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Name: Corbett Kroehler
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Comeback/Rebound/Surge/Going Strong (So Happy, I Could Plotz)

My, oh, my! It's been a while since I grinned this wide. Dan Pfeiffer, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, said Sanders has the “best chance” to sweep the first three states and that his odds are “underestimated and under-discussed.”

Per Sahil Kapur and Laura Litvan of Bloomberg News, "Bernie Sanders Makes A Comeback" and "Candidate Rebounds After Heart Attack" (link below).

• According to my thesaurus, comeback, rebound and surge are synonyms!

The Sanders Surge is even more real today than yesterday. Cynics, take your negativity elsewhere!

[full coverage, including citations, here]


December 12, 2019

He seems to have rebounded in recent weeks as he’s stuck to Medicare for All while other candidates have softened their stances and as he’s gained star endorsements from the younger faces in the movement.

National surveys released Tuesday by Quinnipiac and Monmouth show him slightly ahead -- but within the margin of error -- for second place among Democrats, behind Joe Biden.

And he’s going strong in the early nominating states. Recent polls place him second in Iowa — where he’s returning for several events this weekend — and statistically tied for the lead in New Hampshire and second in Nevada. And he’s statistically tied with Warren for the lead in California, a Super Tuesday state that provides 10% of the delegates to the Democratic nominating convention.


[full coverage, including citations, here]
Posted by corbettkroehler | Thu Dec 12, 2019, 04:45 PM (3 replies)

NYT OpEd: "Don't Think Sanders Can Win? You Don't Understand His Campaign"



Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor earned her PhD in African American Studies from Northwestern University. In her recent NY Times OpEd, she affirmed...

Don’t Think Sanders Can Win? You Don’t Understand His Campaign
There was a time in America when being called a socialist could end a political career. Not anymore.

By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

• Dr. Taylor is the author of “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.”

Dec. 10, 2019

[full OpEd here]

As the Democratic primary elections get closer, the party leadership has begun to fret in public about universal health care and other ambitious proposals. Even former President Barack Obama tried to assuage donors’ fears in November when he said that the “average American” doesn’t think we need to “tear down the system and remake it.” His comment captured the essence of tensions that have roiled the party for months. Party elites believe focusing squarely on President Trump’s record will end his presidency, while others counter that the Democrats also have to champion bold policies.

The surprising resilience of the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont vindicates the latter approach. Mr. Sanders’s improbable rise to Democratic front-runner began in 2015 when he organized his campaign for president around a redistributive agenda of universal health care and free college, along with a number of other progressive reforms. Party insiders dismissed this as fanciful and out of touch, but Mr. Sanders aggressively challenged Hillary Clinton for the nomination while picking up 13 million votes.

Mr. Sanders has not diluted his message since then, but has instead recommitted to his promises of “big government” socialist reforms — all the while pulling other candidates to his side. Although Mr. Sanders grows in popularity, neither the Democratic Party establishment nor the mainstream media really understand his campaign. That’s because it disregards conventional wisdom in politics today — tax cuts for the elite and corporations and public-private partnerships to finance health care, education, housing and other public services.

After months of predictions of its premature end, Bernie Sanders’s improbable run continues its forward movement. In October, pundits and other election experts suggested that perhaps Mr. Sanders should leave the race and throw his support to Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, in the wake of her rising poll numbers and his heart attack. But doubts quickly gave way to excitement when Mr. Sanders captured the coveted endorsement of Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. She was soon joined by Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.



[full OpEd here]
Posted by corbettkroehler | Thu Dec 12, 2019, 12:11 PM (15 replies)

Princeton Professor Affirms That Sanders Can Emerge Victorious



Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor earned her PhD in African American Studies from Northwestern University. In her recent NY Times OpEd, she affirmed...


Don’t Think Sanders Can Win? You Don’t Understand His Campaign
There was a time in America when being called a socialist could end a political career. Not anymore.

By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

• Dr. Taylor is the author of “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.”

Dec. 10, 2019

[full OpEd here]

As the Democratic primary elections get closer, the party leadership has begun to fret in public about universal health care and other ambitious proposals. Even former President Barack Obama tried to assuage donors’ fears in November when he said that the “average American” doesn’t think we need to “tear down the system and remake it.” His comment captured the essence of tensions that have roiled the party for months. Party elites believe focusing squarely on President Trump’s record will end his presidency, while others counter that the Democrats also have to champion bold policies.

The surprising resilience of the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont vindicates the latter approach. Mr. Sanders’s improbable rise to Democratic front-runner began in 2015 when he organized his campaign for president around a redistributive agenda of universal health care and free college, along with a number of other progressive reforms. Party insiders dismissed this as fanciful and out of touch, but Mr. Sanders aggressively challenged Hillary Clinton for the nomination while picking up 13 million votes.

Mr. Sanders has not diluted his message since then, but has instead recommitted to his promises of “big government” socialist reforms — all the while pulling other candidates to his side. Although Mr. Sanders grows in popularity, neither the Democratic Party establishment nor the mainstream media really understand his campaign. That’s because it disregards conventional wisdom in politics today — tax cuts for the elite and corporations and public-private partnerships to finance health care, education, housing and other public services.

After months of predictions of its premature end, Bernie Sanders’s improbable run continues its forward movement. In October, pundits and other election experts suggested that perhaps Mr. Sanders should leave the race and throw his support to Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, in the wake of her rising poll numbers and his heart attack. But doubts quickly gave way to excitement when Mr. Sanders captured the coveted endorsement of Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. She was soon joined by Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.



[full OpEd here]
Posted by corbettkroehler | Wed Dec 11, 2019, 01:46 PM (0 replies)

No Sanders Surge? New Quinnipiac Poll: Primary Voters Under 35 Favor Bernie By YUGE Margin

If you would like to examine the underlying numbers, the statistics cited here are from page 10 of the following document, straight from Quinnipiac

1,553 self-identified registered voters polled 12/4 – 12/9/2019 (±2½%)

https://twitter.com/ryanstruyk/status/1204494417299755011
Posted by corbettkroehler | Wed Dec 11, 2019, 11:18 AM (51 replies)

Sanders Comes In First In Policy Platform Of Candidate Scorecard Of indivisible.org, Second Overall



Overall Listing

Sanders' itemized listing: 100% on immigration, 100% on healthcare, 100% on climate, 100% on economic justice and civil rights

On a personal note, Indivisible dinged Bernie for not committing to eliminating the filibuster. Indivisible is wrong on this and Bernie is right. In his own words, Bernie has stated the correct position, "The Senate should not become the House."

My opinion: Banning the filibuster rather than reforming it, by returning to its original purpose of continuing debate so that the person impeding progress must be forced to justify his/her position, is intellectually and legislatively lazy. The filibuster was and remains important. The problem is abuse both in its use and enforcement!
Posted by corbettkroehler | Wed Dec 11, 2019, 10:48 AM (0 replies)

Remember? Sanders Sternly Told A Troubled Veteran, "You're Not Gonna Kill Yourself"

Some DUers failed to grasp that, in the moment, Bernie offered tough love to convince the troubled man to persevere a little longer so that Sanders' colleague in the Congress could assist. It all worked perfectly!

I predict that the video below will drive many more veterans to support Bernie 2020 than the large numbers who endorsed him in 2016:

https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1204148636579483654
Posted by corbettkroehler | Tue Dec 10, 2019, 07:51 AM (13 replies)

Industry Group Lying About Medicare For All Loses The American Medical Association

Purveyors of lies during the Obamacare fight, the American Medical Association has awakened to the barbaric immorality of our current system and begun to chart its own path. With a milestone of this magnitude in our rear-view mirror, I am more confident than ever that Medicare For All is our nation's destiny. Healthcare is a human right, except in the Land of the Free, founded on the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You can't exactly do that if you're dead or incapacitated by preventable (sometimes curable) diseases!

Winning Medicare for All Will Require Taking On Powerful Interests. Here’s How We Overcame One.


The American Medical Association’s decision to leave an industry-backed, anti-single payer group didn’t happen on its own. It was the result of dedicated organizing to make healthcare a human right.

BY CONNIE HUYNH
November 25, 2019

• [Full Text At Link]

The path to winning Medicare Care for All will be a case study of establishment forces doing all they can to detract, block and stave off progress.

With so many entities that profit immensely from our broken healthcare system, we will have to remove countless barriers along the way. The American Medical Association (AMA), a highly influential player in this debate, made a major move in August when it backed out of the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future (PAHCF), the lead industry group created to ensure Medicare for All does not become a reality.

As the movement toward Medicare for All gains steam, with presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren touting the proposal on the campaign trail, the mounting threat to insurance companies and Big Pharma is becoming more and more clear. The end of private insurance, or at least most forms of it, stands as an existential threat to the future of these obscenely profitable corporations.

They should be scared. Close to a majority of Democrats in the U.S. House are now co-sponsoring Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s Medicare for All bill. Healthcare has become a dominant issue in the 2020 Democratic primary. Medicare is one of the most popular programs in American history, and at a time when good jobs with guaranteed healthcare are hard to find, it makes sense that Americans want to expand it.


• [Full Text At Link]
Posted by corbettkroehler | Sat Nov 30, 2019, 01:41 PM (37 replies)

Council On Foreign Relations Has 12 Questions For Bernie Sanders

The first four questions were:

1. How, if at all, should China’s treatment of the Uighurs and the situation in Hong Kong affect broader U.S. policy toward China?

2. Would you rejoin the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)? What changes to the existing agreement, if any, would you require before agreeing to rejoin the accord?

3. Would you sign an agreement with North Korea that entailed partial sanctions relief in exchange for some dismantling of its nuclear weapons program but not full denuclearization?

4. What, if any, steps would you take to counter Russian aggression against Ukraine?


[Read all of Bernie's replies here]

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[Read the replies of all participants here]
Posted by corbettkroehler | Sat Nov 30, 2019, 01:26 PM (1 replies)

On Climate Change, "Younger Republicans Are More Likely To Side With ... Bernie Sanders"

I have yet to find a more insightful capsulization of the inevitable (political and environmental) collapse caused by the climate denial of so many elected officials.

It's a lovely bonus that this same column reinforces the reason that Bernie continues to thrive and has been endorsed by 3 members of The Squad.


Republicans Have A Climate Change Problem

Jacob Weindling
November 27, 2019

[key excerpts — full text at link]

The literal end of the world as we know it is going to affect each and every one of us whether we believe it is happening or not. This is a fact that transcends political partisanship amongst the generations who must live with the immense failure of our parents and grandparents. Older Republicans essentially adopt the position that climate change does not exist and it is not something to be concerned about, while younger Republicans are more likely to side with the aggressive vision of Bernie Sanders than the know-nothing denialist vision of their elders.





[key excerpts — full text at link]
Posted by corbettkroehler | Thu Nov 28, 2019, 09:56 AM (3 replies)

A Former Clinton Aide on Embracing the Sanders Movement And 'Nonviolent Political Revolution'

When I learned that Peter Daou worked for John Kerry's 2004 run for president, I knew that I liked him a whole lot. Then, I read his whole piece, cross-linked here.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/1287360093
Posted by corbettkroehler | Tue Nov 26, 2019, 03:04 PM (1 replies)
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