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Taibbi writes: "He is the rarest of Washington animals, a completely honest person."

Sen. Bernie Sanders. (photo: Win McNamee/Getty)
Sen. Bernie Sanders. (photo: Win McNamee/Getty)


Give 'Em Hell, Bernie

By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

29 April 15

 

any years ago I pitched a magazine editor on a story about Bernie Sanders, then a congressman from Vermont, who'd agreed to something extraordinary – he agreed to let me, a reporter, stick next to him without restrictions over the course of a month in congress.

"People need to know how this place works. It's absurd," he'd said. (Bernie often uses the word absurd, his Brooklyn roots coming through in his pronunciation – ob-zert.)

Bernie wasn't quite so famous at the time and the editor scratched his head. "Bernie Sanders," he said. "That's the one who cares, right?"

"Right, that's the guy," I said.

I got the go-ahead and the resulting story was a wild journey through the tortuous bureaucratic maze of our national legislature. I didn't write this at the time, but I was struck every day by what a strange and interesting figure Sanders was.

Many of the battles he brought me along to witness, he lost. And no normal politician would be comfortable with the optics of bringing a Rolling Stone reporter to a Rules Committee hearing.

But Sanders genuinely, sincerely, does not care about optics. He is the rarest of Washington animals, a completely honest person. If he's motivated by anything other than a desire to use his influence to protect people who can't protect themselves, I've never seen it. Bernie Sanders is the kind of person who goes to bed at night thinking about how to increase the heating-oil aid program for the poor.

This is why his entrance into the 2016 presidential race is a great thing and not a mere footnote to the inevitable coronation of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee. If the press is smart enough to grasp it, his entrance into the race makes for a profound storyline that could force all of us to ask some very uncomfortable questions.

Here's the thing: Sanders is a politician whose power base is derived almost entirely from the people of the state of Vermont, where he is personally known to a surprisingly enormous percentage of voters.

His chief opponents in the race to the White House, meanwhile, derive their power primarily from corporate and financial interests. That doesn't make them bad people or even bad candidates necessarily, but it's a fact that the Beltway-media cognoscenti who decide these things make access to money the primary factor in determining whether or not a presidential aspirant is "viable" or "credible." Here's how the Wall Street Journal put it in their story about Sanders (emphasis mine):

It is unclear how much money Mr. Sanders expects to raise, or what he thinks he needs to run a credible race. Mr. Sanders raised about $7 million for his last re-election in Vermont, a small state. Sums needed to run nationally are far larger.

The Washington/national press has trained all of us to worry about these questions of financing on behalf of candidates even at such an early stage of a race as this.

In this manner we're conditioned to believe that the candidate who has the early assent of a handful of executives on Wall Street and in Hollywood and Silicon Valley is the "serious" politician, while the one who is merely the favorite of large numbers of human beings is an irritating novelty act whose only possible goal could be to cut into the numbers of the real players.

Sanders offers an implicit challenge to the current system of national electoral politics. With rare exceptions, campaign season is a time when the backroom favorites of financial interests are marketed to the population. Weighed down by highly regressive policy intentions, these candidates need huge laboratories of focus groups and image consultants to guide them as they grope around for a few lines they can use to sell themselves to regular working people.

Sanders on the other hand has no constituency among the monied crowd. "Billionaires do not flock to my campaign," he quipped. So what his race is about is the reverse of the usual process: he'll be marketing the interests of regular people to the gatekeeping Washington press, in the hope that they will give his ideas a fair shot.

It's a little-known fact, but we reporters could successfully sell Sanders or Elizabeth Warren or any other populist candidate as a serious contender for the White House if we wanted to. Hell, we told Americans it was okay to vote for George Bush, a man who moves his lips when he reads.

But the lapdog mentality is deeply ingrained and most Beltway scribes prefer to wait for a signal from above before they agree to take anyone not sitting atop a mountain of cash seriously.

Thus this whole question of "seriousness" – which will dominate coverage of the Sanders campaign – should really be read as a profound indictment of our political system, which is now so openly an oligarchy that any politician who doesn't have the blessing of the bosses is marginalized before he or she steps into the ring.

I remember the first time I was sold on Bernie Sanders as a politician. He was in his congressional office and he was ranting about the fact that many of the manufacturing and financial companies who asked him and other members of congress for tax breaks and aid were also in the business of moving American jobs overseas to places like China.

Sanders spent years trying to drum up support for a simple measure that would force any company that came to Washington asking for handouts to promise they wouldn't turn around and ship jobs to China or India.

That didn't seem like a lot to ask, but his fellow members treated him like he was asking for a repeal of the free enterprise system. This issue drove Sanders crazy. Again showing his Brooklyn roots, Bernie gets genuinely mad about these things. While some pols are kept up at night worrying about the future profitability of gazillionaire banks, Sanders seethes over the many obvious wrongs that get smoothed over and covered up at his place of work.

That saltiness, I'm almost sure of it, is what drove him into this race. He just can't sit by and watch the things that go on, go on. That's not who he is.

When I first met Bernie Sanders, I'd just spent over a decade living in formerly communist Russia. The word "socialist" therefore had highly negative connotations for me, to the point where I didn't even like to say it out loud.

But Bernie Sanders is not Bukharin or Trotsky. His concept of "Democratic Socialism" as I've come to understand it over the years is that an elected government should occasionally step in and offer an objection or two toward our progress to undisguised oligarchy. Or, as in the case of not giving tax breaks to companies who move factories overseas, our government should at least not finance the disappearance of the middle class.

Maybe that does qualify as radical and unserious politics in our day and age. If that's the case, we should at least admit how much trouble we're in.

Congratulations, Bernie. Good luck and give 'em hell.

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+134 # davidr 2015-04-29 14:12
"not a mere footnote to the inevitable coronation of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee"

Well … this will be, by actual count, the SECOND "inevitable coronation of Hillary Clinton". Sanders is not only a welcome addition to the race in the ways Taibbi says, but he's also a person with a chance to be nominated. Yes, he's a long shot, but in our whole history as a republic, there have been very few politicians who have ever had as good a chance as Bernie Sanders to be nominated by one of the two major parties.

"Inevitable" is a word that sounds predictive, but is generally used in a retrospective context. Present expectations to the contrary notwithstanding , if Sanders' should win the nomination, more than one history of these times will view his victory as inevitable.
 
 
+32 # ritawalpoleague 2015-04-30 09:53
I confess, the U.S. is a mess,
Ridden with pols.'
with big money their quest.

But Sanders is different,
with ethics galore. A true
people server, and so, so much more.

Dreadful bloody revolution is
coming our way. But, with Sanders our POTUS, the 1%ers will pay, 'cause...

SANDERS PANDERS NOT, TO THE 1% (and neither does Warren).

Let's do all we can to convince Elizabeth Warren to jump onboard as Bernie Sanders' V.P. candidate. Only way we have (huge voter turnout for a Sanders/Warren Dem. ticket), to take the vital first step needed to trash this POLICE STATE AIN'T GREAT in an implosive vs. bloody manner, restore fundamental constitutional rights (via executive orders), and get going with so needed, real McCoy change.
 
 
+125 # moonrigger 2015-04-29 19:08
Wouldn't it be loverly if all those people who gravitate towards, say, Rand Paul, just because he's a Washington outsider, would instead park their votes behind Bernie Sanders? I think he's capable of pulling in Republican moderates, and just common-sense types who've had it with the DNC and the GOP machines, and would relish a regular guy taking the helm for a change. Of all the candidates in either party, I think he most represents our everyman/everyw oman, and dang, if he ran with Elizabeth Warren as Veep, they could win.
 
 
+52 # jcdav 2015-04-30 07:13
Yes, I'm fiscally conservative and socially liberal...I want to see some accountability. .I could not quite see where my views fit in either party..a similarry disenchanted/di senfranchised friend had said "we are Eisenhower Republicans with no place to go"...he just could be right...Sanders is the brightest & best I've seen in many a year--I had bought the Hope & Change...what a sweet talkin non delivering turncoat Obama turned out to be (first indicator- most appointees were from Wall St.) Even if Bernie does not get the nod (which he deserves) he (& Warren) will at least steer the focus on the real problems--God Bless Bernie!
 
 
+100 # thunderable 2015-04-29 19:34
With most everyone sick to death of the pro-corporate, plutocrat-lovin g, anti-middle and working class RepuboCrats, I think Bernie has a real chance IF there is a giant groundswell of grassroots support. He will not win the war chest campaign. He will not win the corporate media campaign. But he can garner support from disparate groups with his honest message. Bernie has the best chance of any truly progressive candidate in a long time. Go Bernie!
 
 
+14 # Street Level 2015-04-30 15:03
If Jerry Brown could beat Meg Whitman in California despite being grossly outspent then Bernie can win too.
While both candidates talk about "income disparity", voters should know about "funding disparity" and who is getting from where and how much.
 
 
+77 # jeffdonn 2015-04-29 19:35
The problem: we need more people working at higher wages.
Bernie shares this objective and he has strategies to meet this objective: raise the minimum wage, repair our public infrastructure.
 
 
+54 # Thebigkate 2015-04-29 22:16
..Thus this whole question of "seriousness" – which will dominate coverage of the Sanders campaign – should really be read as a profound indictment of our political system, which is now so openly an oligarchy that any politician who doesn't have the blessing of the bosses is marginalized before he or she steps into the ring."


Aye, and therein lies the rub! With our corporate press so completely bought off and in the thrall of their "owners," they are presently covering the Baltimore "situation" 24/7--giving no voice to the horror in Nepal or in Yemen. Why would we think they will even notice Bernie Sanders?

I guess we can hope, can't we?
 
 
+49 # Linda 2015-04-29 22:42
Did the press give Obama any attention before he won the Primaries ? No they didn't . He was a long shot in that race yet he won and is President . Don't get all pessimistic screw the press !He will win the Primaries and they will be scratching their heads or maybe their arse !What do the middle class and poor in this country have besides hope ? They have the right to vote so use that right !
 
 
+32 # Gordon Berry 2015-04-30 05:03
Bernie is a lot more serious those 20 or so narcissists running for the Republican chance to lose to "inevitable Hilary".
 
 
+9 # librarian1984 2015-04-30 15:40
Yes, it is difficult to get past the firewall of corporate-spons ored journalists, but if journalists with integrity and influence, like Matt Taibbi, can get the ball rolling.

I think if Sen. Sanders gets his message out there, people will vote for him.

And if Hillary gets embroiled in one too many scandals and has to drop out, we have ourselves a progressive candidate!

Some people will be turned off by his socialism, but anyone who listens to him will see he is a game-changing candidate. Heck, I wouldn't put it past Rand Paul to throw his support behind Sanders if it came down to it.

Stranger things have happened.
 
 
+2 # Vegan_Girl 2015-05-02 04:24
Yes but we now have social media, thankfully. I got an email from a friend with a link to Bernie announcing that he is running.
 
 
+35 # Starheart 2015-04-29 22:27
He is authentic. Nothing like the phony two-faced Obamanation or Hillary.
 
 
+59 # Debra Hope 2015-04-29 22:28
I'm so happy, happy, happy. And for those doubters and nay-sayers, remember there was a day not so long ago when everyone thought HRH Hillary was the inevitable nominee. To all those political beggars - my money's on - and going to - Bernie!!!
 
 
+76 # Linda 2015-04-29 22:31
I made up my mind long ago to vote for Bernie if he ran for President . This man has tirelessly championed the middle class,the poor,elderly,di sabled ,children and our vets .What more could we ask of a candidate ? There is not another politician in our government who has fought for us like Bernie has . Yes Elizabeth is great when it comes to handling Wall Street and raising the minimum wage ,heck I voted for her as Senator of my state ,but she has not done it for as long as Bernie has and she is not running for President . IMO I think he has earned our respect and our votes ! Stop repeating the same pessimistic BS that he can't win or he's too old or he will be another Nader ,blah, blah, blah .He can win, he is not too old ,he has a lot of life left in him and he will run as a Democrat so no he will not be another Nader ! Stop with all that paranoia and vote for the right person for a change !Remember if he wins the Primary as a Democrat running against Hillary the Democratic Party will have to back him financially and they have millions .
 
 
-30 # roger dittmann 2015-04-30 00:25
What more could we ask of a candidate?
How about support for human rights for Christians and Other Gentiles in Palestine and cessation of military aid and taxpayer funds used to kill out children and repress us?
 
 
+14 # jcdav 2015-04-30 07:19
Ask away, most of the shrinking middle class are not yet as concerned with these issues as they are in earning a living and raising a family.
 
 
+6 # wwway 2015-05-01 08:23
We endeavor to give tax breaks to the rich, deny health care and education and let our infrastructure rot and refuse to build digital broadband like a massive utility or build the largest high speed rail system in the world. Americans suppress Americans.
 
 
-123 # Sandy Lewis 2015-04-29 22:49
Bernie Sanders is regarded by many of the intelligent in Vermont as a bad joke. He us considered by many as an embarrassment.
 
 
+69 # Citizen Mike 2015-04-29 22:58
Quoting Sandy Lewis:
Bernie Sanders is regarded by many of the intelligent in Vermont as a bad joke. He us considered by many as an embarrassment.

I am not sure what "intelligent" means in this context.
 
 
+54 # Joe Bob 2015-04-29 23:12
So much for the Intelligent.
 
 
+43 # Gordon Berry 2015-04-30 05:05
I guess you mean "intelligent" as in Jindahle, Perry, Carson, Huckabee, etc....
 
 
+70 # lfeuille 2015-04-29 23:22
Quoting Sandy Lewis:
Bernie Sanders is regarded by many of the intelligent in Vermont as a bad joke. He us considered by many as an embarrassment.


Hmmm, is that why he keeps getting reelected with over 60% of the vote? Don't confuse yourself with all Vermonters.
 
 
+48 # Scott Galindez 2015-04-30 04:09
Quoting Sandy Lewis:
Bernie Sanders is regarded by many of the intelligent in Vermont as a bad joke. He us considered by many as an embarrassment.


I believe only 29% of Vermonters voted against Senator Sanders.

Vermont is ranged 6th in the country in percentage of residents with advanced degrees.

So maybe you meant to say a "few" intelligent people think he is a joke.
 
 
+13 # MJnevetS 2015-04-30 05:00
Quoting Sandy Lewis:
He us considered by many as an embarrassment.
...and you us [sic] considered a source of pride?
 
 
+23 # jcdav 2015-04-30 07:19
Truthtellers are often embarrassing to the KoolAid crowd.
 
 
+9 # librarian1984 2015-04-30 15:34
If you're going to make a comment like that, could you at least give your reasoning? Many people think Senator Sanders is one of the few politicians in Washington who cares about regular people.

Please make your case instead of just hurling insults.
 
 
+26 # alanhaber 2015-04-29 23:57
Bernie is the best we have…except for his participation in the disgusting 100-0 Senate vote supporting Israel. Deeply disturbing.
 
 
+8 # roger dittmann 2015-04-30 00:26
Touche!
 
 
+19 # nancyw 2015-04-30 00:02
Just plain YAY!!!!!
 
 
-76 # FDRva 2015-04-30 00:15
Senator Sanders is reputed to have principles.

He has never been charged with having the testicles to do much to advance his 'principles.'

Has Jeb Bush's PAC maxed out on contributions to Bernie 2016?
 
 
+18 # Wally Jasper 2015-04-30 09:54
Only dick-brains use their testicles to do anything in this world, and it usually doesn't end up so well. (CIA, NSA, Pentagon, etc.)
 
 
+44 # Mattie 2015-04-30 02:50
Yes, Bernie!Yes, he needs a lot of money to run,but he also needs a lot of us to get young people registered to vote and working hard on the campaign. How many citizens actually vote? Here's our chance to engage the country in a meaningful election. Go, Bernie!
 
 
+20 # jimmyjames 2015-04-30 06:48
Look for the Republicans to step up their efforts to disenfranchise the young and minority voters.
 
 
+9 # Radscal 2015-04-30 13:44
Unfortunately true. As it is also true that we should look for the Democratic Party Apparatchiks to deride him as "unelectable" and "devisive" and that voting for Sanders is "a vote for the Republicans."

They do not want an outsider. They want someone bred into the machine.
 
 
+37 # CarolYost 2015-04-30 02:53
He's the best around. But he must take a clear stand against Israeli oppression of the Palestinians.
 
 
+22 # Mattie 2015-04-30 04:44
Agreed, Carol. He's good at standing against oppression. Let's see!
 
 
-86 # Sandy Lewis 2015-04-30 04:57
Vermont votes on name recognition. King Solomon could run and lose against the present governor. Sanders is a One Note BTV socialist mayor of Church Street. He rose when a VT senator was found lost in The House and needed a Seeing Eye. My friend Matt Taibbe is from Plainfield. We've done Bard together, not UVA. Next time we should do addictive habits in politics and start on Church or anywhere else. Sanders and the intelligent? Vt politics? The null set. George McGovern swept Massachusetts. Bernie will sweep the
Floor of the Senate. He is the House Clown. Vermont's joke. The independent dependent. Matt says he's honest. I say he is a fool. Vermont will return him from the grave.
 
 
+21 # rofo47 2015-04-30 07:40
Sandy, are you a member of the 1% club or the .1% club? Just asking.
 
 
+18 # rofo47 2015-04-30 07:42
I forgot, another choice. The delusional misinformed Faux News viewer
 
 
+15 # jon 2015-04-30 07:48
OK, Sandy, which Republican would you prefer to vote for against Bernie?
 
 
+17 # JCM 2015-04-30 08:57
Sandy, can you say exactly what policy or action or maybe something he has said that you or some of those intelligent Vermonters think is a joke?
 
 
+3 # Hello 2015-05-01 14:33
#Sandy Lewis, is this you?:
"Now a farmer but formerly a securities trader who ran his own Wall Street firm and was indicted by Rudolph Giuliani, pardoned by President Bill Clinton and exonerated by a federal judge, Lewis is known for his brilliance and his abrasiveness." http://poststar.com/news/local/the-man-who-won-sandy-lewis-goaded-apa-into-a/article_e1e33a32-be0b-11df-be13-001cc4c002e0.html

LOL! That's pathetic. Bernie is head-and-should ers above you as a human being, just face it.
 
 
+21 # jimmyjames 2015-04-30 06:45
This is the best political news I have heard in a long time. While I had hoped Obama might have our champion in 2008, he has turned out to be a disappointment to me and many of his supporters. But just as Jesse Ventura won the governor's race in Minnesota with minimal financing, Bernie could win as President without the support of big money. Too bad he could not remain an Independent. Who made that rule that you had to be a Demorat or Returdian to participate in the debates? Sounds un-democratic to me!
 
 
+16 # fredboy 2015-04-30 06:56
I think he is wise enough to know his value will be to raise key, essential issues to directly impact the policy choices and decisions of the major party candidates. His voice is essential. He will also share a great lesson, that all of us can enter and influence the national dialogue.
 
 
+13 # Wally Jasper 2015-04-30 10:05
He can win. We have to get out of the mind-set that there's any inevitability in this election. Wilder things have happened. This country is seething; it's been clamoring for profound change since Obama seized on that theme in '08. And it swept him into office, twice. Now, finally, we have the real deal. If American citizens really hear Bernie's message, if they can really get what's behind the brave new dystopia America has become, we all can pull it off. (And we can help Bernie connect the dots with the Israeli nightmare.) Thanks for jumping on board, Bernie!
 
 
-15 # jgrinnan 2015-04-30 08:25
Love Bernie Sanders and would love to see him as president (Elizabeth Warren too, for that matter). But it's not going to happen for all the obvious reasons. Clinton, flaws and all, can win this race, and she is a thousand percent an improvement over any of these republican nightmares. So hopefully there will be no thoughts about some third party run by Bernie. The thought of him peeling away liberal votes from Clinton and opening the door to some Republican horror show makes me sick to my stomach.
 
 
+14 # dsepeczi 2015-04-30 13:08
Quoting jgrinnan:
Love Bernie Sanders and would love to see him as president (Elizabeth Warren too, for that matter). But it's not going to happen for all the obvious reasons. Clinton, flaws and all, can win this race, and she is a thousand percent an improvement over any of these republican nightmares. So hopefully there will be no thoughts about some third party run by Bernie. The thought of him peeling away liberal votes from Clinton and opening the door to some Republican horror show makes me sick to my stomach.


Perhaps you haven't been paying attention. Bernie's running as a Democrat in the primary and has already publicly stated that he won't enter the race on a third party ticket. Did you miss that ?
 
 
+11 # tanis 2015-04-30 08:32
Too bad that every American won't read this article and all the letters. Here's a chance for those who are suffering in this system to vote. Finally, all who can vote would have the chance to do so, and finally a candidate who cares for them not the job.
 
 
+14 # Trish42 2015-04-30 08:37
No human being is perfect, but Bernie comes closer than any other politician running for president. He needs to re-considr his unconditional support for Israel, and we need to have some serious discussion about his being a socialist. Most of the population can't distinguish a socialist from a communist from a fascist!

Meanwhile, I'll give him as much money as I possibly can with the hope that I'll get to vote for him in a national election.
 
 
+9 # Radscal 2015-04-30 13:51
"we need to have some serious discussion about his being a socialist."

I think we need to make the discussion about the policies, not the labels. Most USians actually approve of most "socialist" policies, even though they've been programmed to be repulsed by the term.

Polls show that younger people don't have the same knee-jerk reaction to "socialist," but enough eligible voters still do that we should focus on the issues and their solutions.
 
 
+9 # lsd 2015-04-30 08:58
"So what his race is about is the reverse of the usual process: he'll be marketing the interests of regular people to the gatekeeping Washington press, in the hope that they will give his ideas a fair shot."

Good luck with that Bernie and "Give em hell!" /sarc
 
 
+8 # Edwina 2015-04-30 09:28
We definitely need a national debate on everything -- from the economy to "free trade", to the environment, to money in elections. Sanders is not invested in any of these things, except as he has represented Vermonters -- and others, as a senator. The media will say he is not an executive. Maybe we should look at how Vermonters are doing as compared to, say, Texans or Floridians.
 
 
+6 # James Marcus 2015-04-30 11:32
Pray for him. Should he successfully 'Make Waves', and become a real threat to all the Liars, they will try to Off Him! (like all the Kennedy folks)
 
 
+1 # Radscal 2015-04-30 17:26
If Bernie (and any truly representative candidate) becomes President, I sure hope he knows enough to keep the Secret Service and CIA as far away as possible.
 
 
+6 # angelfish 2015-04-30 15:27
Anyone with a functioning Brain Cell WILL vote for Bernie Sanders over those of lesser standards. He is, indeed, a rarity in Washington as well as, the country! I believe that if he wins the nomination he WILL win the Presidency! GO Bernie! Clean their clocks and save the rest of us!
 
 
+4 # reiverpacific 2015-05-01 20:35
Quoting angelfish:
Anyone with a functioning Brain Cell WILL vote for Bernie Sanders over those of lesser standards. He is, indeed, a rarity in Washington as well as, the country! I believe that if he wins the nomination he WILL win the Presidency! GO Bernie! Clean their clocks and save the rest of us!


I agree of course -but that's the last thing "THEY" want!
Remember JFK, RFK, MLK, Malcom X and so many other "radicals", a.k.a. freedom-seekers . -And I truly believe that Obama was warned off too.
BTW, I am NO conspiracy buff but reality is becoming fused with conspiracy the more we learn from courageous whistle-blowers.
No wonder they're after Snowden's blood!
 
 
+2 # librarian1984 2015-04-30 15:42
And of course, if Sen. Sanders stays in the race a while, he can push Clinton to the left.
 
 
+8 # Radscal 2015-04-30 17:28
Of course Ms. Clinton will co-opt any rhetoric she thinks will help put her into power.

And of course, if she does get power, she will continue her lifelong advocacy for Wall Street, trans-national corporations and aggressive military actions across the globe.
 
 
+1 # Bruce Gruber 2015-05-01 06:36
The 0.1%, the 1%, the 5% all gathered together could not 'elect' any public official with their votes. Only with their $$$ propaganda can they maintain ownership of our political process.

If we get even 20% of our disaffected and disgusted non-participant neighbors to, for once, give it a shot and come out to vote for a leader who 'lives' concern for the whole country, Bernie could take the nomination and wipe out the one-note panderers sucking their 15 minutes of fame from 1% plutocrats' wallets.

It's up to everyone who shares progressive values over lazes-fare, unregulated, robber baron exploitation to invest time and effort in this cycle - at national, state and local levels.

I would love to see Bernie's campaign start naming suggested, proud candidates for office at all levels - from potential members of the Cabinet to governors and mayors.

An era of positive solutions for real needs and problems would be an inspiring action plan against the 'divide and blame' techniques of the past half century of corporate/media /1% information control of the electoral process.

It demands commitment and organization to change the tilt of power away from money and in favor of commitment to opportunity for the 99%. It is NOT easy, but it IS WORTHY.

Personally, I would rather see Senator Warren as Sec'y of the Treasury than VP. Hillary could follow Joe Biden in that role.
 
 
+2 # pecoskid 2015-05-01 22:31
Here's the ticket that could potentially go all the way... Bernie Sanders and Jon Stewart. Jon Stewart as Bernie's running mate would force the corporate media to cover Bernie Sanders. A Sanders/Stewart combination could also bring out the 50 percent that don't vote. It's a 99 percenter's dream ticket!
 
 
+1 # Vegan_Girl 2015-05-02 04:17
This is great news! I don't think I had it in me to vote for Hillary, a corporate neocon candidate.

Bernie has always been my hero and I am delighted that he is running. Here is his campaign link: subscribe, donate, spread the news, organize. The corporate media thinks no candidate is serious without their approval? Let's prove them wrong.

Here in Chicago we got really close to throwing out a corporate 1% ahole mayor for a true leader with a long record of activism.

https://berniesanders.com/
 

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