Vermont senator Bernie Sanders has announced his bid for the Democratic nomination in 2016 and the left couldn’t be happier about it.

After all, who needs a socialist in disguise like Elizabeth Warren when you can have a candidate who openly identifies as one? Sanders has come out swinging at Hillary Clinton and some far left publications are making legitimate points about his candidacy.

Patrick Caldwell of Mother Jones:

Bernie Sanders Has Already Taken More Press Questions Than Hillary Clinton

Unlike Hillary Clinton, his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders didn’t use a splashy, big-budget video to announce his campaign. Instead, the Vermont senator opted for a series of one-on-one television interviews Wednesday followed by a low-key launch event outside the US Capitol Thursday morning.

“I believe that in a democracy, what elections are about are serious debates over serious issues,” he said Thursday. “Not political gossip, not making campaigns into soap operas. This is not the Red Sox vs. the Yankees, this is the debate over major issues facing the American people.”

Watch Sanders talk about his challenge to Hillary Clinton in the clip below:

Progressives are fired up.

Mollie Reilly of the Huffington Post seems to be on board:

Bernie Sanders: Hillary Clinton Won’t Stand Up To Billionaires On Income Inequality

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is questioning whether Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is “prepared to take on the billionaire class” in her 2016 bid for the White House.

The self-described democratic socialist, who is considering running for president himself, met with Bloomberg reporters and editors on Wednesday. During the meeting, Sanders said he does not believe, “based on her record” that Clinton is “prepared to take on the billionaire class” to address income inequality.

“It’s not what she says, it’s what she does,” he said of the former secretary of state.

Of course, no one is more excited than the radical leftists of the Daily Kos:

Bernie Sanders for Our President: Contribution Match

The day has finally arrived! Bernie Sanders has announced that he’s running for president, to save the country and the Democratic party. He’s a brave man with a big heart, a sharp mind and unshakeable morals, the kind of person we’ve always wanted to support. And unlike any other candidate, there’s no doubt he’s on our side. He might just be the only politician in Washington I really trust, even though I won’t always agree with him.

Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone, a magazine now known better for fake rape stories than music reviews, lets us in on a little secret:

Give ‘Em Hell, Bernie

It’s a little-known fact, but we reporters could successfully sell Sanders or Elizabeth Warren or any other populist candidate as a serious contender for the White House if we wanted to. Hell, we told Americans it was okay to vote for George Bush, a man who moves his lips when he reads.

The New Republic is having a little trouble with the whole “socialist” thing:

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