This is not Blue-on-Blue. This is someone who needs to retire. And no, I don’t actually mean Bernie Sanders.
Diane Rehm [NPR]: Senator, you have dual citizenship with Israel.
Bernie Sanders: Well, no I do not have dual citizenship with Israel. I’m an American. I don’t know where that question came from. I am an American citizen, and I have visited Israel on a couple of occasions. No, I’m an American citizen, period.
I heartily approve of this: “On Friday, the [Bernie] Sanders campaign announced that it has raised more than $1.5 million online in the 24 hours since he announced his candidacy.” Especially since he’s apparently threatening to raise a total of $50 million. Think of it! Fifty million dollars that could have gone to worthy – for a given value of ‘worthy’ – progressive candidates on the federal, state and local level. Instead, they’ll be poured down a money hole and never be seen again.
Ach, well, as the late, dearly missed Terry Pratchett once said: it keeps money in circulation, and that’s the important thing.
PS: Yeah, seriously, progressive activists. Give Bernie Sanders more money. That’ll show me. Ya, you betcha.
I find I don’t really care one way or the other how Bernie Sanders runs: “Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is under intense pressure to run for president as a Democrat and not as a “spoiler” independent who could undercut support for the eventual nominee, according to several progressives.” …because either way it all ends in recriminations and tears for the progressive Left. If Bernie Sanders runs as a Democrat, he will be destroyed in the primary election by the Democratic establishment; and if he runs as an independent, he will be destroyed in the general election by the Democratic establishment. The Democratic party’s path to victory is sufficiently narrow* that they cannot afford even a traditional Nader-level of ineffectual third-party shenanigans; Bernie Sanders is a luxury that the Left should not indulge in… and yet, they will. Continue reading Sen. Bernie Sanders (Socialist, Vermont) not wild about the Democrats’ brand for his 2016 bid.
You know, we hear a lot of guff from the American Left about how insular rural areas of Red States can be. But I gotta tell you: speaking as a transplanted Northeasterner, listen to some of those progressives in Vermont and it’s like you’re in a time warp back to 1830 and the Know-Nothing Party.
“Right now, as we speak, a concerted effort to undermine the VA,” [Bernie Sanders] said. “What are the problems? The problems are, is, that all of these are large, governmental institutions and you have folks out there now, Koch Brothers and others, who want to radically change the nature of society, and either make major cuts in all of these institutions, or maybe do away with them entirely.”
And here I thought that the problem is that the VA was covering up the fact that veterans were being denied timely care, and in some cases fatally so. Silly me: I should have realized that it was all a right-wing plot. And you just know that next they’ll be spying on Bernie Sanders! Spyin’ on him with RAYS!
PS: Bernie Sanders is the chair of the Veterans Affairs committee.