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Fri Mar 15, 2019, 09:01 AM

 

What Jesse Taught Bernie About Running for President



The night of April 19, 1988, in the tense, people-packed auditorium at Burlington High School in Burlington, Vermont, Bernie Sanders strode stern-faced into enemy territory.

The city’s crotchety, socialist, obstinately independent mayor planted himself at the center of the stage at the Democratic Party’s caucus, an event he had never once participated in, stood behind the lectern and drilled into the audience a five-minute speech in which he backed the Rev. Jesse Jackson. He praised the Baptist minister and civil rights activist as “a candidate for president who has done more than any other candidate in living memory to bring together the disenfranchised,” “a candidate who is creating a historic coalition, of working people, of poor people, of women, of minorities, of students, of farmers, of peace advocates, of environmentalists” and “a man who has waged the most courageous and exciting political campaign in the modern history of our nation.”

The crowd kept calm as Gov. Madeleine Kunin spoke in support of Michael Dukakis, the governor of neighboring Massachusetts and the clear establishment favorite. But then someone else, backing Tennessee Sen. Al Gore, took the opportunity to censure Sanders as an “intruder” who wanted to “undermine and destroy the Democratic Party.” And this sparked the already primed crowd, which exploded with a mixture of boos and cheers. A local Democratic leader rushed to the microphone and pleaded for unity, civility and calm.

It didn’t quite work.

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Sanders’ endorsement of Jackson is of a piece with his civil rights work of the early 1960s; in ’88, after all, he “stepped across the color line,” as Jackson has put it, doing something very few other white elected officials did that year. But Sanders has mentioned his Jackson endorsement only sporadically and selectively over the years. That’s partly a reflection of the reality that what drove Sanders’ decision was not really the color of Jackson’s skin—it was their mutual belief that corporate and political powerbrokers had rigged the system against the poor and working class. “Our kinship was on a shared vision of the country, a shared vision of the issues,” Jackson told me. “We was talkin’ the same talk.”

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https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/03/15/bernie-sanders-2020-race-jesse-jackson-1988-presidential-campaign-225809




This is a nice in-depth read with a video of Bernie endorsing Jesse.
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Response to Uncle Joe (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 09:30 AM

1. hhmmmm

 

Would ya look at that.

But then someone else, backing Tennessee Sen. Al Gore, took the opportunity to censure Sanders as an “intruder” who wanted to “undermine and destroy the Democratic Party.”

That's a familiar phrase.

Bernie's been at this for a long time, and so have his detractors. Same msg on both sides, makes one wonder.

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Response to Uncle Joe (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 10:30 AM

2. Seriously? You have to go back 31 years?

 

If he learned it all those years ago what happened in 16?
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Response to Uncle Joe (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 10:43 AM

3. Mr. Jackson seemed to put his faith in Clinton...

 

Before the primaries were over in 2016. He didn’t wait until the convention to endorse.

He is one of my favorite people.
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Response to Uncle Joe (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 10:45 AM

4. Thanks for sharing this. I was one of Jackson's delegation whips there.

 

When he walked into a room, he literally took the air out of it. And I don’t really think I have seen such innate charisma since. It is sad to me that his political career took the path that it did.

To me this says a lot about Bernie to endorse him.
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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 10:46 AM

5. Thank you for sharing Laura

 

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 12:10 PM

8. No, thank you. I want a nominee that has a liberal

 

heart to the core of their being. We can pick people apart to the nth degree, but stories like yours show what's really in someone's DNA.
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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 10:55 AM

6. That is very special.

 

What an experience. Jesse Jackson is one of my all time favorites. I follow him to this day.
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Response to WeekiWater (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 12:05 PM

7. Got to share a funny story if you don't mind

 

At the convention each day we would meet with Jesse and his advisors. The goal was for them to give us information and we would pass it back to the delegation.

One day, toward the end, when Dukakis was for sure the nominee, I walked in and everyone was laughing hysterically. The Jackson campaign had told the Dukakis campaign that Jesse wanted to be their "partner." (i.e. friend, supporter). The funny part was that the Dukakis people didn't understand that term and called in their lawyers. They came back to Jackson's team and advised them that their attorneys said that a legal partnership agreement was not something they wanted to pursue at this time.

Still makes me laugh
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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 12:15 PM

9. OMG!

 

What a great moment to be present at. Thank your for sharing.

Jackson has written some great pieces over the last couple of years. I love reading his writing and the manner in which he often uses his exceptional historical insight in concert with what we see today.
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