I am surprised to hear that Bernie has chucked his hand in again but .. not terribly pleased. I do not think that he's a bad person - quite the contrary - but he's not going to win. Even if he wins the nomination I do not think he's going to beat Trump. I'd love to think he would but I simply don't. I do not know who the best Dem nominee would be but - it is not Sanders
I heard a bird cry, sharp and free. My name is Jordan.
Current polls show Trump losing to all major Democratic candidates, down to and including Mayor Pete Buttegieg, a complete nobody in the race for president. I don't give much credence to polls.
Sanders is doing quite well and has the jump on most candidates in the field.
My disappointment is not Sanders, but Biden. What a hack.
I was surprised that Sanders threw his hat in the ring, myself. I supported him the last round and donated to his campaign. I think he has got it; he knows the direction we, as a nation, should be headed. He has for more than thirty years now and has not wavered in that vision. But, I thought he was done. Besides, I like Liz.
Yes, I have chosen a favorite and did so quite early. Elizabeth Warren has garnered my first donation in this cycle of campaign finance. I wanted to support her the last election, but she refused to run. Now, with her campaigning, I'm more than glad to see my girl...."She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted." That woman, on the campaign trail. And, even this early in the campaign, she's already garnered the spot as the prepared and policy-oriented candidate ("She's got a plan for that!") with a genuine concern for the American public. She is campaigning to rescue the American middle class. At this point, I am supporting Liz.
That said, I'd support Sanders again in a heartbeat.
And, I disagree. I think if Bernie had run as Trump's opponent, there would be no mango shitgibbon in the Oval Office. Bernie would have won.
Biden an Sanders are both too old, in my opinion. They should step aside and make way for younger candidates.
I think that Sanders is one of the freshest and youngest minds in the ring. Not only that, he has been consistent over the entire arc of his political career about his policies and that they are far and away more progressive and forward-thinking that almost all other candidates in the ring (save Liz). Not only that, he's in pretty good physical shape for a man pushing eighty. I understand he plays a little basketball.
And, note that Liz is only eight years younger than Bernie.
That said, Biden's head seems to be locked in to twenty years ago. He has a miserable record and was appended to the Obama ticket as 'balance'...y'know, to balance off all that liberal minority intelligensia aura that Barack put off. So, they matched him with a RC, right-to-life, conservative, Democrat warhawk who was in the pocket of the credit industry. Mind you, this is one of the asshats that helped build the prison-for-profit industry in the US. VP was a great position for him; breaking ties in the Senate was an excellent job for him...nothing more.
What IS the 'right' age?
Remember Never To Forget Rule One.
Rather than some arbitrary age limitation, I think all candidates should be vetted for their knowledge of the processes of which they seek to take the helm. There should be an IQ, mental exam, and civics examination, as well as open public provision of ones tax and financial records, prior to being allowed to run. A turpitude filter would be a welcome addition, too.