May 5th, 2015

Mic

No more No-True-Socialist

Bernie Sanders To Announce Presidential Run

"...Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will announce his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday. ... Sanders' entry into the Democratic race ensures that Hillary Clinton will face a challenge to win the support of the liberal wing of the party. ... Sanders' basic message will be that the middle class in America has been decimated in the past two decades while wealthy people and corporations have flourished. ... And Sanders says it is imperative that all the Democratic presidential candidates address the issue of trade and income inequality."

Not that he's going to win the nomination anyway (he doesn't have any better chance than an open atheist winning the presidency), but still it's interesting that he has finally decided to run on the Democratic ticket. For his 3 decades of political career he has always run as Independent Socialist (as he calls himself), but on the other hand the left-wing has often criticized him for his voting record, pointing out that it's actually been no different from that of your ordinary liberal Democrat. Chances are that you'd find even Vermont Democrats who've at times been further to the left than Senders. In that sense, his decision to abandon his old "independent" approach may come across as a display of some honesty - at last.

But all criticism from the left aside, his reputation may suffice to allow him to fill the niche that Nader and Nucinich used to occupy, as the alternative leftist candidate. If anything he'll be the mirror opposite of the likes of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, probably without all the crazy. In any case, it'll be curious to see a Democratic candidate who'll respond to being branded "socialist" with, "Yeah, and?"