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September 10, 2019 08:05 AM UTC

Bernie Packs Civic Center Park

  • by: Colorado Pols

As the Denver Post’s Justin Wingerter reports, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign arrived in downtown Denver last night, and proved again Sanders’ ability to rally massive adoring crowds:

Thousands of people sojourned to Civic Center park early Monday night, where they loudly and proudly cheered on Bernie Sanders as the progressive presidential contender denounced insurance companies, the fossil fuel industry and America’s military industrial complex…

The 78-year-old democratic socialist senator from Vermont, a darling of liberals young and old, made a loud return to Colorado, 11 months after he stumped for now-Gov. Jared Polis and U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse last October in Boulder and Fort Collins.

“I am here in Denver asking your support for more than just defeating Trump,” Sanders told the cheering crowd in a raspy, cracking voice. “I am here to ask you to help me transform this country and create an economy and government that works for all of us, not just the 1 percent.”

We expect nothing less than a big show of support for Sanders in Colorado, a state where he is in the lead according to a recent poll–though by a single point, with Joe Biden statistically tied and Elizabeth Warren vacuuming up loose votes to settle into a strong third place. Biden will be in Colorado later in September, and Warren is due soon with her last rally in April in Aurora also drawing a very respectable crowd.

But make no mistake: the size and enthusiasm of Bernie’s base in Colorado is formidable today, just like it was in 2016–and Bernie fully intends to win here again. The difference in Colorado is that this time, we’re a top Super Tuesday primary target, and the current field of candidates offers alternatives to Democratic primary voters that 2016 did not. Can Bernie keep the magic alive for progressives while attracting enough support from unaffiliated primary voters and moderate Democrats to win?

We’ll say this: a crowd like in that photo above makes anything seem possible.


40 thoughts on “Bernie Packs Civic Center Park

  1. very good event – a great group, great turnout
    I saw a lot of t-shirts and stickers for other D candidates and issues.
    I met a lot of great people.

    No question Bernie got game. If he’s still in come March- he’s going to get a load of Colorado delegates


    1. Enthusiasm is good. Passion is good.

      I voted for Sanders last time, but I'm for Warren this time. Her policies are more or less similar to Sanders, but she has put a ton of thought into how to implement them. 

      Passion vs competence, is how I see it.

  2. That is where platform fights are won and lost. Delegates to the convention…

    The establishment wing of the party is committing suicide by trying to unfairly influence the choice of the Democratic voters. Don't the corporatists understand how close to the edge they are pushing this thing?

    Americans do not want a return to Feudalism. We want the American Dream returned to us. 

    Corporations ARE NOT people!

    Repeal Citizens United!!

    Vote Blue…No Matter Who!!

    1. "… establishment wing of the party is committing suicide by trying to unfairly …"

      Same as it ever was.

      For the People

      IA         49 (10)
      NH        33  (4)
      SC         63  (22)
      NV        48  (21)
      (Feb)    193  (57)

      March 3  (1358)

      CA 495  (200+) 


      And by March 4  34% of all selected delegates

      SuperDelegates don't vote on the first ballot (unless it is uncontested)

      Who will do well enough in Feb to have the chance to do really well March 3?

      For the People

          1. Jeezus – If you or one of your kind find the voyager satellite, you would never get it.   jic

            Iowa – caucus to state convention, but still able to project delegates
            New Hampshire 
            South Carolina   

            delegates : total and estimated selected/projected for Kamala Harris

            March 3
            Super Tuesday 
            I only profiled California – but 34% of all delegates will be selected.

            The field will be smaller by February.
            And smaller again by March 4.

    1. If you look at the crowd, it’s pretty diverse in gender, ethnicity, and age, probably other invisible factors such as sexual preference, religion,  and class.

      Most of the Bernie supporters I know are older females. 

      I’m in the Warren camp, but would happily vote for Bernie if he’s the nominee. He’s opened up people’s minds on what is possible, awakened our collective moral conscience, and his “Our Revolution” has provided financial and logistical support for hundreds of progressive candidates. 

      And yes, crowd size matters as an indication of popular support and enthusiasm. None of the 2016 candidates, Democratic or Republican, came close to the numbers of people at Bernie’s rallies. In a year when we will badly need that enthusiasm and energy to overcome vote suppression and foreign interference, please don’t be snide about the Bernie supporters.

        1. Is she going to win in California? Hell- Bernie was pretty popular with MA D's in 2016 – is she going to win MA?

          I'll support her if she is the nominee. I support her a ton for other roles if she is not – including continued leadership in the US Senate if she desires.

        1. Isn’t some kind of rigging an inherent feature of every system? . . . 

          . . . the opposite of “system” is pretty much always “chaos.”

          I’m guessing that Bernie and Ttump have always both scored exactly the same grade of “N” on “Works well and plays well together with others”?

          Crying :: Bernie   —>  it’s what he do!  

          On the bright side, after he fades out this cycle, he’ll still have a future as a GEICO commercial (. . . so long as he can keep from getting into it with the gecko . . .).

          1. Well- if by some kind you are pointing to things like she did better in voting primaries and most states have voting primaries, you are correct.

            If you mean that that the DNC is always by definition going to have their thumb on the scale – I disagree.

            1. There’s some piece of me that wishes Sanders would had found a way to have been the nominee in 2016.   That way, after Ttump’s win, we’d all have relegated him to his proper dustbin by now . . . 

              . . . but then I spose’ we’d just have to watch a septuagenarian Clinton bollocks up 2020 ???

              1. If she had lost the primary, I doubt she would have attempted to come back.

                And I do not believe he thinks he is going to be the nominee. I mean… he can't. Right?

        2. And that is why Bernie bores me. If the majority of the country isn't interested in a Democratic Socialist for president, it's because the system is rigged. 

          Gee, who else spent 2016 whining that the system was rigged? 

          1. no – it's not rigged cause Bernie lost the nomination, nor because he wouldn't have won the general.
            It's rigged because the DNC tipped the scales in real ways toward HRC.


            1. What?  People who devoted their lives to the Democratic party actually preferred a devoted Democrat to a former Troytskyite just using their party to advance himself?  The monsters!


              1. 2016:




                2008: OFA, then called Obama for America, was created as a fundraising and organizing alternative to the DNC, because Obama folks believed Clinton’s controlled the DNC purse strings. OFA was very successful, and went through 2 more iterations of purpose.

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