I feel like it’s highly unlikely Bernie will run again. To be honest, even watching him on the campaign trail this past year made me nervous. He’s not a young man but, damn if he didn’t have about 1000x the stamina that I would’ve had in his position! I have friends who worked on the campaign and, like any campaign at that level, it’s incredibly grueling.

The situations aren’t the same but his potential path forward reminds me of Al Gore a bit. Gore was able to forge a much more fitting and effective path once he lost (or however you want to frame THAT shit show). An Inconvenient Truth had a huge effect. In a similar vein, I think Bernie truly ignited a powerful movement and brought young folks back into politics. I didn’t even think that was possible anymore. I have no doubt that he will be the reason that we’ll see real change happen, but it’ll take time. It’d be an incredible legacy if so.

And, crap, no I didn’t watch that documentary you mentioned awhile ago. Can you remind me of what it is again? I definitely want to check that out and Bill Hicks. Thanks!

Written by

AMATEUR HOUR (2018) and BUT YOU SEEMED SO HAPPY (2021) | The New York Times, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, The Cut | kimberlyharrington.me

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store