Emily has a lot of fun with Bernie Sanders’ White House bid which is expected to be launched tomorrow.
However, I look at it a little bit differently.
In February 2011, I spoke with Sanders briefly after he appeared at a gathering here in Boston. It was not long after he filibustered the tax compromise between President Obama and the Republican Congress. Sanders wasn’t exactly enthusiastic about Obama. So I asked him if he thought he’d face a primary challenge. Sanders replied, “I wouldn’t be surprised, but I don’t have the answer for that.”
Well, he surely has the answer where it concerns Hillary Clinton. The fact that he is challenging her for the Democratic Party nomination and not running as a third party candidate is significant. You can be sure Elizabeth Warren will be watching very, very closely. I have no illusions that Sanders will capture the nomination. But the fact that the 73-year old socialist is running tells me the Left is not enthralled with Hillary. If his campaign gathers any kind of steam it would be interesting to see how the Vermont Senator would do in the neighboring New Hampshire primary. Should Sanders make that race close then look for Elizabeth Warren to be Robert Kennedy to Sanders’ Eugene McCarthy. If that were to happen could Hillary withdraw like LBJ?
OK, I know this is a far fetched scenario. But Sanders has long been a revered figure in the American Left for his willingness to identify himself as a socialist. If Sanders has enough fire in the belly to show that Hillary has a gap with the Left then Elizabeth Warren could come and drive that void wide open.
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