Friday’s 8 and a half hour long speech by Senator Bernard Sanders has electrified American liberal activists. Just when Barack Obama, the politician they had worked so hard to put in office just two years ago, had led them to fear that they could never trust any politician again, Senator Sanders came along and showed what a true progressive leader looks like. Sanders put Obama to shame on Friday.
For his 2012 re-election campaign, Barack Obama is left with only a few die hard Democratic insiders willing to work for him. Sure, Obama’s got a lot of corporate money on his side, but is that enough?
Bernie Sanders has the kind of mojo that Obama had in 2008 – a sincere, genuine, grassroots movement. Within hours of the beginning of the Sanders filibuster, a web site called Is Bernie Sanders Still Talking? was set up to collect grassroots contributions to the Sanders campaign committee.
At Change.org, a petition to thank Sanders was set up. Not much later, a Draft Bernie Sanders web site was set up. One of many visitors to the site left a message for Sanders reading, “Your powerful Senate speech on Dec. 10 restored some faith that this ‘American experiment’ may not be a lost cause yet. I would wholeheartedly support your candidacy for president.”
There’s already a collection of Sanders for President campaign gear brought together over at ProgressiveBumperSticker.com. The collection could be augmented with the poster you see here, calling Bernard Sanders “a real independent”, in comparison to corporate creations like Michael Bloomberg.
The poster’s creator comments, “American liberals are throwing their support behind a presidential campaign by Senator Bernard Sanders because they want a voice they can trust in the White House. Put this poster up to show support.” The poster itself features a quotation from the Sanders filibuster on Friday: “There is a war going on in this country. I am not referring to the war in Iraq or the war in Afghanistan. I am talking about a war being waged by some of the wealthiest and most powerful people against working families, against the disappearing and shrinking middle class of our country. The billionaires of America are on the warpath. They want more and more and more.”