08 February 2019

Introducing Bernie Sanders - updated


"We've all become so accustomed to stage-managed, focus-group-driven candidates that authenticity comes across as lunacy." - Jon Stewart

Reposted from 2015 to add this information from a new Atlantic article:
The senator from Vermont has been huddling with staff in meetings and brainstorming on phone calls over the past few weeks, chewing over plans. Barring a surprise, last-minute change of heart, he will jump into the 2020 race, convinced he can win, according to people familiar with his plans...

Last time, he didn’t get in until the end of April 2015. This time, the launch will be in February. He sees advantage in a much more crowded 2020 field. The left-leaning politics he campaigned on in 2016 have been broadly embraced in a progressive surge among Democrats, and Sanders has succeeded in diminishing the nominating power of so-called super delegates, the elected officials and party elders who help consolidate establishment power within the Democratic National Committee...

There are also the nuts-and-bolts political considerations that Sanders doesn’t focus as much on, but that his team pays close attention to: He’s the one with the massive email list. Alone among those eyeing the Democratic nomination, he’s the one who had 40,000 people watching various live-streams of his State of the Union response. He’s the one whose team thinks he could, on day one, raise more money online and get more attention than any of the other candidates...

If the early states all come together, Sanders would be positioned to power through the front-ended primary calendar that has California, Texas, and several other big states voting on the first Super Tuesday, March 4, just a month after Iowa. No one else in the field has anything like his proven success with both grassroots supporters and the small-dollar online fundraising that it will take to fund the kind of massive national operation any 2020 campaign will require...

“With all the other people in, the fact is, Bernie is the one whose ideas everyone else is ‘borrowing,’ whether it be Wall Street reforms, or Medicare for all, or free college. These are all ideas that Bernie came up with first and best,” Fort said. “I’m a little bit skeptical of the sincerity of some of the latecomers.”..

What a Sanders candidacy may do for Warren, though, is enable her not to seem as radical as his democratic socialism. It might also enable her to note that she’s a generation younger than Sanders, as opposed to currently being the oldest Democratic candidate in the field. And a Sanders candidacy might allow Warren to argue that she’s largely in line with him politically, but the one who could actually win...

But Sanders skeptics doubt that he fully appreciates how much of the approximately 45 percent of the primary vote he received in 2016 was fundamentally an anti-Clinton vote, and doubt that he realizes how many of those people might leave him once they realize how many other choices they have.

13 comments:

  1. If Bernie Sanders can secure the nomination, I'll definitely campaign and vote for him! And so should any thinking American.

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  2. I haven't seen the show yet. I would also campaign and vote for Bernie. He is the closest thing to an honest man we've had in government for a while. He's straightforward, and I agree with just about everything he says.

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  3. It seemed like they didn’t give Bernie as much publicity as he rightfully deserved last time around.

    I don’t remember who said it, but it’s true: Bernie Sanders always seems like he’s giving a speech in front of the university that just fired him.

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  4. Bernie made me realize I'm more of a pragmatist than an idealist. I like his message, I like his policy ideas, but don't trust his ability to accomplish them.

    But, if he wins the nom, he'll get every last bit of my support.

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  5. I love Bernie, supported him last time. My big reservation now is that he's not getting any younger.

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    1. Perhaps he could select AOC as the VP nominee on the ticket. Wouldn't that be interesting?

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    2. That would be fairly horrifying given the GND.

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    3. The fate of the Green New Deal will lie with the legislative branch, not the executive.

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    4. It would be a theme of the presidency, which is worrying.

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    5. AOC couldn't be on the ticket, as she is not eligible for the presidency until she turns 35.

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  6. Please...make Bernie your selection. Then Americans can choose between an incredibly strong economy and socialism once and for all. Free green energy, free college, free health care...everything is "free" and the "RICH" pay for it. Too bad the rich don't remotely have enough $$$ to pay for it all. I wonder where the massive shortfall to pay for it all comes from.

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    1. Did you argue the same for tax cuts? or the Iraq war?

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