Monday, August 10, 2015

Bernie Sanders Draws 15,000 People at University of Washington

Hillary Clinton's not drawing anywhere near these kinds of crowds.

At the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Bernie Sanders draws 15,000 people at UW, state’s biggest political crowd since 2010 Obama visit":
The cheering for Sen. Bernie Sanders began outside the UW’s Hec Edmundson Pavilion on Saturday night, as Sanders talked to the 3,000 supporters who couldn’t get in, before giving a rip roaring populist speech to the 12,000 supporters inside the basketball arena.

Sanders was blocked from speaking at a Social Security anniversary celebration earlier in the day at Westlake Center, due to a disruption by Black Lives Matter protesters similar to one that greeted him at NetRoots Nation in Phoenix three weeks ago.

If the boorish, disjointed protest had not blocked him, the Westlake crowd would have heard Sanders talk knowledgeably about unemployment among African American youth, raising wages for the working poor, America’s high incarceration rate and the need for prison reform. He held forth later at the UW

“Too many young lives are being destroyed by the so-called ‘War on Drugs’,” the Democratic presidential candidate declared.  “Too many lives are being destroyed by our system of incarceration.” And, pledged Sanders, “No President will fight harder to end the stain of racism and reform our criminal justice system. Period.”

President Sanders?  The East Coast pundit class cannot grasp that a self-identified “democratic socialist,” from a tiny state, who has been preaching against corporate power in his Brooklyn accents for 50 years, could possibly mount a credible bid for the White House.  Tens of thousands of people, turning out at rallies across the country, beg to disagree...
Sanders is a buffoon, but his campaign's good for democracy, frankly. He's providing a real and significantly credible alternative to Clinton, and he's campaigning the old-fashioned way, exactly the opposite of what stage-managed Clinton's doing.

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