Now it was our turn for the Bernie Sanders Socialist Revival Hour. The rally in Vancouver Washington showcased just how much the Sanders campaign and its captivating slogan "A Future to Believe In" remains full of vigour. A pleasant but otherwise nondescript, mid-sized city just across the Columbia River from Oregon, founded by the (British) Hudson's Bay Company, Vancouver is hardly a hotbed of political activism. Yet people began lining up at the crack of dawn for Sanders' early afternoon appearance. "There are a lot of people here I never thought would show up for a political rally," one soaked, early arriver told a reporter. Indeed, that has been a feature of the Sanders campaign from the beginning.
Later that day, 20,000 showed up to hear Sanders in Seattle, another 10,000 in Spokane. Campaign organizers then audaciously booked Seattle's 45,000-seat Safeco Field for another mass public gathering on the eve of the Washington caucuses. The momentum carried over into the weekend's primaries, as Sanders crushed Hillary Clinton in Hawaii and Alaska, as well as Washington. So far, he has chalked pup victories in 14 primaries and caucuses, securing more than 1,000 delegates. Not bad for a Noam Chomsky-loving, self-proclaimed democratic socialist in a country where, until recently, just to be branded a liberal was considered political death. It's really quite amazing.
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