The man is an Independent. He will never be made majority leader...even if he should be.
Jerry Critter---Point taken, But didn't he switch over to run for President?
Sanders is still listed as an Independent on the senate website.
After his speech and the end of the DNC he switched his affiliation back from D to I. That is NOT to say he could not be the majority leader but it would take a mass call in, texting, telegrams etc, from his base to make that happen. The sitting Senators would need to be swayed by populism not lobbyists.I think though he could get a couple of pretty hefty committee chairman slots. I honestly think the Democrat party is afraid of him and his mainly younger base who are just now beginning to really engage in the process. They are the future and could easily in the next 15-20 years make the Democrat party irrelevant.
Jerry Critter---I was wondering how someone could run for a major office of a party and not be a member of that party. Plus, I recall Sanders saying to someone last Fall or Winter (I'm paraphrasing) that of course he was a Democrat...he was running for president on their ticket. Turns out, you were correct, as walking man points out next up. walking man---Thanks for clearing that up for me. Somehow I missed that move. As to his young supporters and the future. My 20 year old daughter is an ardent Bernie supporter and she takes all of this very, very seriously...as do her friends. So, yeah...new times in the ol' party are acomin'.
The real question is, will Clinton's shift to the left make it into the Oval Office?
As far as I know there is nothing that says the majority leader has to be a member of the party and Bernie does caucus with the Dems.
As I understand it the majority leader in the senate is elected by a vote of the senators of the majority party. It is usually passed down to a member of the Ol'Boy party members, of which Sanders is not. His base won't make a hell of a lot of difference since he is only reelected to Vermont voters.I was solid for Sanders but thought he acted like a petulant old man with only a lukewarm endorsement of Hillary. It is either Hillary or Trump and Sanders could have done an energetic endorsement and quieted his dissenters - but didn't. the Ol'Buzzard
Bottom line, she got more votes.
Jerry Critter---Not left enough for me, I fear. But I'm voting for her for sure.Kulkuri---That's what I thought, but I wasn't certain.Ol'B---I've been following Bernie for years and was really energized by his campaign, but in the end, given that it was clear he lost (REGARDLESS of why) it was time to energetically endorse Clinton to bring together the whiner followers and for the obvious threat of the maniac whose name we all know. In other words, for the good of all, we need to assure that asshole will not get in the Whitehouse. The endorsement didn't come across strong enough for me either.Jerry Critter---She did indeed.
just dropping bye to say hi ... can't we start a whole new campaign, new bidders...LOL ... X out those already in contention...gawd.
Bella---If only. I'm still trying to figure out where it all went awry. Maybe when we broke away from the British? Damned if I know.
We need to take back the Senate in any case. It would be nice if Bernie could be Majority Leader, but it's unlikely. But if Trump gets the White House and/or the GOP keeps the Senate, we're f&cked.
Tom---Yep. The only consolation to Trump getting elected is that all the ignoramuses who voted for him will be f&cked as well...they're just blind to it.
Hell yeah! And let's get progressive majorities in both houses so only progressive legislation crosses President Clinton's desk.
Professor C---Yes, indeed...that would be loverly. Could happen.
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