Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that Republicans "do not want Americans to succeed" in laying out his case for energizing the liberal base to go to the polls in November.Uh, Bernie, it's exacly becasue of Obama's "progressive agenda that his party faces ruin next month. Good grief, some people just never will get it.
Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist who caucuses with Democrats, discussed President Obama's disconnect with the liberal wing along with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday.
While Obama's accomplishment including healthcare reform have been "nothing to sneeze at," Sanders said, the middle class is shrinking while poverty increases and income gaps become wider.
"We have a very serious situation and I think there's a concern that the president hasn't seen that urgency," Sanders said, and "stood up for the American people the way we would like him to."
He said Obama needed to rally on a "progressive agenda to expand the middle class."
Of course Republicans haven't had the votes or ability to block any of the Democrat agenda the past 20 months, but let's not let facts get in the way of a good rant.
When pressed by host Bob Schieffer on his comments about Republicans, Sanders defended his words, saying that given the choice between political power and "initiatives to help the American people" that the GOP would choose power.
"The Republicans have said no, no, no," Sanders said. "They have been the party of no and obstructionism."
Richardson said it was more than just invigorating the liberal base, but about conservative and moderate Democrats as well, and he advised the various ideological wings to "stop complaining" and work together to win in November.Expect heavy fire in 30 days, champ.
"All Democrats, we should stop firing at each other," Richardson said. "We've got enough people -- the Republicans -- firing at us."