Mar 22, 2016 2:40 PM GMT
Your thoughts, please.
pellaz saidnot altogether good
Trump has re branded the republican party the party for the under educated.
Sanders is cannon fodder.
rnch saidYour thoughts, please.
DOMINUS saidTrump is a true Republican. Sanders is a pseudo-Democrat with decidedly left-wing,
liberal leaningsSocialist beliefs.
...So can Sanders accurately claim to be unaffiliated with a political party while still running for the Democratic nomination and sometimes calling himself a Democrat?
It may seem oxymoronic, but yes, he can.
...Sanders’ electoral history places him firmly in the independent camp, but also shows that he has been gradually moving away from the far left....
...Liberty Union Party co-founder Peter Diamondstone doesn’t buy Sanders’ claims to independence. He told the Daily Caller that Sanders "became a full-time Democrat" in 1984, when he campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale...
...Sanders lobbied for admission into the Democratic caucus for practical reasons (getting coveted committee assignments, mustering votes for bills), according to news reports from his first year in Congress. But party leaders wouldn’t let him join as he refused to become a Democrat.
So in 1991, Sanders along with four liberal Democrats founded the Congressional Progressive Caucus and he became its chairman. During his second year in office, Sanders continued to agitate and criticize Democrats, lumping them in with Republicans and call both parties’ tax proposals "grossly inadequate."
At some point, Sanders began to win the goodwill of Democratic leadership, all the while refusing to join the party.
A month before he was re-elected to a third term in 1994, House Democrats blessed his claim for a leadership role on one of his committees...a spokesperson for his Republican opponent called Sanders "an adjunct to the Democratic Party" according to the Washington Post.
The party backed Sanders’ 1996 re-election bid over one of their own. Burlington lawyer and Democrat Jack Long, after being informed that the party was committed to Sanders...
By 1997, Sanders was still not a member of the House Democratic Caucus nor a Democrat. But he voted with the party more often than the average Democrat (95 percent of the time opposed to 80 percent). Keeping good to their promise, Democratic leadership gave Sanders a subcommittee chairmanship over a freshman Democrat.
When he ran for the Senate a decade later in 2006, still as an independent, the party worked to stop Democratic candidates from running against him, and he was endorsed by numerous state and national Democrats.
...political affiliation in the United States is a matter of self-identification, in both the governing system and the party organizations...
...Sanders listed the Democratic Party as his party affiliation in his statement of candidacy...
...In November, Sanders announced that he was full-fledged Democrat and declared as a Democrat in New Hampshire...
...One thing is clear: Sanders isn’t enthusiastic about being part of the Democratic club, or any club for that matter.
"He was never really a party guy," Guma, the author of the book on Sanders’ legacy in Vermont, told the Daily Beast. "His career was to be a voice and a candidate."