Hillary Clinton

Bernie the Cuckoo Woodpecker

William Morris embroidery'Acanthus and Vine' embroidery, designed by William Morris, 1879. Victoria and Albert Museum.

Reading Time: 10 minutes Bernie Sanders, if metaphors must be sought, is an amalagam of two colorful, yet successful, species of birds—neither very good as game for humans, but ingenious at perpetuating their kind. The one, the woodpecker, through dogged unstinting persistence in seeking sustenance bug by bug (or, if you like, vote by vote). And the other, the cuckoo, by the audacious strategy […]