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Bernie Sanders gave his own answer to the Trump State of the Union speech…

Sanders joined four Democrats in responding to Donald Trump’s idea of the State of the Union….

Sanders was just one of five responses to the State of the Union: the official Democratic response from Kennedy, the official Spanish-language response by Virginia Del. Elizabeth Guzman, Sanders’s response, a speech by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) set to broadcast on BET Wednesday night, and a speech from former Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland on behalf of the Working Families Party.

This is the second year in a row that Sanders has sidestepped the official Democratic response and delivered his own speech after the State of the Union. Throughout his address, Sanders picked apart Trump’s self-congratulatory speech, hammering home his own points about continuing inequality for the poor and middle class, two groups Trump promised to lift up during his campaign for president.

Issue by issue, Sanders measured Trump’s promises against the actual outcomes so far in his presidency.

“Many of you will recall, that during his campaign, Donald Trump told the American people how he was going to provide ‘health insurance for everybody,’ with ‘much lower deductibles,’” Sanders said. “That is what he promised working families all across this country during his campaign. But as president he did exactly the opposite.

“Last year, he supported legislation that would have thrown up to 32 million people off of the health care they had while, at the same time, substantially raising premiums for older Americans.”

Though Sanders and Trump ran for president on vastly different platforms in 2016, the two candidates shared a few talking points: reducing prescription drugs costs, getting the United States out of large trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and introducing “insurance for everybody” (though it’s worth pointing out Sanders had much more detailed policy proposals on how to do this)…..

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DNC deputy Chair may leave Congress to run for Minnesota Atty Gen…

It seems that Rep.  Keith Ellison , a Bernie Sanders supporter, isn’t happy with his boss Tom Perez not truning the party hard left in Sanders direction…

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Good….

The Democratic party isn’t Sanders party….

Heck, Sanders isn’t evn a Democrat…

This Sanders ‘personal thing’ needs to flush out and Democrats need to embrace their thing and add some parts of Sanders mesage which does appeal to them…

The Democratic party cannot afford to just turn hard left and lose voters that Obama and Bill Clinton carried for two term Presidencies…

First elected to Congress in 2006, Ellison has grown listless and bored in the House, according to multiple people who’ve spoken with him in recent months. He’s still far from even being a ranking member on a subcommittee, and Democratic prospects of retaking the majority in the House soon remain uphill.

Ellison has also told friends about chafing at being the number two at the DNC, occasionally clashing with Tom Perez, who beat him for the top spot before appointing him to his current position. More often he expresses frustration at not being able to set the direction for the official party apparatus, according to several who’ve spoken to him.

The job could give Ellison a prominent spot alongside other state attorneys general who’ve taken the lead in fighting the Trump administration — efforts that many Minnesota Democrats wanted Swanson to be more active in.

In the fall, he reached out to the Democratic Attorneys General Association, the D.C.-based group supporting campaigns, and had already caught the eye of DAGA co-chair Karl Racine, the D.C. attorney general.

Though Ellison has indicated to several people close to him in recent days that he’s less likely to run, he finds the idea enticing…

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Bernie Sanders on tax cuts…“Yeah, it is a very good thing’….

This a little backwards…

Do you agree with Sanders reasoning?

From Red State….

Bernie Sanders was on CNN’s State of the Union this morning. He talked the usual leftwing and anti-Trump smack for most of the show:

Yes, there is a Democrat tsunami coming in 2018.
Yes, it is a moral horror that the Dreamers weren’t given amnesty.
Yes, it would be a constitutional crisis (I have to laugh anytime I hear Sanders or any Democrat talk about the Constitution) if Trump fired Mueller.
Yes, Sanders is afraid Trump is going to fire Mueller.
Yes, if Al Franken had to resign from the Senate, then Donald Trump has to resign from the presidency.
Yes, Donald Trump is evil for bragging about cutting the individual mandate.

In short, it was the same stuff that you can read any day on any leftwing blog or in the media.

Then the question of the tax bill came up.

“Next year, 91% of middle income Americans will receive a tax cut. Isn’t that a good thing?”

“Yeah, it is a very good thing. And that’s why we should’ve made the tax cuts for the middle class permanent….

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Could Democrats do a MeGoven come 2020?…

Politico raises the question we’ve discussed here before….

Could a Left leaning Democrat repeat  the 1972  McGovern vs Richard Nixon elections?

In that one…..George McGovern, the Democrat LOST….BIG….

(Bernie Sanders or even Elizabeth Warren should NOT be the next Presidential nominee….)

I agree with the piece…

Democrats SHOULD NOT elect a hard left leaning nominee for President in 2020….Even with his problem’s?….Donald Trump or even Mike Pence would surely win another term…

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Four decades ago, Richard Nixon lived out the fantasy many liberals harbor about Donald Trump, stepping down in the face of possible impeachment over a slow-moving scandal long before his term was up. Before that happened, however, Nixon was reelected by a resounding margin, in large part because progressives made strategic errors that Democrats today appear hellbent on repeating.

In 1968, as in 2016, Democrats narrowly lost the White House after nominating a relatively moderate, establishment candidate instead of a more liberal alternative who had inspired a raging enthusiasm among younger voters. Democrats spent much of the next four years arguing about what direction the party should take. White working-class voters—traditionally a Democratic bloc—were sluicing away, and progressives, convinced the party needed to change both its policy direction and its coalition of supporters, demanded a new approach: a “loose peace coalition” of minorities, young voters and educated white Democrats, as strategist Fred Dutton wrote in his 1971 book, Changing Sources of Power. One year later, the party’s presidential nominee, the ultra-liberal Senator George McGovern of South Dakota, went on to lose 49 states in one of the most lopsided victories in American history.

We’re a long, long way from 2020, but it’s abundantly evident that Trump will again run a Nixonian campaign, tearing down his opponent and presenting himself as the champion of an aggrieved coalition that Nixon called the “silent majority” and Trump calls “the forgotten men and women” of America.

Consumed by internecine battles and the idea of opposition, Democrats run the risk of again nominating someone like McGovern who pleases progressives but steers a course too far from the country’s center of political gravity to win, even as Trump continues his funhouse mirror impression of Nixon as the avatar of white cultural-grievance politics….

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On the Bernie Sanders = Georeg McGovern thing….

Oh, and Bernie Sanders isn’t even a Democrats and Hillary Clinton beat him…..

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America’s Democratic Socialists…The Sanders awaking….

Politico’s magazine examines the Democratic Socialists of America, a group formed in 1982, that has grown with the focus on Senator Bernie Sanders  run for President last year…

The piece asks if they are the Democrats ‘Tea Party’ ?

The evolution of the Democratic Socialists began almost as soon as Hillary Clinton sewed up the nomination. Sanders does not affiliate itself with the DSA, but the DSA actively supported Sanders’ bid for the Democratic nomination. Once the Sanders campaign dissolved, the DSA became a landing ground for former volunteers in Bernie’s campaign, many of whom were registered Democrats.

“I already considered myself a socialist,” says Amy Zachmeyer, now co-chair of the DSA’s Houston chapter, “but didn’t realize there were so many of us until Bernie Sanders kind of made it OK to talk about being a democratic socialist.”

By signaling its willingness to compete within the Democratic Party, the DSA has attracted more than just out-of-work Bernie staffers. Even incumbent Democrats look at it with new interest. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, a Chicago alderman and member of the Democratic Party who joined the DSA last year, says he joined DSA once he recognized the organization had begun to embrace a kind of democratic socialist realpolitik.

“While they had the right analysis, they had the right values, [they] were not necessarily engaging in the electoral arena in a way that I thought was necessary if the left was going to win,” says Rosa. But starting last year, he “began to see a DSA that was much more focused on being a disciplined force to help elect leftists.”

Rosa is not alone: khalid kamau, a city councilman in South Fulton, Georgia; Mike Sylvester, a state legislator in Maine; and Nirva LaFortune, a city councilwoman in Providence, Rhode Island, are among the elected Democrats who’ve joined the DSA.

And although it took the rise of a 76-year-old independent senator from Vermont to normalize socialism within Democratic Party politics, it was another event that kicked the DSA into high gear: the election of Donald J. Trump.

“If you look at our growth in membership, our big surges have been after big announcements by this administration,” says Margaret McLaughlin, the chair of Washington, D.C.’s, DSA chapter. “Like the Muslim ban, DACA. Charlottesville was huge.”

DSA leaders hope their bolstered roster and influx of new funds—along with the continued specter of the man in the Oval Office—will help position the organization to challenge the Democratic Party from the left. Currently, there are 25 DSA members running for office—from Seattle to Lakewood, Ohio, to New York City—and the group expects to endorse a larger wave of candidates for the 2018 midterms…..

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Some want Bernie Sanders to help them form a new party….

There are those who want the 76 year old Socialist/Independent Vermont Senator to start his own party …..

It just keeps getting crazier as this go along….

The guy is dancing with the Democrats….

Wants to lead them….(At least that’s the media angle…Actual Democrat voters haven’t given him the Presidential nomination, the DNC chair or much of any wins of his endorsed people in local races, but the guy is a BRIGHT Shinny object the emdia can’t resist)

And now a call for him thelp form his OWN party?

REALLY?

On Friday, as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) celebrated his 76th birthday, a crowd of about 60 people gathered on the Mall. They were part of the People’s Convergence Conference, which centered on the specific political goal of drafting Sanders to lead a “People’s Party” — a new, independent force — into the 2018 and 2020 elections. Nick Brana, the former Sanders political aide who had given up on Democrats after trying to wrangle superdelegates in the 2016 primary, smiled and thanked supporters who were about to help him deliver “50,000 plus” signatures to Sanders’s Senate office.

“Two years ago, this was unthinkable,” Brana said into a megaphone. “The establishment media attacks us all the time. Three days after we launched, MSNBC was on our case! They had a whole panel discussion about how Bernie shouldn’t do it.”

Very few members of the media were on hand as the Convergence kicked off. Brana’s campaign, which Sanders has repeatedly (albeit politely) rebuffed, is the best-organized of several efforts to turn progressives away from the Democratic Party. It has the endorsement of Cornel West, perhaps the 2016 Sanders surrogate most adamant about leaving the party; and it has two clear narratives, which suggest that to stay inside the nation’s major liberal party is to accept permanent decline….

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Democrats warn Sanders about his supporters…and his future…

Democratic Senator’s and establishment types are increasingly uneasy with Sanders supporters efforts to co-op the Democratic party itself….

Supporters have increasingly looked to instill THEIR policy views on the party , thus re-running the 2016 Presidential Primary debate…

First…

For the hundredth time?

Bernie Sanders is NOT a Democrat…

Nor does he want to join the party….

He HAS done things to help the party…

But maintains his independence ….

His supporters make NOT bones about wanting to TAKE OVER the party driving it to the hard left, something that would divide the party and be catastrophic for the party in  2018/2020 elections…

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Right now, Kamala Harris , the Democratic Senator for California is the flavor of the month for the national party…. Other Democratic senators are NOT happy that Sanders supporters are knocking her even as she expresses support for Sanders Single-payer health insurance bill that has NO chance of passage…

Prominent Democrats are increasingly riled by attacks from Bernie Sanders’ supporters, whose demands for ideological purity are hurting the party ahead of the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential election, they say.

But it’s not just the outside agitators that Democratic lawmakers, operatives, and activists are annoyed with: They’re tired of what they see as the senator’s hesitance to confront his own backers, either in public or through back channels.

Tensions boiled over recently when a handful of Sanders loyalists bashed freshman Sen. Kamala Harris — a rising star in the party and potential 2020 hopeful — as an establishment tool. Democrats were also rankled that other prominent Sanders allies said support for single-payer health care should be a litmus test for candidates.

In response, Democratic senators and outside groups have begun telling Sanders and friendly intermediaries that if he wants to be a leading figure for Democrats ahead of 2020’s presidential election, he needs to get his supporters in line — or at least publicly disavow their more incendiary statements.

The confrontations, they insist, threaten party unity ahead of a critical midterm election cycle, when Democrats have a shot at winning the House and several governor’s offices.

“The Democratic Party has treated Senator Sanders exceptionally well. We collectively let him run in our primaries when he declared he wasn’t a Democrat — I count that as a great favor, and an opportunity almost no one else has ever received,” said former Democratic National Committee chairman Don Fowler, who has called for the independent Sanders to formally join the party….

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Yes …The 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination favorite DOES seem to be Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders out loud…With Eliaazbeth Warren sitting on the side…Joe Biden offically leads the early polling….Things HAVE already started …

Bernie Sanders pushes Progressivism on Labor day….

The Vermont Senator continues his push for things he believes in on the day we are supposed to remember the fights for US Labor in America’s past…

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday called for rebuilding the American labor movement and implementing other progressive policies in an essay he penned to coincide with the Labor Day holiday.

“Our job is to bring our people together around a progressive agenda that works for all, and not just the few,” Sanders wrote in an essay posted on Medium. “Our job is to create an economy based on human needs, not the greed of the billionaire class.”

Sanders said that Labor Day is a time for people to “pledge our continuing support to protect workers’ rights which have been under fire for decades.” He added that it should be easier for people to join labor unions.

“It is not a coincidence that the decline of the American middle class virtually mirrors the rapid decline in union membership,” he wrote. “As workers lose their seat at the negotiating table, the share of national income going to middle class workers has gone down, while the percentage of income going to the very wealthy has gone up.”

The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and potential 2020 presidential contender also urged lawmakers to make wealthy individuals and corporations pay their “fair share” in taxes, raise the minimum wage, invest in infrastructure and establish a single-payer health care system….

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Sanders Single Payer Medicare litmus test for Democrats…

US Senator Bernie Sanders the guy who ain’t a Democrat  (And IS an independent Socialist ) is fronting a bill for a single payer Medicare health insurance program for America….

It’s counter to the Republicans Repeal Obamacare….

There is NO chance the bill will pass the present GOP majority Congress and White House…

But Kamala Harris , the rising star on the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination early list has thrown her support behind the Sanders effort, as has Cory Booker….

Democratic nomination basic’s are you run to the left, THEN move back to the middle…A lot of Democrats running in the 2018 Midterms simply cannot support Sanders efforts due the cost factor that would be thrown back at them from a Republican opponent…

It worked for Bill Clinton and Barack Obama…We see what happened to Hillary Clinton….

So one would imagine that Sanders is gonna get some Democratic support on his bill….

For NOW….

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) Medicare for all plan has become a key test for Democrats with 2020 presidential ambitions.

Sanders, who energized liberals with his improbable run at the White House last year, is poised to introduce a long-awaited single-payer bill when Congress returns to Washington this month. The liberal icon insists it’s not a litmus test for the Democrats, but he’s actively seeking endorsements. Outside liberal groups are watching closely, with some hinging their own endorsements on a candidate’s support for the Sanders health-care model.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who’s said to be eying a 2020 run, threw her weight behind Sanders’s bill this week, highlighting the sense that potential candidates want to get on the right side of their base –– and do it early.

The issue poses a dilemma for both Democratic leaders and presidential hopefuls, who are walking a fine line between appeasing their liberal supporters without alienating the more conservative-leaning voters they’ll need to win back power in the House, the Senate and the White House.

Spokesmen for several Democrats with possible presidential ambitions, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar(Minn.), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, did not respond to a request for comment on their stance on single-payer.

Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), all potential White House contenders who have voiced support for single payer in the past, haven’t said if they’ll endorse Sanders’s bill. Their offices were also silent this week.

A spokeswoman for Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), another possible candidate, referred to Booker’s interview with Vox in April. He said then that “I believe, ultimately, in ideas like single payer or Medicare for all,” while adding that “I don’t know how we get it done in this environment.”

They will face no lack of pressure to try, as liberal groups are already pushing for candidates to get on board….

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Sen Kamala Harris will join Sanders effort on a single-payer healthcare bill…

She join’s Sen. Cory Booker and others in a doomed effort, under a Republican  majority Congress ,to approve Sanders “Medicare for All”  legislation….

The push has political postives for Democrat going into the 2020 Presidential nomination campaign…

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California Senator Kamala Harris (D) announced during a town hall on Wednesday that she would support Sen. Bernie Sanders‘s (I-Vt.) “Medicare for All” bill, which would institute a single-payer health insurance system.

“I intend to co-sponsor the ‘Medicare for All’ bill because it’s just the right thing to do,” Harris announced Wednesday at a town hall in Oakland.

“It’s not just about what is morally and ethically right, it also makes sense just from a fiscal standpoint,” she said.

The decision to co-sponsor Sanders’s bill is Harris’s first instance of publicly supporting single-payer.

In July, Harris said, “as a concept” she supported single-payer, but that lawmakers still needed to “work out the details.”

Sanders said earlier this week that he was building support for his “Medicare for All” bill.

“You’re seeing more and more movement toward ‘Medicare for All,” Sanders said. “When the people are saying we need healthcare for everyone, as more and more Americans come on board, it will become politically possible.”

The former presidential candidate’s backing for the policy has raised questions about whether he and his supporters might launch primary challenges against Democrats who do not back a single-payer plan.

Sanders on Wednesday tweeted thanking Harris for her announcement as well.

“Thank you Kamala Harris for your support. Let’s make health care a right, not a privilege,” he tweeted….

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Bernie Sanders as the Ralph Nader reincarnation?

The supporters of Bernie Sanders, who isn’t a Democrat, are continuing their identity politics push which could actually hurt the Democratic party which is searching for more votes….

Could Al Gore’s trouble be a bad history repeat?

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  @ The Washington Post….

Things could go well for the Democrats in next year’s midterm elections — if they don’t Bern out.

President Trump is woefully unpopular, feuding with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and other Republicans. The GOP can’t manage to repeal Obamacare or do much of anything. Voters say they’d like Democrats to run Congress.

But here come the Bernie Bros and sisters to the Republicans’ rescue: They’re sowing division in the Democratic Party and attempting to enact a purge of the ideologically impure — just the sort of thing that made the Republican Party the ungovernable mess it is today.

Bernie Sanders’s advisers are promoting a “litmus test” under which Democrats who don’t swear to implement single-payer health care would be booted from the party in primaries. Sanders pollster Ben Tulchin penned an op-ed with a colleague under the headline “Universal health care is the new litmus test for Democrats.” Nina Turner, head of the Sanders group Our Revolution, told Politico thisweek that “there’s something wrong with” Democrats who won’t “unequivocally” embrace “Medicare-for-all.”

That notion — not just taking a stand but excommunicating all who disagree — is what Republicans have done to themselves with guns and taxes, and it would seriously diminish Democrats’ hopes of retaking the House next year…..

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