The implication [is] that progressive Bernie Sanders is too far to the left to accomplish anything—all of his ideas are pie-in-the-sky. You have to be able to find the bipartisan, “warm, purple space” as Clinton said earlier this year, to get anything done. Slate’s Jamelle Bouie was super-impressed by this rationale, saying Clinton has “skilled use of bureaucratic power.”
The problem with this narrative is that it is completely false. Not only has Sanders gotten a lot more things done than Clinton did in her own short legislative career, he’s actually one of the most effective members of Congress, passing bills, both big and small, that have reshaped American policy on key issues like poverty, the environment and health care.
An addendum here is that Hillary is actually linking herself to Obama’s record which, while praiseworthy for what the gentleman has managed to accomplish, does seem somewhat lacking. Whether you blame that on an intransigent ReThug Congress or a reluctance on the administration’s part the ‘negotiate’, the fact is there’s not a lot of there there. And that also needs be balanced against things like Obama’s Drones Over America program combined with the continued violation of all American’s civil rights via the illegal yet ongoing surveillance state.
It appears that Hillary is relying on the older, scared and angry white vote while the aged Sanders is relying on the younger, forward-looking hipster class.
Meanwhile, back in Vermont…
Ted Cruz does not meet the “natural-born citizen” qualification, since he was born outside the country as noted in the story, but also because his father was not a “citizen of the United States” at the time of his son’s birth. Further, that Rubio and Jindal are not qualified since, while they were born on U.S. soil, their parents were not “citizens of the United States” at the time of their child’s birth. The article states: “Rubio and Jindal are discounted because their parents weren’t born in the U.S.” and this is not the requirement — the parents need only be citizens of the United States (natural born citizen or naturalized citizens) at the time of the child’s birth on U.S. soil.
The term “discounted” seems too pejorative; all of these candidates are intelligent, wise men of upstanding character and have served as leaders with distinction. They are all “citizens of the United States” and are constitutionally qualified to serve in each and every post and position within state and national government, except one — president of the United States and commander-in-chief of the military.
That was H. Brooke Paige, candidate for governor of Vermont.
Oh, he’s also running as Republican candidate for president of the United States. In Vermont only.
It should be noted that Paige has in the past challenged the birthplace of Obama, finally being rebuffed in his efforts only by SCOTUS. It is unknown whether Mr. Paige is either an overt or covert operative for Donald Trump. 1
Misguided wing-nut though he may be, Paige is not as obnoxious as Trump, and he does show a certain tenacity. Perhaps Sanders should choose Paige as his running-mate; at least then his campaign wouldn’t have to continually fend off questions about whether an aging white woman was capable of standing in for Bernie after his incapacitating heart attack in his 2nd year in office.