Sanders Is In!

 

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Case Involving Donor Limits To Political CampaignsAnd you thought Hillary had bought off all her potential rivals. Apparently there is one man who will not be bought:

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, presenting a liberal challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Sanders, an independent who describes himself as a “democratic socialist,” will follow a formal statement with a major campaign kickoff in his home state in several weeks. Two people familiar with his announcement spoke to The Associated Press under condition of anonymity to describe internal planning.

Go, Bernie, go!

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  1. Roberto Member
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    @Roberto

    He is the Left’s Ron Paul.

    I am only surprised it took him this long, his conviction is real I judge and his supporters ( which he does indeed have ) are quite fervent.

    Frankly if it came down to him and Mrs. Clinton I would prefer his knife as opposed to her slow torture, at least this fool believes in something even if 9/10ths of it is rank insanity.

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  2. Ricochet Inactive
    Ricochet
    @CalvinCoolidg

    Look at it this way. If Bernie is running, there’s real trouble on the democrat home front. That’s a great sign.

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  3. MarciN Member
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    @MarciN

    I find it alarming. His latest diatribe is about how the middle class is floundering because of the rich. It sounds a lot like Chavez. And people are hurting, but because of the Democrats. The Republicans will be forced to agree.

    This is not good.

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  4. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist
    @WesternChauvinist

    He’s the most honest man in the Democrat Party. I mean that — it’s not snark.

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  5. blank generation member Inactive
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    @blankgenerationmember

    MarciN:I find it alarming. His latest diatribe is about how the middle class is floundering because of the rich. It sounds a lot like Chavez. And people are hurting, but because of the Democrats. The Republicans will be forced to agree.

    This is not good.

    Interesting thought.  Why would the country want to go right now?

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  6. Devereaux Inactive
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    @Devereaux

    Not sure why I should care, SoS.

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  7. Ricochet Member
    Ricochet
    @EustaceCScrubb

    I do hope he eventually takes up Ralph Nader’s banner and runs as an independent or Green, assuming Mrs. Clinton gets the (D) nomination.

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  8. Majestyk Contributor
    Majestyk
    @Majestyk

    If I didn’t know this was real life I would suspect The Onion or a “Springtime for Hitler” level gag.

    I mean, this can only be a good thing, right?  I want these nuts out there in the Democrat vanguard so there’s nowhere for the crypto-socialists in their party to hide.

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  9. Nick Stuart Inactive
    Nick Stuart
    @NickStuart

    If he becomes HRC’s veep, it’ll be: Clinton/Sanders, the “YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN” ticket.

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  10. Fredösphere Inactive
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    @Fredosphere

    Western Chauvinist:He’s the most honest man in the Democrat Party. I mean that — it’s not snark.

    I can’t forget the Youtube video of him that went around where he faces down an angry group of hard-left supporters who wanted the Israelis driven into the sea, basically, and he forcefully laid out a defense of Israel’s right to exist. It was a limited defense, to be sure, but it was 100% free of weasel words. If you’re from the far left and can still rebuke your base when they go off the rails like that, well, that’s something.

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  11. James Of England Moderator
    James Of England
    @JamesOfEngland

    MarciN:I find it alarming. His latest diatribe is about how the middle class is floundering because of the rich. It sounds a lot like Chavez. And people are hurting, but because of the Democrats. The Republicans will be forced to agree.

    This is not good.

    He’ll sow some bad ideas in the debates and through the campaign generally, but this is 90% good news. He’s the Ted Cruz of the left. He’ll suck up the base’s votes, and make it impossible for anyone else to win through a base pumping strategy.

    If you don’t like the Democratic base (and I take it Ricochetti are united in this), having candidates like that is very good news, because it’s exceptionally unlikely that he’ll win, and if he doesn’t win he’ll leave us with a more moderate Clinton while stealing enthusiasm from her. The only downside is that, unlike Cruz, he doesn’t have particularly sharp elbows, so he’s unlikely to engage in the kinds of criticisms that will leave much of a lasting mark on her into the general. It’d be better if Alan Grayson ran, but Sanders is pretty good.

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  12. user_157053 Member
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    @DavidKnights

    Run, Bernie, Run!!!!

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  13. Son of Spengler Contributor
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    @SonofSpengler

    Devereaux:Not sure why I should care, SoS.

    I consider it more of a spectator sport than anything else. Will Sanders’s entrance liberate the media to unleash on Clinton, knowing that there is a leftist alternative now? Or will Democrats focus on electability? Will Sanders’s reputation for honesty (and the fact that his net worth is 1/200 of Hillary’s) make Hillary’s corruption that much more prominent? Or will his far-left views make Hillary more reasonable by comparison? Will the Democratic primary actually become competitive (I doubt it)? Or will it look more like elections in totalitarian states where the handpicked opposition candidate takes 3% while the dictator runs away with 97%?

    Part of me wonders whether Sanders is the one that Team Hillary wanted as an opponent. He gets zero diversity points, has no appeal to the youth, and has no fundraising base. Hillary can crush him while looking like she’s fighting a competitive race.

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  14. user_357321 Inactive
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    @Jordan

    I hope every Democratic candidate remains over the age of retirement, and every Republican candidate is not.

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  15. user_86050 Inactive
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    @KCMulville

    Peter Boyle must have slipped him a note: “You Lose.”

    (Note: reference to a Robert Redford movie, The Candidate.)

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  16. user_138562 Moderator
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    @RandyWeivoda

    Son of Spengler:He gets zero diversity points, has no appeal to the youth, and has no fundraising base.

    I wouldn’t necessarily count on that.  Sanders says that the federal government should give everyone a free college education.

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  17. user_86050 Inactive
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    @KCMulville

    Randy Weivoda:  Sanders says that the federal government should give everyone a free college education.

    Ah. Not only should everyone be indoctrinated by the overwhelmingly liberal faculties, but that we should all collectively pay for the privilege.

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  18. Marion Evans Inactive
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    @MarionEvans

    What right wing fiend is secretly financing this slayer of Hillary ambitions?

    Sanders is unstoppable with Vermont’s 3 electoral college votes.

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  19. MarciN Member
    MarciN
    @MarciN

    Fredösphere:

    Western Chauvinist:He’s the most honest man in the Democrat Party. I mean that — it’s not snark.

    I can’t forget the Youtube video of him that went around where he faces down an angry group of hard-left supporters who wanted the Israelis driven into the sea, basically, and he forcefully laid out a defense of Israel’s right to exist. It was a limited defense, to be sure, but it was 100% free of weasel words. If you’re from the far left and can still rebuke your base when they go off the rails like that, well, that’s something.

    I never saw that. I’d like to. Wow.

    There is hope. :)

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  20. user_82762 Inactive
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    @JamesGawron

    Son,

    HAAZAAAAH!!! Nobody can pull the Meshuggannah vote like Bernie. Fabulous.

    Regards,

    Jim

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  21. Oblomov Member
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    @Oblomov

    SoS, how do we know HRC is not paying him? As you point out, he is a perfect foil and makes her look moderate.

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  22. user_82762 Inactive
    user_82762
    @JamesGawron

    Oblomov:SoS, how do we know HRC is not paying him? As you point out, he is a perfect foil and makes her look moderate.

    Oblo,

    If Bernie gets a hold of the Clinton Cash stuff he’ll cook her with it. You’ve heard of a guided missile. Bernie’s an unguided missile.

    Regards,

    Jim

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  23. Ricochet Member
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    @Manny

    Fantastic.  Now wouldn’t it be something if he could beat Hillery.

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  24. gts109 Inactive
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    @gts109

    If Biden gets in too, the average age of the Democratic field will be about 66. These people were born during or shortly after World War II, which is quickly becoming ancient history.

    Are there no young(ish) Democrats or did Hillary convince the field that sitting out in 2016 was a good idea for their career?

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  25. gts109 Inactive
    gts109
    @gts109

    P.S. There should be a caption contest for that priceless photo.

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  26. Frank Soto Contributor
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    @FrankSoto

    Where is Senik?  He must be giddy about this.

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  27. user_653084 Inactive
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    @SalvatorePadula

    I’m delighted to hear Bernie is running.

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  28. lesserson Member
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    @LesserSonofBarsham

    Some of my wife’s friends from college who are pretty liberal once told us over lunch that when they lived in California they were practically Republicans because of how liberal it was there. They then proceeded to tell us they hoped Bernie Sanders would run because he would make an awesome president. Never underestimate the stupidity of liberals in groups as small as two.

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  29. Devereaux Inactive
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    @Devereaux

    lesserson:Some of my wife’s friends from college who are pretty liberal once told us over lunch that when they lived in California they were practically Republicans because of how liberal it was there. They then proceeded to tell us they hoped Bernie Sanders would run because he would make an awesome president. Never underestimate the stupidity of liberals in groups as small as two.

    Or even one.

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  30. lesserson Member
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    @LesserSonofBarsham

    Devereaux:

    lesserson:Some of my wife’s friends from college who are pretty liberal once told us over lunch that when they lived in California they were practically Republicans because of how liberal it was there. They then proceeded to tell us they hoped Bernie Sanders would run because he would make an awesome president. Never underestimate the stupidity of liberals in groups as small as two.

    Or even one.

    Sure enough

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