Lorraine Williams has shaken hands with many candidates to the US presidency. Among those who will come to boat soon. Hillary Clinton, Rick Santorum (Ahab second in the Republican primaries of 2012) and Mike Huckabee (who was also the number two but in 2008)
is the advantage of being President the local chapter of the Democratic Party of the small Washington, Iowa, the first state holding primary charge to the public most powerful in the world: US President . This is how in Washington, a town of just 7,500 inhabitants living in maize and its transformation into fuel thanks to subsidies-, a person like Williams, who has 59 years and owns a and Restaurant a cafe, just knowing how the presidential shake hands. Because Williams is a common source to the Wall Street Journal, which periodically called because, after all, among the cornfields of Iowa transgnicos you decide quin live in the White House.
But Williams never felt one hand apretn like yesterday. “You know, in America it is assumed that someone who wants to impress you have to shake your hand hard must make it clear that this is” a Chronicle explained as a pasta dish was taken at his restaurant Italian Caf Dodici. . “Today not sent that did not want his mark or show their energy seemed to me that his intention was, simply greet , unpretentious, and connect with me.” Deca, before finishing: “And that It is what is apretn hands “.
The person who had impressed Williams called Bernard Sanders , although it is known by his diminutive, Bernie. Vermont Sen. It is the second least populated state in the United States. Although vote with the Democratic Party, is independent. It is defined as socialist . He is 74 years. It is not pretty. He does not speak well. Advocates an ideology that will center in Europe, but that is far left in America. To make things most difficult, you do not accept donations to his campaign of large companies. In other words, you have the perfect recipe for losing a US elections.
Y is drawn with Hillary Clinton in the primaries in Iowa, where voting starts tomorrow, and led him 20 point lead in the New Hampshire, celebrated the day on February 9.
According: Williams is a fan of Sanders, partly because it defends the European social and economic model , she knows, thanks to the 28 good years that pas living in northern Italy and his sons, one of whom lived eight years in Madrid (“it is impossible to sleep in Malasaa” he recalls, “with all the people partying until six in the morning”).
The Caf Dodici I welcomed Sanders barely half an hour on Friday as part of the final sprint of the socialist that threatens to ruin party Hillary. In the local fit about 140 people, but had more than 200. In its most pure style, Sanders had rejected hold the event at a local Largest. With the accent of his native Brooklyn, is headed to a public heterogneo with more women than men and many young people from SOS to which, according to the widespread opinin a speech by a socialist do not tell jokes, jokes has not and is not able to summarize a single argument in 140 words (let alone 140 characters) should frighten them.
Sanders, grabbing the microphone with the fingertips, with too long a tie and leaning slightly forward His face and movements do not reflect their age, but his stance s- threw his usual speech. A speech that has not memorized . Pablo Iglesias’s speech with the rhetoric of Julio Anguita and physical Santiago Carrillo. At least for US parameters. Although Europe is his alter ego Jeremy Corbyn, the freshly unexpected british Labour leader of another left-old he has not changed.
not Barack Obama flamgera oratory and 2008. Not Donald Trump and his own speech Slvame Deluxe. Sanders holds the microphone in his left hand and moves right up and down the arm, and said:.. “Nothing changed unless there is a political revolution This is not a cliché is that, unless the Government of Washington represents people, not millionaires, we can not change anything “. It is interrupted. Tose.
2.5 million donors
Here is the man who has made 2.5 million people will enven donations, and wants to reach 3 million by Tuesday . Obama GOT a million donors in his campaign histrica 2008. Obama, the s can be. Sanders, not having is neither a slogan . “His phrases are the worst thing,” says Williams, who has given money. It is the first time the leftist Democrat sb donates candidate for the White House. But Sanders is the message which gives popularity. Perhaps because of the lack of political marketing, l sold otherwise.
Here’s one: “Only when we realize that a person can not live on the minimum wage does not have the same political power that a bank, we will realize how democracy is conditional”. And again, that is his answer when the blogger and contributor of Guardian Anne Marie Cox asked him why her hairstyle (or lack of hair, ms well), receives less attention than Hillary Clinton: “Disclpeme bold, but I am campaign to be president of the United States and want to discuss serious issues. When the press focuses its attention on Hillary hairstyle or mo, is that we have a real problem. We millions of people who do not arrive later this month and need to know what the candidates propose about it, and the press should focus on that, or why the greatest power in the world offers health care all its population “. End of controversy. All articles of the serious US press had to be reoriented towards Donald Trump.
Sanders is judo, of Brooklyn. His father, the sole survivor from a family exterminated in the Holocaust, sell paintings. They were poor. The current presidential pas his childhood sleeping in the living room dining room of his house, shared with his brother; I had no room for them. “Money was always a problem at home,” he recalls now. But that does not mean that they were not happy. And l is not achieved, thanks to its excellent marks as a university matrculas much more expensive than today, finished studying Psychology in Chicago , where he was one of the leaders of the movement opposition to the Vietnam War.
This old Pablo Iglesias in anticarismtico ugly and has become the fraud the generation of millennials say-that, people born between 1980 and 2000, forming the youngest segment of US-voters, not anyone he inherited his interest in the policy. In his country, being born into a family of Judah in Brooklyn 40 years is almost synonymous with having grown up in an environment of sympathies Marxists. But Sanders denies that his case out. “At home there was no little interest by policy,” he recalls. Theirs is vocation.
In high school had promoted without success, an initiative to give scholarships to young Haban Korean whose parents died in the war for this country that between 1951 and 1953 against the US enfrent China and the USSR and Ahab partindolo into two halves that even today still, technically, with hostilities.
The story of Bernie Sanders is literally jumped from zero to infinity doors. l was the candidate in 1972 and 1975 logr 1% and 2%, respectively, of the vote in a quixotic attempt to achieve escao in the Senate by the party Liberty Union, an organization formed by leftist pacifists mobilized by Vietnam War. His first political triumph was winning the mayoralty in 1981 of Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, barely 42,000 inhabitants, which gives an idea of the scale, or lack of it of victory. As an example, the first success in the political career of Hillary Clinton was winning the escao a senator from New York in 2000. The wife of Bill Clinton logr 3.7 million votes, 800,000 more than his Republican opponent, Rick Lazio.
A mayor homespun
And yet, the conquest of Sanders in Burlington launched its prestige, at least locally. True to form, the new mayor centr activity in things more boring possible. Roads saw potholes disappear, the utilities during the winter snowfall terrorficas improved, and the mayor became a character as homespun people called, precisely, to his home in the middle of the night, complain, or even convey bright ideas sas that all we can think about how to fix the country after having had a couple of drinks with friends.
key moment in the political life is that Bernie Sanders March 5, 1981 which won the mayoralty of the city of Burlington . A few days earlier, in his first debate with his opponent, Sanders, who was divorced, she was IJF in a girl sitting in the second row of the auditorium. It was nine years younger than l ms sociloga, also divorced with three children, named Jane. After the debate, they were chatting. Paradoxically, the two Haban grown barely a dozen other streets in Brooklyn. Shortly after they met again in the closing party campaign. Sanders PIDI him to dance. “And this is how was it,” l recently recalled in an interview with People magazine.
“All” actually LLEV time. Bernie and Jane were boyfriends eight years. Until she, tired of l would not marry, broke. It was then, after dinner at a hotel, when, as the two dirigan the car, l said, “T want to get married?”. “You know that, do not ever start,” Jane replied. The mayor of Burlington stopped, put his hands on her shoulders and said: “I’m not asking you, I’m asking” . sa is a declaration of love chilling in the US, where it is supposed to ask the hand of the girl with a ring with a diamond the size of an ostrich egg in a romantic setting, not in a car park.
But Jane, Doctor of Sociology and located in the same ideolgico spectrum to him, that does not import. “Bernie is romantic enough for me,” he explained to People. And both still dancing, but now alone and in the living room of his modest home in Burlington. Because the candidate’s wife, who is Catholic, share the hobby of ste for serious things. “In Washington I am more comfortable with Senators that the wives of senators,” he says. As that in the unlikely event that Bernie Sanders finished at the White House, no one no longer wait a simptico president but the first lady devoted to organic farming as Michelle Obama or charities as Barbara Bush. While there will be more to be done to the idea of a no fotognico president and a first lady who do not will come out in the magazines.
Jane never complained of plates telefnicas Burlington neighbors. Probably because enjoying with them as much as Sanders, serious, boring, who is no record that anyone jams hang him. That’s how he was reelected three times more. Clearly this was the little things in which deca Style “I am not a socialist, I am not in favor of the USSR or the concentration camps.”
However, Sanders does not fit with what in the US is considered socialist. The essential points of the program are the creation of a system of universal public health as the one in Spain and in most of Western Europe, the gratuity of training (the cost of public universities ranges from 2,000 to 30,000 per year, depending on the institution and the student’s situation), the mandatory creation of a system down maternity (which does not exist in the US) and increase the minimum wage. Europe will be a centrist. For many Americans, including Democratic Party voters, that puts him level with Stalin.
But where is ideologically is, one thing is clear. Sanders, the man who neither has nor wants to have charisma, is a political hbi l. From local to national politics salt. In 1990 he was elected to the House of Representatives. Always as an independent, although aligned with the Democratic Party.
He was despised by his allies until, after 1994, with the arrival of a wave of conservative Republicans, Sanders became one of the few members of the legislature who was not ashamed of his ideology. An ideology in which each gives presume a bit more. In 1997 defies the shift to the center of Bill Clinton and goes off with a “The president is a moderate Democrat, I am a moderate socialist.” Nine years later, Sanders presented to the Senate and won with 31 points ahead. In 2012 he takes 46 points rival. l, the man who four decades earlier had reached 1% of the vote. Four years later, here it is, in his hoarse voice, Washington, Iowa , launching his attack to finish in the White