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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bernie Sanders isn't too happy these days with the party he ran to lead in 2016. And he wants to make sure you know it.

In a lengthy -- and very good -- New York Times Magazine piece on the future of the Democratic Party, Sanders was asked what the party stands for. Here's his response:

You're asking a good question, and I can't give you a definitive answer. Certainly there are some people in the Democratic Party who want to maintain the status quo. They would rather go down with the Titanic so long as they have first-class seats.

That's remarkable. Not only did Sanders run for president in 2016 -- and win almost two dozen states! -- but he also is now a member of the Democratic Senate leadership thanks to Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer. And, when asked one of the simplest questions in all of politics -- what does your party stand for -- he admits he can't really answer it.

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We need a real labor party.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-03-15 08:49 PM | Reply

Yup the Dem party right now is still controlled by the neoliberal corporate and big bank friendly establishment and the changes so far to make it once again the party of the working person has been superficial, but their has been a growing movement to change that and I am not sure that the party establishment can stop the change to make it the party of the middle class and the poor and minorities that it once was to be back again.

Seize the Dem party and make it the party of the people not the 1 percent

#2 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-03-15 10:25 PM | Reply

Go Bernie go. Give 'em hell...

#3 | Posted by sawdust at 2017-03-15 10:28 PM | Reply

If Bernie's shrugging his shoulders, they're a long way apart.

#4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-03-15 11:28 PM | Reply

They stand for maintaining their own power and they perceive that the best way to do so is to serve moneyed interests to the extent that it is necessary to keep the funding at a high level.

#5 | Posted by Sully at 2017-03-16 11:10 AM | Reply

The Democratic Party always requires criticism but it is still much better than the Republican Party. It isn't the Democrats trying to take healthcare coverage away from 24 million people right now. Can't lose sight of reality.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2017-03-16 12:11 PM | Reply

"They stand for maintaining their own power and they perceive that the best way to do so is to serve moneyed interests to the extent that it is necessary to keep the funding at a high level."

Right now the Republicans are trying to destroy ACA, Dodd Frank and other things that do not serve the moneyed interests after the Democrats, with no Republican support at all, had passed those things. You so easily fall for the meme that both sides are the same and it is a crock.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-03-16 12:12 PM | Reply

There's a very real split between what the Democratic Party has traditionally stood for(labor, environment, social justice) and the things that have outbid those interests for influence since Clinton and the DLC came to prominence(GOP-lite). Until the party can figure out which master it serves(people v money), Sanders' answer makes perfect sense. If you look at the town hall that Bernie held in WV a few days ago, you see the problem. Hillary could have never walked into that room and connected with that crowd the way Sanders did. Bill might have but he was more charismatic, a quality his wife sorely lacks.

#8 | Posted by morris at 2017-03-16 12:42 PM | Reply

-what does your party stand for

Bernie isn't a Democrat, as he quietly reneged on his promise to stay in the party after the primary, but Shumer still allowed him to join the leadership.

The Dem party has to deal with the real world of government in the US as it is, not as they wish it were.

As Danni noted, the differences between the parties could not be more defined by policy than they are right now. One might hope this more obvious defining might lead more liberals to understand that pragmatic policies that include moderate voters are the way to win elections... which is the only way to put any policies into effect.

Given that rwingers are now 36 percent of the vote and liberals 25, that leaves little room for far left ideological policies to hold sway among the voters... who have already given most all of gov to the right.

That doesn't mean people have to lose their idealism, it just means that slow and steady progress wins the game when the odds are stacked against you.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2017-03-16 01:03 PM | Reply

Right now the Republicans are ...

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-03-16 12:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

Why quote my post and then babble about something that literally has nothing to do with anything I said?

#10 | Posted by Sully at 2017-03-16 01:06 PM | Reply

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