Bernie Packs Civic Center Park

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.

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  1. MADCO says:

    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

     

    • ParkHill says:

      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. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    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!!

    • MADCO says:

      "… 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

  3. bullshit!bullshit! says:

    I heard 10,000 Bernie Bros. Is that right? Size matters to them. 🙂

    • kwtreekwtree says:

      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.

  4. Democrat1207 says:

     538 had a great article on crowd sizes:

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/dont-let-crowd-sizes-mislead-you/

     

    In 2016 Bernie had bigger crowds than Hillary yet Hillary won the nomination because in the end more people voted for her even if didn't come to rallies and were active on Facebook. Also she won the majority of the black vote. 

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