Not yet ready to farewell the liberal firebrand Bernie Sanders? Lucky for you, he’s still saying viva la revolution! The former presidential candidate launched the organization Our Revolution this week. It’s an attempt to hook up his progressive platform to a respirator and keep the spirit of the revolution alive by energizing his support base and thus transforming the political landscape as he originally envisioned. TBD on whether the organization will experience the same unexpected success as his presidential campaign. Unfortunately internal fighting, leadership changes, legal questions and mass resignations are putting a spanner in the works before anyone even presses the start button.
So what does this revolutionary grassroots non-profit do? Apparently it will focus on educating people on important policy issues, getting them involved in ballots and legislation and helping to elect progressive candidates across the country. There’s still some iffy questions surrounding transparency of donations, potential campaign finance restrictions and the extent of Sanders’ involvement. There’s no question that his involvement is vital for tapping into the enthusiasm that followed him during his campaign, but there are major legal limits on what he can do in terms of fundraising and contributions.
Meanwhile Sanders has been noticeably absent from the Clinton campaign trail, despite his promise to do everything he can to stop Republican nominee Trump from becoming president. In fact Sanders has yet to campaign for any of the candidates that he has endorsed. But with all of the controversies dogging the Clintons these days, Sanders will be sorely needed in the swing states where he’s popular such as Maine, New Hampshire, Nevada and Pennsylvania. Apparently he’s been writing a book (think: a longer version of his stump speech) due out after the election, making some wonder if he’s more interested in re-living the past than in considering the future.
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