Killer Mike spins for ‘Beastie Bernie’ after Sanders and Clinton debate

Run the Jewels rapper tells political stiffs that Vermont senator is of the Beastie Boys lineage to challenge authority

Have you ever wondered what kind of hip-hop artist Bernie Sanders would make if he gave up politics and went into the music business? No, didnt think so.

On Sunday night, however, the Guardian had the chance to ask Michael Render, aka Killer Mike, how he rates the senator for Vermont as an orator. As in, could the Bern cut it as a rapper?

I think hes of the Beastie Boys lineage, he definitely could have killed it with the sons from Brooklyn, came the reply.

Killer Mike, a Grammy winner with OutKast and co-founder of Run the Jewels, who describes himself as a Pan-Africanist gangster rapper from Atlanta, was doing the rounds of the spin room after the Charleston Democratic presidential debate. He was doing so on behalf of his favored nominee, Sanders.

The hip-hop star cut a distinctive figure in a black sweatshirt, surrounded by the standard-issue blue or grey suits worn by professional political operatives.

But he had enough passion in him to match all the campaign apparatchiks in the room. America deserved a chairperson, he said, with policies in line with those of Martin Luther King Jr.

Black working- and middle-class families in the south, including with regard to, needed Sanders, Killer Mike said, because he would challenge the powerful, fight on the side of poor people and women, make sure people have healthcare and education.

Killer Mike said he first felt the Bern when Sanders put out a tweet that he read.

I was impressed by it, he said, and contacted him and asked him and some other candidates to please have a conversation with me.

Rand Paul initially agreed to be in touch, but then pulled out. Hillary Clinton didnt reply.

Sanders was the only one who came forward, he said.

I’ll say this for Killer Mike, he devotes murderer quotes #demdebate

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Killer Mike spins for Sanders.

Killer Mike said he was dismayed by the way the south of the country had transitioned to the Republican party.

I dont understand that, he said. Poor white people are aligning themselves with a party that doesnt am worried about them. That stimulates no sense to me.

You should at least wishing basic healthcare, you should at the least want your wife to have maternity leave, and to be paid a living wage when you work at McDonalds while you study for your degree. And if youre wanting that, then youre voting for Bernie Sanders.

Which devotes us perhaps the most surprising and seducing take-away from tonights Democratic debate. Forget Kanye 2020: Killer Mike 2020 is the future.

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Bernie Sanders Exploits Hillary Clinton’s Flaws In A Way Most Republicans Can’t

The tally from the Iowa caucuses shows that Hillary Clinton get more delegates than Bernie Sanders. But nobody outside of Clinton headquarters thinks she won anything.

Clinton took 701 “state equivalent delegates” from the caucuses, according to the Iowa Democratic Party, while Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, took 697. Basically, they tied.

The result represents a remarkable achievement for Sanders, who entered the race with almost no name recognition and who once trailed in the polls by 50 percentage points. It’s also a blow to Clinton, the presumptive front-runner who now faces an extended fight for her party’s nomination, with her liabilities as a candidate on full display.

But it’s easy to get carried away with results like this — to assume that votes from supporters of one party, in one unrepresentative nation, uncover how the rest of the party will pick a nominee or how the rest of the country will pick a chairwoman. In this case, they may not.

Most experts suppose Clinton remains the strong favorite to win the nomination, that she will begin to win competitions once the campaign moves past New Hampshire — and onto states where the electorate is more diverse and less liberal. And while Clinton has some serious vulnerabilities, at least some of those vulnerabilities would matter less in the fall, when she would be running against a conservative rather than a fellow progressive.

Within the Democratic primaries, Sanders seems to be a pretty good foil for Clinton. One reason is that he holds the same essential priorities that she does, but can promote himself as more of a true disciple.

Both favor a higher minimum wage, for example, but he would raise it to $15 an hour while she would bump it to simply $12 . Both believe in universal health care, but he favors creating a single-payer system while she opts incremental improvements to the Affordable Care Act. Both want to help families struggling with tuition bills, but Sanders would build college free while Clinton would distribute assistance more selectively and with work requirements.

These postures are exactly what liberals, like the kind who predominate the Iowa caucuses, want to hear.

In a general election matchup, against a Republican, the contrast would look different. Clinton would be the one arguing for the highest minimum wage, because her adversary would oppose any increase at all. She’d be calling to provide people with more protection from medical bills, while her opponent would be seeking to yank insurance away from millions. She’d be the one talking about helping households with tuition bills, or devoting new parents paid leave, while her opponent “wouldve been” one promising to slash taxes for the rich.

And on all of these issues, she would be closer to the public’s views than the Republican would be.

Elections don’t simply turn on policy postures, of course, and Sanders’ agenda is not the only reason he’s induced such inroads with Democratic voters. Like Donald Trump in the GOP primaries, Sanders has mastered the “meta-message” — conveying, through his affect and willingness to pick battles, that he is a champion of the little guy and scourge of the elites. Clinton, a creature of Washington who abides by its political conventions, cannot pull that off. That actually could hurt her in the general election.

But all candidates have liabilities and the Republican, unlike Clinton, seem to be acquiring new ones. Thanks to Iowa, the GOP contest is shaping up as a three-way race, pitting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz( who won Iowa) against Trump( who came in second) and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio( who finished third ). The GOP establishment is celebrating the strong indicate from Rubio, the supposed moderate and most electable of the three.

But to survive politically, Rubio has disavowed his earlier support for immigration reform, vowed to appoint Supreme court justices that would roll back same-sex matrimony, and taken a position on abortion — no exceptions for rape and incest — that puts him to the extreme right even of the GOP field.

Exit polls indicated a sharp generational divide among caucus-goers. Clinton’s big weakness, as HuffPost’s Zach Carter notes, was among young voters — and the margins were lopsided, with Sanders winning 84 percent of voters ages 17 through 24 . But Rubio’s positions on immigration and same-sex wedding, which Cruz and Trump more or less share, would be positively toxic in this generation.

In other words, the college students who stood up for Bernie in Iowa caucus foyers last night likely won’t hesitate to pull Clinton’s lever in the fall. Hurl in the supporting Clinton is likely to get from African-Americans and Latinos, two groups that hold her in high regard, as well as her very real assets as a candidate and potential chairman, and suddenly it’s easy to remember why so many people thought she was formidable in the first place.

It’s still possible that Clinton could lose to Sanders, who has his own skills as a campaigner and whose position on certain issues, like trade, might even win over some Republicans. It’s also possible Clinton could lose a general election matchup to Rubio — or to Cruz or even to Trump. The U.S. electorate is sharply divided, after all. The economy is creating jobs, but a majority of people think the country is headed in the wrong direction. It wouldn’t take much to tip the final result one way or another.

But the candidates in one party are get weaker as the nomination tournament unfolds and it’s not the Democrat. If anything, a hard-fought, substantive contest between Sanders and Clinton might actually make better campaigners out of them both, leaving the party with a candidate in a strong position to win this fall.

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Bernie Sanders’ brother to fight David Cameron’s seat for Green party

Larry Sanders, a former Green councillor, will attempt to overturn a 22,700 Tory majority in Witney, Oxfordshire

Larry Sanders, the older brother of Democrat politician Bernie Sanders, is hoping to emulate his siblings success by standing for the Green party in David Camerons Oxfordshire seat.

Bernie Sanders dedicated Hillary Clinton an unexpectedly tough oppose in the Democratic presidential primaries, riding a wave of idealism among a predominantly young voter base.

Now his brother Larry, 82, a retired social worker and former Green party councillor, plans to attempt a similar feat for the Greens in the byelection for the rock-solid Conservative constituency of Witney.

It will be a tall order. It hasnt always been the richest turf for the Green party, a party spokesman said. To become MP for Witney, he would have to overturn Camerons 22,700 -vote majority in a seat where the last Green nominee won merely 5.1% of the vote.

But as Sanders points out, he has branding on his side. Because of Bernard, Ive become famous, and I will get more attention from the media, and thats to be used to get the Green partys policies across, he told the Guardian.

Sanders has lived in Oxford since 1968, having moved to Britain after falling in love with a beautiful Englishwoman, Margaret, to whom he was married until she died in 1983.

He studied social work at Oxford University and worked as a social worker and consultant to people with disabilities and their carers. He also has a law degree from Harvard.

Sanders has been the Green partys health spokesman since last year, and says the NHS and social care are the issues closest to my heart. On a local level, he has campaigned in support of Witney and Horton hospitals, but also wants to highlight the pressure that social care is under nationally, and opposes the privatisation of social care and the NHS.

He will also echo two brothers campaigns emphasis on social inequality. In Britain, as in the US, we have had an increase in inequality in the last 30 years, and thats having all sorts of consequences, he said. Many people cant afford houses who you would have expected to not long ago.

Neoliberalism, he says, has shuddered to a close, and he blames rancour for that for the Brexit vote.

The same tides in the US are what propelled two brothers campaign, he said. Bernards campaign in America was a very successful shifting point.

Sanders will face barrister Robert Courts as the Conservative nominee, local councillor Liz Leffman for the Liberal Democrat, and Duncan Enright as the Labour candidate.

The Greens point out that Enright has called for Corbyn to stand down, making the scope for Sanders to pick up subsistence among Corbyn-backing voters. Caroline Lucas, the partys MP and co-leader, will campaign in the constituency on Saturday.

Larry Sanders campaigned for two brothers as a member of Democrat Abroad and was filmed telling the Democratic convention through tears that their parents would be immensely proud.

Bernie Sanders will not be officially endorsing Larry, because of the convention against foreign politicians intervening in domestic elections.

But in last years general election, when Larry Sanders ran for the Greens in the neighbouring constituency of Oxford West and Abingdon, Bernie spoke via Skype at a meeting of Larrys supporters. Larry Sanders will not rule in a similar intervention in the byelection.

Our similarities in terms of policies are astonishing, partly because we talk all the time, Larry Sanders said.

He cannot think of a policy where they have major differences, he added. We both have maintained a kind of naivet, where we look around and say, why does a rich country have poor people?

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Sanders gas prospect of debate with Trump

( CNN) Bernie Sanders is helping stoked talk of a debate between him and Donald Trump, telling ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night that the network had contacted the Vermont senator about a matchup between himself and the presumptive GOP nominee.

Kimmel opened up the discussion when he asked Sanders if he had insured Wednesday’s indicate, when the host told Trump he had a question from Sanders’ campaign, asking if Trump would be willing to debate the Democratic hopeful.

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The Resistance Now: marchers across US to demand Trump’s tax returns

Tens of thousands of people expected to take part in marchings Saturday; Democrat attempt to flip a House seat; Sanders launches his own talk show

#showusyourtaxes

It may be the biggest national demo since the womens marches in January.

Tens of thousands of people from across the country are expected to take part in a mass procession on Saturday, to demand that Donald Trump release his tax returns and raise awareness about economic justice.

Since tax wonks rarely get their own mass protests, expect some creative signs. One proposed motto circulating on Facebook: Grab them by the net operating loss carry function .

The march was triggered by a single tweet by the law professor Julie Taub, after she watched a video of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway declaring that Trump was not going to release his tax returns and that voters didnt care.

That annoyed me … people do care, said Taub, whose research focuses on corruption and the links between politics and money.

Buoyed by the huge turnout at the womens march, she posted on Twitter.

Jennifer Taub (@ jentaub)

Let’s plan a nationwide #DivestDonald and #showusyourtaxes protest for Saturday, April 15 https :// t.co/ Wo9DY9eEGP

January 22, 2017

Her idea ran viral and became Tax March .

Now, more than 130 demoes are schemed on Saturday, including events in New Zealand in Tokyo. The largest will be in Washington DC, where 50, 000 people have expressed interest in attending.

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No return policy. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/ AFP/ Getty Images

Can Dems flip a house seat to blue?

Democrat Jon Ossoff is polling well ahead of a special election in Georgias sixth congressional district on Tuesday. The 30 -year-old has raised $8.3 m much of it in gifts from out of state as he tries to win the seat vacated by Tom Price, who left to become Donald Trumps secretary of health and human services.

Ossoff is no Sanders-esque progressive theres no mention of single-payer healthcare on his website, or of free university education but a victory could be encouraging for liberals ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

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Jon Ossoff. Photo: Erik S Lesser/ EPA

Bernie Sanders: the activists Oprah

Bernie Sanders has launched a new Facebook Live reveal specifically, The Bernie Sanders Show which is already attracting millions of viewers.

Early episodes have find Sanders interview Bill Nye and the documentary film-maker Josh Fox, and the Vermont senator plans to take the depict on the road in the future.

Josh Miller-Lewis, a Sanders staffer, told the Guardian that Sanders get ideas for his interviews from reading advocates commentaries on his Facebook page.

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Hes listening. Photograph: Joe Raedle/ Getty Images

Trumps Tower targeted over traveling ban

Twenty-five people were arrested at Trump Tower on Thursday after infiltrating the foyer in a protest against Trumps immigration policies.

The protesters, from Rise and Resist NYC, sat in front of the buildings elevators holding signs saying no wall and no banning in reference to Trumps now twice-thwarted travelling ban.

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Occupy Trump Tower. Photo: ErikMcG/ Pacific/ BarcroftImages

What were reading

The Democratic party is undermining its progressive candidates , writes Jamie Peck. The Berniecrat James Thompson came close to winning a traditionally Republican congressional seat in Kansas on Tuesday but did so without support from the Democratic National Committee or the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

There is hope for liberal Democrats, however. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Sanders influence is growing within the party. Sanders is touring swing nations with DNC chair Tom Perez next week and one expert believes the center of gravity has definitely moved to the left since the election.

Look at that!

This week watched the first protest in space , and it was directed at Donald Trump.

ASAN, which promotes independent, open source space exploration, sent a weather balloon carrying a tweet directed at Trump to 90,000 ft above earth.

ASAN (@ ASANspace)

. @realDonaldTrump:

LOOK AT THAT, YOU SON OF A BITCHhttps :// t.co/ Vu7q2j8g1t pic.twitter.com/ EU1obtes4q

April 12, 2017

The tweet echoes a comment made by the astronaut and sixth man on the moon Edgar Mitchell 😛 TAGEND

From out there on the moon, international politics appear so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a one-quarter of a million miles out and say, Appear at that, you son of a bitch.

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Hillary Clinton Battles Ghosts Of 2008 On Eve Of Iowa Caucuses

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — What is it with Hillary Clinton and the Hawkeye State?

Eight years after her disappointing third-place finish in Iowa, Clinton again find herself locked in a close race with a popular senator who is winning over the hearts of Democrats on the eve of the state’s caucuses. And like then-Sen. Barack Obama, who ultimately defeated Clinton during the 2008 Democratic primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is proving to be a astonishingly tenacious challenger to Clinton’s long-running presidential aspirations.

If Sanders’ surge in Iowa has Clinton and her campaign fretted, they haven’t demonstrated it — at least not publicly. But at least some of her advocates recognise the race has them on edge.

“I hope she does well. I might not have caucused, but since it got really close, I supposed I’d better merely get out there. I am worried, it’s that close, ” said Herb Folsom, a teacher at Drake University in Des Moines, while waiting to see Clinton at a Sunday evening rally.

The former secretary of state has projected an air of confidence in the final stretch to the Iowa caucuses. Her rallies are remarkably well organized and are by design smallest and more intimate in order to bring the candidate down to earth — sometimes turning away hundreds of people at the door due to safety concerns. Her campaign is quick to tout its ground game operation as being unmatched by that of any other presidential candidate, as well as being in place longer than that of Sanders, her chief competitor. And she has the backing of a large segment of the Democratic establishment, including a good chunk of “superdelegates” who are crucial to locking up the party’s nomination subsequently this summer.

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Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton

More than anything, Clinton has remained obstinately on message while on the stump. Long gone are the panicky days before the 2008 caucuses, in which Clinton, shaken by the late surge of Obama, addressed massive crowds with speeches that seemed to change haphazardly from event to event. Also gone is the drama, which spilled out into the open in 2008 when feuding consultants routinely attacked and undermined one another over strategy. This go-around, Clinton has surrounded herself with former Obama hands known for running a tight ship.

As she barnstorms the state before Iowans head to caucus on Monday, Clinton has framed her candidacy as one of sensible pragmatism rather than that of radical change — sometimes underwhelmingly so.

“I don’t want to over-promise and under-deliver. I’d instead under-promise and over-deliver, ” she told a crowd of approximately 1,000 people in Council Bluffs, who gathered to see Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, at a local high school. After the event, Chelsea Clinton stuck around to take photos with supporters for nearly a half hour, another way in which the campaign has strived to add a personal touch to its events.

Bringing her speech to a close, Clinton virtually seemed to be pleading with the attendees to pick the familiar over the new and untested.

“Stick with me. Stick with the experience; I have a plan, ” she said, voice rising over a steady crescendo of applause from the audience.

The urgency of the moment was evident in Clinton’s speeches on Sunday, wherein she attempted to convince undecided voters that they ought to choose an experienced and compassionate leader already tested by Republican naysayers. She touted the economic record of her husband’s presidency, highlighted President Barack Obama’s accomplishments and noted that she’s procured endorsements from former Rep. Gabby Giffords and billionaire investor Warren Buffett on the questions of gun control and taxing wealthy interests, respectively. She also noted how she represented the country of New York in the Senate during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, her early championing of equal pay and women’s rights, and how often she’s been attacked by the industrialist Koch brothers and GOP strategist Karl Rove.

“She definitely fell so many names today. Way more than I have heard in the past with her, ” said Mary Grudle, a teacher at Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs.

The point of all that name-dropping was to create a sharp contrast with Sanders, who, Clinton said, has a “different view , not a different goal” in his campaign for the White House.

The senator, she added, “wants to have contentious debate” on success Democrat already notched during the course of its Obama presidency, like health care. Clinton was contended that rather than starting over on health care with a proposal like single payer, Democrats ought to “protect[ Obamacare ], preserve it, and make it better.”

The 74 -year-old senator and his populist message, however, have clearly resonated in Iowa. According to a highly respected Iowa poll released by the Des Moines Register on Saturday, Sanders trails Clinton by only three points, 45 percent to 42 percent, among likely caucus-goers. More troubling for Clinton, the poll showed her trailing badly among voters under 45, a data point made accutely evident by the crowds who turn up at Clinton’s campaign rallies. In contrast, Sanders seems to be highly popular with college student, thousands of whom turned up at his rallies in the final weeks before the caucuses.

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Hillary Clinton at a rally in Des Moines

Clinton supporters who spoke with The Huffington Post at a pair of rallies on Saturday and Sunday seemed resigned to the fact that young people liked Sanders more than their preferred candidate. They agreed that the senator had good ideas, and said that they admired his passion. But they argued that young people backing Sanders were making a naive selection, one that would demonstrate disastrous if he won the nomination.

“I think he appeals on the issues, ” said Alan Lewis, nearby residents of Council Bluffs. “I think in a perfect world, you have a Congress who runs along with all his ideas, it would make sense. But merely from a practical standpoint, I don’t think that he would be able to do the things that he says that he wants to do.”

Dianne Mears, a retiree who lives in Cedar Rapids, took issue with Sanders’ education plan. She said young people liked the prospect of a free education, but that they were unaware of the costs associated with such a proposal.

“What they’re not looking at is that he’s going to taxation the middle class, and they think that he’s going to give free education, but you can’t, ” she said. “I have kids that go to the university, and they’re into him, but he wants to give it free. It’s not going to happen. It’s not going to happen.”

Cornelia Schmidt, another attendee at Clinton’s rally in Cedar Rapids, are recognizing that Sanders pulled at her heartstrings. But, she argued, the senator is “a little bit too liberal for the other part of America that’s old enough to vote.”

In an interview on Sunday, Sanders claimed his alliance was made up of more than simply young people. He also argued that voter turnout would be the biggest determining factor in whether he comes out on top on Monday.

“I think we have a real shot to win this, if there is a large voter turnout. And it’s not just young person. It is working-class people, it is middle-class people who are sick and tired of status-quo politics, ” he said.

At Clinton’s final pre-caucus rally on Sunday night in Des Moines, exhilaration was high as presidential candidates rallied with her husband, daughter and former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin. Clinton again asked attendees to caucus for her — ultimately dedicating her the victory in a state that has shunned her in the past.

One supporter in the crowd, however, didn’t quite feel the same urgency.

“I’m not fretted. I suppose either Hillary or Bernie would be wonderful presidents, ” said Charles Richards, nearby residents of Des Moines. “However the caucus comes out, the candidates are going to go on to many other primaries and other caucuses, and it’s a long ways from here to November. It’s a long road. I want Hillary to win. She’s my nominee. I’m for Hillary.”

Samantha Jo-Roth contributed reporting .

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Watch Bernie Sanders Try His Ben& Jerry’s Flavor

A thick layer of solid chocolate atop a creamy hunk of mint ice cream is the stuff that dreams are made of. It’s also the deliciousness that sits inside a pint of Ben& Jerry’s “Bernie’s Yearning” flavor, a very limited edition ice cream crafted by Ben& Jerry’s co-founder Ben Cohen.

While Cohen has made merely 40 pints of the specialty frozen concoction, the ladies at ABC’s “The View” were able to get their hands on one, and offered the Democratic presidential hopeful his first taste of it on Wednesday.

Bernie Sanders could have won. That’s the Corbyn lesson for America | Steven W Thrasher

Bernie, like Corbyn, offered hope that another world was possible. Hes exactly the kind of nominee the Democrat must rally behind in the future

Had he been the Democratic party nominee, Bernie Sanders could have won the presidency. Ive been waiting more than half a year to say this aloud, and todays as good a day as any to get it off my chest.

Im not saying this just because Jeremy Corbyns amazing candidacy, inspiring perhaps more than 70 % of 18-24 year-old British people to vote, skewered Theresa Mays junk austerity politics and imperiled her prime ministership.

Im saying this because its a good moment to reflect upon how, if the so-called left( especially the Labour party in the UK and the Democratic party in the US) rallied around candidates who supported actual leftist politics a commitment to strong labor protections, a confidence in creating a robust safety net, an aversion to working for Wall street, a dislike for fighting to get centrist referendums, and an unwavering commitment not to back down to intimidation from the right their candidates could win.

Yes, I know that May, who tweeted that if she were to lose only six seats I will lose such elections and Jeremy Corbyn will be sitting down to negotiate Brexit, is slithering her style back into another government, even as her party has lost 12 seats. But “shes been” been severely weakened.

The number of voters who desire conservatism is dying off faster than Theresa Mays credibility. Voters who want centrism are kicking the pail more quickly than Hillary Clinton can make excuses for why she lost. Young people and non-white voters are the future of electoral politics.

A candidate who can appeal to the majority of young people who largely reject capitalism, who reject racism, who dont want to be in debt for life just for get an education, and who dont want their societys resources hoarded by a greedy few is the kind of candidate who will be on the upswing in the coming years and who can win.

In the UK, that candidate was Jeremy Corbyn. In the US, it was Bernie Sanders.

It doesnt look like Corbyn is heading to 10 Downing Street right now. And, of course, Bernie didnt win the Democratic nomination. But I have to wonder: could Corbyn have become prime minister if his own party had actually fully supported him over the past few weeks rather than railing against him? And could Bernie have won the nomination( and then gone on to spare us the lunacy of Trump) if the DNC hadnt stacked the deck in Clintons favor?

Regardless, Bernie always polled better head-to-head against Trump than Clinton did. Like Corbyn, Bernie clearly had the youth exuberance, winning more young elections than Trump and Clinton combined. Like Corbyn( and Trump ), Bernies rallies had an electric energy Clintons rarely, if ever, did.

Unlike Clinton, Bernie actually won primaries across the upper midwest, in places like Wisconsin. And unlike Clinton, he probably would have actually campaigned in Wisconsin, and may have been able to hold on to Pennsylvania and Florida and gone on to win the White House.

Of course, Bernie could have lost, too. He never got right with black with voters. When Killer Mike, the rapper, was getting dragged on Twitter for defending Bill Maher earlier the coming week, I remembered how he supposed Killer Mike was the smartest option to outsource about 90% of his African American outreach to, along with Nina Turner.( Then again, at least Bernie didnt use enslaved captives to operate his mansion or if he did, he didnt blithely explain it as a longstanding tradition, which maintained down expenses in a book which utilized the possibly African proverb It takes a village for its title .)

But Bernie, like Corbyn, roused a sense of hope that another world was possible, especially among young people. When dour Clinton railed that universal healthcare will never, ever come to pass, he pushed Medicare for all and young voters embraced it. While Clinton espoused Henry Kissinger and Wall street, Bernie repudiated that such pragmatism and cynical centrism was moral or even electorally helpful. He was right.

There was a similar beauty in the Corbyns campaign: he didnt give in to fear, and he courageously embraced the left. I was so happy to see that, even after the two recent assaults in Britain and Mays attempt to scare people into voting for her, voters contracted instead of expanded her power. The fearmongering failed. Hope was embraced instead.

Politics has changed, Corbyn said last night. Politics isnt going back into the box where it was before. Whats happened is, people have said theyve had quite enough of austerity politics, theyve had quite enough of cuts in public expenditure, under-funding our health service, under-funding our schools, our education service, and not giving our young person the chance they deserve in our society. These are the same sentiments that brought Bernie, a lifelong Democratic socialist, within striking distance of the Democratic presidential nomination.

Since the Brexit referendum, weve had a sense of dread that the world is floating unavoidably and unstoppably to the far right. Macrons victory set the brakes on that a bit, as did Corbyns strong describe last night. But so, too, did the strength of Bernies campaign last year. He showed that young people and working-class people dont want Democratic politicians to be in the pocket of, or actually be former executives of, Goldman Sachs.

The Democrats would do well to look at Corbyns success last night, and Bernies success last year, and to look for someone with such hopeful and broadly popular principles to rally behind in the future. Because they could win bigly.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

‘Take some basic economics’: Bernie explains his ‘ridiculous’ vision of banking

You have to constantly double-check the verification emblem on @BernieSanders’ account to ensure that tweets like this aren’t being made by a charade account. But rest assured, this one is genuinely Bernie.

A presidential nominee in a major party says banking shouldn’t be about making money. This dangerous, anti-capitalist comment should remove him from the nomination process and presidential race. Instead, it further fires up his sycophantic supporters.

Fortunately, many understand the economy well enough to know that such a proposal is certifiably insane.

Here’s an idea 😛 TAGEND

Great idea! Then the Berniecould show us all how business is conducted without making any of that evil money.

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The Women’s Convention is worse off without Bernie Sanders | Jamie Peck

By inviting Bernie Sanders, the Womens Convention was strengthening its project and appeal. Its a shame he is no longer going to attend the event

Since Bernie Sanders was first announced as an opening-night speaker at the upcoming Women’s Convention in Detroit, a small but vocal group of people started carrying their outrage. Fueled by misinforming headlines like” Bernie Sanders Headlining An Event Called The Women’s Convention Is Peak 2017“, citizens and professional pundits maintained it was bad to let Sanders, a man, speak at a convention devoted to the political advancement of women’s rights.

There was even a Change.org petition, which was successful at get Sanders moved to a panel. It may or may not shock you to learn that despite my intense is committed to feminism, I do not share their rage. In fact, I’m a little vexed the organisers caved.( After all this, Sanders announced on Thursday that he would be skipping the event wholly in order to visit Puerto Rico .)

Sanders was meant to be one of 60+ speakers, all of whom but two are women.( As far as I know, there are zero transgender or gender non-binary speakers booked, but no one seems to care about that .) Sanders was never the “headliner;” Congresswoman Maxine Waters, whose phrase” reclaiming my hour” was adopted as the convention’s tagline, was and remains so.

I agree that women’s movements is necessary spearheaded by women and gender non-conforming folk, but humen have a role to play, too, and two out of 60 seems like a safe ratio.

While not everyone criticizing the organisers’ decision is motivated by 2016 rancour, the Change.org petition contains a good sum of it. Among other things, it accuses Sanders of” contribut[ ing] to a decades-long campaign of deception about the record of Hillary Clinton ,” hardly an objective or verifiable claim, and” assault[ ing] the Democratic party ,” as if that’s synonymous with being anti-woman.

Sanders’ efforts to help elect Democrat( including Clinton) aside, feigning the Democratic party is inherently aligned with women’s interests and thus above criticism is a dangerous false equivalency that’s been used to silence left-critics for decades.

The petition also accuses Sanders and the convention’s organizers of” stoking factional divisions among natural allies … especially women and minorities ,” which seems to refer to disagreements between self-described feminists on the question of Clinton v Sanders, which is often a proxy for the more relevant battle of neoliberalism versus social democracy.

But while there’s less disagreement among progressives than some people want you to think — a 2017 Economist/ YouGov poll procured 80% of people who voted for Clinton for chairperson favor expanding Medicare to cover all Americans — these are important debates to be having.

To suggest that they’re in any way Sanders’ doing, and that women and minorities cannot manage having them, is reasonably infantilizing. They still don’t understand that for Sanders’ feminist supporters, it’s never been about him specifically, but the ideas for which he advocates.

Perhaps the most valid debate against Sanders’ inclusion in the event is his handling of the Heath Mello debacle, for which I myself have criticized him. While the Omaha mayoral candidate promised he posed no present or future danger to reproductive rights, Sanders muddied the waters with a statement that could fairly be interpreted as saying Democrats should compromise on choice if it helps them win elections.

But prominent Democrat- including Nancy Pelosi, Tim Kaine, and Hillary Clinton- have built innumerable unambiguous statements of this nature. That doesn’t make it OK, but it does call critics’ honesty into question.

If we are to judge people on policy , not gaffes, Sanders’ Medicare-for-All plan would do more for reproductive rights in America than anything since Roe v Wade with comprehensive coverage of abortion care.

And true reproductive liberty includes the freedom to have and adequately care for children, a option that would be empowered by the kind of broad, redistributive programs for which Sanders is an effective messenger.

Beyond abortion rights, he’s demonstrated a lifelong dedication to many issues that affect women and gender non-binary people disproportionately to humen, including healthcare, education, housing, and workers’ rights.

By inviting the most famous face of class politics to be one of many speakers at their seminar, the Women’s Convention was strengthening its project by looking at all of the ways girls are oppressed- including economically.

If you really care about females, it might be smart to stop bickering over who gets the best slot and get to work on some of these crucial issues.

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