Draft Bernie Sanders for President 2012?

I stole the above chart from Kay’s blog.  The thought of Bernie Sanders challenging Barack Obama for the presidency made me curious about the answers to a number of questions.

For instance: I can easily believe Obama is to the right of most Americans these days, but is Sanders still to the left of most Americans?  Or has he moved right like all the other politicians?  And, if so, is he now in the middle?

Wouldn’t it be funny if Bernie Sanders is closer to mainstream public opinion in this country than either Barack Obama or the Republican members of our National Corporate Party?

I don’t suppose Sanders has a chance, but that’s not the same as saying Sanders would make a bad president.  If you feel like encouraging the old guy, you can sign the “Draft Bernie Petition” here.

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UPDATED:  Post corrected to reflect the fact Sanders is not in the same party as Obama.

19 thoughts on “Draft Bernie Sanders for President 2012?

  1. Thanks for passing the word! I tend to be liberal but not outrageously so and I’m tired of Obama playing softball with the people who want to cut my SS and Medicare. There is no way I can live properly without either. And the whole thing can be easily solved if the richest 1% pay their fair share. When I worked, I never made big bucks but 20% of my income went to pay taxes and Social Security. I don’t think wealth should exempt anyone from paying their fair share.

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    • The issue is this: unless you have someone who is independently wealthy enough to run a campaign who has the hoohas to actually stand on his/her convictions they’re all gonna play softball with the people who want to cut SS and Medicare and that richest 1% will continue not to pay their fair share of taxes. They’re the ones calling the shots because they’re the ones who fund campaigns and get officials elected. They don’t bite the hands that feed them. Until we have some type of campaign reform our elected officials will continue to be bought.

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  2. A couple of things I think need to be cleared up:

    – Sanders isn’t a member of the Democratic Party, so he couldn’t actually challenge Obama in the primary without joining it. Doing that would probably make it more difficult for him to be Bernie Sanders, given how things seem to be working there these days.

    – Since he’s not a member of either major political party, I don’t see how he can be “drafted”. Persuading him to run as an independent is at least theoretically possible, but I just don’t see him doing it.

    Even so, I’d much rather have him as President than any of the last five people to hold the office.

    I’d rather have Ralph Nader as President, or Jesse Ventura, for that matter. We’ve had some pretty lousy excuses for leaders lately.

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  3. Back in 2004 and 2006, I was the campaign manager for a local Congressional candidate who was — alas — a complete loose cannon, but whose sane side (and I really mean he was crazier than a shithouse rat sometimes, and brilliant at others) sought Bernie Sanders as a model. I wrote his campaign material with a sonofabitching passion that completely disregarded his total inability to function in relations with his own kind. Just because he knew, through all the static, who was talking straight.

    I myself am driven to the conclusion that most people know what they want and approve of, but are so afraid of the disapproval of Phantom Mommie and Daddie (deftly channeled by the major parties) that they are timid about supporting or demanding what they see as the most sustainable national strategy.

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      • It was like a combination of managing a softball team in a mental hospital and Simonizing seals.

        I strongly suspect the candidate suffered from undiagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome as well as the aftereffects of having been shot out of a helicopter in Vietnam. Worse, he was a statistician, which meant that he was genetically selected to be unable to tell when regular people’s eyes were glazing over. We had a code. I pulled on his coat-tail.

        And yet he campaigned on things that got Obama elected four years later — the need for an investment in renewable energy, the need to fund infrastructure, to construct a national healthcare system. Hey, where did all that go…?

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      • Sledpress, maybe you hit the nail on the head with the Asperger Syndrome. People with AS tend to focus on things obsessively. Most politicians seem to develop Attention Deficit Disorder once they get to Washington, and next thing you know, they’ve forgotten what they campaigned on. 🙂

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      • I love Aspies. They pay attention long enough to actually accomplish things and arrive at insights. It got difficult, though, when he kept aligning the campaign signs with a carpenter’s level.

        Washington would give anyone attention deficit disorder. I live here. However, I think the prevailing political ailment is Galloping Self-Importance.

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      • George W. Bush ordered Secret Service coverage for Barack Obama fairly early in the primaries. I would imagine Obama would do the same for any candidate who seemed especially vulnerable. And I have to hand it to the Secret Service. Somehow they kept Obama safe in spite of plots against him and the presence of citizens legally bearing arms in very close proximity to campaign stop sights.

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  4. Here’s a good, straight-talking ticket for 2012: Sanders for Prez, Barney Frank for veep. Of course, the homosexuality is probably a bigger barrier to the oval office now than being African American was 15 years ago.

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      • I’ll admit that it’s a tough choice between Barney Frank and Al Franken for running mate. In some ways, Franken is Frank’s spiritual heir. They both talk sensibly and make us laugh hard at the same time. Who will ever forget Frank’s “To have a conversation with you would be like arguing with a dining room table”?

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