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Galindez writes: "Bernie Sanders continues to draw the largest crowds on the campaign trail. In poll after poll, he is the strongest candidate in the general election, polling better than Hillary Clinton against all of the Republican candidates. Bernie Sanders has more supporters in the polls than Donald Trump. So why does the media treat this race like it's Hillary Clinton v. the Trump-led Republican field?"

U.S. senator Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd at the Phoenix Convention Center. (photo: Charlie Leight/Getty Images)
U.S. senator Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd at the Phoenix Convention Center. (photo: Charlie Leight/Getty Images)

Despite Media Blackout, Sanders Gains Momentum

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

19 December 15


ernie Sanders continues to draw the largest crowds on the campaign trail. In poll after poll, he is the strongest candidate in the general election, polling better than Hillary Clinton against all of the Republican candidates. Bernie Sanders has more supporters in the polls than Donald Trump. So why does the media treat this race like it’s Hillary Clinton v. the Trump-led Republican field?

The media is not ignoring Jeb Bush or Ted Cruz, but they are ignoring Bernie Sanders even though he leads in New Hampshire and is within striking distance in Iowa. In both states Sanders is running ads with significant buys, he is drawing the biggest crowds, and he clearly has the enthusiasm factor on his side.

What Bernie is not doing is slinging mud, which would create ratings for the networks. And he is the only true anti-establishment candidate running for president. The “establishment press” doesn’t want Bernie to upset their apple cart. They control dissemination of information in America, and they want that to continue.

The so-called anti-establishment Republicans are not proposing anything the establishment isn’t comfortable with, so they are all acceptable to the owners of the establishment. Donald Trump is one of those owners.

The Sanders campaign is taking aim at the “establishment media.”

The corporately-owned media may not like Bernie’s anti-establishment views but for the sake of American democracy they must allow for a fair debate in this presidential campaign,” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said in a press release.

The campaign cited reports that showed ABC’s “World News Tonight” has devoted 81 minutes of air time to the campaign of Republican primary front-runner Donald Trump this year, compared to 20 seconds to Sanders through the end of November.

It also pointed to NBC’s “Nightly News,” which has given the Sanders campaign 2.9 minutes of air time, and “CBS Evening News,” which has given Sanders 6.4 minutes of coverage.

So, if Sanders has received some of the largest crowds of any presidential candidate this election cycle, why does he fail to draw equivalent levels of media attention?

The crowds at Sanders’ events continue to be more energized and bigger than other candidates have attracted so far in this campaign. The turnout in Clinton, Iowa, for example, was bigger than the turnout earlier in the week for former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. I’ll bet MSNBC did not tell you that.

A crowd of 1,450 supporters on Saturday packed the gymnasium at Waterloo West High School to hear Bernie.

Earlier, at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, hugging the banks of the Mississippi River, Sanders drew nearly 1,000 supporters at the second of three town meetings. Over 600 people had turned out earlier in the day at a middle school in Clinton, Iowa.

In addition to the three town meetings, the day’s first stop was a forum on criminal justice in Anamosa, Iowa, a town that houses the largest prison in the state. Sanders called for a national discussion about the “destruction of human life” through incarceration.

“I’m a proud progressive,” Sanders said, “but any conservative should be listening … because the evidence is overwhelming that when you invest in children … you save substantial sums of money. At the end of the day, providing a path to go to the University of Iowa is a helluva lot cheaper than putting them on a path to jail.”

On Sunday, Sanders started his day at the church of supporter Dr. Franz Whitfield, a young black pastor who has led the congregation since he was 24 years old. Sanders met with the church elders at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church before addressing the weekly service.

“I don’t have to tell anybody in this room that our great country today faces many serious problems,” Sanders said at the beginning of his address. “We are the wealthiest country in history the world, but most people don’t know it. And people don’t know that because almost all of the wealth in America belongs to the people on top, while millions of other people are struggling to put bread on the table and take care of their families.”

As Sanders spoke, many in attendance responded as they would to a sermon.

“Being here in a church of God, I think what we have to understand is that greed, unquenchable greed, is destroying our country,” Sanders said. “And a few people cannot have it all, while children in America go hungry.”

Sanders called for a more compassionate society.

“We can create that kind of country, because at the end of the day, we are better people, better human beings when we care about each other rather than when we are greedy and want it all for ourselves,” he said. “ That’s what you’re doing here. That’s what religious people do all around the world.”

At Anamosa and other stops, Sanders also discussed how the news media fail to focus on issues that most working families in America face.

“They’d rather have us fighting against each other,” he said of the campaign trail coverage that makes network news instead. “Let’s ban all Muslims, let’s talk about that. Let’s not talk about how we all come together to create an economy that works for all rather than the top 1 percent.”

Dr. Whitfield also expressed his frustration with the media in an interview with RSN after the service.

Bernie finished his Iowa swing with stops in Mt. Vernon and Davenport.

The next day, a new poll in Iowa showed that Sanders had cut Hillary Clinton’s lead to single digits.

“We have come a long way in Iowa since we were at 5 percent in the same poll last January, and very few people knew who Bernie Sanders was or what he stood for. This poll shows there is a very clear path to victory in Iowa,” said Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager.

“With big leads among young people and voters who would be first-time caucus-goers, our job is to do all that we can to make certain that voter turnout is high among less traditional voters,” Weaver said. “Clearly we have also got to make certain that seniors in Iowa understand that no one in Congress has fought harder to defend Social Security and Medicare and that, as president, Bernie will take on the pharmaceutical industry and lower prescription drug prices.”

Sanders then spent Monday and Tuesday speaking to large crowds in New Hampshire in the lead-up to Saturday’s debate in Manchester.

On Thursday the senator from Vermont stood with leaders of the Communications Workers of America, receiving the endorsement of the 700,000-member union.

“Brothers and sisters, let me thank the 700,000 members of the Communications Workers of America for their strong support,” Sanders said. “For decades you’ve been fighting for the rights of working families and I’m so proud today to be with you in that fight.”

“CWA members endorsed Bernie Sanders because he is the candidate who is talking about real solutions to make our economy fair again. Politics as usual has gotten working people nowhere. It’s time for real change. That’s what CWA members are saying, loud and clear,” CWA president Chris Shelton said. “Our members are ready to do what it takes to elect Bernie Sanders as the next president of the United States.”

Howard Dean’s organization, Democracy for America, endorsed Sanders Thursday after an online poll in which 87.9% voted for Sanders. DFA was a big force behind the movement to draft Elizabeth Warren.

“Bernie Sanders is an unyielding populist progressive who decisively won Democracy for America members’ first presidential primary endorsement because of his lifelong commitment to taking on income inequality and the wealthy and powerful interests who are responsible for it,” DFA executive director Charles Chamberlain said. “Throughout his campaign, Bernie has repeatedly said that the huge problems of income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism that our country must confront are bigger than a single campaign - they need a political revolution.”

“With today’s endorsement, DFA members are joining Bernie’s ‘political revolution’ and working to take it both to the White House and up-and-down the ballot, in races coast to coast,” Chamberlain said.

“I’m proud to have DFA and its one million members join our people-powered campaign,” Sanders said. “DFA’s tireless focus on bringing people together through grassroots organizing is the best way we can fight back against the billionaires and oligarchs who have rigged our economy. I also want to congratulate DFA for its principled support for grassroots democracy and for its internal democratic process. It is no secret that the founder of DFA – my friend and fellow Vermonter former Gov. Howard Dean – has chosen not to support my candidacy. Yet the leadership of DFA allowed a fair and free vote to take place, which we won. That’s pretty impressive.”

Well, maybe now that the union many members of the media belong to has endorsed Sanders, they will start giving him some coverage. One thing is clear, so far: the revolution will not be televised, but it will be streamed on the internet.

Scott Galindez attended Syracuse University, where he first became politically active. The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him from a Reagan supporter to an activist for Peace and Justice. Over the years he has been influenced by the likes of Philip Berrigan, William Thomas, Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone. Scott met Marc Ash while organizing counterinaugural events after George W. Bush's first stolen election. Scott will be spending a year covering the presidential election from Iowa.

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+55 # reiverpacific 2015-12-19 11:08
NOT since this little "Shocking scandal" -or in reality, the storm in a teacup with the DNC.
I've been watching -as the 4.30pm -onwards TV news, happens to be on in our local pub in late afternoon, in which the US owner-media consistently and blatantly refused to even acknowledge Sanders' campaign's existence, with great emphasis on the Trumpet and the other prominent 'Thuglican "du-jour" + a small bit on Clinton. But zippo on the only viable populist candidate.
Suddenly last night "BAM!!" there he was first up and in y'r face, accompanied by the usual sensationalist ad-nauseum, wholly predictable howling with no analysis worth a damn.
I predicted this as soon as the whole tiny issue, "resolved by noon" on Thursday.
Just another hurdle in the US for-huge profit, commercial-driv en, vapid media's attempts to fragment the populist ticket in favor of one broken brick from the reactionary rubble.
+25 # Inspired Citizen 2015-12-19 14:20
The strategy to write in Bernie Sanders for the general election BOOMED with new pledges by supporters seeing the DNC for what it is: an HRC front organization.

Have you taken the Bernie or bust pledge yet?
+4 # Buddha 2015-12-21 10:51
Well, I think the term is more referring to covering his campaign, his campaign speeches, the attendance at his campaigns. The MSM is more than happy to "cover" a fake scandal that they hope could tarnish Bernie. I mean seriously, I've seen MS-NBC cover numerous Trump rallies from start to finish, and have YET to see them do the same for Hillary, let alone Sanders. The reality is that there is only one candidate the Oligarchy is scared of: Sanders. And they will use the media that they own and control to censor out his message as much as possible.
+80 # vt143 2015-12-19 11:10
"So why does the media treat this race like it’s Hillary Clinton v. the Trump-led Republican field?"

Because they're scared to death of him, just like all those in the power elite.
-48 # lights 2015-12-19 12:12
No because right NOW it is a FACT vt143! And extremists make up their OWN facts like apparently you want to do. ANY extremist whether Republican or Democrat acts ruthless!
+38 # vt143 2015-12-19 12:46
We hear nothing in the news about Bernie. It's Hillary and Trump and Cruz and Rubio ad nauseum...and then there's some issue--real or contrived--that 's viewed as a negative and FINALLY Bernie gets some press.

Hmmmm. Something's fishy here...
+10 # lights 2015-12-19 12:59
The real truth is ALL we hear about is TRUMP! DAILY and everywhere!
-9 # bmiluski 2015-12-20 13:10
Don't waste your breath LIGHTS. This sight is so pro Bernie and so anti-Hillary that any thought of trying to question Bernie is met with the same vitriolic fervor as any that you would find on a right-wing site.
+6 # CL38 2015-12-21 00:50
How is it extreme to express views that support the majority of Americans, rather than just 1/10 of the 1%??

Bernie's views are pretty much the same as those shared by the majority, both now and 40 years ago (left of center) before Republicans pushed the country to the extremes we're living with now..
+70 # tedrey 2015-12-19 11:20
This scuffle is just a minor rehearsal for what's going to go on when we get to the conventions. The DNC, desperate to eliminate the "threat" of Sanders, will expose themselves more and more openly, trying to blindside the public as they always has before. Don't let it get away with it!
-84 # lights 2015-12-19 12:17
Uh..let us not forget the facts! BERNIE and/or his people are those who initiated this entire debacle - by stealing critical information from the DNC DATA base! Talk about exposing themselves..... I guess he couldn't destroy the Democrat Party as an Independent...? RUTHLESS is the all around theme!
+24 # grandlakeguy 2015-12-19 15:27
It is called the DEMOCRATIC PARTY you Rethuglican troll!
+26 # warrior woman 2015-12-19 15:28
You're so full of sh-t! Read that more than one campaigns data was breached on abc news. Where's the equity in treatment if multiple campaigns were exposed? I just gave him a donation and other family members are too. Hillary is a corporate shill, not a defender of the working class!
+23 # Pikewich 2015-12-19 19:55
Thanx lights, you inspired me to donate more to Bernie!
+42 # futhark 2015-12-19 11:53
The "Establishment" is not called that for nothing. Their purpose is to maintain the status quo, politically and economically. Any candidate who poses a creditable threat to the existing order is bound to be ignored, marginalized, and denigrated.

Senator Sanders is getting exactly the same treatment the maverick candidates in both mainstream parties have received in the past.

However, the reason for having a democratic system of leadership selection is to allow radical adjustments of public policy without the violence attendant to a revolution. Physical and economic circumstances are always changing. A society that is in the grip of a single faction cannot adapt and is doomed to fail, the fundamental flaw of all autocracies and tyrannies. It is essential that we give Senator Sanders an opportunity to correct some of the current non-adaptive policies.
-50 # lights 2015-12-19 12:40
I couldn't agree more - at least his message could contribute so much! But will his ruthless extreme DEM followers, let him make a difference without being attached to the results? And WHY? WHY would he or his staff make such a stupid move as to steal information from the DNC? Is this what power ALWAYS does? It is so SAD because he DOES have a positive message!!! But this shows just another man who does not walk like he talks but the message is GREAT! SAD!
+17 # warrior woman 2015-12-19 15:29
Do you work for Clinton? One way to get rid of truth tellers is to denigrate them and make false accusations
+11 # Pikewich 2015-12-19 19:58
Wrong. His campaign is the only to cop to finding this IT defect. You can bet others have already been exploiting it, but they did NOT fire the perpetrators like Bernie did.
+12 # Bruce Gruber 2015-12-19 22:56
You open your mailbox and find an envelope with no return address. Opening it you find a plain paper wrapped sheath of what look like $$. You remove the wrapper and see a $100 bill on top and bottom of the stack, remove the rubber band and thumb through the bills to see if they all have the same serial number (counterfeit??).

Thinking for a few minutes you show your partner the package, talk about it, the decide to call the post office.

But, the guy who put the package in your mailbox has already called the police to say YOU are known to have the $$$ and have gone through it.

How guilty of WHAT are you? Why does somebody have to be at fault? What damage has been done? Why should you have mail delivery cancelled by the Post Office?
+4 # tedrey 2015-12-21 11:33
Excellent analogy.
-75 # lights 2015-12-19 12:08
"What Bernie is not doing is slinging mud.." Scott Galindez

No and the sly as a fox, acting like a saint Bernie Sanders knows he doesn't have to sling mud because he has a PACK of ruthless, destructive LEFT WING EXTREME Democrats, just like the RIGHT WING EXTREME Republicans who will do all the mud slinging for him. And all of this EXTREME activity is ruining this country and the world!
+22 # reiverpacific 2015-12-19 12:18
Quoting lights:
"What Bernie is not doing is slinging mud.." Scott Galindez

No and the sly as a fox, acting like a saint Bernie Sanders knows he doesn't have to sling mud because he has a PACK of ruthless, destructive LEFT WING EXTREME Democrats, just like the RIGHT WING EXTREME Republicans who will do all the mud slinging for him. And all of this EXTREME activity is ruining this country and the world!

"LEFT WING EXTREME Democrats" (Quote)????!!!!!!
Bit of an oxymoron, innit?
If only what little remains of the Left in the US of Anger were a bit more "EXTREME" -or actually a rational, fairly radical, populist critical mass, the country may just progress as representing the will of the people.
The RIGHT WING EXTREME" (quote) candidates, are a rabble of non-starting losers.
Your "SHOUTED" and broad-brush rhetoric reminds me of the former flapper-valve gobshite pundit in our local pub -happily no longer an item- who declaimed loudly that Obama was a "Communist, Fascist, Socialist, Nazi" -I'm not makin' this up!
-41 # lights 2015-12-19 12:35
When Bernie supporters and there are many who would say or have the same attitude as this - and I DO quote.... "I don't give a fck how Bernie gets there.." it is hardly a broad-brush reiverpacific. It is ruthless and extreme to say and act in such a way and it is exactly those extreme attitudes on both sides that are now trying to destroy this election and destroying our country and world. No! I would NOT say anything even remotely close to that about Obama! But I bet there are extremists on this blog who would! And I'm not makin' that up.
+32 # reiverpacific 2015-12-19 14:24
I feel that you're fabricating it from a feverish imagination.
I'm gettin' a distinct feeling that you're comin' over as the "extremist"and pretty angry with it.
Y'rs truly, a lifelong Scottish Socialist who's lived all over the USA and the world, and who think's Mr. Sanders is the only hope for a populist regime in this long established plutocracy.
And BTW, I think Obama's basically a good person -vaguely right of center- who's been corrupted and steered by the Military/Corpor ate power structure that REALLY run this country and who was probably warned on taking office or before, how things work and don't rock the boat or he'd be drowned -my theory only.
The same sense of foreboding concerns me if Sanders even gets close.
If that makes me an "extremist" in y'r li'l ol' noggin, then that's OK; I can live with it. I've never even TRIED to please anybody on RSN, just put out in print my own personal take on the subject at issue if I have any experience or knowledge about it -otherwise I stay silent and let other, more knowledgeable readers and posters have their ten cents worth.
Skid-at-de-dat! as Satchmo' Armstrong said.
+6 # Bruce Gruber 2015-12-19 23:08

But, you ARE imagining it.

Like the Tea Party enthusiasm for Reagan's "Government IS the problem" gets branded as anarchist.

You have selected one statement,"I don't give a fck how Bernie gets there..", and applied it to every progressive Democrat who feels that the Democratic 'establishment' elite ARE the other half of the golf foursome with a pair of Republican 'establishment' elites. Those statements are BOTH PRETTY MUCH "broad brush".
+19 # Working Class 2015-12-19 12:32
Lights -- If Sander's is depending on a "pack of ruthless, destructive LEFT WING EXTREME Democrats" to sling mud on his behave they are sure doing a poor job of it. Other than shrill pronouncements what evidence do you have this is taking place? On the other hand, maybe you consider pointing out that the system is rigged by those who have the most money and power in our society to be "LEFT WING" and "EXTREME". It is not, it is what people of both the right and the left political spectrum, those who are not able to buy their own personal politicians, know has been happening and they are frustrated to the extreme at seeing their government sold to the highest bidder.
-33 # lights 2015-12-19 12:50
I have thought Bernie doing rather well considering all the factors you speak of, Working Class. I actually think his supporters are doing his message a BIG injustice - just READ this or many other blogs for proof! So why...why this stupid move on Bernie's and/or his staff? Trying to turn it on the DNC when he got his hand spanked for what he SHOULD NOT have done? Yes, the system is rigged and taking actions like that are not going to solve the problem. I doubt his supporters will get the damage they are doing to him and the DNC as well. Just read the destructive extremist left wing crap on this or ANY other blog!
+22 # warrior woman 2015-12-19 15:33
They did not breach the data or hack into the system, it became part of the system that NG provides them . Multiple campaigns were exposed, not just Clinton and what did her people say or report? Bernie 's staff brought this to the DNC in October. Move along.
+7 # Bruce Gruber 2015-12-19 23:11
Added 'late' above:

You open your mailbox and find an envelope with no return address. Opening it you find a plain paper wrapped sheath of what look like $$. You remove the wrapper and see a $100 bill on top and bottom of the stack, remove the rubber band and thumb through the bills to see if they all have the same serial number (counterfeit??).

Thinking for a few minutes you show your partner the package, talk about it, the decide to call the post office.

But, the guy who put the package in your mailbox has already called the police to say YOU are known to have the $$$ and have gone through it.

How guilty of WHAT are you? Why does somebody have to be at fault? What damage has been done? Why should you have mail delivery cancelled by the Post Office?
+14 # Farafalla 2015-12-19 16:33
I have not seen the brilliant comments from this troll before. Is it a new troll or midwestom come back as a Hillary supporter? I guess I am a member of a pack of left wing extremists ruining the great USA. Such complements really!
+1 # Kiwikid 2015-12-20 21:20
lights, while I think it unfair to be accussing Sanders of duplicity in the way you do, (my hunch is that with him what you see is what you get) I agree with the basic premise that extremism is clearly found at both ends of the political spectrum. While we tend to see the extremes as opposites along a linear progression, they are really brothers and sisters standing alongside one another in a circle - each convinced in the certainties of their respective fundamentalist positions. Fundamentalism is a mind set that says "I'm right, (or left) and you're all wrong", an unwillingness to listen to those with an alternative point of view. A willingness to listen and respectfully engage is surely the heart of the true liberal.
+32 # danireland46 2015-12-19 12:30
Debbie Wasserman, the DNC leader, has publicly supported Shillary; no wonder she's minimized the debates by scheduling them on Saturdays, a minimal viewing day for a debate.
It's tragic that the opportunity to have a true, for the people democrat, is sidelined by his adopted party because Shillary promises more financial rewards than Benie. Time for a new Progressive Democratic Party!
-32 # lights 2015-12-19 12:55
Shillary??? - Killary??? DO YOU even think beyond what you are saying? Do you even think about how this crap could give the Republicans just what they want? Or maybe you ARE a Republican? As far as you or any of your left or right wing extreme cohorts are saying and doing - it is traitorous to the good "people" of this country! If you are sincere - find a creative and constructive, thoughtful way to support your party and this country!
+25 # michigan002 2015-12-19 12:44
Clinton is not only a member of the 1% and supports the 1%, she states that $15 an hour is too high for a minimum wage and that it should only be $12 an hour. So someone with literally millions and millions of dollars doesn't think it's right for low-wage workers to make $30,000 a year. Politicians who make statements like that should be forced to live on $30k a year with no access to other funds. And I wouldn't vote for her if she were the only option.
-14 # lights 2015-12-19 15:12
Correct The Record

“With all due respect, it is not rich people who made America great. It is the vast American middle class. It is the upward mobility of people who thought they could do better than their parents.” –Hillary Clinton

BACKGROUND: Hillary Clinton has dedicated her life to ensuring that all hardworking Americans have the chance to succeed, no matter their circumstances. Leading the charge for equal pay for equal work, expanding access to early childhood education and healthcare, working to raise the minimum wage, and advocating for out-of-work Americans, Hillary’s record reflects the belief that every American should have the right to achieve economic security and income opportunity.
+11 # Bruce Gruber 2015-12-19 23:22
Hillary "dedicates", "ensures", "Lead(s) .. charges", "works" and "advocates' - all over the place, with every speechifying opportunity ... her entire professional life. Except, perhaps, when she was a Goldwater girl, when she represented Monsanto and Walmart in her corporate 'lawyerly' career ... BUT, fairly, she HAS spoken out on a multitude of progressive and 'almost' progressive issues since Bill ran for President. The problem arises when her 'talk' is weighed against her achievements. Not much Legislation to show for her prelim stint in the Senate where Wall Street benefits and the Iraq War vote are headliners ... the rest untouched with success.
+19 # RMF 2015-12-19 13:00
"lights" must be a GOP mole.
The "left wing extreme" label is nothing more than a red herring used as a pejorative remark. Fact is the policies advocated by Bernie cannot in any sense be called extreme, but rather represent an effort to level the playing field between working and wealthy classes. His policies would restore balance, via govt regulation, to those economic sectors integral to public welfare, and which are not adequately delivered broadly to the population at large through the market system -- mainly "essential needs" like education, and health care, but also some "luxuries" like environmental regulation or recreation in national parks. In short, Bernie is advocating policies to revitalize this public welfare sector with expanded govt support, which has been scaled back in recent decades under unrelenting conservative attack.
-16 # lights 2015-12-19 14:46
I have never called Bernie Sanders EXTREME! Furthermore I respect revolutionaries - especially if they are creative and NOT ruthless!

However, MANY of his FOLLOWERS are Extreme Left Wing and ruthless. I see little or no difference between that extreme behavior and that of the Extreme Right Wing of the Republican Party!

In fact, in an ideal world I completely identify with and want EVERYTHING Sanders wants to change...! I would however, and very much appreciate his telling us how, considering the political environment, how exactly he believes he can accomplish all these ideals for CHANGE himself. That is KEY - I don't care about the TALK - I want to know the difference in strategy! I have not heard that YET. How does he think he can get around the current stalemate in Congress? Will he be giving us that critical information before expecting a vote from a more moderate, pragmatic yet highly determined voter?
+6 # Bruce Gruber 2015-12-19 23:32
2018 will be the major shift. Bernie's coattails will carry some change in the House and possibly take back the Senate, BUT progressive advancement in the midterm with more Progressives backed by an aggressive Administration under Bernie can bring Tea Party complaints and idealists' enthusiasm back to FDR days.
+14 # RMF 2015-12-19 13:42
The allegation made by lights, that Bernie's campaign may weaken the Dem Party does not stand up to scrutiny. Why -- because the presidency is likely to be a fight for the independent voters, and polling clearly shows Sanders with a distinct advantage in that segment of the voting population. The populist platform and policy proposals of the Sanders' campaign resonates strongly with independent voters.
-14 # lights 2015-12-19 14:56
RMF: I'm still sitting on papers right now to change my voting status from Independent to Democrat! I've got til May in my state. I've wondered - are all the other Independents motivated enough to change their voting status in order to vote in the primary? Granted, Independents are probably more motivated than the typical Democrat. That's where the work must be done.

Personally, I quit the Democratic Party after a long lifetime of affiliation when they betrayed and abandoned Hillary Clinton in the LAST election. And now people are accusing the DNC of supporting her! I almost want to say "go for it," but I know better in the big and ideal picture.

Any EXTREME entity - be it in politics or religion - with much the same themes - are ultimately doomed to destruction and failure.
+15 # Farafalla 2015-12-19 16:38
Wow! Hillary has some real big time supporters. Which of Hillary's policy positions do you think are better than Bernie's? I shudder to think. Is it her lukewarm support for a minimum wage increase? Is it her boots on the ground foreign policy postures? Maybe it's her great track record as Sec of State? Bernie is the only thing left of center. Hillary is by any measure right of center. She is to the right of Eisenhower on the military industrial complex. When the GOP is the National Front and Hillary is left of the GOP, that does not make her in any way progressive enough to reverse the corporate takeover of the state. She is the corporate takeover of the state.

Oh, and #lights, ¡chingate pendejo!
+10 # SHK 2015-12-19 23:44
I quit the Democratic Party after Clinton's (male) NAFTA and would have done sooner but was hoping. BTW it had nothing to do with blue dresses. NAFTA was enough for me. I will not vote for another Dem just because Dem. I voted for Obama the first time and Green Party the second time he ran. It is Bernie this time who is the REAL Dem...a la FDR only better--more one of us. You are either a troll or a blind tone-deaf heavy duty "feminist". I'm a 77 year old woman btw and voted for JFK the first time I could vote, worked for Jesse Jackson when he gave it a shot and have been active in and outside of the Democratic Party all along. Bernie is a dream come true. Get a life outside of being a woman and look at the candidate's principles rather than her sex organs, 'kay?
+9 # Bruce Gruber 2015-12-19 23:29
Bernie is likely to attract at least as many Independent voters as Hillary OR Trump Or anyone else, because -as the Democratic Party has been quick to whisper -He is a socialist Independent.

Snark aside, Bernie's appeal is to young people who seem inspired to participate and older Americans who see Social Security as vital. While the Dem establishment gives lip service to growing voter ranks and involving young people, THIS BERNIE THING is just NOT what they had in mind.
+14 # tswhiskers 2015-12-19 13:48
I find it interesting that Howard Dean's organization has endorsed Sanders but I have heard him more than once endorse Hillary. Has Dean changed his mind, or does his organization no longer speak for him? Also, can the Dem. Party run its convention in such a way as to nominate Hillary even if Bernie has more popular support than she? This convention will be very interesting, as will the debate tonight on ABC. GO BERNIE!
+5 # lfeuille 2015-12-19 22:12
They picked Bernie by a vote of the membership. He got 87+%. Howard started it, but he doesn't run it day to day. His brother Jim does. Jim brought DFA into the draft Warren movement, but the presidential endorsement was left up to the membership.
+19 # angelfish 2015-12-19 13:59
Bernie IS our Candidate! No matter WHAT the "media" does or doesn't do, HE is OUR man and the ONLY one who is fighting FOR Americans! All the others want to do is get their names in the History books. They have NO viable agenda and are glued to the Teats of the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson and the other 1%-ers! GO Bernie!
-9 # lights 2015-12-19 15:00
I understand, angelfish. Please keep an open mind for the end vote. Other candidates are also doing plenty of Good! AND I do NOT see ANYTHING like that ANYWHERE in the Republican Party! We cannot let them WIN this next election.
-14 # lights 2015-12-19 15:19
Now see? LOL That or those red clicks are from either a true right wing Republican NUT or a left wing Democrat NUT! Get a grip! Go to the mountaintop and see the entire picture and let go of your blind and ruthless, self-will.
+6 # SHK 2015-12-19 23:49
I am neither. I expect you are a mindless woman who thinks a bad example of a woman in power is better than a perfect man of the people. Get a grip. Do you want the first woman president to be a flop??? Wait for Elizabeth Warren! That's what we need, a woman like her!
+18 # Promoting Peace 2015-12-19 14:15
I'm reading Bernie's book, "Outsider in the White House" and even though I knew a fair amount about Bernie prior to reading this book, I must say I am blown away learning about his incredible degree of integrity, and his decades of untiring work towards helping to make our country a more healthy, fair, peaceful, and rational country, truly caring for ALL AMERICANS, as well as other peoples of the world!

I wish everyone could read this book, especially those who are so afraid of Bernie, for him being a Democratic Socialist, or for other erroneous preconceptions they have about him and what he stands for.
0 # Robbee 2015-12-19 14:57
zomblican troll alert! - # Inspired Citizen 2015-12-19 14:20 "Have you taken the Bernie or bust pledge yet?"

here's what citizen stands for - citizen, at long last! thanks! outed RAP! - Republicans Against Progress! - says - # Inspired Citizen 2015-12-10 18:10 "It's going to be #BerrnieOrElse the GOP. That's RAP's promise!"

- an opposing voice - Daily Kos - The privileged idiocy of 'Just let the Republicans win’, Laurence Lewis, Sunday Dec 13, 2015 - “Whenever I hear a self-described progressive say that we ought to let the Republicans win the presidency and thus force the Democratic Party to adhere to "our principles," my first reaction is to assume that the person speaking is but another privileged idiot: White, male, young, doesn’t live paycheck to paycheck, doesn’t have to worry about whether he’ll be able to afford his medical bills or whether he’ll have a roof over his head next month ...

"But privileged idiots apparently don’t remember recent history, and how well such petulance worked out in 2000, when some hoped suffering through a Bush presidency would fix the Democratic Party. And privileged idiots either don't understand or don't care to understand what real suffering is ..."

listen to bernie! DON'T pledge to, or write him, in! - go bernie!
+11 # diamondmarge7 2015-12-19 16:48
As a lifelong loyal FDR Democrat, I am also supporting the idea that if thousands+ take the pledge to write in BERNIE'S name, the corrupt DNC [DebbieWasserma nSchultz] will have to bow to the overwhelming WillofthePeople . So, take the zensagainstplut, AND call your closest BERNIE campaign office to find out how YOU can make a BERNIE candidacy& Presidency a reality=phoneba nk, knock on doors, donate, write letters to the editor, whatever you can do, DO. You are the political revolution of which BERNIE speaks.
+4 # lfeuille 2015-12-19 22:17
I do not have faith that DWS and the DNC types would prefer Bernie to a Republican. I think they are so corrupted by campaign money and lobbying that they would actually prefer Trump to Bernie.
+3 # SHK 2015-12-19 23:53
What diamondmarge7 said!!!
+11 # bardphile 2015-12-19 17:13
Right. We gotta do stuff. We're not going to convince #lights and other Hillary-ites who think she has some kind of right to the nomination. I know I'm not doing enough. The other day in my health club, the front desk people were talking politics. I asked one of them (the only black employee in the club) whom she supported. Sanders. We high-fived. Gonna vote? No, she was sick of politics and politicians. Ditto her friends. I gave her the best 3-minute pitch I could. People overheard. Any minds changed? Who knows. Be reasonable. Be persistent. Be understanding. Listen and respond. I don't know where you get "ruthless," #lights. What could you possibly be referring to?
0 # bardphile 2015-12-19 17:18
But don't take the pledge. Robbee's right. Follow Bernie's leadership on this one.
+4 # Bruce Gruber 2015-12-19 23:44
There is a whole campaign in front of us during which Hillary can 'prove' she is a REAL progressive Democrat (I think, maybe, ... if, perhaps, she reworks her advisory staff).

Then the issue of supporting her in a general election, if necessary, can be "considered". From a contrarian position, it could be said that such pledges might cause her advisers to 'study' the benefits of reconsidering her less 'popular' positions.

Obviously, after 40 years of open, honest, transparent, consistent ACTION, Bernie has no problem in this regard.
+3 # SHK 2015-12-19 23:56
It is fine to take the pledge. I would rather have a nutcase republican in to ruin things for Republicans for the foreseeable future than a "democrat" who will ruin it for women and REAL democrats for the rest of my life. Trump would drive Democrats and other sane people to the polls in droves! Give them someone to vote for who will be different than just a Republican in a skirt and a Dem badge.
-1 # LionMousePudding 2015-12-23 00:53
Gee, thanks.

- Muslim American born woman with pregnant and battered sister needing abortion; with legal immigrant cousin who does not want to be deported because his mom is not documented; with brother revovering in hospital only because Obamacare made his kidney surgery possible; and who cannot feed her children nutritionally because her minimum wage job does not pay enough; while her male coworker earns more*

* example fictitious but realistic

You can afford to say that a nutcase Republican is better than Hillary. More power to you. If your life will not be adversely affected by the morally bankrupt and societally destructive Republican policies, great.

There are vulnerable humans in this country. They don't deserve to be sacrificial pawns in a selfish philosophy of My way or the Highway.
0 # SHK 2016-02-05 15:03
If everyone who thinks like you would vote for Bernie plus those of us who think like me ARE going to vote for Bernie, HE would/will win. Understand that voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil. Understand also that Hillary says what she says now because she's a candidate. I don't trust her not to yield to the moneymen should she become President. We KNOW Bernie wouldn't. What's the problem here? People who think like you. If we who care for this country ALL vote for Bernie, this is a moot point. He would win. That includes you. If you are a dyed in the wool Hillaryite, you should still consider this point.
+4 # pietheyn07 2015-12-20 02:23
When leaving, don't forget to turn out the 'lights'.
+5 # elkingo 2015-12-20 13:21
Of course it is the interest of the Ruling Class and its acolyte media to have The Great American Bullshit roll over Bernie's candidacy - lest it jeopardize its fascio/capitali st stranglehold over the entire culture.
-1 # LionMousePudding 2015-12-23 00:25
Hmmm. Looks to me like what Bernie needs to do is sue those stations. It would get media attention and people would learn the reason. There would be attacks but at this point any press is good press in terms of getting his name in the common discourse.

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