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!