United States candidate Bernie Sanders, a British view


This election video from the USA, with Simon and Garfunkel music, with permission of the music’s authors (contrary to Donald Trump, and many other politicians) says about itself:

America | Bernie Sanders

21 January 2016

“They’ve all come to look for America…”

Wikipedia writes about the song:

“America” is a protest song that “creates a cinematic vista that tells of the singer’s search for a literal and physical America that seems to have disappeared, along with the country’s beauty and ideals.

By Charley Allan in Britain:

‘Unelectable’? We’ve heard that before

Monday 8th February 2016

With the race to the White House heating up, it’s impossible to ignore the similarities between the Bernie Sanders campaign and what’s happening on this side of the Atlantic, writes Charley Allan

CAN you “feel the Bern”? Hillary Clinton certainly can.

The first votes in the race to the White House were cast a week ago in Iowa. From now until July’s delegate conventions, voters in every US state will get the chance to help choose who goes head to head in November’s presidential election.

Both major parties have messy battles ahead. The possibility of far-right reality TV host Donald Trump clinching the Republican nomination is terrifying millions of people appalled by his populist racist and sexist hate-speech.

Like Boris Johnson, the more Trump plays the clown, the more people love him. He also shares the London mayor’s “Heineken effect,” reaching parts of the electorate other rightwingers can’t — not to mention both of their odd hairstyles.

But people around the world breathed a collective sigh of relief when Texas senator Ted Cruz pulled off a stunning victory on Monday despite trailing in the polls, forcing “The Donald” into second place.

It was a classic case of the “ground war” trumping Trump’s “air war.” Arch-conservative Cruz — think a less aristocratic but just as skin-crawling George Osborne — is an experienced political operator who knows that all the money and media exposure in the world means nothing without troops on the ground handing out fliers, knocking on doors and dragging voters to the booth.

But it’s in the Democratic Party that the real struggle for the country’s soul is being fought. Clinton has long been the favourite, and is desperate to avoid a repeat of 2008, which saw the nomination slip from her grasp after a successful grassroots insurgency to her left led by the relatively unknown senator Barack Obama.

The turning point in that contest was Iowa, where Obama picked up the most votes. Suddenly he was seen as a credible candidate, and Clinton’s air of invulnerability was punctured.

It’s worth remembering that, before Iowa, even the black community in the US didn’t believe Obama could win, and their support switched from Clinton almost overnight.

Eight years ago, a lot of people didn’t think that the US was ready for a black president. Obama was “unelectable,” they said.

Bernie Sanders, senator from Vermont, faces the same criticism today. The US will never vote for a self-declared socialist, insist the pundits.

But his virtual tie with Clinton in Iowa proved them wrong. The result was so close that several districts decided delegates by flipping coins — as is the Iowa way. Latest polls put them neck and neck nationally.

Bernie is widely predicted to win tomorrow’s clash in New Hampshire, which would blow this two-horse race right open. And new numbers show him performing better against every Republican candidate than Hillary, who now seems like a cross between Yvette Cooper, Cherie Blair and Theresa May.

Cruz’s early win also benefits Sanders, because Democratic voters fearful of a triumphant Trump might opt for what they mistakenly see as a safer pair of hands — although it would be delicious to watch Hillary eviscerate that chauvinist pig in the debates.

But Bernie could quite clearly crush Cruz in a straight left-right fight, backed up by a highly organised mass movement inspired by his anti-inequality, pro-peace vision of a fairer world.

Currently he has almost half a million supporters using his custom-made canvassing app, Field The Bern, which turns smartphones into always-up-to-date voter-ID boards. Countless other volunteers turn up at his phone banks and pound the streets to spread his message.

Young first-time voters especially have been caught up in the #FeelTheBern frenzy, flooding the internet with hard-hitting and humorous “memes” and videos. Bernie basically has the ground war covered.

This may be the most striking similarity to last summer’s #JezWeCan campaign on this side of the Atlantic, but it’s not the only one. Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents insisted he was “unelectable” too — in fact they still do.

You’d think a landslide leadership victory which saw more people give their first preference to Jez than his three rivals combined, not to mention all the Momentum volunteers helping to boost Labour’s vote in Oldham, would put paid to such criticism, but no.

And because they believe that the public will never warm to Labour under JC’s leadership, MPs more worried about keeping their seats than forming a government in 2020 tear chunks out of him publicly day and night — a great example of self-fulfilling prophesy.

But his enduring popularity among party members proves that left-wing voters really are fed up with endless spin, triangulation and pandering to the powerful, and they’re sticking with someone authentic who shows a bit of imagination.

This is encouraging for Sanders, who likewise is showing us that the time is right for a socialist mass movement — even in the US, where “socialism” is almost as scary as “terrorism.” And where the US goes, Britain follows.

Above all, the lesson from Obama — and other world leaders, from Hugo Chavez to Alexis Tsipras — is that with a mass movement on the march you’re only unelectable until people realise you’re inevitable.

US presidential candidate Sanders overtaking Clinton, poll says


Hillary Clinton and Uzbek dictator Karimov, Reuters photo

This 2012 photo shows present United States Democratic party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with the dictator of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov. Though Mr Karimov boils oppositionists alive, Ms Clinton, then US Secretary of State, agreed to supply him with United States weapons, and called Karimov ‘her friend’.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Hillary Clinton Smears Sanders on Gun Control After Serving as Arms Dealer to Authoritarian Regimes

12 January 2016

ENOUGH! Bernie Sanders has a sound and credible policy on addressing the gun control issue. Hillary Clinton, however, rings as phony as a three dollar bill when you tout your concern over violence after serving as a lead liaison as Secretary of State to sell arms to authoritarian regimes (who gave MILLIONS to the Clinton Foundation).

Saudi Arabia being TOPS on that list, a nation NOW bombing Doctors without Borders hospitals. Sane Progressive eviscerates Clinton on the hypocrisy.

Hillary Clinton & Weapons Deals to Authoritarian Regimes

The Hill: Hillary Clinton Investigated by FBI for Corruption

Clinton Foundation Donor List Who Lobbied Clinton State Department:

Saudi Arabia Bombing Doctors Without Borders Hospitals

Bernie Sanders On How He Lost A Congressional Race for Opposing Military Assault Rifles & Shows He Will Fight Gun Industry:

From Alternet in the USA:

Election 2016

New Poll Shows Sanders Pulling Nearly Even With Clinton Nationally

The 2 percent difference marks a huge rise in Sanders‘ popularity.

By Robin Scher / AlterNet

February 5, 2016

As Bernie Sanders continues to dominate New Hampshire numbers, Quinnipiac University released its first post-Iowa Caucus poll Friday morning, showing a drastic reduction in Hillary Clinton’s national lead over Sanders, down to just two percent. The poll surveyed 1,125 registered voters, 42 percent of whom pledged their support for Sanders compared with Clinton‘s 44 percent—the highest level of national support he’s received to date.

The fact that Sanders has pulled nearly even with Clinton nationally in this poll marks a steep climb. Quinnipiac’s previous poll released mid-December showed Clinton leading Sanders by 31 points.

Among the Republican field, the Quinnipiac poll showed Trump still holding his national lead with 31 percent, followed by Cruz’s 22 percent. Ben Carson managed to just scrape ahead of “No Candidate”, fetching himself 6 percent of the poll.

Sanders Tells Clinton She Can’t Call Herself a Progressive Reformer If She Stays Cozy With Wall Street in New Hampshire Debate: here.

Iowa Democratic party altered precinct’s caucus results during chaotic night. Shift of one delegate from Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton raises questions about Iowa Democratic party’s management of first-in-the-nation vote: here.

The Iowa Democratic Party has rejected calls by the campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and the state’s leading newspaper, the Des Moines Register, for an audit of the vote in Monday night’s dead-heat contest between Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: here.

Hillary Clinton makes her Wall Street problem worse: here.

There is no case left for Hillary: Her policy and electability arguments have all collapsed: here.

The Worst Best Friend: Why Hillary Clinton Will Not Be Good for Israel in the Long Term. Hillary Clinton is seen as “better” for Israel because she never challenges it. But Israel desperately needs to be challenged: here.

Trump, Sanders, Clinton in Iowa United States presidential primary election


This video from the USA says about itself:

Amazing Bernie Sanders ROCKS The Stage – Iowa 2016 Brown & Black Democratic Presidential Forum

11 January 2016

Des Moines, IowaBernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley and Hillary Clinton answered questions during the 2016 Brown & Black Democratic Presidential Forum presented by Fusion.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Trump: I could shoot people and not lose votes

Monday 25th January 2016

PRO-GUN US presidential hopeful Donald Trump claimed on Saturday that supporters would back him if he went on a shooting spree in central New York.

The prospective Republican candidate was speaking at the evangelical Christian Dordt College in the town of Sioux Center in Iowa, which will be the first state to pick candidates for the two main parties on February 1.

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody,” he told the enthusiastic crowd, a possible reference to the address of the Trump Tower in New York, “and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK?”

Democratic Party hopeful Hillary Clinton toned down her attacks on popular outsider-turned-favourite Bernie Sanders while courting the trade union vote but Mr Sanders said Iowans knew that “Wall Street money” was behind Ms Clinton’s rightwing rhetoric.

The people of Iowa are not going to accept that,” he said.

THE PARTIES DECIDE TO IMPLODE Between Bloomberg possibly running for president and a potential Sanders-Trump race, the First to Last team takes a look at the end of political parties as we know them. [Howard Fineman, Jason Linkins and Lauren Weber, HuffPost]

HOWARD FINEMAN: ‘HOW AND WHY TRUMP TRUMPED THE PRESS’ “At a time when the media’s duty to vet candidates is more urgent than ever, journalism is giving Donald Trump a free pass, leading historian Doris Kearns Goodwin told The Huffington Post in an interview.” [HuffPost]

Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton’s Your Choice: here.

Sanders would beat Trump more heavily than Clinton in US election


This video from the USA says about itself:

POLL: Bernie Sanders Would DESTROY Trump In General Election

23 December 2015

A new poll out from Quinnipiac. Here comes Bernie! It turns out he has more supporters than Donald Trump. He also would beat The Donald by a larger margin than Hillary Clinton would if the general election were held today. Cenk Uygur, host of the The Young Turks, breaks it down.

Bernie Sanders would beat Donald Trump 51-38 in a general-election match-up, according to the latest poll from Quinnipiac University. Or — to put it in the course vernacular that Trump introduced to America this week — the billionaire would get “schlonged” by the democratic socialist.

Sen. Bernie Sanders hammers him,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll. Hillary Clinton, the poll suggests, would also put Trump in his place — “Hillary Clinton tops him,” added Malloy — though by a more modest 47-40.

That wasn’t the only bad news for Trump, and by extension the GOP, to come out of the national poll: 61 percent of Americans say the Republican frontrunner “does not share their values,” 58 percent believe he “is not honest and trustworthy,”and 57 percent say he “does not care about their needs and problems.””*

Read more here.

By Nadia Prupis in the USA:

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Poll Shows Sanders Would Trounce Trump in General Election

Latest Quinnipiac survey shows voters favor Sanders over Trump by 13 percentage points – nearly double the lead Hillary Clinton would enjoy in defeating the billionaire Republican

If the 2016 U.S. presidential election were held today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would win by a landslide over GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, according to a new poll released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University.

With voters favoring Sanders over Trump 51 to 38 percent, Sanders would win the general election by 13 points—more than any other candidate would get squaring off with the Republican favorite, including Sanders’ chief rival for the Democratic nomination, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Indeed, while Clinton would likewise sail to victory over Trump, her lead would be approximately half as much, with voters favoring her 47 to 40 percent.

Columnist Brent Budowsky writes for The Hill:

If this margin held in a general election, Democrats would almost certainly regain control of the United States Senate and very possibly the House of Representatives.

It is high time and long overdue for television networks such as CNN to end their obsession with Trump and report the all-important fact that in most polls, both Hillary Clinton and Sanders would defeat Trump by landslide margins.

[….] It is noteworthy that in this Quinnipiac poll, Sanders runs so much stronger than Clinton against Trump.

Meanwhile, Budowsky writes, “analysts would be talking about a national political realignment and new progressive era in American history if an enlightened candidate such as Sanders would defeat a retrograde race-baiting candidate such as Trump by a potentially epic and historic margin.”

Yet, what do the corporate media in the USA do?

“A recent study showed on ABC evening news, Trump over a period of time got 81 minutes of time. Bernie Sanders got 20 seconds. Now you tell me why.”

US Democratic party establishment attacks Bernie Sanders


This video from the USA says about itself:

Bernie Sanders Links Rise of ISIS to Clinton’s Vote on Iraq War

14 November 2015

When asked about Hillary Clinton’s vote on the Iraq War, Sanders said the vote was directly linked to the rise of ISIS

From the Bernie Sanders campaign in the USA:

Here’s the truth: from the first day of this campaign, our success has shocked many of the Democratic Party Establishment who would have preferred a coronation over a competitive campaign.

And the reality is that the huge turnouts that we’ve had at our meetings, our strong fundraising, our volunteer base, and quick rise in the polls have caused the Democratic National Committee to place its thumb on the scales in support of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. You see that fact evidenced in their decision to bury he Democratic debates on weekends during nationally televised football games. It’s more or less an open secret.

This week, due to a fault in their own technology platforms, the DNC took unprecedented steps to take away our access to data accumulated through tens of thousands of voter contacts made by our volunteers — supporters like you who power our political revolution. In essence, the Democratic Establishment is effectively shutting down our ability to access the information we need for field campaigns and volunteer activities just six weeks before the Iowa Caucuses. And they haven’t told us when they will turn it back on.

In other words, the leadership of the Democratic National Committee is attempting to undermine our insurgent campaign. This is not acceptable. We can and must respond.

Sign our petition telling the Democratic National Committee — in no uncertain terms — that you expect a level playing field in this primary campaign. This is important.

That the Democratic Party would deny our staff and volunteers access to data needed to contact voters in Iowa and New Hampshire on the day we reached two million individual contributions and received two of our most prominent endorsements is disconcerting.

We hope they’ll do the right thing for us, and for our supporters, quickly. But so far they haven’t listened to our campaign. But I am hopeful they’ll listen to you.

Send a powerful message to the DNC by adding your name to our petition today:

https://go.berniesanders.com/level-the-field

We’ll be in touch soon as this situation evolves. You are the power behind this campaign. We are doing something unprecedented, and that has a lot of people scared.

In solidarity,

Jeff Weaver
Campaign Manager
Bernie 2016

UPDATE: Democratic National Committee Restores Bernie Sanders’ Access To Voter Data. The deal doesn’t end the Sanders vs. DNC lawsuit: here.

Bernie Sanders campaign claims win after DNC hands back access to voter file: here.

The idea of a Sanders White House is so implausible to many in Washington that this leftwing firebrand from Brooklyn has all but vanished from what he derisively calls the “corporate” media. Despite consistently attracting more nationwide support in the polls than Donald Trump, a recent study showed him receiving 0.4% of the television air time afforded to the motormouth Republican: here.