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Bernie Sanders Already Hitting Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders Already Hitting Hillary Clinton

And the left is eating it up.

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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Sammy Finkelman | May 1, 2015 at 10:30 am

I think Bernie Sanders thinks he is Eugene McCarthy to the Clintons’ LBJ. He’s old enough to remember that campaign very well.

But campaign finance laws will make it difficult for him to raise much money, and legal attacks saying he is not a Democrat can also be expected. He is starting earlier in the campaign season than Eugene McCarthy, as he has to.

There wasn’t anybody else who who was willing to run wanted to “Dump Johnson” besides Eugene McCarthy.

Is there anybody supposed to play the tole of Robert F. Kennedy? Is there a Hubert Humphrey waiting in the wings?

As someone quipped yesterday, he brings a bundle of 19th Century ideas to the race.

I’ll add: all failed 19th Century ideas.

Sammy Finkelman | May 1, 2015 at 10:31 am

The one news media source the Cliontons do not dare to stonewall: The New York Times.

I am not sure why.

Sammy Finkelman | May 1, 2015 at 10:38 am

December 2014 blog post.

Is Bernie Sanders replaying the role of Eugene McCarthy?

He coud do very well and even win the New Hampshire primary (as Eugene McCarthy did not)

But now it is so much more difficult to start and fund a campaign.

If, however, he wants to seek the Democratic nomination, he should soften his starchy disapproval of rich donors.

Without them, Sen. Eugene McCarthy’s 1968 anti-Vietnam War insurgency in the Democratic primaries would have been impossible. McCarthy (Minn.) was able to precipitate President Lyndon Johnson’s retirement only because of five wealthy liberals’ seed money (e.g., Stewart Mott’s $210,000 would be $1.4 million today)…

…There is, however, some justice in the fact that his principled rejection of the connection between money and speech might prevent his other principles from being heard.

He might actually raise enough money. But he needs some organization, too.

    casualobserver in reply to Sammy Finkelman. | May 1, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    I think every possible candidate from Sanders to O’Malley and maybe even Webb if he decides to give it a go will benefit from a strong effort to find Hillary alternatives. There is no doubt the GOP will not let all of these questions of integrity and honesty go dormant. And since the many of the media outlets that typically go all in for anyone with a D beside their name are also studying and criticizing her recent past, I think there is additional air for the wings of the challengers. And it makes the scenario perhaps quite different from the LBJ one 50 years ago.

I find nothing objectionable about lefty cannibalism and I’ll be more than happy to hose down the mess when there are none left standing.

Henry Hawkins | May 1, 2015 at 11:33 am

The Dem lib wing is trying to drive a wedge between Hillary and Wall Street. Populism vs corporatism.

It is also possible Sanders seeks to help Hillary by occupying a space to help keep Warren out.

    casualobserver in reply to Henry Hawkins. | May 1, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I really don’t believe Sanders is only motivated for that. In fact if you look at the past decade or two of elected office for him, she represents so much that he has railed against. It just so happens she isn’t a GOPer. But I have watched Bernie enough to know he wouldn’t waste that kind of time to help her. If he comes down to Hillary and a GOP finalist, he might make a statement in support. But that’s about all the political energy I’d expect him to put out to help her.

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