Jonah Goldberg tumbles to the secret of Bernie's youth appeal:
Bernie Sanders is the most typecast presidential candidate of my lifetime. What I mean is that I can’t remember another presidential candidate who I could more easily imagine in a different setting. For instance, there’s a Starbucks near me in D.C. where old Reds take time off from yelling at clouds to get together and tsk-tsk the newspapers and talk about how much they hate Fox News. I wrote a big chunk of Liberal Fascism there (if they only knew!). I’d eavesdrop as they’d rail about Israel, billionaires, and their sciatica. Bernie Sanders could join them tomorrow in dirty Bermuda shorts, black socks, and tennis shoes, and seem perfectly at home there as they kept bringing up the overthrow of Allende as if it had happened last week.
The overthrow of Allende? OMG - Bernie Sanders is Peter Pan, who never grew up. Well, internally - that tired husk disguises an eternally youthful heart. Anyone who saw Bernie denouncing Henry Kissinger during the debate Thursday night felt like Bernie was right back on some late 60's campus denouncing the war. Strike up "Ohio" by CSN&Y and join right in, Mr. Sanders.
OK, so what was Bernie doing during the Nixon/Kent State days?
After finishing college in 1964, Sanders lived on a kibbutz in Israel before settling in Vermont. He worked a number of jobs, including filmmaker and freelance writer, while his interest in politics grew.
In the 1970s, Sanders made several unsuccessful bids for public office as a member of the anti-war Liberty Union Party, which he was a member of until 1979.
The anti-war party candidate? Fortunately I was sitting down when I read that.