Make no mistake about it, there were a lot of very happy people when Bernie Sanders announced his second run for the White House today (see above). The Vermont Senator reportedly brought in more than $3.3 million dollars from 120,000 donors in just the first 10 hours after launching Tuesday morning. But while supporters were cheering “Bernie 2020,” there was a collective groan from thousands who are expressing their discontent with a Sanders candidacy.
Unfortunately for Sanders, nothing he says these days sounds all that revolutionary given the loud and enthusiastic progressive wing of the party and other candidates saying pretty much the same thing. He cites health care, although other contenders have embraced Medicare-for-all. He points to climate change, but a number of Democratic candidates for president have already signed onto the Green New Deal. He wants to stop demonization of immigrants, but Beto O’Rourke — who is reportedly still mulling a presidential run — and others have been saying that for months. Free college tuition? Yawn. We’ve seen that proposal.
He is also a straight white man of nearly eighty, with a long record of hectoring in the Senate but a much shorter list of legislative accomplishments. Other candidates can embody the country’s changing demographics in ways that he cannot…
At a time where folks feel under attack because of who they are, saying race or gender or sexual orientation or identity doesn’t matter is not off, it’s simply wrong.
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) February 19, 2019
RIP my TL but Bernie Sanders is Trump Reelection Insurance.
“The solution to Trumpism is a crusty 80 year old professor of socialist poetry from Bennington Community College,” said no one, ever.
Why not just declare the Sanders- Gabbard ticket now and bring the doom early?
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) February 19, 2019
"Females and black women in particular… feel to some degree alienated" by Bernie Sanders
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) February 19, 2019
Can't think of anything more insufferable than a 2020 debate stage with Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, & Howard Schultz
— Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) February 19, 2019
If Bernie wants to be the democratic nominee he should start by joining the party. The end.
— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) February 19, 2019