We’re Live-Tweeting Bernie Sanders’ Coachella

The campaign’s last dance (or is it?) in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane Sanders arrive at a campaign rally in San Francisco.Noah Berger/AP

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My parents’ first date was a George McGovern political rally. And if that strikes you as strange, well, you probably are not a Bernie Sanders supporter.

In San Francisco this evening, thousands of young Berners are gathering on a grassy field next to the Golden Gate bridge for a political love fest featuring acts such as Fishbone, Fantastic Negrito, and the Dave Matthews Band—not to mention Hollywood celebrities, lefty intellectuals, and one wild-haired democratic socialist. Officially, it’s the Sanders campaign’s A Future To Believe In GOTV Concert. Unofficially, it could be an epic last hurrah, the sort of thing that gets mentioned to the kids decades later—like Woodstock!—to prove you actually did something in your 20s besides sit on your ass and smoke pot.

Not that there won’t be joints and vape pens—maybe oil rigs. But you get the point: This isn’t a regular political campaign, it’s a “revolution,” and revolutions come with their own culture. Like Feeling the Bern. Or wading through the Bernie Sanders Dank Meme Stash. Or wearing an adult-sized Bernie onesie. Or joining the Bernie Love Wave. There has not been a campaign like this in America, since, well, Matt Gonzales ran for mayor of San Francisco. And I mean that in the best possible way. A Bernie Sanders get-out-the-vote concert in this town is not something you want to miss.

And you don’t have to, because we’ll be live-tweeting the event and posting updates here for as long as our batteries last. So check back regularly to get your Bern on from the comfort of your living room sofa—which is probably filled with nasty flame retardants. (Now if Bernie were president…)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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