Bernie Sanders Is Cold As Ice

He’s chilly with staff, frosty with fans, and regularly ices out reporters. So how is the socialist firebrand from Vermont suddenly torching Hillary Clinton in the race for president? —By Harry Jaffe

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On a campaign swing through New Hampshire in late June, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders mounted the podium at Nashua Community College and looked out over a sea of expectant followers—students and seniors, professionals and tradesmen—and seemed, well, shocked. Just a month earlier he’d kicked off his campaign for the White House. Now, hundreds, even thousands, were coming to lap up his diatribes against the rich: “This campaign is bringing about a political revolution which transforms politics in America,” he shouted in his trademark Brooklyn deli-counter lingo. “Bruthuhs and sistuhs, now is not the time to be thinking small.”

He paused. His lips pursed into a thin, straight line. His eyes narrowed behind his thick, rectangular glasses. His shoulders drew closer to his ears. He pointed to the audience and raised his voice: “In New Hampshire and Vermont, we have people who are not working one job, they’re working two jobs, they’re working three jobs trying to cobble together an income and some healthcare.

“Bottom line is, that type of economy is immoral, it’s unsustainable, and it’s -un-American, and together we’re going to change it!”

As the crowd shot to its feet and cheered, Fred Teeboom, a Republican and former Nashua alderman, turned to me and said, “This guy speaks to me.”

When Sanders announced his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination in late May, political pros yawned. How could an avowed socialist hope to draw more than a smattering of votes? Sure, in Vermont Sanders had managed to ascend from mayor to congressman to U.S. senator. But could a relative unknown from a small, rural, largely white New England state really challenge Hillary Rodham Clinton’s formidable political machine on the national stage?

Five months later, the political chattering classes here in New Hampshire have snapped to attention. On his first whistle-stop tours, supporters mobbed Sanders. Thousands showed up to cheer him in Iowa, South Carolina, and Nevada. By late summer the 74-year-old firebrand was attracting crowds approaching 30,000 in L.A. and Portland, 15,000 in Seattle, 11,000 in Phoenix, and 10,000 in Madison, Wisconsin, spurring the Washington Post to wonder, “How does he do it?”

So how does he? For starters, he can thank Elizabeth Warren, who took herself out of the race. Her exit left Sanders as the loudest Democrat tapping into a populist fury over the growing gap between the super wealthy and the rest of the country. And he picked the perfect moment. In a cycle in which voters seem to be recoiling from slick, coiffed, poll-driven candidates, Bernie Sanders comes across as he is: a gaunt, frazzled, Brooklyn-born Jew whose rage is authentic, genuine, and delivered with Socratic give-and-take.

In Nashua, Sanders arrived the same way he would in Rochester and Henniker, Durham and Laconia: in the back seat of a Ford Fusion piloted by Phil Fiermonte, his longtime aide and campaign field director. Michael Briggs, his press guy, rode shotgun. His son, Levi, who lives in Claremont, was waiting for them. Sanders had no entourage, no police escort, no advance team, no rope line. Other candidates carry dozens of advisers and advance men, but this ragtag bunch made up the bulk of Sanders’s top staff.

As usual, Sanders was short with the media after his speech. In response to questions from a CNN correspondent, Sanders said, “We want to bring people together. Nothing fancy. Seeya.” Then he ducked into the Ford Fusion and drove off.

Sanders, it turns out, has little patience for reporters—or, for that matter, anyone who disagrees with him. Among his faults, this could be the one that most weakens his presidential bid. Former aides have called him strident and never satisfied, to the point of being abusive, especially during his first years in Congress. “Bernie is a very demanding guy,” Fiermonte tells me. “He has very high expectations, and he expects people to meet them. But he’s a good boss. I wouldn’t be with him otherwise.” Or, as more than one Vermont politician told me, “Bernie’s an asshole, but he’s our asshole.”

That belief, shared by his supporters and by a Democratic electorate that’s loath to give Clinton a cakewalk to the nomination, has served Sanders well up to this point. But how will he react when the press inevitably pounces, as it did when fellow Vermonter Howard Dean ran for president in 2004? The permanent scowl lines etched onto his brow may show him to be the same humorless curmudgeon that he reveals to colleagues, reporters, and allies. “Bernie has no social skills, no sense of humor, and he’s quick to boil over,” says Chris Graff, who covered Sanders for 25 years as Vermont bureau chief for the Associated Press. “He’s the most unpolitical person in politics I’ve ever
come across.”

That much was clear in July, as Sanders began a speech to an audience of die-hard progressives at the Netroots Nation conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Some people chanted, “Black lives matter” and “Say her name!” urging Sanders to speak about police killings and beatings of unarmed black men and women.

Sanders paused briefly. He seemed at once both annoyed and perplexed. “Let me talk about what I’m going to talk about for a second,” he growled. The chants came louder.

“SAY HER NAME! SAY HER NAME!”

Sanders tried to continue on script, but as activists interrupted, he threatened to walk off.

“Exasperating and classic Bernie,” columnist Judith Levine wrote in Seven Days, Vermont’s alternative newspaper. “Man of the people treating the people like tiresome children, telling them what the issue is, instead of listening to what their issue, our issue, America’s issue is right now.”

Many of his colleagues in Congress would recognize the stubbornness. “I admired him for his willingness to take stands for what he believed,” former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, a man not immune to professing unpopular opinions, tells me. “He went for the ideal, but he was not part of the legislative process. He chose to be an outsider.”

On Capitol Hill, Sanders has a reputation for being a pain in the ass. “Bernie believes that he’s right, and that what he wants is for the greater good,” says Houston consultant Susan Boardman Russ, formerly the longtime chief of staff for the late Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords. “Bernie is so certain that what he represents politically is unquestionably correct, therefore everyone should agree. Not much room for compromise…it was, ‘Play in my sandbox, or get out.’”

After Sanders’s 16 years in the House and almost nine in the Senate, there are not many legislators in his sandbox. Not a single major congressman, senator, or governor has endorsed him for president.

His monomania certainly hasn’t stopped him from rising in the polls. After Labor Day, Sanders held a 22-point lead over Clinton in New Hampshire and a 10-point edge over her in Iowa, according to a CBS News/YouGov poll. Which takes us to Sanders’s essential contradiction: He can reach crowds with soaring oratory, but, as Judith Levine points out, the business of being Bernie can make him seem disconnected and insensitive. Aides know he would rather bury himself in a budget than bounce a toddler on his lap. On the trail, Sanders has rarely seen a baby he wants to kiss, a hand he needs to shake, a back that would welcome a slap. With reporters or anyone who dares to ask, he stiff-arms questions about the source of his populist rage, his personal life, his influences, how he became a socialist, and his hopes and dreams beyond fomenting a political revolution. “Bernie has always been on a mission,” says Linda Niedweske, a former confidante who managed his first mayoral campaign. “He has no time for much else.”

 

Sanders had plenty of time on his hands when he first crossed the border into Vermont. In the late 1960s, the Green Mountains were a refuge for thousands of back-to-the-land hippies, spiritual searchers, and political progressives. Some came to work the land, others to fulfill their dreams. Sanders came to change the world. Even among the idealists and misfits, though, Sanders didn’t quite fit in. “He wasn’t freaky like the rest of us,” says Sanders’s friend at the time, Sylvia Manning, who had journeyed to Vermont from Texas. “He was straight, even then. No pot. He wasn’t a hippie. He was serious already.”

In 1972, Sanders began running for state-wide office for the Liberty Union Party, a radical group of antiwar activists. He crisscrossed Vermont in a Volkswagen bug, preaching from a playbook straight out of the Communist Manifesto: Oppressed workers of the world should unite and wrest power from the wealthy elites. Traveling from newsrooms to firehouses to town halls, he espoused leftist bromides about workers’ rights, income inequality, greedy bankers, and rapacious power companies. At first, “He ran so he could get air time. Not to win but to educate people,” Manning recalls. “He thought of himself as the educational candidate.”

He lost, again and again, but Vermonters got used to seeing Sanders’s mug. The wired New Yorker might have been a quirky character running on a radical slate, but in losing races for governor and the U.S. Senate, he gained a crucial ingredient for political success: name recognition.

During the 1976 gubernatorial race, he finished a distant third, but his friend and adviser, University of Vermont religion professor Richard Sugarman, pointed out that he had won 16 percent of the vote in Burlington’s poorest wards, most of those votes coming from the city’s Old North End. “You have a natural base there,” Sugarman argued.

Sanders decided to focus his efforts on an office he could win: Burlington mayor. Political operatives shocked by Sanders’s prospects in the 2016 presidential run might want to examine his tactics in that 1981 campaign. He ran against Democratic incumbent Gordon “Gordy” Paquette. “Nobody gave [Sanders] even a slight chance of winning,” recalls UVM political science professor Garrison Nelson.

Sanders and his progressive allies worked their base in the Old North End. But he also shrewdly departed from liberal dogma by promising not to raise property taxes. The Burlington police also backed Sanders—which inoculated him against being cast as a revolutionary. Sanders won by 10 votes: 4,030 to 4,020.

“It was the birthing of what we now see as the presidential candidate,” says Sam Hemingway, who chronicled Sanders’s political trajectory for the Burlington Free Press. John Franco, a longtime friend who has remained close with Sanders, adds, “He ran an asymmetric, insurgent campaign and surprised everyone. Including himself.”

The night of the election victory, Sanders almost came undone. He’d never had to govern anything more than himself. Mayor-elect Sanders, Franco says, “was in shock.”

  • MajorTom

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zCPLzrGPQI

    This video above begins to show how very wrong this article is about Sanders.

    See also: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/bernard_sanders/400357/report-card/2014

    shows that he has engaged in work cooperatively, and has compromised to get things accomplished.

    Score on working with the House: highest 10% among All Senators; tied with 2 others The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 19 of Sanders’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

    Bills Out of Committee highest 15% among All Senators; tied with 2 others

    Leadership Score highest 20% among All Senators
    Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

    • race_to_the_bottom

      “It’s not surprising that the millionaire’s club (AKA the Senate) isn’t
      welcoming Sanders’ challenge .It would rip apart the old moneyed club
      that gets them elected.”

      A very good point.

    • JaaaaaCeeeee

      This piece on Bernie Sanders must be an audition for corporate media, full of false choices (Sanders was no hypocrite by not raising property taxes or being for an assault weapon ban while letting the NRA endorse and donate in 1988) and smears.

      Look at the smears: that Sanders supporters are the cult of Sanderistas, Sanders advances by diatribes against the rich, lucky timing, and his strident, gaunt, frazzled, genuine Brooklyn Jew rage? That Sanders is never satisfied to the point of being abusive, is demanding, an asshole, a humorless curmudgeon with no social skills, has no sense of humor [repetition is sic], is quick to boil over, is an idealist who refused to be part of the legislative process, who treats people like tiresome children? That Sanders is a monomaniac who seems disconnected and insensitive, who thinks he’s always right and won’t compromise, who stiff arms reporters questioning the source of his populist rage, and who always wants a bigger playing field to foment his political and economic revolution?

      Balance is not served by the couple of nice quotes at the end of this piece, by voters explaining why Sanders gets their vote because he is for the little guy. This reporter who smears Sanders’ support from the Burlington police as a strategy to inoculate himself, should may even think she has inoculated herself from reader disgust by ending with, “This populist who doesn’t care for people may be voters’ best chance for palpable change.”

      Some pretty consistent news reporters seem to be feel the Bern. I wonder if this reporter read the New York Times piece 3 days ago saying that Bernie Sanders’ rise is due to lucky timing. Maybe it’s just the kind of group think that pretends bi-partisanship is born of caring for the people you represent (ignore the constant campaigning for donations from the same .01%).

    • Dusty Ayres

      I’ve never seen so many white people go nuts for one Great White Messiah in my life.But, I guess that it’s par for the course with many ‘liberals’.

      • MajorTom

        I think this is what you will see if you look closer than skin color like ISA did.
        http://www.newrepublic.com/article/123011/louisiana-rapper-claims-he-started-bernie-craze

      • Dianne McCarthy

        dusty is just so full of witty little put-downs…LOL take a look at how many likes your comments are getting troll..Bernie supporters are fully versed on ad-hominem attacks..you really are wasting your time..but oh, i forget you’re probably being paid to troll..

  • TheGardener

    28,000 people don’t generally convene for misanthropes. That a man is serious about the welfare of his fellowmen is all the warmth one needs to spawn deserved affection.
    http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4548810/love-bernie

  • Irishrow2

    When I’ve found the only Presidential candidate who isn’t bought, picked and paid for by the 1%, please don’t try to disabuse me of his credentials by whining that he’s too gruff for his own good.

    This article seems incredulous at the very thought that voters might fall for the truth rather than two billion dollars of campaign ads aimed at making us think we were having a real election in which Hillary and Jeb duke it out for the privilege of doing exactly what Goldman-Sachs and Koch Industries tell them to do.

  • Jennifer Ann

    I really disagree with your assertion that Bernie as “little patience for anyone who disagrees with him.” That’s blatantly untrue. He went to Liberty University and discussed abortion with them, he’s worked with John McCain and other Republicans on legislation, he’s shown remarkable respect and restraint with reporters and opponents alike who have been openly rude and dismissive to both Bernie himself and everything he believes in. I think 99% of people would react with a lot more anger than Bernie’s shown if someone compared them to Donald Trump to their face

    • Aimee Barfield

      You’d be wrong to disagree with that assertion. Case in point, a volunteer from Moms Demand Gun Sense asked the Senator a question at a town hall a few months back and the good Senator nearly had her head for her impertinence in questioning a few of his votes. He also had a good shout down with some of his constituents in Vermont last year that questioned his Congressional support of Israel during the clashes between the IDF and Palestinians last year.

      Sanders is not a man who likes it when the people question him.

      • Guest51

        BS. I watched the Town Hall. She didn’t want to listen to what he had to say, then pouted out loud to him & the rest of the town hall she wasn’t going to vote for him. Please.

      • Guest51

        Oh and as for the Vermont town hall, again, they didn’t want to listen to what he had to say. He did, in fact, tell them to shut up and listen. Shrug.

        • MajorTom

          I just watched it too. I think any fair-minded person would see that they did not want to have a conversation. They were shouting him down and not letting him respond.

      • retaliate

        He was trying to give an answer to the question first asked and had 2 people both trying to shout over the top of the answer. When they were clearly not interested in the answers and were just being outright rude, yes, he told them to shut up. – The video, for context, is available from YouTube so people can make up their own mind rather than accept the way either of us portray it…

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K437Zd-gM0

      • Barry Nichols

        Lol – nice try Aimee, come back again when you actually have a point

  • race_to_the_bottom

    We don’t need someone hail fellow well met. Bernie is not going to be a member of my family and whatever are his personality quirks; I don’t care. I am of the same mind as the voters in Burlington and the dairy farmers. He will be on our side when it comes to a fair distribution of the country’s fruits. With Bernie, the scammers are going to have to mend their ways, because he has very little patience with those who are trying to screw working people.

  • lassy2

    What a silly headline. This was actually a pretty good piece even though it was pretty much regurgitated from many other articles written on Sanders. Sanders is the real thing. The press doesn’t know what to make of him. He’s not bought by corporations or by billionaires, his message has been consistent for his entire political career. He’s doing incredibly well, despite scant attention from the press and without spending a nickel on paid advertising. This guy is a breath of fresh air. Hopefully, Bill Maher is wrong. He said “the American public is too stupid to vote for Bernie Sanders.

    • Dusty Ayres
      • MajorTom

        Well, if you look at the background of some of these leftist, you will see what they think would be. And I don’t think the new Lation Outreach director would have agreed with the shit-story-lies of that vigilante border story, which is pure made up crap.http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll224.xml

        You obviously believe made up stories, brother. Get a life and get a brain.

        http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/bernie-sanders-latino-outreach-director-arturo-carmona-214385

        When you want to get authentic, sources materials, turn to feelthebern.org, which at least gives context for some of these votes.

        • Dusty Ayres

          Sorry, but I refuse to get my info from the website of an out-of touch over the hill aging hippie who hasn’t even succeeded at being a Senator, yet wants to be POTUS ‘just because’ a black man with more experience at getting things done for his community became a Senator, succeeded at being elected POTUS, then succeeded at achieving his aims as POTUS.

          • MajorTom

            Right, but you will get it from a lazy reporter? Bright one, that’s you.

            Moreover, Feelthebern.org is NOT HIS SITE, it’s just a compilation of information with citations to original speeches, votes, statements, etc.

            Sanders is in the top 10% of Senators for effectiveness by independent organization https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/bernard_sanders/400357, a higher effectiveness rating than OBama ever had..

            Oh, yes, Obama got it done for his community. His community was Wall Street, who he prostrated himself before, ran a false populist campaign to hide the fact that he went to Wall Street before he even started his campaign,. signalled to them he was their man. No wonder you are so ignorant, of these basic facts. Look at the record, see Paul Street’s book on Obama. Obama, who went before Wall Street before he started his campaign, prostrated himself before them in fact, signaled to the them that he would take it in the ___ for them. No surprise we get what we’ve gotten, from Wall Street’s man, that Wall Street is happy with him, will Hillary, etc. Now I get where you are coming from. And it’s ignorance.

          • Dusty Ayres

            His site or not his site, it doesn’t matter. He’s going to lose to Clinton (or Biden) and that will be it. What will you people do then?

          • MajorTom

            Will not vote for either. Clinton and Biden are as bad as republicans, no matter what their sale pitches. I have been seeing Clinton screwing up health care since the 90s by telling single payer advocates to shut up (they were called to the white house) so that she could bring in the insurance industry. I’ll never forget Biden’s role in Anita Hill or setting up the criminal injustice system as a racist prison for profit system. Both will rely on the large donors, both will be the lapdogs of military industrial complex. Only difference is marginal on the core issues. They will not stand up to the moneyed powers at all, so I will have no problem voting 3rd party.

            But if Biden gets in, the establishment $$ & Money will be split, as will their vote. Bernie is sure to win then.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Two things:

            1) Single-payer was never going to happen in the USA just like that even if the Dems had control of all of the House and the Senate. Also, getting the kind of national health care as is practiced here in Canada where I live and in the UK (NHS) takes time-it took about thirty years here from when Tommy Douglas proposed it to be set up (and we had to have something like the ACA set up here first) and about the same number of time in the UK. South Korea only had it in the most recent decades (it took about twelve years to set up) and the system mentioned by Michael Moore in Sicko shown in France is a combination of public and private-just like what we have here in Canada (insurance still has to be used for dental, vision, and hospital costs and also for when a person can’t work due to a hospital stay.) So as you can see, not everything is perfect in life.

            2) Biden might have had a role in what happened to Anita Hill, but he’s changed, and that should be water under the bridge (we’ve got worse than Biden and Clinton running to be VPOTUS and POTUS on the other side of the political spectrum-do you want them to be running things?) The USA (and the world) is between a rock and a hard place (as per this statement of Pierre Trudeau’s) and right now it needs a leader just like Obama to carry on what progressive things he’s accomplished, not neocon clowns in a neocon clown car. If you’re going to sabotage Clinton (or Biden) running based on the usual hard extremist left-wing magic unicorn pony purist bullshit, that’s a foolish thing that will have bad repercussions for the USA and the planet. You need to choose wisely, not foolishly, and you also need to learn (if you haven’t learned it yet) that you can’t always get what you want, but most of the time, you get what you need.

          • MajorTom

            1) That was Hillary’s response in 1993, so you are parroting her. We came close in 1992 in several states, modeling our campaigns on Canada. It was Hillary who derailed that, through her influence on Citizen Action. It is a history you should research before you say it was never going to happen. Before the Clintons we were getting somewhere. Bill chose NAFTA over health care (see The Global Class War). You are ill-informed about the real history; I think I know more about the history of Canada’s campaign than you do, bud.
            2) I can now see that you are a mainstream troll, and not even a US citizen, so not worth talking to you. I thought I was responding to someone worth my time. You don’t know the history, the politics, or anything else.

          • Dusty Ayres

            I’m not the clueless one, you are. So there. And I wan to see your bonafides before you smack me down.

          • MajorTom

            As I said, you aren’t worth my time. My bonafides are in the evidence I presented above. If you research the press in the 1990s, esp. Nation magazine and In These Times, you will see the details of what HIllary did, I don’t have to prove it, it’s in the record for anyone to see. And Faux’s book documents what happened in NAFTA.

          • Dusty Ayres

            Your bonafides are the same as those of the other emoprog idiots, then; smoke and mirrors with a lot of big talk. Oh well, enjoy your delusions about Sanders; it’s all that you’ll have when he (most likely) looses to Clinton (or Biden) later this year.

            And no, I’m not a ‘democratic Party shill’ anywhere like you are a ravening, drooling, obsessed, emoprogressive, Bernie Sanders groupie. But that’s par for the course for most emoprogressives like yourself.

          • Dianne McCarthy

            Pay no attention to rusty dusty, Major Tom..We and Bernie have got this..

          • Dianne McCarthy

            no you’re a paid hillary troll from canada, no less..

          • Dusty Ayres

            I’m an average person who follows U.S. politics that can see that how deluded many of you people are-nothing more, nothing less.

          • Dianne McCarthy

            i’ll take your word for it, some ignorant troll from Canada??? on whether single payer could happen here??? pullease..

          • Usergnome

            A Canadian troll? I thought Canadians were nice!

          • Dusty Ayres

            I’m not trolling, but telling the truth about the differences between Canada and the USA in getting healthcare and doing anything progressive. And no, what we have here did take thirty years to set up, it wasn’t an overnight thing like you wanted Obama to accomplish.

          • Barry Nichols

            Canadian troll or USA Insurance exec, you be the judge.
            Dusty says it will take 30 years, so you better not start. That is a lame as argument could be. You gotta start sometime.

          • Dianne McCarthy

            What will you do when he wins??? Probably say you supported him all along…very pragmatic, LOL.

          • Dusty Ayres

            But he won’t Ms. Dumb Bitch.

          • Usergnome

            How’s that Biden working out for you?

          • Dusty Ayres

            How’s ‘feeling the Bern’ working out for you? I hear that it’s not going as well, and that you all will lose. But what else is new for silly people?

          • Dianne McCarthy

            Dusty..all your BS rhetoric means nothing. Are you actually paid by HRC to troll or are you just another misguided soul drinking the corporate coolaid.. Obama has achieved some things and sold us all out on others..I wouldn’t tout him as a success story with TPP and the continued war actions and police state on his resume.

        • Dusty Ayres

          Actually, it’s true, idiots like you who support sanders just don’t wan to see the truth, as usual.

      • retaliate

        Ah yes, the articles intended to prevent black people from voting for Bernie.

        He’s in a state where the population is 95% white, he can never listen, understand or care about black people because of that fact.

        Bernie gave up the mic and retreated from the stage when challenged by BLM activists. Because he did this, he’s either too weak for doing so – or he’s a racist for failing to “bow down”.

        ….etc…

        I’ve seen many of these “Berne’s problem wth black people” posts – and I’ve seen the polls showing that these efforts are gradually losing their efficacy as more and more black people increasingly show support for Bernie.

        • Barry Nichols

          That he let them talk is a sign of strength ! He knew they would not damage him with the crowd

      • lassy2

        you left out the article where Bernie’s wife is going to be put in jail. People know what they need to avoid on the internet.

      • Dianne McCarthy

        What you describe as progressive pragmatic online press are just more corporate mouthpieces like the TV networks. None of your headlines are true and we, Bernie supporters know all this and don’t care about whether they like us. They are going down along with the rest of the corrupt tools in power. You need to look a bit deeper..

      • Usergnome

        Are these Hillary Trolls paid? Or do they do it cause they’re just naturally assaholics?

        • Dusty Ayres

          They’re not trolls as much as you lot are.

  • woodrose

    Bernie has no social skills, but he’s shared lasagna dinner with 300,000 Vermonters and they regularly reelect him with 70% of the vote.

    Does not compute.

    • H.P. Loathecraft

      Including 25% of state Republican votes.

    • Dianne McCarthy

      because its not true.. Bernie is just fine socially, a little crusty maybe, but look at his career

  • Usergnome

    I’m a fan of Barney Frank, but expecting him to have something nice to say about Bernie is probably a bridge too far. Frank is a classic compromiser, Bernie, not so much. They’ve probably had words at some times over the years. Both types are necessary.

    • Dianne McCarthy

      Barnie Frank and Chris Dodd were paid by the banks to water down any real, constructive reform. The makes Frank a bad guy, so no..i dont think both types are needed. Incorruptible and corrupt???

  • Red state socialist

    Bernie’s is not a typical politician. Don’t have a million dollar smile like Biden. Hillary definitely has nicer hair. But Bernie is saying what we all know in our hearts. His message rings true. I’m optimistic he will win. I know that if he wins. The pendulum will be swinging back left. With the republicans and democrats holding on to it with all their might. Trying to keep the status quo. I’m relieved the establishment doesn’t endorse him. That just reassures me of where his allegiance lies.

  • Bob Dob

    “Please nominate an inveterate Socialist as the Democrat nominee,” said every Republican everywhere.

    What’s really mindboggling is that there seems to be no one in the Democrat party coming up from the youth. Is this just an exponent of the union/seniority first mentality? Where are the young leaders of the Democrats? Tired party, tired politicians, tired ideas.

    Of course, I am equally mindboggled and frustrated at what the Republicans offer: The choice between a loud-mouthed ingrate or a physician (let’s look back at history as to how well doctors can run a business and control costs.)

    In sum, I for one will welcome our new Chinese overlords.

    • Dianne McCarthy

      Actually Bob, the Repubs want to run against Clinton because she has so much baggage and the corporate machine will take her or any Repub and they will continue trashing Bernie and rigging polls and blasting the airwaves and they will lose anyway. Bernie will be the next POTUS. Have fun in China..

      • Bob Dob

        Reasonable people won’t vote for either the extreme right or the extreme left, and in this country, most people are still reasonable.

      • Sam the Sham

        You are an ignorant asshat. You can Bern in political hell with Bernie after he loses and we have to deal with a President TrumpCruzRubio

      • JNagarya

        The Republicans are salivating over running against “Socialist — slash — Communist” (as Trump put it) Sanders.

        Those who believe he would survive the “hammer and sickle” ads are about totally ignorant not only of politics but also of history.

  • Hingle McCringleberry

    Bernie’s entire history is about losing and being uncompromising, reaching out to only the most extreme of his base supports and name recognition in his non-important state of Vermont after losing election after election until people finally said ‘Oh I know that guy, sure I’ll vote for him’. He’ll be a joke on the main stage. He’s getting money and popularity from rich, white, and guilty liberals. The man cannot reach across an aisle.

    • mremwo

      He got money from me, and I’m neither rich nor guilty. He got money from my boyfriend and several of his friends, and they aren’t rich, guilty, or even white. So I know your statement is not completely true.

      If everyone giving him money were rich, do you think the average donation would be $25? No, it wouldn’t.

      • Hingle McCringleberry

        Rich, as in ‘middle class and up’. Poor choice of a word, but it’s still the same. You can dance around with as much rhetoric as you want, but the polling data is there. He fails with moderate Democrats and minority voters time and time and time again.

        • mremwo

          I don’t care what the polling says. Most people don’t know who he is. Everyone, and I mean everyone, I’ve talked to likes him after hearing about him and his record. That includes minority voters.

          By the way, none of the people I’ve mentioned are even middle class.

          • Heywood Jablome

            Is that before or after the ridicule and laughter stops?

          • Sam the Sham

            He is an arrogant asshole in the last decade of his life, trying to get politically stupid young people to throw our country down the fucking toilet. Get a fucking life.

        • Dianne McCarthy

          the polls are rigged..look at the numbers showing up and contributing to his campaign..Obama never even came close..

          • JNagarya

            I agree: the polls are rigged when they show Sanders losing — but unrigged when they show him winning.
            We all admire your objectivity.

      • Heywood Jablome

        But they all are GED educated jobless loser occutards… fact

        • mremwo

          Actually, we all have college degrees and decent paying jobs. But by all means, keep making assumptions and looking like a moron you troll.

        • Dianne McCarthy

          and some of us have college and crappy jobs and some cant afford college and its so nice that you can look down on someone because they disagree with you and call people names because you cant otherwise make a cogent argument

        • Usergnome

          Wait – Are they GED educated jobless loser occutards or rich, white, and guilty liberals? Inquiring minds want to know!

          • Barry Nichols

            Jablome (pro-nounced Ya-blow-me) is an old Navaho word for Ignorant-retard-shit.

        • sickofthechit

          Americans.

    • retaliate

      He kept winning in Vermont even when many claimed he couldn’t, even with millionaires throwing money at funding attack ads against him… and the current trends in polling imply he’s like to overtake Clinton within the next couple of months if they stay as they have been over the Summer.

      • H.P. Loathecraft

        Against the richest guy in the state, in the most recent election, one that Sanders won with 75% of the vote, including 25% of Republican voters.

        • Barry Nichols

          2006

    • Joe Kerans

      Excuse me Im a high school senior working as a busboy at a local restaurant. I make like $9/hr and over donated over $500 to Berie. My gf is two grades below me and works as a cashier. Shes donated almost $100. Both of her parents have donated. Five other friends of ours have. My aunt and uncle have. I know three teachers at school who have. Youre just a troll, youre making these radical assumptions in the hopes of seeming edgy or intelligent. Your assumptions have done nothing but make you appear ignorant and misinformed.

    • Dianne McCarthy

      Hingle, you obviously havent done your research or even read this article..as far as being uncompromising???Bernie stands by his principles and wont reach across the aisle to hurt veterans, the poor and the elderly but will work with the opposition on common goals..look at his record and stop lying..

      • JNagarya

        He won’t reach across the aisle either when that is necessary to do so in order to help veterans, etc.

    • Barry Nichols

      The last senate election he got 71% of the vote, on a 62% turnout. Incidentally the average turnout for the senate elections was 35.9%.
      Actually his history has been about winning for the last 30 years.
      You statement sir is a simple non-sequitur logic. It is like you are stuck in 1979.

      • JNagarya

        Winning elections, yes. But accomplishing nothing after being elected. In his entire Congressional career, he has got three pieces of legislation enacted — two of those naming post offices in Vermont.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Barney Frank….Barney Frank…oh right, former Congressional champion of financial industry reform…who currently sits on the board of directors of Wall St.’s hottest new concern, Signature Bank. That Barney Frank?

    • Dianne McCarthy

      Barney is a bank tool..

      • Sam the Sham

        Fuck you. I hope you die before you can vote for a Republican.

      • JNagarya

        You don’t know Barney.

  • Dave

    Sanders is not “torching Hillary.” He is trailing her in 49 out of 50 states. In some delegate-rich states, he’s 40-50 points behind in polls. He has exactly zero Congressional endorsements. He also just lost out for an endorsement from the largest union in the country, which was announced today.

    • Dianne McCarthy

      dont believe the corporate polls Dave and bernie does have one or two congresspersons and union leadership may be bought and paid for, but rank and file of these unions are upset with their leadership..

      • JNagarya

        How many of those Sanders works with — in the House and Senate — have endorsed him? Compared with how many of them are endorsing Clinton?
        Clue: those who, unlike you, actually know him are to be believed over your fervent fantasy.

    • Warrior KM

      More lies. Smdh

      • Barry Nichols

        I don’t know about 4 months ago when Dave wrote, but Sanders is creaming in New Hampshire and Iowa now

      • JNagarya

        Right: Clinton and Wall Street have bribed all the polling organizations to make Sanders look bad.

  • Alex White

    He’s not cold as Ice, he’s passionate and driven to restore
    democracy in this country. Listening to all the issues of social
    justice/economic justice and reporting on it in such a cold way is exactly how conservative (republican?) democratic institutions are trying to
    undermine him and push their wall street pearl clinton into position. More systemics of elite wealth preservation. Shame.

    • Sam the Sham

      He’s an arrogant prick who will hand the election over to either Rubio or Trump, either of which would be a worldwide disaster. Wake up.

    • JNagarya

      I agree: those who actually know him, unlike you, can’t be right about him because you believe differently than they.

  • Heywood Jablome

    Sanders is universally considered a moron, a failure, and a kook HE HAS NO SUPPORT people come to laugh at him…period. Hillary is being torched by EVERYONE ..FACT Anything with a valid ID a pulse and a valid birth certificate is a 10000 to 1 favorite against her ..AND she IS GOING TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR 15-40 YEARS ..not only for the email disaster her RACKETEERING AND RICO(ORGANIZED CRIME) TRIAL STARTS JAUNARY 20

    • JacobSmits

      Go take your meds.

      • Heywood Jablome

        ITS FACT DIPSHIT.. PLEASE KEEP CLUTCHING THAT GED AND YOUR POKEMON CARDS AND CRAWL BACK IN YOUR MOMS BASEMENT UNTIL ITS TIME FOR YOU TO FUCK UP MY DRIVE THRU ORDER BITCH ..YOU ARE DISMISSED

        • Dianne McCarthy

          good call JacobSmits..this schmuck is in serious need of a valium or maybe even an antipsychotic med..

          • Progressive_Pedro

            I’m thinking it’s an anti-psychotic. Though, the valium wouldn’t hurt.

        • Warrior KM

          Well you do seem crazy and ‘insane in the membrane’.

    • Jo Syphus

      Not just a failure but a circumcised invalid with missing body parts.

    • Warrior KM

      Heywood, why are you typing out so many lies? The only ones who will believe you are the ones who will hope and pray that your account of Bernie is accurate because they are as afraid as you are becoming of the fact that Bernie will win the 2016 election.

      You come off as crazy, unhinged and uneducated. What, are you a Donald Chump Supporter?

      • Heywood Jablome

        Actually I come off as the multiple PhD hding, seven figure income earning genius that I am. If I say it, its gospel, irrefutable fact. Now take your GED and run along you clueless, jobless,vapid GASH and go mop something or finish your daily quota of blowing homeless bums… The adults are speaking. You are dismissed and dont screw up my drumive thru order later

        • Warrior KM

          LMFAO and my suspicions are now confirmed. What a WHACKO!

          • Heywood Jablome

            Silence jobless uneducated occutarded hippie scum you should be making fries… I WILL put you over my knee in public and take a switch to you Adrian Peterson style on principle and just because I can… that way you will get the proper education your inept loser parents never did… you are dismissed im tired of verbally slapping you around… stop breathing, its not a suggestion

          • Barry Nichols

            Is that how you wrote in your dissertation ?
            Was this Clown College?

          • JNagarya

            Name-calling isn’t argument. But it’s all you have.

        • Sam the Sham

          You are hilarious! Keep posting and keep me laughing. Who are you? Do you need a talent manager?

          • Heywood Jablome

            you keep clutching your GED and chopping mclettuce… you should be taking notes boy…

      • JNagarya

        Sanders “fans” are notoriously bad at math — especially when it comes to delegate and vote-counts.
        The fact that Clinton has more than 2,000,000 votes more than Sanders does not mean that Sanders is winning. And the delegate-count is such that Sanders needs more wins by percentage than he will get.
        He is not going to be the nominee, therefore won’t be President. And that’s right: the only candidate competent to the office is Clinton.

    • JNagarya

      For which there’s not a single fact in evidence.

  • Dianne McCarthy

    Heywood, you’ve obviously never been to a Bernie event with massive crowds listening attentively and applauding, so you’re either a liar or just another dope buying into the corporate media’s narrative..Bernie will be the next POTUS, so go and take a deep breath..Clinton isn’t going to jail under Obama, although many would like to see her there…

    • JNagarya

      Arrogance-based name-calling is typical of Sanders “fans”. What they have yet to learn is that name-calling is not argument — which is all they have.

  • Barry Nichols

    “Aides know he would rather bury himself in a budget than bounce a toddler on his lap.” Well we certainly don’t want that in a politician (sarcasm)

  • anonposter

    Feel the Bern!

  • ML_Gonzalez

    Progressive fantasy island. How typical for a secular Jew to run rampant with the playbook from Engels and Marx. Sanders is a leftist iconoclast and if you actually believe that he will get any traction outside of the welfare class and idiotic college students (whose professors have indoctrinated them into the mindset that they are “owed something” by our nation) whom have never held a position of responsibility, served their country or paid any real taxes..adjust your meds. He will sink west of NY and east of California.

    • http://www.cyber-key.com/SocialSEO/ M.-J. Taylor

      With all due respect, Bernie is not proposing any programs that are radical or even a departure from what we already have in this country. We already have social security, we already have Medicare, we already have public roads, schools, parks, police and fire services, and Lord, even the military is actually a socialist program. Bernie wants to expand those program. He is not proposing that government own the means of production, which would be more in line with what you seem to fear. But first and foremost, Bernie wants to get money out of politics. He wants to overturn Citizens United and effect campaign finance reform. Then, and only then, will our vote matter again. Then we will have a true democracy. That might be why it’s called democratic socialism. One only has to look at the Scandinavian countries to see a model of what Bernie is really proposing. Those countries have high voter turnout and a greater standard of living than we enjoy.

  • Sam the Sham

    Bernie is a self-involved jerk. He isn’t running for President of the Real Democrats or President of the College Kids. He has to win over the South and Midwest. As an avowed Socialist, Democratic or not, he doesn’t have a prayer. And thousands of political newbie college kids are not going to be enough. The country hasn’t changed THAT much since George W. Bush was easily reelected in 2004. These kids weren’t even alive in the Cold War, and they have no clue about what Socialism means to people 50 and over, i.e. the most reliable voters. He should call his campaign Fantasy Island.

  • S. Valenti

    Do I understand the passion he generates among the young? Absolutely. As a democrat of a certain age, it’s what drove me and millions of other young voters to support George McGovern in 1972. It wasn’t enough however and much as I want policies that support greater social and economic inclusion, debt relief for college students and a stronger economy that works for everyone, I don’t have confidence that Bernie Sanders can accomplish much of what needs to get done.

    Eight years ago, we invested hope in the promise of an untested Obama and he’s discovered how difficult it’s been to translate aspirations into programs. Bernie Sanders has been in Congress for 25 years and has accomplished little. Also, he’s been ignored so far by the Republican machine. Imagine what’s in store for him if he were to prevail over Clinton only to be decimated in the general election. We need to get our country on track. Clinton is the only Democrat who can win in November and work toward programs important to working Americans.

    • http://Dontbeadick.com/Please Michael Mckay

      ^ This one.

  • AGuyNamedJames

    Yeah, how WAS he “torching” her back in October of 2015. HAHAHAHAHAAHA!!!!!