“Bernie Watch” is my new blog series looking at developments related to the possible presidential run of independent United States Senator Bernie Sander of Vermont.
U. S. Senator Bernie Sanders recently discussed a possible run with John Nichols of The Nation. One of the questions that looms large is whether Sanders will run as an independent or as a Democrat. He has been an elected independent as the Mayor of Burlington, as a member of the U.S. House, and as a member of the U.S. Senate. However, he has caucused with the Democrats while a member of Congress.
I am firmly in the corner of those hoping that Sanders DOES NOT run as a Democrat. I assume this means he would run as an independent, but he could possibly also run as a Green. While I am a member of the Green Party, I am not sure what the rumblings are amongst Greens about this.
I will outline more fully my argument for Sanders not running as a Democrat tomorrow.
A Credo Mobilize petition is being circulated which encourages Sanders to run…as a Democrat.
Credo Mobile is a cell phone carrier which markets itself as the progressive alternative to the big cell phone companies. It claims to support only progressive causes, most of which are mainstream causes closely aligned with the Democratic Party.
The Credo petition is a sign that some liberals and Democrats are nervous about a possible independent run by Sanders. Some still have PTSD from Florida in 2000. Others are worried about a strong and established leftist voice that they cannot control. By getting Sanders to run as a Democrat, they will get him on their home turf.
They should be nervous.
More to come.