Bernie Sanders eulogized my uncle-by-marriage.
As two transplanted New Yorkers in Vermont, Bernie and my uncle-by-marriage on my maternal side, met in Burlington in the 1940’s. As the family story goes, they first met in a deli, probably the only deli in Burlington in that era. Where ELSE would two New Yorkers (one WASP and one Jewish) find each other?!
This became their place. My mother, much younger sibling to her sister who married Bernie’s BFF, would hear anecdotes about these deli encounters, which spanned a lifetime and culminated in Bernie eulogizing his friend, generously and genuinely, by all accounts. And while I never actually met my uncle-by-marriage, who served on the Supreme Court of VT, due to the largeness of my maternal side coupled with travel and age distance, I enjoyed many happy times as a child with his daughters, who I idolized.
So, due to this familial tie, I’m for Bernie!
And as I’m a loyal person, a lifelong New Yorker, and an egalitarian by nature, I once met Donald Trump at The Plaza Hotel. He was a great host and we had a really fun conversation. I wish I had a photo, but it was before the Selfie Age. So, due to this personal experience, if I were a Republican, or a Reagan Democrat, I’d have to be for the Donald.
BEST OF LUCK TO BOTH IN IOWA TONIGHT!
AND, GO YOU, BERNIE! “LOOK FOR AMERICA” as I hear the Simon & Garfunkle song, the success of your Vampire Weekend event showed us–YOU’VE FOUND IT!