The Electability Of The Long Distance Runner: Bernie Sanders Casually Brags About His Sports Background
It was the Iowa CNN town hall "debate" where Bernie Sanders was asked what kind of athlete he used to be. He fondly recalled his youth basketball days, where, he says, he was a star player on his Brooklyn grammar school basketball team. This appears to be true. Newspaper accounts tell of his school, PS 197, winning the Burrough Championship, just as Sanders recalled on CNN.
He then revealed that in high school he was a long distance runner, who "won several races."
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This photo is surreal.
Hillary Clinton got off to a huge lead in the race for the Democratic nomination, and is still ahead in national polls. But Sanders is built for long distances, not sprints, and he's steadily gaining. As the caption warns, "Watch that kick."
On the other hand, the photo was taken in the 1950s, which reminds us that Sanders is 74 years old. By the end of a first term he'd be 78, and into his 80s beyond. Not even Ronald Reagan, our oldest president, was that ancient -- and he began showing early signs of Alzheimer's during his first term.
So what have we learned? Well, that old photos are double-edged swords, and also, as Trevor Noah said on Tuesday night on The Daily Show:
"Bernie obviously played before black people were allowed to play basketball with whites. But still impressive."
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