I don’t know how it’s possible we didn’t know about this before now, although I’m sure people in Burlington, Vermont did, but Bernie Sanders had a TV series, from 1986 to 1988, called Bernie Speaks: The Mayor’s Show, and it is awesome.
It is just Bernie being Bernie, a nice small town mayor. I watched the one of him at the riding stable, and one where he was talking to a group of 2nd and 3rd graders, and one of him interviewing people at the mall, and this one where he’s talking about snow removal equipment.
It’s a treasure trove of ad material, stuff that we can share around the internet.
It shows a mayor who could take it directly to the people, talk to them, understand their interests.
It’s a reminder that he did a stellar job as mayor, taking a crumbling industrial town and revitalizing it, so it was named ‘America’s Most Livable City’ after he’d been mayor a few years and, despite only becoming mayor by ten votes, he won re-election several times after that with larger and larger margins, because he was doing such a great job.
It’s a nostalgic look back at the 80s, for anybody who’s nostalgic for the 80s, and it’s a bit of a reminder that things aren’t so different now than they were then.
For those who already love Bernie, it’s a nice thing to watch. For those who don’t yet, I highly recommend it.