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Formally establishing himself because the candidate of urchins, Baker Road irregulars, and soot-faced ragamuffins in all places, Bernie Sanders launched a video tonight that includes an endorsement from famous Cockney chimneysweep Dick Van Dyke. Van Dyke is, after all, not the primary, or the final, movie star to again a horse on this yr’s extraordinarily fractious presidential race, however he may legitimately be the oldest: At 94 years previous, he goes out of his means within the video to notice that he’s Sanders’ senior by 16 years. (He additionally holds up a small Funko Pop of the Vermont senator, as a result of the web is a wierd and mysterious place.)

In actual fact, the advert is a reasonably clear effort to courtroom the senior citizen vote, enamored as they’re with the cinematic scamps and ottoman trippers of yesteryear. (Experiences that Tim Steyer has secured an endorsement from precise Dickensian character the Suave Dodger stay apocryphal as we go to press.) It’s additionally an uncharacteristic effort from the beloved comedian actor and king of the London rooftops: Though a life-long leftist, Van Dyke hasn’t publicly stumped for a candidate since campaigning for Eugene McCarthy again in 1968. That being mentioned, this isn’t his first effort at wading into fashionable political waters, having vented his frustrations with Donald Trump means again in 2016.

In fact, this being politics in 2020 and all, the response to Van Dyke’s endorsement of Sanders has run the gamut, from “Oh, cute!” to “Regardless of years of patronizing his content material, I’ll by no means take a look at the Analysis: Homicide canon the identical means once more.” Our sole comfort right here is that we’re fairly rattling positive that Van Dyke won’t ever, in nonetheless a few years he has left, ever encounter any of those web feedback, as a result of he’s obtained higher issues to do—like exhibiting up on Cameo, for causes presumably recognized solely to God and himself.