Bernie Sanders

The Ultimate Bernie Bro Appears to be a “Comrade”

Featured image It appears that the ultimate “Bernie Bro” (whatever exactly that is supposed to be) is . . . Bernie Sanders himself. A short grainy video has emerged in the last couple days, apparently put out by the Beto O’Rourke camp, that shows a shirtless Bernie (insert shudder here) in Moscow on his honeymoon in 1988, singing “This Land Is Your Land” with a bunch of Soviets who appear (for that »

Is Bernie Sanders the Dems’ great white hope? [UPDATED]

Featured image Bernie Sanders reportedly will enter the presidential race very soon. When he does, I believe he will be the first white, heterosexual male contending for the Democratic nomination. (At any rate, I can’t think of another). Beto O’Rourke might join the race. That would make two. But O’Rourke, though a phenom, lacks Sanders’ nationwide following. So even with Beto in the race, Sanders would be the leading white male contender »

Let’s give Bernie Sanders his due

Featured image This New York Times article is called “Ocasio-Cortez Pushes Democrats to the Left, Whether They Like It or Not.” The Times’ Shane Goldmacher writes: Not so long ago, left-wing activists were dismissed as fringe or even kooky when they pressed for proposals to tax the superrich at 70 percent, to produce all of America’s power through renewable resources or to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Then along came Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez »

The Mike Lee-Bernie Sanders show

Featured image Sen. Mike Lee used to be something of a conservative hero. More recently, he’s become heavy into working with Democrats. Not just any Democrats, but some of the most liberal, most stridently partisan Senate Dems. He and Sen. Dick Durbin combined to sponsor the jailbreak legislation that may well be on the verge of passing the Senate. A few years ago Lee and Durbin collaborated on a jailbreak bill that »

Medicaid for all

Featured image Following the lead of Bernie Sanders, many Democrats advocate “Medicare for All.” It’s a smart move. Most old folks, including me, are very happy with the insurance Medicare provides. Many non-old folks realize this and wish they had coverage as good. But Wesley Smith argues that Sanders is actually offering Medicaid for all. Medicaid is a troubled health insurance program for the poor and, thanks to expansion, some who are »

Socialism, the Great Destroyer

Featured image Daniel Pipes has a column in the Wall Street Journal on Venezuela which, if you are not a subscriber, you can read a portion of at Pipes’s web site. A key paragraph: The story of Venezuela, brought from affluence to misery by its own madman in authority, makes this point with singular clarity. In 1914, the discovery of oil on Venezuelan land brought the country vast revenues and produced a »

The Confusions of the Left, Or, When Bernie Made Sense

Featured image It’s giant bucket full-butter popcorn time watching the left not know how to react to Trump trashing the Koch brothers. Naturally I had to do up a custom meme just for the occasion. Not only are the Kochs disaffected with the Trump policy on trade, but they are also way more pro-immigration. Which brings me back to those old comments from Bernie Sanders that the left really want to make »

Got Dem Blues?

Featured image Remember that blue wave tsunami coming to wipe out Republicans in the mid-term elections? Well, it seems to have hit a sandbar far from shore. First, the “generic ballot” of which party voters prefer for Congress has suddenly swung in favor of Republicans, following months of a slowly but steadily narrowing lead for Democrats. The newest poll, from Reuters (generally thought to be without any possible Republican bias—see chart below), »

Silence of the Bern

Featured image The indictments handed up on Friday allege that the Russian defendants supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries and Donald Trump in the Republican primaries. Quoting the indictment, Politico’s Gabriel Debenedetti notes that Russian “specialists were instructed to post content that focused on ‘politics in the USA’ and to ‘use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump—we support them.)’” The internal quote is derived from »

Donna Brazile switches trains

Featured image Donna Brazile rode the Clinton express for decades, parlaying the ride into fame and possibly fortune. Now that the one-time express is a stalled local, Brazile has hopped off, and will make a pretty penny for her expose of that train. As Steve suggests, Brazile isn’t just hopping off the Clinton train and trying to sell her book. She also wants fellow passengers to disembark with her. It suits this »

Stumping Sanders

Featured image I missed the town hall debate on tax reform held earlier this week in Washington between Senators Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz. Hosted by CNN, the debate may have been missed by many Power Line readers. The Daily Wire’s Robert Kraychik draws attention to one of the highlights with the question put to Sanders by Cruz: “What is the difference between a socialist and a Democrat on taxes?” The question »

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 »