I went to a friendly debate-watching party on October 13th put on by Mari, a member of Bernie Sanders’ local campaign organization in Snohomish County, Washington. There were small house parties in several locations. The one I went to was about a half mile walk, and 16 people of the 25 who RSVP’d showed up. It was the first non-family social event that I’ve been to in quite some time, and I did it out of curiosity. Who are Bernie’s supporters? I was not surprised that the age range was 18 to me, with 10 of them in their early 30s, one 22 year-old and a female veteran who served in the Army in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm.
Most were interested in politics, but none of them had been involved in a previous election, which really surprised me as I’d expected some would have helped with phone banking for one or more of the last national elections. None had ever been to a caucus, and that’s how we choose our delegates and candidates and work on the party platform in Washington. Everyone was quiet when Bernie, Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley were giving answers, but gave the thumbs down to Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee. One chap felt that O’Malley was the winner.
Since the debate was held during the dinner hour but was not the classic “pot luck” and because I always take a host/hostess gift, I decided to bring two homemade, baked items. First, a fresh batch of my Salted Caramel-filled Cinnamon Snickerdoodles because it was an opportunity to crowd test them. I made a special double-sized cookie filled with chocolate caramel for Mari since she’d mentioned the word “chocolate” in her party announcement.
Second, a piping hot, fresh-out-of-the-oven 15 inch loaf of my Montana Sourdough French Bread. I took along a cube of cold butter and the bread was ready to eat when I arrived by shank’s hoof and a short ride in the groundskeeper’s golf cart. (He was very happy to receive a warm cookie as gratitude.)
So, in keeping with a meme of the moment, making things great again, here is:
15 ” loaf of Montana Sourdough French Bread