|Bernie takes the stage|
“Whoa. This is an unbelievable turnout,” Bernie said. "You've done it better than anyone else."
Indeed. As as I confidently predicted two days before the event, "Little Beirut" (as George Bush the Elder named us), brought together the biggest crowd for any candidate anywhere at any time so far this election season.
Some 28,000 people showed up at the Moda Center to hear Senator Sanders speak. The crowd overwhelmed the venue's 20,000 seating capacity and dwarfed the 15,000 person turnout in Seattle the day before. Eight to 9 thousand people were turned away at the door. (They didn't get completely shut out, however. Screens in the plaza outside Moda displayed a live video feed.)
|Comrade Hauth and I, waiting for Bernie|
The general mood was upbeat and hopeful. These rallies always lift people's spirits. When Bernie took the stage, the crowd roared.
And the roaring continued, as Bernie talked about comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship for undocumented workers, universal healthcare, affordable college education, civil rights, raising the federal minimum wage, and the need to overturn Citizens United.
|Yes, we've got the guts to take you on, robber barons!|
That's what makes the king-makers in both political parties nervous. Bernie's message is not partisan.
|Twenty-eight thousand in and around Moda Center. The biggest turnout of any campaign event anywhere, by any candidate, so far this election season|
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