Video: Bernie Sanders going to talk until this country turns socialist, damn it

posted at 4:59 pm on December 10, 2010 by Allahpundit

Believe it or not, he’s now into his sixth hour of ranting about the tax cuts deal on the Senate floor. It’s like “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” if Mr. Smith was (a) a communist and (b) played by Abe Vigoda. Just one problem: There’s actually no business in the Senate scheduled for today, so he’s not really preventing anything from happening. (Or is he?) He’s just yakking away, giving progressives the one thing they cherish above all others — futile yet romantic defiance of the establishment in service to the Cause. If he talks until he faints, he’ll be the guest of honor at Netroots Nation next year. Even if the tax bill passes 99-1.

You’ll be pleased to know that, in his frantic search for subject matter to keep him going, he’s already somehow detoured into chatting about Arianna Huffington. If that’s where he’s at in hour six, lord only knows where he’ll be in hour twelve. Reading aloud from “Jersey Shore” transcripts, probably. Click the image to watch.

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lorien1973 on December 10, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Sanders is a socialist/communist loser. Go ahead Bernie squash the deal and there’ll be no more unemployment benefits, all working citizens will have a smaller paycheck on Jan 1, employers will certainly not risk additional hiring and there’ll be no reduction in SS deductions. Then, we’ll ensure that every citizen knows your name so they’ll know who screwed them.

rplat on December 10, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Try holding your breath instead, Bernie.

Machiavelli Hobbes on December 10, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Mr. Schmuck Goes To Won’t Leave Washington

Mr Snuggle Bunny on December 10, 2010 at 5:03 PM

he’s old and will be pass on from old age before our country lets that happen……..

Bye bye bernie, nobody’s listening……

RealMc on December 10, 2010 at 5:03 PM

There’s actually no business in the Senate scheduled for today, so he’s not really preventing anything from happening.

It’s the liberal way. Go get’em tiger.

Tommy_G on December 10, 2010 at 5:03 PM

He was talking about addictions in that clip.

I see a lot of addictions on the left. Mostly having to do with other people’s money.

pedestrian on December 10, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Why doesn’t he read the healthcare bill from beginning to end? He’d be the first, and it could take him through to New Year’ Day.

fogw on December 10, 2010 at 5:04 PM

This reckless greed socialism is like a disease.

Fixed.

NeighborhoodCatLady on December 10, 2010 at 5:04 PM

“This reckless uncontrollable greed is like a disease.”

Well, then, Congress has a terminal case.

INC on December 10, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Own him, Democrats.

DrSteve on December 10, 2010 at 5:05 PM

“When is enough, enough?”

Why don’t you tell us Bernie? That way, once you make enough for your year, you can just vacation for the rest of it! Society will finally be perfect! We won’t get much done, but there won’t be any winners and losers anymore. Make sure you set the bar low enough for everyone to reach it though.

It will work like a charm.

Mord on December 10, 2010 at 5:05 PM

It’s like “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” if Mr. Smith was … played by Abe Vigoda.

LOL

beancounter on December 10, 2010 at 5:06 PM

hell, let him just end the session. Keep going Bernie!

“The problem is the greed of the greedy, now lets set up pensions for our union thugs.”

joeindc44 on December 10, 2010 at 5:07 PM

At least he has core values he is sticking to unlike the Repubs. Two weeks ago Repubs said ethanol was dead. Now they are going to vote for it. What’s next cap and trade?

patrick neid on December 10, 2010 at 5:08 PM

I’m guessing the War on Drugs doesn’t extend into DC? Surely out of Sanders, Rangle, Frank, Pelosi, or Reid, at least ONE of them would roll over on the supplier, right?

JamesLee on December 10, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Bernie Sanders… putting the “lame” into “lame duck”.

malclave on December 10, 2010 at 5:08 PM

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canopfor on December 10, 2010 at 5:08 PM

He’s a perfect representation of the residents of Vermont… all 42 of them.

ScottMcC on December 10, 2010 at 5:09 PM

“and here I have this bacon covered banana…..”

blatantblue on December 10, 2010 at 5:09 PM

I refuse to click to see/hear another broken-down old Communist rant and froth at the mouth, spewing their hatred for my country. I agree with Machiavelli Hobbes, if Sanders would hold his breath until tomorrow morning, he would contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions.

oldleprechaun on December 10, 2010 at 5:09 PM

I don’t really care to be lectured to about greed by an assclown who thinks his hand belongs in my wallet. He obviously enjoys the sound of his own voice. Jerk.

CantCureStupid on December 10, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Norman Lear is that you?

Oil Can on December 10, 2010 at 5:10 PM

*****************WARNING,IMAGE MAY APPEAR CREEPY************

And,hes from Vermont….mmmmm!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bernie_Sanders.jpg

canopfor on December 10, 2010 at 5:10 PM

It is amazing to me how many progressives there actually are and that they see this fossil as a hero.

ORconservative on December 10, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Why doesn’t he read the healthcare bill from beginning to end? He’d be the first, and it could take him through to New Year’ Day.

New Year’s Day of what year? 2016, when Palin and Barbara Bush are engaged in a Republican primary cage match?

ardenenoch on December 10, 2010 at 5:12 PM

I think socialism is a disease, you simpleminded moron.

Badger40 on December 10, 2010 at 5:13 PM

pedestrian on December 10, 2010 at 5:04 PM

+ 100

Margaret Thatcher was spot on re: Socicalism – “Pretty soon you run out of other people’s money.”

Bob in VA on December 10, 2010 at 5:14 PM

I remember a West Wing episode where the guy was not allowed to lean on the podium. (Not that West Wing is a legally binding source.) I see this guy leaning all over the place.

Of course he is a Socialist and he caucuses with the Democrats so rules are not really just suggestions to their members.

barnone on December 10, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Hey Bernie, How’s your ideal policies working out in Venezuela? A country with 9 million people LESS than California?

Yeah, let’s compound those problems TENFOLD by implementing your Socialist policies here.

IDIOT

Opposite Day on December 10, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Perfect time for a Death Panel to observe his behavior and determine if he warrants anymore resources. I’d have to say no.

darwin on December 10, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Boy,is Bernie sticking it to the Rich!

And,

is this not Financial Racism being practised by the Liberals!!

canopfor on December 10, 2010 at 5:19 PM

May not agree with what he’s saying but I can’t think of a single Republican who would do this for anything they believe in. It should have been done during the healthcare debate.

SnarkVader on December 10, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Yeah, and Mary Landrieu has been helping him out…

d1carter on December 10, 2010 at 5:19 PM

hell, let him just end the session. Keep going Bernie!

Agreed. It can all wait till January and maybe it’ll get done right.

Eren on December 10, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Timothy Geithner takes the afternoon off

J_Crater on December 10, 2010 at 5:21 PM

but I can’t think of a single Republican who would do this for anything they believe in. It should have been done during the healthcare debate.

Well, once all those senators got bought off by Reid, they were able to get cloture on us.

joeindc44 on December 10, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Idiot!!! VT is full of like thinking nuts–mostly because so many of them are on one dole or another.

jeanie on December 10, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Heheheh. Kos Kiddiez are thinking he should be the Dem nominee in ’12! HAHAHA!

JamesLee on December 10, 2010 at 5:22 PM

It’s like “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” if Mr. Smith was (a) a communist and (b) played by Abe Vigoda.

It’s snark like that that keeps me coming back here. :)

crazy_legs on December 10, 2010 at 5:22 PM

I have more respect for Bernie Sanders than most people in the Senate. At least you know he has principles and stands on them. How many people in Congress can we say that about? (Even if we disagree with him?)

Notorious GOP on December 10, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Good god…his Depends must be overflowing by now.

Mouse1 on December 10, 2010 at 5:24 PM

The big question is how SNL will handle this.

jeanie on December 10, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Tax The Rich (PAUL DYLIN) parody of “All Of Me”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRYaajgftFc

canopfor on December 10, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Just another corrupt bill from a lame duck government. Voting for a bill filled with kickbacks should be criminal. That’s why we threw them out.

3rd party time.

FloatingRock on December 10, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Ah, not third party necessarily. We’ll just have to throw more of them out on their rears in ’12.

FloatingRock on December 10, 2010 at 5:28 PM

The big question is how SNL will handle this.

jeanie on December 10, 2010 at 5:26 PM

jeanie:By extending SNL,till the next Saturday,stuck on
the same skit!!(sarc).

canopfor on December 10, 2010 at 5:28 PM

This whole 2008-2012 politicial operation has already been written by Aaron Sorkin. This particular episode is the Stackhouse Filibuster.

myrenovations on December 10, 2010 at 5:28 PM

My condolences to those communist idiots in Vermont that elected this POS.

rplat on December 10, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Ah, not third party necessarily. We’ll just have to throw more of them out on their rears in ’12.

FloatingRock on December 10, 2010 at 5:28 PM

FloatingRock: Ya might wanna file this for research,ugh!:)
==========================================================

2010 Contract with America – 8 Steps to Trust

by Jeff Lewis on August 16, 2010

http://promiseofamerica.com/leadership/2010-contract-america-8-steps-trust/

canopfor on December 10, 2010 at 5:31 PM

I have more respect for Bernie Sanders than most people in the Senate. At least you know he has principles and stands on them. How many people in Congress can we say that about? (Even if we disagree with him?)

Notorious GOP on December 10, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Nonsense. Mao and Stalin also had principles. This dolt is a danger to the Republic.

rplat on December 10, 2010 at 5:32 PM

He’s just yakking away, giving progressives the one thing they cherish above all others — futile yet romantic defiance of the establishment in service to the Cause.

Except he and his crony in the Whitehouse are the establishment. So he is filibustering for the current status quo of government overriding the will of the people.

It took him and his fellow Social-Democrats to get this much power and he is not going into the next congress without marking the high mark of his cause.

And by the by, I’m getting sick of people saying they want to “rebuild the middle class”. I think the middle class is just fine thank you. They must define middle class as being on welfare because that is what they are trying to rebuild, because that is the result of their policies!

How does it make anyone poorer if someone else makes money? That makes no sense at all. Socialism is based on envy.

Sanders is trying to capitalize on people natural enviousness to give himself and cronies power.

petunia on December 10, 2010 at 5:34 PM

It’s like “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” if Mr. Smith was (a) a communist and (b) played by Abe Vigoda

Zing! Perfect analogy! Although I wouldn’t mind seeing more of Vigoda.

scalleywag on December 10, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Speaking of filibusters,

WATCH: Bill Clinton Filibusters Obama’s Press Conference

While Bernie Sanders continued his epic filibuster of the tax compromise on the Senate floor, President Obama brought in big dog Bill Clinton to back his tax plan.

Then walked away when Bill Clinton wouldn’t give the mic back.

Obama: “I’m gonna take off.”

It’s hard to believe Obama actually left, but he did! It’s all over the web: NYT, Slate, Atlantic.

INC on December 10, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Between this and Bill Clinton doing his Al Haig impersonation today, I would imagine Tingles is all out of dry undies and hand lotion.

jjshaka on December 10, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Vermont was 1 of 2 states to vote against FDR in 1936. Talk about a 180 politically for the state.

angryed on December 10, 2010 at 5:38 PM

The big question is how SNL will handle this.

jeanie on December 10, 2010 at 5:26 PM

By doing a 7 minute skit on how dumb Palin is.

angryed on December 10, 2010 at 5:39 PM

canopfor on December 10, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Even if they don’t do that, they could keep going back to it for several episodes and there he is still ranting…with his wild hair blossoming out in all directions and his VT hillbilly appearance. Actually, he’s kind of funny without any help from Sat night live.

jeanie on December 10, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Let him stand at the podium and soil himself until the next congress is seated!

If he lasts that long it’ll be time to get on with the business of the people which will be to return this country to our guarantee of a republican form of government, not the nation of Bernie, or Marx, or Obama.

Speakup on December 10, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Bernie:

Where I come from, trying to take somebody else property away from them is call greed. Trying to keep your own property is just that, trying to keep your own property.

Actually taking property that belongs to somebody else is called steeling.

Liberals look at other people’s property with lust. They covet everything.

Bernie, I never worked for a poor guy.

What would the government do with a rich man’s money? Give it to a poor guy?

A rich man will invest it and employ the poor guy. The poor guys has the dignity of holding a job and doing something constructive. The rich man gets a return on his investment and the job becomes self sustaining

What happens when the government runs out of other people’s money? The party is over.

Bernie, please hold your breath instead. The world would be better off once pass out.

The Rock on December 10, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Well he could sing Christmas carols, the Twelve Days of Christmas should get him some mileage.Oops, forgot he probably doesn’t believe in Christmas–do Socialists believe in Xmas? I don’t know.

jeanie on December 10, 2010 at 5:47 PM

“This reckless uncontrollable greed is like a disease,”

That’s rich!

OldEnglish on December 10, 2010 at 5:47 PM

canopfor on December 10, 2010 at 5:28 PM
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Even if they don’t do that, they could keep going back to it for several episodes and there he is still ranting…with his wild hair blossoming out in all directions and his VT hillbilly appearance. Actually, he’s kind of funny without any help from Sat night live.

jeanie on December 10, 2010 at 5:41 PM

jeanie:Oh crap,thats brilliant,a week later,ya turn on SNL
and Bernie is still talking till the next saturday!
Hehe!:)

canopfor on December 10, 2010 at 5:50 PM

In some parts of Alaska, you can’t hear Bernie Sanders.

Electrongod on December 10, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Isn’t the Government the greediest of them all?
It wants more and more and more money? It can not stop spending more and more?

albill on December 10, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Twelve Days of Christmas

jeanie on December 10, 2010 at 5:47 PM

jeanie:)
=========

Twelve Days ’til Voting (Christmas in November)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XAKu3H9GEw

canopfor on December 10, 2010 at 5:53 PM

In some parts of Alaska, you can’t hear Bernie Sanders.

Electrongod on December 10, 2010 at 5:51 PM

But can you see him from Sarah’s house?

JamesLee on December 10, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Keep it up Bernie, all the way till Jan 1st! Yeah!

tinkerthinker on December 10, 2010 at 5:58 PM

But can you see him from Sarah’s house?

JamesLee on December 10, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Only the Country he dreams of.

Electrongod on December 10, 2010 at 5:58 PM

keep talking that tax bill is a disaster.

right4life on December 10, 2010 at 6:02 PM

We live about 40 minutes from the VT border and occasionally go there–for two things. They have great cheese and Rte 91, which is the quickest way to northern NH from here and happens to be in VT. We make it a point never to read any of their newspapers or listen to their radio stations because it tends to ruin the trip. They come here to shop because we have no sales tax, so in general,the balance of trade is in NH’s favor. They are taxed to death to support the very large population of aging hippies and general neer do wells who have found it to their liking since the 60′s.They have beautiful scenery(due to carrying the green concept to unbelievable extremes) and claim to have more cows than people. Just these few facts should go a long way to explain Bernie I think.

jeanie on December 10, 2010 at 6:10 PM

reckless uncontrollable greed

Yes. The greed of the socialist who wants all this cool stuff as long as someone else pays for it.

dts-01 on December 10, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Stroke out Bernie. The world will be a better place.

GarandFan on December 10, 2010 at 6:12 PM

I’m tired of the reckless government greed for more and more tax dollars and accumulating more and more debt because they can’t ever, never, not once, cut their budget and their immoral and irresponsible payoffs to political cronies and special interest groups. This bureaucratic greed must stop! How do they sleep at night? I don’t know.

Dollayo on December 10, 2010 at 6:12 PM

How do people that cling to a political theory from the 1880′s get away with calling themselves ‘progressive’?

slickwillie2001 on December 10, 2010 at 6:15 PM

He’s a perfect representation of the residents of Vermont… all 42 of them.

ScottMcC on December 10, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Thread winner.

Del Dolemonte on December 10, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Not completely sure about this, but the grapevine says that the original Vermonter–that is the natives, who are a dying breed,actually hate the way the State is now but do not have the votes to change it. Anyone from upstate NY or New England understands this kind of frustration all too well. The state is over run with the afore mentioned free loaders and wealthy New Yorkers who retire there. But, if rural Maine can do it so can Vermont. Do not give up hope Vermonters.

jeanie on December 10, 2010 at 6:30 PM

You have to give the guy credit to filibuster the old fashioned way. If he stops the bill he will have earned it. And then in January House Republicans can drive him insane.

InterestedObserver on December 10, 2010 at 6:35 PM

If Bernie Sanders talks on the floor of the senate, but there’s nobody there to hear him, does anybody give a sh!t?

Dopenstrange on December 10, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Never a word about his own lust for power over others, just whining about other people having the temerity to think they deserve to enjoy the results of their work.

Crawford on December 10, 2010 at 6:44 PM

I can’t wait until 11 p.m., when Bernie starts doing SportsCenter highlights…

jon1979 on December 10, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Sometimes, Democracy is not pretty.

Captain Kirock on December 10, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Yeah, the people who talk the most about the greed of others are those that want to steal everything they can get their hands on.

Hypocrisy doesn’t even enter into it, I swear some of these people (like Sanders) are no longer capable of perceiving the irony.

Liberalism is a learning disorder, I think by the time you get to socialism it’s actual brain damage.

Freakin’ thieving jerkholes.

Merovign on December 10, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Mr Smith, he ain’t

Hening on December 10, 2010 at 7:07 PM

It’s like “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” if Mr. Smith was (a) a communist and (b) played by Abe Vigoda.

clap clap clap clap clap!

Jim-Rose on December 10, 2010 at 7:08 PM

I only admire the consistency of someone who’s shooting at me if they consistently miss.

Merovign on December 10, 2010 at 7:10 PM

He’s just mad because the plan lets people keep their own money. Clown.

http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-spokane/bernie-sanders-filibusters-senate-over-tax-compromise-vote

jdawg on December 10, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Is this what the next two years will be like?

Skandia Recluse on December 10, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Why doesn’t he just read the Communist Manifesto?

RadClown on December 10, 2010 at 9:45 PM

“This reckless uncontrollable greed is like a disease.”

Agreed, the greed of our politicians is an uncontrollable disease. We’re doing to best we can, but the politicians really squeal (see Bernie Sanders above) when we try to cut their addiction to our money.

RJL on December 10, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Sanders is a greedy bastard. Greedy for power. He’s been in Congress for 20 years. Why doesn’t he step down and share your position with others? Because power is like a drug, like heroin, like cigarettes, like food. Guess we now what Bernie’s addiction is: giving sanctimonious and hypocritical diatribes.

Mallard T. Drake on December 10, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Memo to Sanders:

SHUT UP and SIT DOWN

thedude on December 11, 2010 at 12:54 AM

So who is it that throws a tantrum resulting from an election?

chickasaw42 on December 11, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Perhaps Sanders can start a trend. Renounce his cushy retirement benefits, live in public housing and only see doctors who accept Medicare………..also, cut his budget allowance to run his office in half. Oh, Oh and cut his pay in half. And, he doesn’t have to pay the United States Treasury what his tax return says he must pay. I suggest that he double that amount.

SC.Charlie on December 12, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Let us stop dancing around the bush. This man is evil, like Obama. Socialist, communist; they are all evil people with not one sense of morality. Anybody who vote for Obama is a criminal.

proconstitution on December 12, 2010 at 9:51 PM