Actor Danny Glover is throwing his support behind Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
"Bernie Sanders' campaign has already accomplished what most observers -- including many of his supporters -- thought was impossible. Coming from 40 points behind in the polls when the campaign began, he achieved a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton in Iowa and enjoys a huge lead in the second Democratic contest in New Hampshire," Glover writes in his endorsement.
"There is now no denying that he is a serious contender. Although Clinton still leads in national polls, most of the people surveyed by those polls have so far given little attention to the fundamentally different policy goals between Democratic Party presidentialRead more
It was 11:30 p.m. on the night of the Iowa caucuses and Hillary Clinton had a decision to make. She was ahead of Bernie Sanders by less than 1 percent of the vote count and most of the precincts were in. But her lead was shrinking. If she waited much longer, her victory speech might turn into a concession. So instead of taking the risk, she chose a middle course: She went out before the cameras, even as Ted Cruz was giving his own valediction, to deliver a speech that was neither victorious nor conciliatory. It was ghastly.
With her former president husband standing behind her slack-jawed—his mouth hung weirdly agape throughout her remarks—nearly the entire six-and-a-half-minute affair was pitched at a shout.Read more
So now that the Democratic party is well and truly feeling the Bern, how should those of us who identify not as democratic socialists nor oligarchs nor oligarch-enablers feel about those lighter-shade-of-Mao “Bernie 2016" yard signs reddening up the landscape?
The perhaps counterintuitive answer is . . . thrilled. Ecstatic, even. The Sandernistas on the march will be more fun to watch than a crossover season of Girls and The Walking Dead—if, that is, one could still stomach watching Lena Dunham now that she's thrown in her lot with that pantsuited Goldman Sachs subsidiary who portrays Hillary Clinton on various debate stages and social media accounts.Read more
Bernie Sanders is now calling Hillary Clinton's email scandal "a very serious issue."
This is a change from what Sanders said in an October Democratic debate: "the American people are sick and tired" of hearing about her "damn emails."
On Sunday, Sanders said this:
"I think there is a legal process, right now, taking place, and what I have said—you know, and I get criticized, you know. 'Bernie, why don't you attack Hillary Clinton?' There is a legal process taking place. I do not want to politicize that issue. It is not my style.Read more
The Scrapbook has been secretly rooting for Bernie Sanders for a while now, because, well, he’s not Hillary Clinton. However, we are not without serious reservations about his candidacy. Many of his policy proposals reveal the rich fantasy life of the left, and not even the New York Times can conceal this fact. Sanders recently released more details on his single-payer health plan, and the paper of record found that his "Health Plan Is More of a Tax Plan." Indeed, Sanders would create "a special income tax, called a premium, increase payroll taxes and raise a variety of taxes on high-income Americans, including income and capital gains taxes," observes the Times.
Under Sanders's plan, Americans wouldn't have to payRead more
Bernie Sanders is subtly bringing up Dick Cheney and George W. Bush in his latest ad. The ad is an anti-Iraq spot, highlighting his opposition to the war from the get go.
Hillary Clinton, along with Cheney and Bush, supported the war.
"As president, I will defend this nation, but I will do it responsibly. I voted against the war in Iraq, and that was the right vote," Sanders said in a subtle but clear dig at Hillary Clinton.
"We must never forget the lessons of that experience. ISIS must be destroyed, but we should not do it alone. We need an international coalition with Muslim boots on the ground fighting with our support. It's time to end the quagmire of perpetual warfare in the Middle East. As President, I will..Read more
In the New York Times, Margot Sanger-Katz kicks the tires on Bernie Sanders’s just released health care plan and the details, or rather the lackthereof, are not encouraging:
The plan, released two hours before Sunday night's Democratic debate, was full of details about the taxes that would be collected to finance it. The plan would charge a special income tax, called a premium, increase payroll taxes and raise a variety of taxes on high-income Americans, including income and capital gains taxes.
Missing, however, were more than a few sentences about how the proposal would change the health care system in the United States.
One thought on last night's Democratic debate. It seems clear Hillary Clinton has decided to wrap herself in the mantle of President Obama, and in effect run for Obama's third term.
In a way, that makes sense: Obama remains very popular among Democrats. For example, in the most recent CBS/New York Times poll, where Obama's overall approval is 46 percent to 47 percent disapprove, his numbers among Democrats are 81 to 13. On the other hand, that same poll shows a plurality of Democrats (47 percent to 45 percent) think the country is on the wrong track (the overall number is 65-27).
If Clinton can make the Democratic primary a referendum on Obama, she'll win. If Sanders can make it a referendum on the state of the nation, heRead more
According to MSNBC and Google, voters have lots of questions about Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
For Clinton, the top question on Google is, "Will Hillary Clinton Get Prosecuted?" The next two questions are: "Will Hillary Clinton Win the Nomination?" and "What Did Hillary Do That Is Illegal?"
As for Sanders, the top questions are, "Why Is Bernie Sanders So Popular?" followed by, "Can Bernie Sanders Win?" and followed by, "How Old Is Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders?"
As for Martin O'Malley, voters wanted to know whether he's still running for president.
Top search for Bernie: Why is he so popular? Top search for Hillary: Will she beRead more
Hillary Clinton will appear on every Sunday show this week. Except for Fox News Sunday, hosted by Chris Wallace.
The leading Democratic presidential candidate will be interviewed by Chuck Todd of NBC, George Stephanopoulos of ABC, John Dickerson of CBS, and Jake Tapper of CNN.
By not doing Fox News Sunday, Clinton barely avoids the "Full Ginsburg," named after Monica Lewinsky's attorney William Ginsburg who appeared on every Sunday morning show in one day.
Clinton's top rival, Bernie Sanders, has the same interview schedule for Sunday morning.
Hillary doing every Sunday show BUT Fox News Sunday. Guess she wanted to avoid the 'Full Ginsburg.' pic.twitter.Read more
Earlier this week on the campaign trail, Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, attacked Bernie Sanders. It turns out, a Clinton spokesman told the press, the Chelsea Clinton attack was not a planned event.
Here's how Chelsea Clinton attacked her mother's Democratic rival: "Sen. Sanders wants to dismantle Obamacare, dismantle the CHIP program, dismantle Medicare, and dismantle private insurance. I don't want to empower Republican governors to take away Medicaid, to take away health insurance for low-income and middle-income working Americans. And I think very much that's what Sen. Sanders' plan would do."
But it was not a planned line -- and signals Chelsea going rogue.Read more
Jeff Weaver, the campaign manager for Bernie Sanders's presidential run, made the case this evening that Sanders is the most electable Democrat in the race.
Weaver made the case in an interview on MSNBC:
"Look, the truth of the matter about electability is, if Democrats want win you have to be able to win Democrats and you have to be able to win the lion's share of independents," said Weaver.
"And the truth of matter is if we look at the polls, I'm not just making this up, if you look at polling he consistently does better with independents than Secretary Clinton does. If you look at the recent polls coming out of Iowa and New Hampshire, in head-to-heads against the Republicans, he does far better than SecretaryRead more
Manchester, N.H. -- Crossing from Vermont into New Hampshire, you get a feel for what is driving the improbable Bernie Sanders campaign. The two states are separated by the Connecticut River valley, where the American industrial revolution could be said to have begun. The river supplied power for the mills, and the small towns and farms were a source of eager labor. The American system of manufacturing was born here. Even the British, who ordinarily thought they had all the answers, came to study the way things were done in the Connecticut River valley. Downstream, in Massachusetts, the factories turned out guns; far upstream, the Fairchild Company supplied industrial scales to the world.Read more
Or, the choice of Time Magazine readers anyway. Seems that Bernie Sanders, who at this time last year was a marginal figure in American politics, "has topped Hillary Clinton as the people's choice in Time magazine's annual Person of the Year vote."
It is an online poll, however, which measure intensity as much as anything else and Sanders supporters are nothing if not intense. But he did lap the field coming in with "10.2 percent of the vote [defeating] the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, who got 5.2 percent, Pope Francis (3.7 percent) and President Obama (3.5 percent). Former Secretary of State and current Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton picked up just 1.4 percent, while Republican nominee leaderRead more
As reported by The Hill, Bernie Sanders is:
... more electable than Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton against several top Republican candidates, according to a new national Quinnipiac University poll.
More "likable" too, one suspects. This has long been a problem for Clinton but things may be getting better. Seems:
... her likability has gone up among Democrats from 23 percent in September to 31 percent. A Clinton aide said Tuesday she has always been "remarkably durable" among Democrats.
Sanders could well win in Iowa and New Hampshire, according to the savants, and then we shall see just how "likable" Ms. Clinton is in defeat and under pressure.Read more
Bernie Sanders believes a recent comment from Hillary Clinton is both "silly" and "absurd." Sanders responded to Clinton's comment, which was made in the weekend debate, in an interview today with Katie Couric:Read more
It wasn’t much of a debate. This might have been because of the scheduling. Everybody ought to have something better to do on Saturday night than argue over the correct level of the minimum wage. Also, the atrocity in Paris hung over the proceedings, making the words of the candidates seem even more calculated and inauthentic than usual.Read more
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