Howard Dean endorses Vermont Socialist for Senate
Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean has gone on record as supporting Vermont "Independent" Bernie Sanders' run for the U.S. Senate:
Breaking party lines, former Gov. Howard Dean said Monday he supports Rep. Bernard Sanders' bid for the U.S. Senate, saying the Independent makes a "strong candidate."
"A victory for Bernie Sanders is a win for Democrats," Dean said in a telephone interview Monday.
The linked-to article makes no mention of Sanders' political affiliation, other than citing to him as an "Independent." Similarly, Sanders' current House member's webpage calls him only an "Independent," though his bio does provide the following information:
Other books that describe his political career as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont and candidate for Congress are:
People's Republic: Vermont and the Sanders Revolution by Greg Guma, 1989;
Challenging the Boundaries of Reform: Socialism in Burlington by W.J. Conroy, 1990;
Socialist Mayor: Bernard Sanders in Burlington, Vermont by Steven Soifer, 1991;
Making History in Vermont: The Election of a Socialist to Congress by Steven Rosenfeld, 1992.
He is the only independent member of the House, and is one of very few self-declared socialists elected to federal office in the United States in recent times.
A victory for Bernie Sanders is a win for Socialsts everywhere. And, as Howard Dean himself said, "A victory for Bernie Sanders is a win for Democrats."
Posted by jkhat at May 10, 2005 01:05 PM
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|# May 10th, 2005 10:17 PM Laura|
|I dropped by for a minute earlier today, thought about commenting, then figured, what's to discuss? This isn't a surprise to anyone who's been awake the last year or so... looks like nobody else is shocked either. Sad. |
|# May 10th, 2005 10:24 PM james|
|heh, there was one guy that was shocked that i would imply that the dems are socialists, but his mother apparently never taught him which language is appropriate for public and which should be kept among friends, so i had to delete his comment. (check the deleted comments to see it)
oh, and we were cited over in the salon "war room":
Others are more dubious, including one blogger over at "Dummocrats," who, under the banner "Commie Watch," says Sanders is in fact a Socialist. (The post cites several books covering Sanders' days as mayor of Burlington more than a decade ago.)
are they trying to discredit me by saying that since the sources are 10 years old he's no longer a socialist? isn't that sort of like trying to discredit someone for saying that hitler was a nazi by pointing out that "mein kampf was published over 50 years ago!"
you know, i used to read salon back when it was still at salon1999.com, and i don't remember it being this goofy.
|# May 10th, 2005 10:43 PM kris|
|i didn't know how to take that comment either. i'd give them the benefit of the doubt, but they were so obviously giddy to be able to mention the "commie watch" icon, as well as our crazy partisan blog name. |
|# May 11th, 2005 10:14 AM countertop|
|He's still a commie and whats even worse, with his ascension to the Senate, he'll be replaced in the House by former Democratic Party Candidate for Governor and current socialist/progressive mayor of Burlinton (and long time chrony of Sanders) Peter Clavelle.
Of course, I might be wrong. The state might just do the wonderful thing and elect the true communist Cheryl Rivers to the House.
Its Vermont though, so you never know who they are gonna get. It might even be Karen Kerin the pro gun transexual who I went to law school with and is now married to a woman - its a lesbian relationship but allegedly her birth certificate lists her as a he and so the state granted them a real marriage.
Vermont is a gorgeous but very strange state.