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Bernie Sanders Supporters Already Working to “Draft Bernie” for Another Presidential Run

Bernie Sanders Supporters Already Working to “Draft Bernie” for Another Presidential Run

Just what the Democrat primary field needs, another socialist (literally) candidate

Democrats are looking at a crowded 2020 candidate field much like the Republican field in 2016. As the Betos and Kamalas and Spartacuses are weighing running, a group of former Bernie staffers have started a PAC to support a potential Bernie Sanders run.

Sanders has yet to declare candidacy for the 2020 race neither has he committed to running, but Rich Pelletier, one of the principal organizers, told Rolling Stone that Organizing for Bernie has two goals.

“One, we want to show the support is there. The second is to begin to do the organizing that is going to need to happen for him to hit the ground running, by the time he announces — if he announces,” said Pelletier.

From Rolling Stone:

The identity of the organizers is part of what makes this campaign interesting. Organizing For Bernie is led by a cross-section of senior campaigners from Sanders’ 2016 run. Pelletier, for instance, was the deputy campaign manager for Sanders last election cycle.

The Colorado-based group includes Dulce Saenz, the former Sanders campaign director for Colorado and Washington state, as well as former Colorado Caucus Director Mandy Nunes-Hennessey and Spencer Carnes, who began as the leader of the Buffs for Bernie group at the University of Colorado in 2016.

The news comes on the heels of a three-day retreat for progressive leaders called “The Gathering” at the Sanders Institute in Burlington, Vermont. Hosted by Jane Sanders and attended by the likes of Dr. Cornel West, Nina Turner and Bernie Sanders himself, “The Gathering” felt a lot like a kitchen-cabinet strategy session, both for the progressive movement generally, and for a potential Sanders run. The weekend included the unveiling of a new plan by University of Massachusetts economist Robert Pollin to cost out a Medicare-for-All proposal.

Of course, the question of whether or not the 77-year-old Sanders would run for president again was a major topic of discussion between panels.

Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ 2016 campaign manager, was a notable conference attendee. Asked about the draft campaign led by his former deputy, Weaver acknowledged he was aware of it.

“I’ve been contacted by a number of people who are wondering, how do we demonstrate to Bernie that he’s got the support of people across the country?” Weaver says. “Without talking about any particular conversation I’ve had — because I’ve had many — I’ve tried to be encouraging to people and to give whatever advice I can that will help them move forward.”

If this last weekend is an indicator, it sure looks like Sanders will run. According to CNBC, the Sanders “brain trust” met in Vermont over the weekend. Sanders’ 2016 campaign Manager Jeff Weaver spoke to the Associated Press:

A final decision has not been made, but those closest to the 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist suggest that neither age nor interest from a glut of progressive presidential prospects would dissuade him from undertaking a second shot at the presidency. And as Sanders’ brain trust gathered for a retreat in Vermont over the weekend, some spoke openly about a 2020 White House bid as if it was almost a foregone conclusion.

“This time, he starts off as a front-runner, or one of the front-runners,” Sanders’ 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weaver told The Associated Press, highlighting the senator’s proven ability to generate massive fundraising through small-dollar donations and his ready-made network of staff and volunteers.

Weaver added: “It’ll be a much bigger campaign if he runs again, in terms of the size of the operation.”

Amid the enthusiasm — and there was plenty in Burlington as the Sanders Institute convened his celebrity supporters, former campaign staff and progressive policy leaders — there were also signs of cracks in Sanders’ political base. His loyalists are sizing up a prospective 2020 Democratic field likely to feature a collection of ambitious liberal leaders — and not the establishment-minded Hillary Clinton.

Instead, a new generation of outspoken Democrats such as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and California Sen. Kamala Harris are expected to seek the Democratic nomination. All three have embraced Sanders’ call for “Medicare for All” and a $15 minimum wage, among other policy priorities he helped bring into the Democratic mainstream in the Trump era.

Sanders may have been the “outsider” (which is still amazing considering his decades of government employment) in 2016, but he’ll be hard-pressed to differentiate himself in a field and within a party that has lurched leftward these past few years.


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Sanders/Shrieking Crow 2022. ‘Your wampum is our wampum’

    marybeth in reply to puhiawa. | December 3, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    “Sanders/Shrieking Crow 2022. ”
    Will their campaign motto be better late than never? (The presidential election will be in 2020.)

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to marybeth. | December 4, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      The Sanders need that like the need another few Millions of Dollars added to the already Millions and Millions of Dollars they already claim ownership to.

      The Sanders are the kind the French Revolted Against!

Maybe someone can paint a “Joker” smile on him . . .

I really don’t want to have to see his angry face in the news for the next two years.

I don’t want to *hear* him, either. But I’ll start with a low bar.

Socialists sure are angry.

Like the rest of his Dumb-o-crat brethren apparatchiks, this idiot never held a private sector job of substance, nor accomplished anything of note in the private sector, but, once comfortably ensconced in a political sinecure, he vainly struts about proffering his allegedly “expert” “solutions” to every issue under the Sun, on the basis that he possesses unbridled sagacity and expertise.

I always thought “bitter old shrew” was best used to describe an angry woman. Who knew?


Excellent news. There are candidates I fear running and winning in 2020, and Sanders is not one of them, although I do think he is an excellent campaigner and not to be underestimated.

He proved it with his close run against a stacked deck and Hillary, and his “America” ad was undoubtedly effective – scripted he can be good.

So let 2 years of angry unscripted Sanders play on the air – that will wear out and appeal mainly to hardcore leftist socialists, and there aren’t enough of them to elect Sanders. He cannot unify the party. He cannot motivate enough minority voters driven by identity block voting concerns or of the Clintonite wing to win the general.

So run, please run – I think he doesn’t win in 2020. His time to win has passed – increasingly literally, not just figuratively. His running drains resources and can help split the opposition between primary and main election.

So run, Bernie, run. I hope you win the nomination.

If America elects this putz, it should first ask itself why we fought WW2.

Then ask why we fought the Gulf War, given Odumbo pulled all our troops out and as a result, we now have to fight Iran in a coming war.

If we don’t take back our educational systems, we’re done.

But lefties hate the draft

All is not happy in Bernieland,charges of Hypocrisy from his recent gathering of who’s who in the Communist hierarchy,at the Sanders Institute meeting.

State activists question inclusivity of Sanders Institute Gathering

“the Burlington-based nonprofit think tank’s $350-suggested-donation gathering: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and his wife, institute co-founder Jane O’Meara Sanders, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis” …

“Actress Susan Sarandon (left) speaks with U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, at the Sanders Institute Gathering last week in Burlington. Photo by Will Allen @willallenexplore
“As I neared the end of the star-laden roster,” she says, “I wondered how many justice leaders from Vermont had been invited.”

“A schedule of speakers revealed that, amid such celebrities as Danny Glover and Susan Sarandon, only a half-dozen Green Mountain State residents would take the stage: Sanders and his wife, ice cream icon Ben Cohen, Burlington Associates partner John Davis, environmental writer Bill McKibben and Champlain Housing Trust CEO Brenda Torpy.”

“I write this not to complain about the fact that none of us were invited; I write this to point out the hypocrisy of the situation,” says the letter directed to the senator and institute staff. “How do you say that you are a person of the people, how can you be ‘awoken,’ in the words of Victor Lee Lewis, when you come home to Vermont to talk about justice and institutional oppression and don’t invite the very people you represent?”

“We hope that we are missing something,” the letter continues, “but if we are not, this is either a major oversight or just one more example of how institutional oppression looks, even among those who are progressive.”