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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Democrats previously reticent to welcoming Sen. Bernie Sanders into their fold are coming around. More than a dozen Democrats interviewed by The Hill say the Vermont independent has become a powerful and welcome voice for a party struggling to find its identity after a devastating defeat in 2016. While misgivings remain about giving too much leadership to a politician who technically isn't a Democrat, a clear warming trend is on the rise. "It continues to drive me a bit nuts that he continues to register as an independent, but the bottom line is that he is a good Democrat," said Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist who supported Hillary Clinton during the Democratic presidential primary and openly worried then about Sanders's allegiances to the party.

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"If you are concerned with labels, you might bristle at the notion of a registered independent jockeying for control over the direction of the Democratic Party -- and there were certainly some in the party apparatus that expressed precisely this sentiment during the 2016 campaign cycle," said Lynda Tran, a Democratic strategist.

"But if you're focused on policy ideas over party labels you might welcome the inclusion of his voice, and frankly other voices too, at a time when the Democratic Party is under intense attack and working on the path forward."

"At the end of the day, Bernie Sanders may be a registered Independent, but he has always caucused with Democrats and there is no question he continues to enjoy strong support among many members of the Democratic Party," Tran added.

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That wasn't cheating or rigging the system. He had the opportunity to join the party and put in the ground work to line up his delegates. He chose not to.

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-04-18 12:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

After the HRC fiasco I would welcome a Sanders take-over. Or at least an ideological purging of the obsequious pro Wall Street and pro corporatist policies favored by the pro-HRC factions. What I would really like is for a new, younger star to emerge. Which is still extremely possible at this early stage. The Baby Boomer era is over.

#3 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-04-18 01:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"While misgivings remain about giving too much leadership to a politician who technically isn't a Democrat"

Please. Bernie is more democrat than anyone else in washington. They're just scared to embrace him because he exposes their corruption.

#4 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-04-18 01:46 PM | Reply

Democrat is a team name and Bernie isn't on that team. Bernie is a progressive populist who cares about the little people. I don't think democrat exclusively describes that.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2017-04-18 02:01 PM | Reply

Sanders is a fraud and a liar.

His few remaining fanboys will say anything to make him look better.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2017-04-18 02:07 PM | Reply

Sanders is a fraud and a liar.

#6 | Posted by Tor

If you think sanders is a fraud and liar, I'd love to hear you name ANY politican who's NOT a fraud and liar.

#7 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-04-18 02:14 PM | Reply

Elizabeth warren seems on the level.

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2017-04-18 02:31 PM | Reply

IMO, if Warren had been the leader so many of us hoped she would be then she would have challenged HRC in '16 and not left it on Sander's aging shoulders.

#9 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-04-18 02:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It was weird to see Warren wait until the Dem primaries were over before endorsing anybody, and then going with the biggest beneficiary of corporate money in US political history.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-04-18 02:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Warren had the good sense to know she wouldn't win in a primary against Clinton.

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2017-04-18 02:49 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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Actually, she had the bad sense not to realize that even if she did not beat HRC in the primaries, she still would have positioned herself to be the front runner in '20. I would love to have voted for Warren in '16.

#12 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-04-18 02:52 PM | Reply

Elizabeth warren seems on the level.

#8 | Posted by Tor

If endorsing hillary makes sanders a fraud, why doesn't it make warren a fraud too?

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-04-18 03:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Warren had the good sense to know she wouldn't win in a primary against Clinton.

#11 | Posted by Tor

Sanders' success shows she would have beat hillary. She'd have gotten the bernie supporters PLUS the "it's a woman's turn" voters.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-04-18 03:02 PM | Reply

"Funny how the DNC would not back him because they thought he wasn't electable, even going as far as cheating and rigging the system for Hillary to win the primary."

fake news. system wasn't rigged or cheated... and there is zero proof of that... even the attempts by lowly personal at the dnc was shot down clearly shown in the leaked emails, if you read them, which you didn't.

dnc backed the democrat. which makes sense.

and if bernie decides to become a democrat, the dnc will back him. And the democrat voter base already accept him lovingly...

#15 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-04-18 03:11 PM | Reply

and if bernie decides to become a democrat, the dnc will back him. And the democrat voter base already accept him lovingly...

#15 | Posted by klifferd

IF the DNC actually becomes liberal, bernie will become a dem.

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-04-18 03:18 PM | Reply

Dems won't become progressive, they can do math and love to blow up stuff. They'll remain moderate.

#17 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-04-18 03:26 PM | Reply

"IF the DNC actually becomes liberal, bernie will become a dem."

DNC is infintely more liberal than GOP.
Unless the real liberals as you believe continue to push the "they are the same" lie.

#18 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-04-18 04:34 PM | Reply

DNC is infintely more liberal than GOP.
Unless the real liberals as you believe continue to push the "they are the same" lie.

#18 | Posted by klifferd

Even Reagan was infinitely more liberal than the modern GOP. The GOP going batcrap insane is no excuse for the dems to sellout liberal values in exchange for campaign bribery cash.

Sanders is the only one holding the torch for legit liberalism, because you can't carry that torch while accepting massive corporate bribes.

If the dems want to incorporate his ethics into their party, I'm sure he'd be happy to join.

#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-04-18 06:05 PM | Reply

I welcome Sanders too. I'm glad he's the new face of the Democratic Party. Are there any other nanogenarians of a Socialist bent you can put on the ticket with him? White guys, preferably?

"I am proud to introduce the face of the future! Bernie Sanders!"

#20 | Posted by WhiteDevil at 2017-04-19 12:58 AM | Reply

Whitedevil doesn't know Trump is 70.

#27 | Posted by rcade at 2017-04-19 11:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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