Bernie shows how a socialist runs for president

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Boy, I really hope he runs. I’d love to volunteer:

In tiny Richmond, California, Sanders has gotten involved in the battle for control of the city council, a campaign that has received little mainstream media attention but has become a touchstone in progressive circles. There, lawmakers are engaged in a fight with Chevron over the oil giant’s plans to upgrade a local refinery and a group of local progressives has been trying to keep the city council under their control against a slate of business-backed candidates.

More than 500 people attended a rally that Sanders headlined in Richmond. He is the only national political figure to get involved.

“He helped bring national attention to it,” said Mike Parker, one of the leaders of the Richmond Progressive Alliance. “He was the first U.S. senator to have spoken in Richmond in my memory. Most people outside of the Bay Area don’t even know that Richmond exists. It really energized people here. We are up against a really tough operation that is sitting on millions of dollars. He helped give people the sense that we could do something just by pulling so many people together.”

Asked why no other national political figures have followed Sanders into the breach, Parker replied, “He has got more guts than they do, and he is independent of the big corporations.”

If Sanders has not been campaigning for some of the big-ticket senators and governors this cycle, it is because he has been hitting the hustings in a manner that resembles more what his eventual (possible) presidential campaign would look like—outside the system, and relying on labor unions and community groups.

Sanders has been hitting the hustings in a manner that resembles more what his eventual (possible) presidential campaign would look like.

He has, for example, twice held rallies and town halls for the South Carolina Progressive Network, an umbrella group of grassroots organizations that tries to move the Palmetto State’s politics leftward. He keynoted the Fighting Bobfest, an annual gathering in central Wisconsin dedicated to the memory of the early-20th-century Senator Robert La Follette. And even if candidates haven’t embraced having Sanders on stage with them, he has made the rounds to local Democratic parties, hosting a fundraiser for the Hillsborough County Democratic Committee in New Hampshire (the first primary’s state Democratic senator, Jeanne Shaheen, was a no-show) and keynoting the Clinton County Democratic Hall of Fame Dinner in Goose Lake, Iowa. He has hosted town halls at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union hall in Jackson, Mississippi, and fundraisers at the AFSCME headquarters in Philadelphia and a longshoreman’s hall in Charleston, South Carolina.

In an interview with Esquire magazine, Sanders explained that this approach was consistent with his belief that the two major political parties have failed to reach out to most voters.

5 thoughts on “Bernie shows how a socialist runs for president

  1. After losing today the Democratic Party will have two choices tomorrow. The price of oil is falling again today after the Saudis announced yesterday that they will flood the US with cheap oil. Who are the winners and who are the losers in this oil war? The losers are Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and ISIS. Oh, and the American people. The low price of oil punishes the Russian, Iranian, and Venezuelan economies. Oil is being used as a foreign policy weapon. Politically the Republican Party (Capitalists) will be helped. Between now and the 2016 general election the Republicans, who will be in charge of both the House and Senate, will claim credit for a growing US economy. So why not a Republican president they will argue. Oil as a domestic political weapon. We should all enjoy the cheap gas while the 1% is handing us our asses in the bargain.

  2. “Imagine there’s no countries. Nothing to kill or die for. A brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people living life in peace. It’s easy if you try.”

  3. I have to agree with him that he’d have a huge uphill battle, but if he ran, I’d stump for him.

  4. Sen. Sanders is the only reason I still pay attention to politics. I really, really, really hope he runs and is not bullied/ridiculed/humiliated out of the race by the thugly people running the Rethuglican party these days or by the corporations who control them and the propaganda machines (like Mike Gravel and Dr. Jill Stein) – I believe Sen. Sanders is tough and smart and spunky (resilient) enough to survive most of that and it is my very strongest wish to see him run in 2016. RUN BERNIE RUN PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE and thank you.

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