Bernie Sanders is “prepared to run for President”

posted at 10:41 am on March 7, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Back in December I wrote an open letter to Democrats, assuring them that they could do better than Hillary Clinton in 2016. Clinton is too slick by half, I posited, and takes middle of the road positions which would not truly satisfy the Hard Left. What they really needed was a True Blue, out in the open, Free Everything for Everybody, free range veggies in every pot and two Che Guevara posters in every garage socialist. That’s the sort of debate they needed to have with the GOP candidate in the next election.

Well, apparently the Good Lord takes pity upon fools, drunks and bloggers, because my prayers have been answered.

Bernie Sanders says he is “prepared to run for president of the United States.” That’s not a formal announcement. A lot can change between now and 2016, and the populist senator from Vermont bristles at the whole notion of a permanent campaign. But Sanders has begun talking with savvy progressive political strategists, traveling to unexpected locations such as Alabama and entertaining the process questions that this most issue-focused member of the Senate has traditionally avoided.

In some senses, Sanders is the unlikeliest of prospects: an independent who caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate but has never joined the party, a democratic socialist in a country where many politicians fear the label “liberal,” an outspoken critic of the economic, environmental and social status quo who rips “the ruling class” and calls out the Koch brothers by name. Yet, he has served as the mayor of his state’s largest city, beaten a Republican incumbent for the US House, won and held a historically Republican Senate seat and served longer as an independent member of Congress than anyone else. And he says his political instincts tell him America is ready for a “political revolution.”

Oh, they’re ready alright Bernie. And for what little it may be worth, allow me to be the first one to offer my full throated endorsement of your bid for the Democratic nomination without hesitation or reservation. I think you are the perfect candidate to put up at the podium against whoever it is that we eventually nominate.

As for all you Democrats, it may be true that Sanders isn’t actually a member of your party. (He is, after all, a self-avowed socialist.) Don’t let that bother you. He caucuses with your party, and he’s the guy who will deliver what you are truly craving. He will promise to ban all guns, except possibly muzzle loaders. He’ll offer 24 hour drive through abortion clinics and paychecks for everyone – whether they work or not – paid for by the ill gotten gains confiscated from the capitalist fat cats. It will be a socialist paradise, comrades. So abandon these thoughts of Hillary, Democrats. She’ll only let you down.

WE’RE READY FOR BERNIE 2016!


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The Ron Paul of Mother Jones subscribers.

Hening on March 7, 2014 at 10:44 AM

The battle with Elizabeth Warren for the basement dwelling unemployed social outcasts who populate reddit’s vote should be epic.

tcufrog on March 7, 2014 at 10:44 AM

If not now, when? If not me, who?

de rigueur on March 7, 2014 at 10:44 AM

I’d say that Sanders would be the first socialist president but then I’d be lying.

Bitter Clinger on March 7, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Run, Bernie, Run!

All Nader voters must vote for this man. If you don’t vote for Bernie, you aren’t a true liberal. Third-party, all the way!

bluegill on March 7, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Progressive/Liberal/Lefties….the socially acceptable face of mental illness.

Mimzey on March 7, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Looks tanned, rested and ready to me…

de rigueur on March 7, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Well, Obama is an overt communist, he got 2 terms. I guess Bernie’s time has come. It would help his chances if he were black though.

ConstantineXI on March 7, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I’d pay to see him ask Frau Pantsuit about her vote to invade Iraq…

JohnGalt23 on March 7, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Looks tanned, rested and ready to me… de rigueur on March 7, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Looks to me as if he is ready for the rest home.

SC.Charlie on March 7, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Weekend at Bernies.

MontanaMmmm on March 7, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Angela Davis /Gus Hall!

Oh wait, that was 2008….

Rixon on March 7, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Bernie, not to make light of it but, looking at your picture, I’d say you be better off preparing to meet your Maker.

What is it with these professional politicians? Mortality staring them in the face and all they can think about is another elected office.

Cleombrotus on March 7, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Run, Bernie Run!
Just don’t forget your walker when you do, because…well, hip fractures, ‘n stuff.

Any chance we can assemble a Bernie for First Commissar Election Fund on HotAir? I’m in for a hundred.
Just saying.

orangemtl on March 7, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Yes, because more failed socialism is what America needs now …

Whitey Ford on March 7, 2014 at 10:55 AM

I must admit that Sanders if the first really clean and articulate white guy I’ve seen who is interested in running for POTUS, doesn’t at all seem like a typical white person.

Bishop on March 7, 2014 at 10:55 AM

If he takes votes away from Hillary, more power to the Sandman!

But does he stand for free veggies in every pot, or free pot in your veggies?

Steve Z on March 7, 2014 at 10:56 AM

“Now if the time.”

Is that a typo, or did the joke get me?

King B on March 7, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Oh yeah! Run Bernie Run! Maybe get Lyndon LaRouche as your running mate.

Rocks on March 7, 2014 at 10:57 AM

“Now if the time.”

Is that a typo, or did the joke get me?

King B on March 7, 2014 at 10:56 AM

No typo. Mike Tyson is composing the captions for Hot Air these days.

BuckeyeSam on March 7, 2014 at 10:59 AM

WE’RE READY FOR BERNIE 2016!

Dems would be fools not to nominate Bernie. His independent status would appeal to swing voters, he’s six years older than Killary so he has that much more experience, and it is his time!

I challenge all conservatives and Republicans to fully support Bernie’s efforts in the same way the Dems helped Republicans with their endorsement of John McCain and Mitt Romney. After all, we want to see Dems succeed in elections every bit as much as Harry Reid wants to help out the Republicans.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2014 at 11:01 AM

The Ron Paul of Mother Jones subscribers.

Hening on March 7, 2014 at 10:44 AM

That’ll draw the Ronulans out of the woodwork.

Ward Cleaver on March 7, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Maybe he will beat the crap out of Hillary.

jake-the-goose on March 7, 2014 at 11:04 AM

I’d be more than happy to cross over and vote for Bernie in the Dem primary. Back in ’88, I wanted to know what a caucus was like, so I voted in the Dem primary, then went back that evening to participate in the caucus (this took place at a fire station in Dallas). It was very interesting, even if I did have to stand in the same room with dozens of libs.

Ward Cleaver on March 7, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Maybe he will beat the crap out of Hillary.

jake-the-goose on March 7, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Is caning legal?

MontanaMmmm on March 7, 2014 at 11:07 AM

“Now if the time.”

Is that a typo, or did the joke get me?

King B on March 7, 2014 at 10:56 AM

No typo. Mike Tyson is composing the captions for Hot Air these days.

BuckeyeSam on March 7, 2014 at 10:59 AM

It wasn’t Iron Mike, it was our beloved “Resist We Much” Rev. Al Sharpton lent temporarily to Hot Gas via MSNBC. :-)

NiteOwl on March 7, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Meh. Unless he comes out as gay, Sanders old, white maleness simply consigns him to Kucinich fringe status. The current Democratic has a fever to play cards on the Republicans, and if all Bernie can bring to the table is a lifetime in support of socialism, that’s not enough.

Liz Warren ran an awful campaign in 2012 — winning mainly because it’s tough for a Democrat to lose in Massachusetts in a year where liberals had Barack Obama at the top of the ticket. But she has far more buzz on the left for president than Sanders does because the left wants someone less likely to bug out on them than Hillary, but they want to be able to play the same gender card on the GOP as Hillary. So if not Fauxahontas, they need a Latino, Asian or LGBT candidate, and they don’t have anyone high enough of a profile right now to fit that bill.

jon1979 on March 7, 2014 at 11:09 AM

I liked him as an NFL running back

faraway on March 7, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Sanders/Maddow 2016

fogw on March 7, 2014 at 11:10 AM

I see this as a good thing…it means the Democrat field
for 2016 will get crowded with Socialists…forcing Killary
to move to the Left further…

ToddPA on March 7, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Would love to see the debate between this clown and Monica Lewinsky’s ex-boyfriend’s wife.

Galtian on March 7, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Sanders/Maddow 2016

fogw on March 7, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Clearly, a winning ticket if I ever saw one.

hawkeye54 on March 7, 2014 at 11:15 AM

I must admit that Sanders if the first really clean and articulate white guy I’ve seen who is interested in running for POTUS, doesn’t at all seem like a typical white person.

Bishop on March 7, 2014 at 10:55 AM

..aaand he can speak in a East Coast accent if he wants to. He has all the important bases covered.

Mimzey on March 7, 2014 at 11:16 AM

a Dem debate between Hillary, Bernie, Warren and whomever else would almost be pay-per-view worthy if you threw in some popcorn as well

ConservativePartyNow on March 7, 2014 at 11:17 AM

…he’s lily white!

KOOLAID2 on March 7, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Oooh Noes, Bernies already attacking Hillary.

See his first ad here.

MontanaMmmm on March 7, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Is caning legal?

MontanaMmmm on March 7, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Nicely played! I chuckled.

Drained Brain on March 7, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Bernie Sanders does not advocate for anything different than the Democrat Party. He is simply open and honest about what he truly wants to see. He is simply an honest version of Democrats, which is why he won’t win.

airupthere on March 7, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Oh, they’re ready alright Bernie. And for what little it may be worth, allow me to be the first one to offer my full throated endorsement of your bid for the Democratic nomination without hesitation or reservation.

But he isnt a Democrat, is he? Would he actually run in the Democratic primaries or would he do a Nader/Perot-like 3rd party bid?

Valkyriepundit on March 7, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Excellent. I wholeheartedly encourage him to run in 2016.

Midas on March 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I liked him as an NFL running back

faraway on March 7, 2014 at 11:10 AM

He has a great fried chicken recipe, too.

Midas on March 7, 2014 at 11:26 AM

More delusional conservatives…you live in a socialist state as it is right now but keep believing there is some conservative sleeping giant just around the corner.

The entire country is shifting left due to lack of any conflict or suffering just like it does in every other society in history. All you can do is either ride it out, beat them in war, or make a new country.

This is nothing new and I don’t understand how people can’t see the long game here.

ClassicCon on March 7, 2014 at 11:26 AM

President of what?

Akzed on March 7, 2014 at 11:27 AM

More delusional conservatives…you live in a socialist state as it is right now but keep believing there is some conservative sleeping giant just around the corner.

The entire country is shifting left due to lack of any conflict or suffering just like it does in every other society in history. All you can do is either ride it out, beat them in war, or make a new country.

This is nothing new and I don’t understand how people can’t see the long game here.

ClassicCon on March 7, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Roll over and try to enjoy it right? You are so helpful.

Murphy9 on March 7, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Weeeeell, for a white who’s too white, he does have the black vote pegged in Vermont .. just sayin .. in fact Bernie sent him a gift basket after the last election.

GKChesterton99 on March 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM

ClassicCon .. is that like New Coke Con .. or what?

GKChesterton99 on March 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM

He has a great fried chicken recipe, too.
Midas on March 7, 2014 at 11:26 AM

So he’s also a military vet….

dentarthurdent on March 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

I didn’t think there could be anyone worse than Obama… until now.

sadatoni on March 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Bernie Sanders would have me pining for Obama and Carter. I simply can’t imagine him as president.

gerrym51 on March 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Bernie is healthier than hillary!

crash72 on March 7, 2014 at 11:45 AM

The entire country is shifting left due to lack of any conflict or suffering just like it does in every other society in history. All you can do is either ride it out, beat them in war, or make a new country.

This is nothing new and I don’t understand how people can’t see the long game here.

ClassicCon on March 7, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Very true.
Throughout history great countries and empires have gradually shifted left over time – until they reached a tipping point and destroyed themselves from inside, or just collapsed and got overrun by other countries or empires who were less left.

The question is – How far left will we go before that final straw, whatever it might be, that causes the US to collapse?

dentarthurdent on March 7, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Maybe Conyers will come out of retirement to be his running mate.

ORconservative on March 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Maybe Conyers will come out of retirement to be his running mate.

ORconservative on March 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM

I pray for Dennis Kucinich.

crash72 on March 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

To reprise 1984

‘Run Bernie Run’

Probably a 56 state GOP landslide if he did. LOL

txdoc on March 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Can I nominate Lizzie Warren as his running mate?

GarandFan on March 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

So he’s also a military vet….

dentarthurdent on March 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Yes, but the Spanish-American War isn’t the hot-button topic it was in 1902.

“Remember the Maine! Or was that the Vermont… Oh, just forget it.”

ZeusGoose on March 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM

But he isnt a Democrat, is he? Would he actually run in the Democratic primaries or would he do a Nader/Perot-like 3rd party bid?

Valkyriepundit on March 7, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Even better. Draw votes from the Dem in the general ala Nader 2000.

Bitter Clinger on March 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM

WE’RE READY FOR BERNIE 2016!

Run, Bernie, Run!

Bite your tongue on the Liz Warren. People might vote for her.

talkingpoints on March 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Sander/Kucinich 2016!

Democrat primary, then run 3rd party to get the votes they might have missed in the primary in the bizarre chance they don’t get the D nomination. (OK, I know, they don’t campaign with the VP candidate for the primary, but this is a fantasy, right? right?)

talkingpoints on March 7, 2014 at 12:19 PM

I’d pay to see him ask Frau Pantsuit about her vote to invade Iraq…

JohnGalt23 on March 7, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I’d pay any amount of money to see that.

Eric in Hollywood on March 7, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Because if a guy like Bernie stands on principle, everyone will flock to him? Oh wait, that’s only on the right.

rhombus on March 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

When it comes to foreign policy and national defense, he certainly looks like he would be proud to lead us in retreat. After all, nobody ever avoided a fight by just standing around. You avoid it, by letting the enemy standa around while you run like h—.

KW64 on March 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Another Norman Thomas who will gather the same result.

Another Drew on March 7, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Oh please oh please run as an “independent”.

cdog0613 on March 7, 2014 at 1:02 PM

The Ron Paul of Mother Jones subscribers.

Hening on March 7, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Except Ron had a continuing appeal to the young voters. Bernie is your great-grandpa’s socialist, of the Stalin-Mao-Castro generation.

Today’s Komsomol wants a younger, edgier, hipper socialism – like maybe someone with imaginary Indian blood. The woo-woo kind, not the tech support kind.

Lizzie Warren took a tax
Gave her country 40 whacks
And when all the banks had run
She smoked a peace pipe and was done
.

Adjoran on March 7, 2014 at 1:04 PM

But he isnt a Democrat, is he? Would he actually run in the Democratic primaries or would he do a Nader/Perot-like 3rd party bid?

Valkyriepundit on March 7, 2014 at 11:23 AM

In the interview, Sanders says that he hasn’t decided whether he should run as a Democrat or as an independent.

As I see it, if he ran as a Democrat, he would at least get to participate in debates against Hillary. If he ran as an independent, he could wind up barely being able to participate in the election campaign due to a lack of media attention.

J.S.K. on March 7, 2014 at 1:22 PM

This is a move by Princess Warren.

She is testing the waters to see if there is room to run to the left of Hillary. If Sanders moves up, then Warren moves in.

Check the money and associations for Warren links, I would love to know if they are there.

ShadrachSmith on March 7, 2014 at 1:33 PM

This is a move by Princess Warren?

oops.

ShadrachSmith on March 7, 2014 at 1:34 PM

I want to see Bernie campaign overseas like The One did. in fact, I want to see him standing on a podium, delivering his famous statement,

If everyone truly understood Communism they’d beg to live under it.

Like this;

Jeśli wszyscy dobrze rozumieć komunizm oni błagać, aby żyć w nim.

In Warsaw.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 7, 2014 at 2:58 PM

I can see it now: a Sanders/Nader ticket!

A match made in… well… outer celeryland.

ajacksonian on March 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Sanders should be encouraged to run as an independent so he will siphon votes away from Hillary or whoever gets Dem nod.

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/contact

hepcat on March 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM

This is great! This guy spits and drools more than Bahney Fwank!
Hillary would need to wear a slicker in a debate.
Get the popcorn!

DJG541 on March 7, 2014 at 3:55 PM

You go guy! At this point we need all ideas on the table.

BelleStarre on March 7, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Run, Bernie, Run!

Texas Zombie on March 7, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Dems, the party of old socialist candidates. This will look great on TV. The make up artists will be thrilled. Is he supposed to siphon off votes from Killary or attract voters to her? Maybe VT voters will at last pay attention to what they’ve been foisting on the rest of the country all these years.

Kissmygrits on March 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Sanders and Dean, the socialist side-show.

virgo on March 8, 2014 at 12:13 PM