After dismissing Ronald Reagan as a fringe candidate, too old to be elected, too intellectually light weight to ever become a force in American politics, the pundit class had to deal with the reality of his nomination and, later his election. Well, he may not have all the lights on upstairs, but he sure can deliver a line written for him and he sure can put his ideas into quotable phrases. You can hum his tunes. He had melody and his songs may not appeal to the Beethoven crowd, but you sure could sing them. He became, "The Great Communicator!"
Reading 10 Bernie quote selections from the last debate posted on Reddit Progressive, it becomes clear why Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the establishment in the Democratic party, who believe Ms. Clinton has earned the right to ascend to the throne, have been so eager to limit Mr. Sanders' exposure: Whenever he is on stage, he draws all the light from everyone else and he beams it back in a wonderful way.
Hillary doesn't come close to his stage presence, which is remarkable, because she is much prettier and has Hollywood hair, great teeth and bone structure. Bernie is more like that woman Susan Boyle, who walks out on the stage, all frumpy and physically unattractive, but then belts out "I Dreamed a Dream" with such virtuosity, the audience rises to their feet and cannot stop cheering.
Here's just one selection from Bernie's last debate.