I think Bernie Sanders may have just won the election. Not the nomination. The election.
When I heard he was going to speak at Liberty U., I thought “that’s righteous of him.” Speaking to a hostile crowd. I figured he might gain a few votes from people who otherwise wouldn’t have voted for him in a million years, and in the very worst case, he would get credit for showing up. Obama did something similar, and it didn’t hurt him any.
When a saw a short clip on how he answered the abortion question, I heard a few shouts of approval, from women’s voices, even though most of the crowd was stony silent. “Well,” I thought, “maybe this crowd isn’t as monolithic as I thought. Maybe he WILL get a few votes.”
Then, just an hour or so ago, I saw this. It is from a graduate of Liberty U., who is a preacher. It is not a “well, Sanders may have some good points” kind of endorsement. It was not an “I thought he seemed like a nice guy, but…” type of qualified statement.
“Lightning hit my heart in that moment” is a little bit stronger than that. He compares Sanders to John the Baptist. He compares Sanders to Jesus himself. He says “this wild haired Jew” quite a few times, but it was in a positive context each and every time.
I was expecting Sanders to hold his own in that crowd, not to win them over. But win them over he did, apparently. There is no stopping the guy.