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2020 Dems can't tell Bernie to lay down and die when it's his economic agenda they are hawking

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24.02.2019

In the commentary that accompanied Senator Bernie Sanders entry into the Democratic Party’s presidential primary there was skepticism expressed about the odds his second campaign could win. The argument was made that with an already crowded field of so many younger and more physically attractive contenders, the 77-year old radical’s moment had passed with his greatest contribution visible in the rearview mirror — his post-2016 success in moving the entire Democratic Party to the left.

After all, does't everybody whose anybody in the Democratic Party already support a $15 an hour wage, Medicare-for-all and the Green New Deal? "Thanks old man, we’ve finally got the winning message and we now have our pick of more marketable messengers with better optics."

And yet, within the first 24 hours of his announcing his candidacy his campaign raised $6 million from 220,000 donors. So, just what is it about Sanders that endures and clearly resonates with so many Americans?

It’s his Brooklyn-born directness about our current national circumstance and his fiery analysis connecting the continued blindness to the week-to-week struggle most Americans have making ends meet and the ownership of the news media.

Case in point was the way Sanders responded in an interview to CBS's John Dickerson surfacing the threat to Democrats of an independent presidential candidacy by former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

"Oh isn't that nice?" Sanders said. ”Why is Howard Schultz on every television station in this country? Why are you quoting Howard Schultz? Because he's a billionaire."

He continued, ”There are a lot of people I know personally who work hard for a living and make 40 or $50,000 a year who know a lot more about politics than, with........

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