First, in the name of journalistic integrity, a quick update on yesterday’s blog. Clinton won 6 coin tosses in Polk County (Des Moines) precincts, but there were several precincts state wide decided by coin toss, and Sanders did win some of them, so it probably was a coincidence and not fraud.
But this is the video that made my day. At first I thought it was a joke. ‘Watch Bernie Sanders playing a rabbi in a 1999 comedy.’ Yeah, right. I expected it to be some old Jewish guy who looked and talked a bit like Sanders, which might or might not be funny, depending on how close it was. As I watched, I thought, Dang, that guy does look like Bernie Sanders, and talks like him, too. In his wacky wedding speech, where he goes off topic and starts ranting about baseball, it actually had the same cadence as one of his political speeches.
So, I looked it up on IMDB and, sure enough, it’s him. Certainly a funnier scene than Ronald Reagan ever did. If he hadn’t gone into politics, he could have been an actor, or even done stand-up. Now, I want to see the movie.
It reinforces what I really love about Sanders. Sure, I agree with most of his policies, and I like him for that. He has been fighting for civil rights since he was a college student, and I respect him for that. He has tremendous intelligence, and character, and political experience, and I admire him for that. But, I love it that he’s kind of a funny, old, Jewish guy. It’s going to be a bit like having Mel Brooks for president.