Sanders promoting new blood in Democrats but impact unclear
- Author: Jack Replman Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 0:46
His opinion of the Democratic Party's "establishment" had not improved much since then.
(CNN) The psychodrama of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign chronicled in campaign accounts now coming to light has a fascinating parallel to the obsession over Vladimir Putin's real or imagined election role.
"No, I'm an Independent", Sanders responded.
Democratic Party chair Tom Perez and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders headed to Louisville Tuesday night for the second stop of their week-long "Come Together and Fight Back" tour.
But as noted by Perez, "The Republicans have no purity test". In France, a popular meme has retold our 2016 presidential election in simple terms - voters rejected a left populist (Sanders), nominated a neoliberal (Clinton), and got a right-wing populist (Trump).
And accordingly, the crowd that filled The Louisville Palace theater was diverse - a range of ages, backgrounds, and appearances. In response, Sanders responded "Of course I am a Democrat and running for the Democratic nomination". I think it's important that the party kind of get over the 2016 election.
DNC Chair Tom Perez said part of the reason is Governor LePage. Standing out was Kyle Henderson, a pipe-fitter, union man from Paducah.
Meanwhile, more than 500,000 Kentuckians have gotten health insurance through the Affordable Care Act since it was implemented in 2013, helping bring the state's uninsured rate down from more than 20 percent to about 7 percent. "That's what the Democrat Party is in Kentucky right now", she said. He spoke of his Ford Escape, built in Louisville by union labor, and he noted that the Appalachian Regional Commission, or ARC, is on Trump's hit list.
"I don't know what to call it - Trumpcare?" But no matter: They're rolling, people.
Grimes, the Democratic secretary of state, was challenging Republican U.S. Sen. "And say, 'Do you really believe in who voted for Trump, who voted for Donald Trump, do you really believe in that America needs tax breaks for millionaires?" "Are you ready for a radical concept?"
Recall that Sanders made economic populism the centerpiece of his campaign, and some of his rhetoric on that score mirrored Trump's.
He outlined the decline of the middle class over the past 30 years, saying that politics is about is "problem solving, not political ads and gossip", a shot at the 24-hour news cycle that sensationalizes rather than informing. "His victory would be an important step forward in fighting back against Trump's reactionary agenda".
For the Democratic Party's most hawkish wing - dominant from the top down and allied with Clinton's de facto neocon approach to foreign policy - the USA government's April 6 cruise missile attack on a Syrian airfield was an indication of real leverage for more war. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, for example, is viewed favorably by only 38 percent of respondents and unfavorably by 32 percent of respondents.
For example, in a recent MSNBC joint interview with Perez and Sanders, Sanders pulled no punches and expressed his call for a single-payer, Medicare-for-all healthcare plan. "That's what we need". "That's not family values", he said. The two of them clapped along, belting out Woody Guthrie's lyrics. The question is does that become pro-Democrat energy as well? And when we talk about the economy, it's not about Wall Street only. His new podcast, The Bernie Sanders Show, hit the No. 2 spot on the iTunes charts in its first week.