Bernie Sanders

Bernie: I Wouldn’t Continue Obama Legacy


In my opinion, if elected, Bernie Sanders would be a political revolutionary, attempting to dismantle the status quo which is dominated by corporations and corporate money given to politicians in favor of a more equitable economic evolution that would work to give more power and prosperity to “the people”.  Obama couldn’t possibly have adapted that concept as the first Black presidential candidate…then president.  There was no way he could have. ~ KS


Despite Vice President Joe Biden’s plea for the next president not to “undo” the legacy of President Obama, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders told MSNBC on Wednesday that his presidency would be a “course correction.” During an interview with Chris Hayes, the self-described democratic socialist confessed that while he is a “personal friend” of Obama and Biden, Sanders wants a “political revolution” to undo the power structure controlled by “corporate America and the Koch brothers and the corporate media.” This is at odds with how major-party presidential candidates tend to wholeheartedly tout their predecessor’s record as part of their campaign.

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Michael Tomasky

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126 Celebrities Just Endorsed Bernie Sanders for President



Every celebrity just endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president.

OK, maybe not all the celebrities — but at least 126 of them.

A long list of famous “artists and cultural leaders” including actor Danny DeVito, musician Zoë Kravitz, Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams, composer Hans Zimmer and inventor Steve Wozniak signed an open letter endorsing Sanders against his opponents in the Democratic primary.

Even Will Ferrell is on the list:

126 Celebrities Just Endorsed Bernie Sanders for President


126 Celebrities Just Endorsed Bernie Sanders for President


126 Celebrities Just Endorsed Bernie Sanders for President


126 Celebrities Just Endorsed Bernie Sanders for President


The letter reads, “We — the undersigned artists, musicians, and cultural leaders of America — are excited to endorse a new vision for our country.”

“It’s a vision that pushes for a progressive economic agenda. It’s a vision that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment, and gets big money out of politics. We endorse Bernie Sanders to become the 2016 Democratic Nominee for President of the United States of America.”

In 2012, President Barack Obama gathered at least 194 notable celebrities for his re-election bid.

While the stream of endorsements is doubtless excellent news for Sanders, the senator may have a more immediate concern in the tepid response to his candidacy from major Democratic Party figures. According toFiveThirtyEight’‘s endorsement tracker, Sanders has yet to gain a single endorsement from a sitting Democratic congressman, senator or governor.  Some of his colleagues in Congress and the Democratic Party have even publicly taken to calling Sanders unelectable.

Still, with Sanders dominating competitor Hillary Clinton by upward of 20% in New Hampshire and increasing his lead to 10% in Iowa, it’s becoming clear that Sanders is still gaining momentum.

One endorsement Sanders will not be getting is actor and retired boxer Mickey Rourke’s, who recently called Republican candidate Donald Trump a “big-mouthed bitch bully” and said he would be voting for “the black dude,” neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Tom McKay

Nate Silver: ‘Stop Comparing Donald Trump And Bernie Sanders’

Bernie Sanders speaking at an event in Phoenix, Arizona.

attribution: Photo: Gage Skidmore/CC


Nate Silver took a look at the media’s comparisons of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders and found them lacking. He makes ten points, each of which are blockquoted below and followed by my own reactions, but you’ll have to click through to read the entirety of Silver’s analysis.

1. Trump is “winning” (for now), and Sanders isn’t.

Silver thinks there is reason to believe Trump’s lead won’t hold. I’ve tended to agree, assuming that as the ridiculously large GOP field gets narrowed, supporters of mainstream Republicans will coalesce around another mainstream Republican. But I’m no longer sure that will matter. Ben Carson is now second in many polls, and when you add his numbers to those of Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Ted Cruz, it appears that there may be enough unhinged GOP voters to carry Trump, after all. This shouldn’t frighten Democrats now eyeing the head-to-head general election polls. Most Americans know the personality, but not his politics. Most Americans don’t like bigotry and misogyny. My guess is that if Trump is the GOP nominee, Democrats could bring back Michael Dukakis and still win.

2. Sanders is campaigning on substantive policy positions, and Trump is largely campaigning on the force of his personality.

This is the big one, and if we ended up with a Sanders/Trump general election, it would become even more apparent. Trump is an ignorant blow-hole, and Sanders has a long, deep, and wide history of substantively analyzing and taking stands on issues. The guy is a wonk. Trump is an affectation.

3. Sanders is a career politician; Trump isn’t.

To the GOP base, that’s a big plus for Trump. For voters who want a president that knows what he or she is doing, that’s a big plus for Sanders. It’s also another fundamental difference between the two men. Sanders is the real deal, while Trump is a fake tan and a bad toupee.

There’s more …

4. Trump is getting considerably more media attention.

This says everything about the media. Silver looked at Yahoo News and found that over the past month, Trump has received more media “hits” than Sanders and Hillary Clinton combined. Of course, the media find it much easier to cover personalities than policies. It’s their basic mode of operation.

5. Sanders has a much better “ground game.”

Sanders has a professional campaign apparatus in place, while Trump is more of a TV phenomenon. That can make a huge difference when it comes time for people to vote.

6. Sanders holds policy positions of a typical liberal Democrat; Trump’s are all over the place.

Sanders is not some whacky outsider trying to elbow into the Democratic base: He actually supports Democratic Party positions overwhelmingly often. This means base Democrats will like him. He even voted the same as Hillary Clinton 93 percent of the time when they served in the Senate together. Trump’s positions align well with the GOP base on some issues, but are anathema on others. That will make it easier for Democrats to want to vote for Sanders, and harder for Republicans to want to vote for Trump.

7. Sanders’s support divides fairly clearly along ideological and demographic lines; Trump’s doesn’t.

This one may better serve Trump, whose support is ideologically widespread among Republicans. Sanders appeals primarily to white, liberal Democrats. That’s not a secret, and it’s where Sanders will have to expand his support if he’s going to make a serious run at Clinton for the nomination. However, polls do show that Democratic voters who don’t prefer Sanders as their first choice are fine with him as their second choice. As is the case in reverse—it’s not that Clinton’s supporters don’t like Sanders, it’s just that they like Clinton more.

8. Sanders’s candidacy has clear historical precedents; they’re less obvious for Trump.

Silver compares Sanders to previous insurgent Democratic candidates, such as Bill Bradley, Howard Dean and Eugene McCarthy. They all gave the mainstream candidate a scare, but ultimately fell short. But Trump is more openly hostile to the GOP than were previous insurgent Republican candidates. Given how much the GOP base hates all things government, that may actually help Trump in the primaries.

9. Trump is running against a field of 16 candidates; Sanders is running against one overwhelming front-runner.

The diluted Republican field has prevented the GOP establishment from rallying behind just one of their own, and has helped Trump jump to his current lead. I will add that it also means Trump’s lead is a relatively small plurality, which may or may not grow as other candidates drop out. See my comment on Silver’s point No. 1. But were the Democratic field as diluted, Sanders might also enjoy a plurality lead.

10. Trump is a much greater threat to his party establishment.

Sanders is an outsider. But because he has aligned with Democrats so often, if he were to win the nomination the Democratic establishment base wouldn’t have a lot of trouble aligning behind him. The Republican establishment would have a much tougher time rallying behind Trump. His open hostility to the party, his animosity toward right wing media, and his apostasy on some key Republican issues means that if he did win the nomination, the GOP establishment might not even mind if he lost. The GOP establishment does not like not being in command. As Silver says:

A Trump nomination would be more of an existential threat to the Republican establishment.

Could Trump win without it? Not likely. It’s even less likely given his inattention to the ground game, which would make him particularly dependent on the party’s. Sanders would have the entire Democratic establishment behind him and he’d have his own ground apparatus. He’d have his long experience both with the politics of politics, with understanding and articulating his understanding of the issues, and he’d have stands on the issues that are much more aligned with those of the electorate than are Trump’s.

The media love a simplistic narrative, and for them equating the outsider candidacies of Trump and Sanders is too easy. But as is so often the case with narratives promoted by the major media, this one is also absurdly wrong.


Iowa Poll: Bernie Sanders Is Closing In On Hillary Clinton



A new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll shows Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) only 7 points behind Hillary Clinton in the race for the Iowa caucus, a worrying sign for the Democratic frontrunner. Clinton leads with 37 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers, with Sanders following at 30 percent.

As Clinton’s campaign struggles to counter negative press from her ongoing email controversy, Sanders has energized liberal Democrats with impassioned talk of political revolution. According to the poll, 96 percent of Sanders supporters said they support him for his ideas, while two percent said their support lies mostly in the fact that they do not support Clinton.

The poll also includes Vice President Joe Biden, who captured 14 percent. He has yet to announce a presidential bid.

Clinton has lost a third of her support since May, the poll found. This is also the first time Clinton has fallen below the 50 percent mark in a Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll this year. “It looks like what people call the era of inevitability is over,” said J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll.

While the poll results show a notable departure from Clinton’s presumptive lead, they don’t necessarily predict what’s to come. In June 2011, former Rep. Michele Bachmann was polling just one point behind eventual Republican nominee Mitt Romney in Iowa. Bachmann finished in sixth place, with a dismal 5 percent of the vote at the caucuses.

The poll, conducted August 23-26, is based on telephone interviews with 404 likely Democratic caucusgoers. The findings have a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.

Sanders is currently polling at a hair under 30 percent in the HuffPost Pollster chart, which aggregates all publicly available polls.

See interactive chart here…

Trump Threatens To Fight #BlackLivesMatter Protesters If They Interrupt His Rallies (VIDEO)

CNN Screengrab


Not one to miss even a single day of saying something that would get any other candidate immediately kicked out of the race, Trump spent a recent campaign rally suggesting he would physically fight #BlackLivesMatter activists if they tried to demonstrate at any of his campaign stops.

In an effort to “prove” he is “tougher” than Sen. Bernie Sanders, Trump bragged that he would never allow activists fighting for racial equality co-opt an event that was supposed to be 100 percent about stoking his own narcissism.

“I would never give up my microphone. I thought that was disgusting. That showed such weakness.”

Back in reality, Sanders actually used the opportunity to do something Trump has never done: Listen. While the tactics the demonstrators used are highly contested, even within the liberal movement, there is no denying that the issues they hope to address are very real. From police shootings to economic inequality, African-Americans and other people of color face hardships that white Americans find difficult to truly fathom. Instead of digging his heels in, though, Sanders took their concerns and came back just one day later with concrete and serious policy proposals he hoped would speak to these concerns.

“We should not fool ourselves into thinking that this violence only affects those whose names have appeared on TV or in the newspaper. African-Americans are twice as likely to be arrested and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police….This violence [by extremists] fills us with outrage, disgust, and a deep, deep sadness. Today in America, if you are black, you can be killed for getting a pack of Skittles during a basketball game.”

On his website, Sanders laid out a number of specific things that he would like to see accomplished if he were elected president.

What would Trump do? He’d just fight the demonstrators – or have his “people” do it.

“That will never happen with me. I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself or other people will, but that was a disgrace. I felt badly for him. But it showed that he’s weak.”

Let’s take a brief interlude to imagine Donald Trump actually trying to fight a person. He better hope his “people” do it, because I can’t imagine it would go well for the man who on the very same day bragged that he planned on whining until he won. Sadly, his fighting words will likely send his poll numbers soaring with his radical conservative base. He’s already proven that being openly racist can get 20 or 30 percent of Republican primary voters to say they’ll vote for you. And like clockwork his fans on Twitter are applauding Trump’s comments:



 In other news, Sanders just spoke to an auditorium full of 20,000 people. Trump spoke to 4,000 and lied about it. No wonder he’s jealous.

Check out Trump’s pathetic comments below:

Bernie Sanders Defends Rival Hillary Clinton In The Classiest Way Possible (VIDEO)

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Photo by Blair Kelly and Tylor Bohlman


While the Republican presidential candidates continue to get into petty arguments with each other and sidestep talking about more important topics (ahem, Donald Trump), Bernie Sanders has just put all of them to shame by standing up for Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Clinton has been Sanders’ biggest competition thus far, and Sanders chose to come to her defense instead of attack her. In an interview with Face the Nation host John Dickerson, Sanders explained why he felt Clinton was criticized so harshly — and his answer was not only refreshingly classy, but socially aware.

Watch what Sanders said in the short clip below, starting at 3:35:

In the interview, Sanders pointed out that Clinton has “been under all kinds of attack for many, many years,” and has been criticized more than almost any other public figure. Instead of using it as an opportunity to insult her, Sanders offered a blunt explanation for the way his biggest opponent has been treated:

“Some of it is sexist. I don’t know that a man would be treated the same way Hillary is.”

Sanders then said he admired Clinton, although they had different views. With poise and respectfulness, Sanders continued the interview by differentiating himself from Clinton with an analysis of her positions on trade and the Iraq war, instead of the name-calling, immature tactics we’ve seen from the Republican Party.

Sanders’ awareness and sensitivity to what Clinton — and other female candidates — face when running for office should be commended. We’ve seen time and time again that female candidates are either sexualized or demonized for their appearance and choices. Clinton has even called out sexism herself. A few years ago, Clinton confronted a sexist interviewer while she was taking policy questions in Kyrgyzstan. Despite how ill-fitting the question was in the subject matter, an interviewer asked Clinton who her favorite clothing designer was. Clinton responded, “Would you ever ask a man that question?” Dumb-founded, the interviewer was forced to admit, “Probably not.”

Sexism in politics continues to be a major obstacle and factor in the way that women are treated by their colleagues, reported on in the media and judged by the public. Women are judged by everything from their weight, age, attractiveness and fashion choices to their marriages, relationships and child-rearing skills — and nothing seems off-limits. Men in politics are rarely subjected to this level of personal scrutiny — unless perhaps we’re talking about Donald Trump’s hair.

Why Is Chris Matthews Comparing Bernie To Mao Tse Tsung?

 Thom Hartmann  discusses Bernie Sanders’ “socialist” label on his You Tube broadcast:  THE BIG PICTURE.
Published on Aug 4, 2015

All Bernie Sanders wants to do is make America more like Scandinavia. So why is MSNBC’s Chris Matthews talking about him like he’s the next Mao Tse Tsung? The mainstream media is so scared of Bernie Sanders that it’s now resorted to fearmongering about how he’s a “socialist” who wants the government to take over the economy. Check it out:

Comment from You Tube re the above video:

I think Bernie is a[n] FDR New Deal Democrat. We had a vibrant democracy and strong middle class and working families could support themselves on one income under FDR and up to Reagan. It was Reagan’s economic policies that began our long slide into the troubled times we have today. Bernie just wants to take us back to the future. The one criticism I have of Bernie is that in using the word socialist to describe himself he’s opened a huge (or as Bernie would say youge ) can of worms because the word is so toxic in our society and gives the establishment a weapon to use against him. We don’t do nuance very well in this country and politicians are usually painted black or white so Bernie is a socialist to most everyone. Luckily we voters are catching on to the truth about Bernie and Democratic socialism.

Right-Wing Blog’s Plan To Expose Sanders Fans As Economic Illiterates Hilariously Fails


“Priceless Meme Shows Exactly What Kind Of People Support Socialist Bernie Sanders,” is the headline on a Young Conservativespiece blasting…people who support Bernie Sanders. The meme is below:


Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr

This meme is also the profile pic on a Facebook page called “Economic Illiterates for Bernie Sanders.

Young Conservatives’ entire post is about how the people who support Sanders don’t understand economics, all the while showcasing just how little they themselves don’t understand economics (or how progressive taxes work, for that matter). Bernie Sanders believes in wealth redistribution to a degree. He understands that the extreme income inequality we have here is not sustainable, because rich people cannot sustain a consumer economy on their own. There just aren’t enough of them.

Sanders isn’t alone in this; billionaire Nick Hanauer knows that he can’t buy enough suits, cars, electronics, appliances, and more, to sustain any one of the businesses that manufacture and sell these things. He’s one man who might buy three suits in a year. Not 3,000, despite the fact that his income is roughly 3,000 times higher than the average American. He’s not going to buy 3,000 cars every year, either, and neither is any other billionaire.

Young Conservatives merely provides a link to Sanders’ “hilarious” stance on the minimum wage. It’s safe to say that this publication buys into the myth that raising the minimum wage will destroy jobs. In one article, they point to a single story from the American Enterprise Institute, which is a right-leaning, pro-business think tank based in Washington, D.C. Of course the AEI is going to put out stories that “show” raising the minimum wage is a bad idea; business wants to treat workers like slaves and liabilities, not like the assets they are. (Without workers, you have no business. The bigger your business, the more dependent you are on your workers.)

The Department of Labor has its own page busting these minimum wage myths, including metastudies showing that there’s no discernible effect on employment when the minimum wage goes up. Of course, pro-trickle down conservatives call that a bunch of hooey; they still think that the only way to create jobs and wealth is to let rich people have all the money, and pay working people peanuts. Hey, they’re still working and making a little money, right? Something is always better than nothing.

Studies, statistics, sources, and micro- and macro-economics aside, there are two questions that conservatives just never seem to be able to answer. In 30 years, when has trickle-down ever worked? When will it start working?

It hasn’t, and it won’t. If it had, we’d be in absolute paradise by now, not watching working families struggle while the super-rich keep getting richer.

We can’t expect Young Conservatives to understand that, though. They’re so sure the economy would work if we’d just stop regulating it at all, stop taxing the rich entirely, and all workers would just work a little harder for a few more peanuts. If all that happens, we’ll all be fine. The real problem is socialist governments refusing to let business run amok. Typical right-wing economics, of which we’ve seen 30 years of failure.

What’s with the comparisons between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump?

Bernie Sanders, via AFGE / Flickr

Bernie Sanders, via AFGE / Flickr


If you had told a Very Serious Journalist a year ago that, in July 2015, democratic socialist Bernie Sanders and honey roasted wingnut Donald Trump would be in second place in their respective parties’ presidential primaries, they wouldn’t have even bothered to laugh.

Today, Very Serious Journalists, seeing those two men in second place in their respective parties’ presidential primaries, are writing Very Serious Articles suggesting that the two are equal and opposite flavors of radical. It’s the only way they can make sense of the phenomenon.

They all go something like this:

Bernie Sanders is an uncompromising and avowed socialist who hates the market and your freedom; Donald Trump is an uncompromising and avowed racist who hates Mexicans and their freedom. Both are the distilled essence of their parties’ core ideologies, so the two represent equal and opposite poles on our ideological spectrum. Both have gained momentum by appealing to the frustrations each party’s most radical wings have with their respective establishments. Therefore, Sanders is the Left’s Trump.

As Antonin Scalia would say, that argument pure applesauce. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump’s similarities start and end with their position in the polls.

Those who make the comparison between Sanders and Trump can only do so by suggesting that Sanders’s views are radical so as to be out of step with the Democratic Party and the country as a whole. As I’ve noted before, Sanders was as liberal as David Vitter was conservative in the last Congress. His proposals for an infrastructure bank, free college tuition paid for by a speculation tax, single payer health care and an income tax increase for those making more than $600,000 per year are progressive, yes, but let’s be clear: They don’t come close to being the ideological analogs of the ideas being thrown around in the Republican primaries.

Rand Paul wants to implement a flat tax. Scott Walker thinks the minimum wage is a “lame idea.” Multiple mid-to-top-tier candidates are on record supporting a constitutional marriage amendment. Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal want to change or eliminate the Supreme Court. For his part, Donald Trump wants to build a Great Wall of America and have Mexico pay for it, which, by the way, is the only thing distinguishing him from his opponents.

One need only look to see how each candidates’ parties are reacting to them to see the difference. Hillary Clinton has already begun deploying surrogates to cast Sanders as a radical — a Ron Paul figure whose large crowds are themselves indicative of support that runs deep but not broad. The Republican Party, for their part, can’t cast Trump as a radical because of how little separation there is between him and the mainstream GOP — and how popular his racist rhetoric is within their party.

Sanders’s support is a measure of the substantive ideological differences between himself and Hillary Clinton. Trump’s support is a measure of the rhetorical amplification he has given to what the Republican field was already saying. As Ana Marie Cox wrote in The Daily Beast, in anarticle confusingly titled “Bernie Sanders is the Left’s Trump”:

When Democratic base voters flock to Sanders, they are expressing dissatisfaction what current Democratic policies. When Republican base voters flock to Trump, they are expressing dissatisfaction with Republican rhetoric.

Put another way, Bernie Sanders’s support is about Bernie Sanders. Donald Trump’s support is about everyone else.

That makes them different, not similar.

Jon Green


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