In the Senate I will vote against his agenda.” That’s a moderate.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 4:33 PM PST
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  13. Lois Lane Coolidge
    Lois Lane

    Roosevelt Guck (View Comment):

    Amy is probably not going to win. But if she is his VP pick, she’ll have a good chance of becoming president if Sanders wins. The cold truth, though, is that there is no moderate Democrat running for president. They will all support Bernie if he is the nominee. A moderate puts his money where is mouth is and says, “Look, Nominate Bernie if you want, but I won’t support his views. In the Senate I will vote against his agenda.” That’s a moderate.

    I don’t disagree at all. I think none of them are moderates. But Amy is more of a normal progressive. I don’t want Amy to be president, but I do want Democrats to come back to the center. She is closer than anyone else in the field.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 4:41 PM PST
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  14. Roosevelt Guck Inactive

    Lois Lane (View Comment):

    Roosevelt Guck (View Comment):

    Amy is probably not going to win. But if she is his VP pick, she’ll have a good chance of becoming president if Sanders wins. The cold truth, though, is that there is no moderate Democrat running for president. They will all support Bernie if he is the nominee. A moderate puts his money where is mouth is and says, “Look, Nominate Bernie if you want, but I won’t support his views. In the Senate I will vote against his agenda.” That’s a moderate.

    I don’t disagree at all. I think none of them are moderates. But Amy is more of a normal progressive. I don’t want Amy to be president, but I do want Democrats to come back to the center. She is closer than anyone else in the field.

    Someone needs to tell this to Gary.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 4:46 PM PST
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  15. Lois Lane Coolidge
    Lois Lane

    Roosevelt Guck (View Comment):

    Lois Lane (View Comment):

    Roosevelt Guck (View Comment):

    Amy is probably not going to win. But if she is his VP pick, she’ll have a good chance of becoming president if Sanders wins. The cold truth, though, is that there is no moderate Democrat running for president. They will all support Bernie if he is the nominee. A moderate puts his money where is mouth is and says, “Look, Nominate Bernie if you want, but I won’t support his views. In the Senate I will vote against his agenda.” That’s a moderate.

    I don’t disagree at all. I think none of them are moderates. But Amy is more of a normal progressive. I don’t want Amy to be president, but I do want Democrats to come back to the center. She is closer than anyone else in the field.

    Someone needs to tell this to Gary.

    Well, I think he likes Joe, right? I think Joe has lost a few of his marbles. Bless his heart. But I have also never liked Joe Biden. Apart from some major problems with his politics, his teeth are much too shiny. Never trust a person when you can see your reflection in his teeth.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 4:58 PM PST
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  16. Roosevelt Guck Inactive

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    Well, I think he likes Joe, right? I think Joe has lost a few of his marbles. Bless his heart. But I have also never liked Joe Biden. Apart from some major problems with his politics, his teeth are much too shiny. Never trust a person when you can see your reflection in his teeth.

    LOL

    once we get single payer (with dental not included) we’ll all have yellow horrible teeth. See British films in the 60s-70s, where all the movie stars sport a mouthful of the big yellow.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 5:41 PM PST
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  17. Postmodern Hoplite Member

    Lois Lane: a voice that I’ve long thought sounds like an angry muppet supervillain who would star in a movie about trying to control the lives of Kermit the Frog and crew.

    Brilliant! I still need to finish reading the rest of the post, but this line is worth the price of admission all by itself!

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    • February 26, 2020, at 5:53 PM PST
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  18. Postmodern Hoplite Member

    Lois Lane: I wondered if Miss Piggy cared about politics. She’d probably be a Democrat as a single lady, whatever her beloved frog’s arguments for other positions. Maybe a fan of Sanders, which called to my mind Orwell’s Animal Farm as well as the saying “pearls before swine.”

    I’ve always though of Miss Piggy as more of a “County Club Republican,” and Kermit as the archetypical PBS-sponsoring Democrat. However, Bernie certainly captures the “pearls before swine” constituency! 

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    • February 26, 2020, at 6:02 PM PST
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  19. Lois Lane Coolidge
    Lois Lane

    Postmodern Hoplite (View Comment):

    Lois Lane: a voice that I’ve long thought sounds like an angry muppet supervillain who would star in a movie about trying to control the lives of Kermit the Frog and crew.

    Brilliant! I still need to finish reading the rest of the post, but this line is worth the price of admission all by itself!

    You’re not going to be able to I hear it. He looks like a muppet, too. I write the script in my mind for the movie when I’m bored….

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    • February 26, 2020, at 6:03 PM PST
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  20. Lois Lane Coolidge
    Lois Lane

    Postmodern Hoplite (View Comment):

    Lois Lane: I wondered if Miss Piggy cared about politics. She’d probably be a Democrat as a single lady, whatever her beloved frog’s arguments for other positions. Maybe a fan of Sanders, which called to my mind Orwell’s Animal Farm as well as the saying “pearls before swine.”

    I’ve always though of Miss Piggy as more of a “County Club Republican,” and Kermit as the archetypical PBS-sponsoring Democrat. However, Bernie certainly captures the “pearls before swine” constituency!

    She does wear pearls, which might put her in the country club set, but when the single pig can’t get the frog, don’t you think the government might do??? At least she’d get the swamp! :)

    Or maybe none of them care anything at all about politics, and that’s the evil power of the bad muppet: they will be made to care. And give him all their money.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 6:12 PM PST
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  21. Roosevelt Guck Inactive

    Lois Lane (View Comment):

    Postmodern Hoplite (View Comment):

    Lois Lane: a voice that I’ve long thought sounds like an angry muppet supervillain who would star in a movie about trying to control the lives of Kermit the Frog and crew.

    Brilliant! I still need to finish reading the rest of the post, but this line is worth the price of admission all by itself!

    You’re not going to be able to I hear it. He looks like a muppet, too. I write the script in my mind for the movie when I’m bored….

    He’s like Stadtler or Waldorf.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 6:36 PM PST
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  22. Lois Lane Coolidge
    Lois Lane

    Roosevelt Guck (View Comment):

    Lois Lane (View Comment):

    Postmodern Hoplite (View Comment):

    Lois Lane: a voice that I’ve long thought sounds like an angry muppet supervillain who would star in a movie about trying to control the lives of Kermit the Frog and crew.

    Brilliant! I still need to finish reading the rest of the post, but this line is worth the price of admission all by itself!

    You’re not going to be able to I hear it. He looks like a muppet, too. I write the script in my mind for the movie when I’m bored….

    He’s like Stadtler or Waldorf.

    Yes. Except without a sense of humor. Or charisma. Or likability.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 6:52 PM PST
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  23. Lois Lane Coolidge
    Lois Lane

    Per @rooseveltguckold muppets, but not mean muppets. They look like Bernie, but they might talk more like the other super old white guys in presidential politics today, unaware of the Me Too Movement or other such niceties. Silly boomers. :)

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    • February 26, 2020, at 7:11 PM PST
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  24. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    Lois Lane (View Comment):

    Roosevelt Guck (View Comment):

    Lois Lane (View Comment):

    Roosevelt Guck (View Comment):

    Amy is probably not going to win. But if she is his VP pick, she’ll have a good chance of becoming president if Sanders wins. The cold truth, though, is that there is no moderate Democrat running for president. They will all support Bernie if he is the nominee. A moderate puts his money where is mouth is and says, “Look, Nominate Bernie if you want, but I won’t support his views. In the Senate I will vote against his agenda.” That’s a moderate.

    I don’t disagree at all. I think none of them are moderates. But Amy is more of a normal progressive. I don’t want Amy to be president, but I do want Democrats to come back to the center. She is closer than anyone else in the field.

    Someone needs to tell this to Gary.

    Well, I think he likes Joe, right? I think Joe has lost a few of his marbles. Bless his heart. But I have also never liked Joe Biden. Apart from some major problems with his politics, his teeth are much too shiny. Never trust a person when you can see your reflection in his teeth.

    Didn’t realize Biden’s teeth are shiny. But given how much time he has spent polishing those teeth against the hair of young girls, I guess it is to be expected.

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    • February 28, 2020, at 5:55 PM PST
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  25. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    It is interesting to hear of Bernie supporters who are normal people. I have a daughter who was a Bernie supporter in 2016. She is in the art world of So Cal so I was not surprised. On the other hand, she went to Cuba when she was about 20 “to see if Socialism worked,” as she explained to a friend in a call I overheard. Unfortunately, she is fluent in Spanish, unlike Bernie I suspect, and was there less than a week when she realized it is a prison. She is now almost 20 years older, married and a mother, so I have not checked to see her political sentiments. She is still in the art world. Her husband is a sculptor with 40,000 followers on Instagram. He is in business for himself and doing well. We may talk about it on next visit.

     

    a sculptor who makes money during the day?

    that’s remarkable

     

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    • February 28, 2020, at 9:20 PM PST
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  26. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    It is interesting to hear of Bernie supporters who are normal people. I have a daughter who was a Bernie supporter in 2016. She is in the art world of So Cal so I was not surprised. On the other hand, she went to Cuba when she was about 20 “to see if Socialism worked,” as she explained to a friend in a call I overheard. Unfortunately, she is fluent in Spanish, unlike Bernie I suspect, and was there less than a week when she realized it is a prison. She is now almost 20 years older, married and a mother, so I have not checked to see her political sentiments. She is still in the art world. Her husband is a sculptor with 40,000 followers on Instagram. He is in business for himself and doing well. We may talk about it on next visit.

    let me guess… your daughter and husband spend a lot of time at Bergamot station in Santa Monica and Abbot Kinney

     

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    • February 28, 2020, at 9:21 PM PST
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  27. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    Lois Lane (View Comment):

    Roosevelt Guck (View Comment):

    Lois Lane (View Comment):

    Roosevelt Guck (View Comment):

    Amy is probably not going to win. But if she is his VP pick, she’ll have a good chance of becoming president if Sanders wins. The cold truth, though, is that there is no moderate Democrat running for president. They will all support Bernie if he is the nominee. A moderate puts his money where is mouth is and says, “Look, Nominate Bernie if you want, but I won’t support his views. In the Senate I will vote against his agenda.” That’s a moderate.

    I don’t disagree at all. I think none of them are moderates. But Amy is more of a normal progressive. I don’t want Amy to be president, but I do want Democrats to come back to the center. She is closer than anyone else in the field.

    Someone needs to tell this to Gary.

    Well, I think he likes Joe, right? I think Joe has lost a few of his marbles. Bless his heart. But I have also never liked Joe Biden. Apart from some major problems with his politics, his teeth are much too shiny. Never trust a person when you can see your reflection in his teeth.

    He puts them in a glass every night to keep them nice and shiny. I would think he could afford implants,.

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    • February 29, 2020, at 7:24 AM PST
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  28. Lois Lane Coolidge
    Lois Lane

    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret (View Comment):

    Lois Lane (View Comment):

    Roosevelt Guck (View Comment):

    Lois Lane (View Comment):

    Roosevelt Guck (View Comment):

    Amy is probably not going to win. But if she is his VP pick, she’ll have a good chance of becoming president if Sanders wins. The cold truth, though, is that there is no moderate Democrat running for president. They will all support Bernie if he is the nominee. A moderate puts his money where is mouth is and says, “Look, Nominate Bernie if you want, but I won’t support his views. In the Senate I will vote against his agenda.” That’s a moderate.

    I don’t disagree at all. I think none of them are moderates. But Amy is more of a normal progressive. I don’t want Amy to be president, but I do want Democrats to come back to the center. She is closer than anyone else in the field.

    Someone needs to tell this to Gary.

    Well, I think he likes Joe, right? I think Joe has lost a few of his marbles. Bless his heart. But I have also never liked Joe Biden. Apart from some major problems with his politics, his teeth are much too shiny. Never trust a person when you can see your reflection in his teeth.

    Didn’t realize Biden’s teeth are shiny. But given how much time he has spent polishing those teeth against the hair of young girls, I guess it is to be expected.

    They are blinding.

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    • February 29, 2020, at 9:35 AM PST
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  29. Lois Lane Coolidge
    Lois Lane

    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    It is interesting to hear of Bernie supporters who are normal people. I have a daughter who was a Bernie supporter in 2016. She is in the art world of So Cal so I was not surprised. On the other hand, she went to Cuba when she was about 20 “to see if Socialism worked,” as she explained to a friend in a call I overheard. Unfortunately, she is fluent in Spanish, unlike Bernie I suspect, and was there less than a week when she realized it is a prison. She is now almost 20 years older, married and a mother, so I have not checked to see her political sentiments. She is still in the art world. Her husband is a sculptor with 40,000 followers on Instagram. He is in business for himself and doing well. We may talk about it on next visit.

     

    a sculptor who makes money during the day?

    that’s remarkable

     

    It’s awesome when a person is able to monetize a passion. Lots of people do this, but it’s a small number in relation to the people who want to do this.

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    • February 29, 2020, at 9:37 AM PST
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