Bernie Sanders

Sanders To Baucus, Fellow Dems: Who's In Charge Here?
July 01, 2009

The quote of the day comes from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, in a telephone interview with Ezra Klein. And it's about Senator Max Baucus' effort to forge bipartisan health reform through a so-called "Coalition of the Willing": The Coalition of the Willing sounds a bit strange to me. You have a Democratic president and a Democratic majority in the House and 60 votes in the Senate, and the coalition that is determining health-care policy are seven people, including four Republicans? I have a lot of respect for Max Baucus. I know he's working very hard.

Bad Teeth, Cont'd
February 28, 2007

Just an aside related to Brad's post on the tragic and stupid disaster that is dental coverage for the poor: As the New York Times Magazine pointed out last month, this is a longtime crusade of "the socialist senator," Bernie Sanders. I generally associate Sanders with hopeless leftist causes that even his fellow House Democrats won't embrace. But this seems to me an eminently practical crusade that any decent politician should rally behind.

Double Enmity
October 02, 2006

If they didn’t hate each other so much, David Sirota and Dan Gerstein might be friends. They certainly have a lot in common. Both are in their thirties. Both are Jewish. And both are Democratic operatives. But their greatest similarity is their shared love of vicious political combat.

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