Bernie Sanders

Sanders Admits His Health Plan Will Bankrupt the US

Featured image Bernie Sanders’s single-payer health care plan released yesterday offered no cost estimate, and no funding mechanism, though a credible estimate from the Urban Institute of a previous Sanders proposal came in at $32 trillion of new spending for the first ten years. I suspect that for Sanders, this is a feature and not a bug. Over at Reason, Peter Suderman has done yeoman work in digging up a 1987 event »

It’s Official: Democrats Now the Socialist Party of America

Featured image With new survey evidence showing that the base Democratic Party voter has been steadily shifting to the left for the last 15 years, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post yesterday made it official: When Bernie Sanders launched his bid for the Democratic nomination, he was often asked whether he, a democratic socialist, would actually become a Democrat. Now, more than a year after he ignited a movement with his unsuccessful »

The socialist temptation

Featured image Marxism appeared to have suffered a knockout with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. It looked at the time like the postscript to Ronald Reagan’s long struggle against Communism, the struggle Peter Schweizer called Reagan’s War. Now in what seems like the blink of an eye, Bernie Sanders has somehow become the most popular politician in the United States. By contrast with Reagan, here is a guy who »

Trump resistance flops again

Featured image In what may have been a mild upset victory, Omaha’s Republican mayor Jean Stothert defeated Bernie Sanders–backed Democrat, Heath Mello. The margin was 53-46. Dave Begley, our man in Omaha (and Council Bluffs), wrote about the Omaha mayor’s race here. He called it “a national proxy political war” and noted that Hillary Clinton won more Omaha votes than Donald Trump. Moreover, registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by 16,000 in Omaha. »

Dave Begley: Live from Omaha, it’s Keith and Bernie

Featured image Omaha attorney Dave Begley covered the appearances of presidential candidates in Iowa and Nebraska for us over the past two years. Yesterday Keith Ellison and Bernie Sanders came to town. The Omaha World-Herald was on hand for local readers. Dave reports: A national proxy political war is being waged in Omaha in the race for mayor. This might surprise Power Line’s national readership, but it is true. The Democrats desperately »

Sanders supporter to Hillary rally: Don’t vote for her

Featured image The president of a local Bernie Sanders club was asked to speak at a Clinton rally in Iowa. Speak, he did — urging the crowd not to vote for Hillary. Hillary’s “muscle” ushered the man off the stage. It was too late, however, to prevent him from making his #NeverHillary” statement and too late to prevent him from becoming, one hopes, an internet sensation. It must be exceedingly difficult for »

Clinton attracting only two-thirds of Sanders voters

Featured image Harry Enten at FiveThrityEight reports that, according to poll data, Hillary Clinton has the support of only two-thirds of Bernie Sanders voters in a race that provides more than two options. In such a race, Clinton wins 69 percent of Sanders supporters in CNN’s latest poll and 65 percent in Marist’s ( YouGov has Clinton doing much worse with the Sanders crowd, but this looks like an outlier). Clinton did »

Bernie shouts the case for Clinton in dark speech

Featured image Bernie Sanders made the socialist case for Hillary Clinton tonight. It’s a strong case that should persuade his rational supporters. Fortunately, for Donald Trump, it may well be that many Sanders supporters are irrational. Sanders’ address was preceded by a speech by Elizabeth Warren and an introduction by Keith Ellison. Before that, Michelle Obama spoke. I didn’t hear her speech, but assume she was good. She always is. Warren’s speech »

A laughable Washington Post attack on Bernie Sanders

Featured image It’s no secret that the Washington Post wants Bernie Sanders to give up his presidential run so that life will become easier for the Post’s candidate, Hillary Clinton. But this article by John Wagner attacking Sanders for inflicting on taxpayers the cost of his Secret Service detail carries the joke too far. Wagner reports: Although Hillary Clinton has clinched the party’s nomination, Sanders retains one of the trappings of a »

Bernie Sanders, Anti-Semite?

Featured image Bernie Sanders is a Jew, so to call him an anti-Semite is counterintuitive. But the principal form of anti-Semitism in our era is an obsession with, and hypocritical focus on, alleged misdeeds of Israel. Hundreds of thousands killed in Syria? Who cares? Human shields died in Gaza! You know the drill. Alan Dershowitz worries that Sanders’ anti-Israel fixation will drag down the Democratic Party. That isn’t my concern, but Dershowitz »

No Wonder Sandernistas Want Free Stuff

Featured image Turns out a lot of Sanders supporters really need a lot of free stuff. Kudos to the Los Angeles Times for producing this chart, which shows that over a quarter of Sanders donors are not working: Meanwhile, MSNBC is running the following ad starting tomorrow on conservative websites: Sorry, but that lineup is one-for-six on having “conservatives” that most conservatives care  about, if in fact they don’t deserve exile (that »

Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride, & Other Saturday Observations

Featured image Trump certainly keeps things interesting, doesn’t he? Paul reviewed the reasons for and against a Trump debate, concluding it’s a bad idea. That just made me think that Trump was more likely to do it, and who knows—he may well still change his mind. But what is Trump possibly thinking in attacking the judge in his Trump University civil case? (It’s also less than shrewd, even for Trump, to refer »

A Trump-Sanders debate?

Featured image There’s talk of a debate between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. It would occur before the California primary. Sanders says he’s up for it. Trump said so too, but now it seems he may have been joking. For Sanders, a successful debate against Trump could propel him to victory in California, something he dearly would love to achieve. However, it wouldn’t propel him to the nomination. Hillary Clinton has that »

Sanders places anti-Israel leftists on Dem platform committee

Featured image “Bernie Sanders’ goal is to transform the Democratic Party, which is already a European style social-democratic party, into a full-fledged vehicle for socialism.” So says Ron Radosh, and I agree. By running so well against Hillary Clinton, Sanders has made significant progress towards accomplishing this goal. As Radosh explains, “worried about keeping the support of Bernie’s people after her nomination is wrapped up, Clinton is being forced to tilt further »

The SNL Indicator

Featured image Saturday Night Live has done it again, with a fresh Hillary-Bernie sketch last night that rubs raw all of the jangling nerves of the Democratic Party contest. It’s another amazing indicator of how the Democratic race is suddenly more interesting than the Republican race. (Either that, or Trump is hard to satirize because the real thing is so entertaining.) »

Can Clinton count on Sanders voters?

Featured image A few days ago I wrote: Once Clinton becomes the nominee, it’s likely that Democrats and left-leaning independents will coalesce around her candidacy. Probably not to the same extent that her supporters coalesced around Obama in 2008, but to a considerable degree. In March, when Clinton was far ahead of Trump in the polls, I was even more convinced of her ability to win the support of Sanders voters. But »

The Tragedy of Democratic Socialism

Featured image We have chronicled the catastrophic decline of Venezuela’s economy under socialists Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro. The situation has gotten so bad that even the New York Times has taken note: “Dying Infants and No Medicine: Inside Venezuela’s Failing Hospitals.” By morning, three newborns were already dead. The day had begun with the usual hazards: chronic shortages of antibiotics, intravenous solutions, even food. Then a blackout swept over the city, »