First we felt the chill, then we felt the Bern.
Those rallying for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders last Saturday at North High School came early and in force. Not since President Obama addressed graduates at Worcester Technical High School have so many been so eager to gain entry to any public school in Worcester.
At 4:30 p.m., as I stood near a “Blind Driveway” sign on Harrington Way, a nondescript sedan pulled over, and the senior senator from Vermont emerged. Smartphones recorded a blur of handshakes, shouts of support, and Sanders’ grin.
If anyone was cold, they forgot about it.
By 5 p.m., the gymnasium was full, as well as two side auditoriums with audio/visual feeds. To his credit, Sanders stopped in to greet each of the overflow crowds and preview the points he would cover.
I’m not a Democrat, but this rally had an unscripted authenticity that many lack. What Sanders says, he believes, and has believed throughout his adult life. Nor is there any doubt that the enthusiasm for him is sincere.
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