Thursday, August 11, 2005

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is running for Senate in the Green Mountain State. He's been an astoundingly popular Congressman, running for re-election as an independent in a state known for its independence.

Via Armando at DailyKos we learn of a Rolling Stone profile of him and four amendments he tried to get through the House.

Why did they choose him?

[S]ince the Republicans took over Congress in 1995, no other lawmaker – not Tom DeLay, not Nancy Pelosi – has passed more roll-call amendments than Bernie Sanders.
To pass a roll call amendment, you need a majority. In a Republican House, being the roll call amendment king means getting Republicans to vote for an idea proposed by the gentleman from Vermont, a man who has described himself as a socialist, though he doesn't run on the Socialist ticket.

Taibbi writes:

For all the fuss over his "socialist" tag, Sanders is really a classic populist outsider. The mere fact that Sanders signed off on the idea of serving as my guide says a lot about his attitude toward government in general: He wants people to see exactly what he's up against.
Read the piece, and if you like him, drop a couple bucks on him through the ActBlue list. As an independent, he doesn't get support from any party, and I like the idea of an independent getting elected to the Senate.

Read the piece, but be prepared to be disturbed at how dysfunctional the system can be.