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Omaha Steve

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Mon Jul 11, 2016, 02:22 PM Jul 2016

USA Today: Bernie Sanders defied expectations with long-shot presidential campaign [View all]


Nicole Gaudiano, USA TODAY 12:41 p.m. EDT July 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — Who would have thought, just over a year ago, that a gruff septuagenarian with unruly hair and democratic socialist views would capture the imaginations of young people and support from more than 13 million voters in a long-shot bid for the presidency?

Bernie Sanders was at least 50 points behind Hillary Clinton in some national polls when he announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in April 2015. But his call for a "political revolution" quickly gained momentum on social media, igniting a "feel the Bern" fever that ultimately drew nearly 1.5 million people to his rallies and other events across the country.

Clinton’s nomination may indeed have been inevitable, but Sanders’ surprising star power made it seem much less so.

“He got a tiger by the tail,” said RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United, which supported Sanders. “All of a sudden, he emerges on the scene and he became an immediate legend. People didn’t know who he was.”

FULL story and video at link.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally in Washington on June 9, 2016.
(Photo: Cliff Owen, AP)
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Thanks Steve. Kick and Rec n/t emulatorloo Jul 2016 #1
Bernie is a once in several lifetimes politician. pangaia Jul 2016 #2
I hope you're right. NurseJackie Jul 2016 #5
You mean we should only aspire to the programs and country we can afford? TonyPDX Jul 2016 #18
Being prgamatic doesn't mean you don't SkeleTim1968 Jul 2016 #29
Welcome to DU, SkeleTim1968. calimary Jul 2016 #33
Yes! Otherwise, it's like the GOP 'aspiring' to repeal Obamacare 80+ times ehrnst Jul 2016 #43
Are they wasting time? RiverNoord Jul 2016 #66
Single payer was not. And there are other ways to get to Universal Coverage. (nt) ehrnst Jul 2016 #70
You said SkeleTim1968 Jul 2016 #101
Pragmatism is just another way of saying Exilednight Jul 2016 #50
Yes, LBJ was pragmatic. He lied about what Medicare would cost ehrnst Jul 2016 #71
There was nothing pragmatic about the civil rights bill. Exilednight Jul 2016 #81
Yes, he accomplished that - and he did it because he was able to work with people ehrnst Jul 2016 #84
He dismissed his entire party. He passed it by cracking Exilednight Jul 2016 #92
Actual history shows he had teams, that went out and talked to people ehrnst Jul 2016 #93
So basically, if you don't threaten everyone then you're Exilednight Jul 2016 #98
There's that PRAGMATIC WORD again. kacekwl Jul 2016 #82
And politicians get accused of broken promises when they don't deliver on "aspirations." ehrnst Jul 2016 #75
An aspiration is not a promise. It's an aspiration. TonyPDX Jul 2016 #99
Re: The "Pie-in-the-sky" talking point: HeartoftheMidwest Jul 2016 #31
Thank you PatSeg Jul 2016 #32
Single payer in less than 10 years isn't possible politically or practically. ehrnst Jul 2016 #72
Real change tends to be incremental PatSeg Jul 2016 #80
Same with Social Security. It has expanded and evolved, and it took multiple administrations. (nt) ehrnst Jul 2016 #85
We often take things for granted PatSeg Jul 2016 #91
Pie in the sky.. pangaia Jul 2016 #41
And it's a way to lose an election, and then you really get nothing. ehrnst Jul 2016 #45
Some still do not understand what Sanders was doing LiberalLovinLug Jul 2016 #55
+1...nt freebrew Jul 2016 #63
I was responding to the "All or nothing is the only way to live a life" ehrnst Jul 2016 #73
The strength of the Democratic party has always been its diversity ehrnst Jul 2016 #77
Awesome post. Thank you! bullwinkle428 Jul 2016 #90
Thanks very much for that explanation ... sadly it will fall on deaf ears. Not only is it a way ... NurseJackie Jul 2016 #67
You said it. (nt) ehrnst Jul 2016 #79
Post removed Post removed Jul 2016 #62
Those of us who have been fighting in the trenches for years ehrnst Jul 2016 #74
I hope so. 840high Jul 2016 #10
Not sure about that.... trumad Jul 2016 #12
We at least need a bunch that will follow up on his breakthrough JHB Jul 2016 #14
As well as form coalitions with minorities and women in the lead ehrnst Jul 2016 #76
You can bet existing party rules will be changed NorthCarolina Jul 2016 #34
ANd it looks like he did move the needle n/t malaise Jul 2016 #3
He was able to spout unrealistic talking points without ever being accountable, R B Garr Jul 2016 #4
Nevertheless, he moved the needle left. longship Jul 2016 #6
Why do you feel the need to pretend that I was "hyperventilating"? Let me guess. R B Garr Jul 2016 #7
Well, the primaries are over. longship Jul 2016 #13
You could also make that same comment to the OP; right? Along those same lines as you are R B Garr Jul 2016 #16
I made no personal attack, nor do I. longship Jul 2016 #20
Telling me I need to stop hyperventilating was definitely a personal attack, like R B Garr Jul 2016 #59
Wow, mister. You're sure angry. A day after the OP tom_kelly Jul 2016 #68
wow mister, same to you. A day after the OP, someone else attacked me R B Garr Jul 2016 #69
Funny how all Sander's policies and positions... TheProgressive Jul 2016 #8
He was never held accountable for anything, though. So it's not funny. R B Garr Jul 2016 #11
I was just responding to your post... TheProgressive Jul 2016 #15
"progressives like me". LOL. That sounds like you are trying to place yourself above me. R B Garr Jul 2016 #17
Something about this back and forth... SujiwanKenobee Jul 2016 #23
Aww, nice cutsie passive aggressive retort there. I bet if I tried to call you R B Garr Jul 2016 #37
Some unrealistic policies which have never been done before in the US FuzzyRabbit Jul 2016 #19
Prior to reaganomics, tax deductions were for investment in products and industry seabeckind Jul 2016 #24
Understanding the obstacles is vital to any attempt to change things for the better. ehrnst Jul 2016 #49
I do believe that's where he got his ideas. seabeckind Jul 2016 #21
Not single payer. Not free college tuition. The US is different than many European nations. ehrnst Jul 2016 #46
Did you ever listen to a speech or read his agenda? It worked. He explained it.It just needed The Wielding Truth Jul 2016 #35
Bwahahaha!! Did I ever listen to Bernie?? These type comments are truly R B Garr Jul 2016 #38
There is no time for this now, but sometime after we get our Dem in office The Wielding Truth Jul 2016 #40
Wait, progressoid Jul 2016 #42
Oh, ffs, you can't pretend you didn't read all the anti-Clinton screeds here R B Garr Jul 2016 #60
I mentioned nothing of anti-Clinton screeds or Bernie's ideas not being original. progressoid Jul 2016 #64
I'm confident that if you follow the chain of posts to its origination, which is R B Garr Jul 2016 #65
Jesus! AlbertCat Jul 2016 #44
Jesus yourself. It's been a month and I've hardly posted anything, yet I come R B Garr Jul 2016 #58
"Total belief" No - it takes far more. ehrnst Jul 2016 #47
Nope, they're just being an argumentative ass and fighting a battle that's over n/t arcane1 Jul 2016 #52
Kick with love for Bernie 840high Jul 2016 #9
"Sanders's influence became obvious over the past week, klook Jul 2016 #22
Hillary was talking about a public option and expanding Medicare in 2008. ehrnst Jul 2016 #48
True, and then -- like many -- she saw it as an impossible goal klook Jul 2016 #51
How was she supposed to "pursue it" when she was Secretary of State ehrnst Jul 2016 #86
You can deny klook Jul 2016 #88
You are confusing the "public option" with Single Payer health care ehrnst Jul 2016 #89
Oh. klook Jul 2016 #94
Unfortunately, I doubt it. ehrnst Jul 2016 #95
I did not bash Clinton klook Jul 2016 #96
I did not bash Bernie - but have clarified my statements about going against experts. ehrnst Jul 2016 #97
" ... long-shot presidential campaign ... " ... Jopin Klobe Jul 2016 #25
When you think about it.......So did trump thelordofhell Jul 2016 #26
Trump got 81 minutes of prime time news coverage from ABC last fall. Bernie got 20 seconds. think Jul 2016 #30
He defied expectations even with a corporate media blackout for most of the primary. jalan48 Jul 2016 #27
Wow, well said! democrattotheend Jul 2016 #57
Barack Obama's epic run occurred in my lifetime, annavictorious Jul 2016 #28
Agreed. TwilightZone Jul 2016 #39
I think they are both once-in-a-generation politicians in very different ways democrattotheend Jul 2016 #54
Sanders run was remarkable. annavictorious Jul 2016 #56
Obama is and was a team player. That got him the endorsements he needed to get the nomination ehrnst Jul 2016 #87
K&R zentrum Jul 2016 #36
Kick rec save---for later. BlancheSplanchnik Jul 2016 #53
My hope is that the past is our future Kurovski Jul 2016 #61
Didn't surprise me at all underpants Jul 2016 #78
Bernie Sanders Did More With Less Masked Dissident Jul 2016 #83
Both American and the Party are better for him running! LostOne4Ever Jul 2016 #100
Really proud of Bernie shireen Jul 2016 #102
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