In the early days, when Bernie Sanders began his political career as the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, what exactly was his appeal? And why is he attracting such huge crowds now?
What’s his secret?
“Consistent messaging since roughly 1972,” says Sue Prent of the Green Mountain Daily:
In an era when Americans are tired and cynical and fully aware that big money controls most political conversation, they like what they’re hearing from Bernie because he says what he truly thinks, not what the latest polling says he should think, or what the deepest pockets say he must think.
In our interview, Sue and I also talk about:
- Bernie’s campaign style (Donald Trump flies around the country in his own Boeing 757; Bernie rents a Chevy to campaign in Iowa);
- parallels (if any) with Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential run, and
- what advice she might have, as a former Sanders campaign volunteer, for folks who are working on Bernie 2016.
BTW: Not only does Sue know a lot about Vermont politics — and about the environment, which is her other primary beat — but she’s an extraordinarily patient woman, too: We recorded our conversation almost two months ago, and I’m embarrassed it’s taken me this long to share it with you. That said, I hope you’ll agree that it was worth the wait.
- Green Mountain Daily
- Sue Prent’s articles at GMD
- Bernie didn’t spend any money on polling in the second quarter of 2015 — but Hillary sure did. FEC data via the Wall Street Journal.
- In his 1987 race for mayor of Burlington, Bernie defeated a candidate who was supported by the leadership of both the Republican and the Democratic parties. (Spokane Chronicle, March 4, 1987)
- Why Progressives Shouldn’t Support Bernie Sanders, by Barney Frank (in Politico)
- Donald Trump’s Boeing 757 vs. Bernie’s rented Chevy
- Vermont is one of the most liberal states in the country.
- Cornel West introduces Bernie Sanders at Benedict College (video via Bernie2016)
- Love Train, by The O’Jays (video of a performance on Soul Train)
- Sound bed: Ice Cream Sandwich, by Podington Bear