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“There should not be an overreaction to this,” said Dr. Steve Nissen, a heart expert at Cleveland Clinic who has not treated Sanders himself. “If he were my patient, I might ask him to avoid 16-hour days for at least a little bit of time. But there’s absolutely no reason he can’t get back to full activity soon.”

Heart attack patients may be statistically more prone to future heart attacks, Nissen said, but that doesn’t mean Sanders will have another episode or has to slow down for more than a few days or weeks.

“What’s more important than his age is his condition before the event. He strikes me as an incredibly vigorous and energetic guy. People like that tend to do well,” Nissen said, adding that he doesn’t buy the idea that stress causes heart attacks. “The culprit is a blockage in the coronary artery.”



The latest batch of fundraising reports released this week confirmed a new reality of presidential politics: the traditional, big-dollar model of funding a presidential campaign is going the way of landlines and the VCR.

With Elizabeth Warren’s announcement Friday that she had raised nearly $25 million in the last three months — slightly less than Bernie Sanders reported Tuesday — two candidates who didn’t hold traditional donor events became the top two fundraisers in Democratic primary.

And they both blew past the ones who did.

Warren and Sanders, who raised $25.3 million, both finished about $10 million ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden for the quarter.

Biden, meanwhile, fell back in his fundraising, posting $15.2 million – about $7 million less than he raised the previous three months. And other Democrats who relied on traditional, big-dollar fundraisers also slipped, presaging difficulties financing robust campaigns.

Sen. Kamala Harris’ reported haul of $11.6 million came in slightly lower than her second quarter. And though South Bend Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg posted $19.1 million, that number was down, too, from the previous three months, when he raised $24.8 million.

“The fact that progressives combined to raise $50 million without one fundraiser is mind-boggling,” said Rebecca Katz, a progressive consultant who advised Cynthia Nixon in her primary campaign against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year. “And really exciting, because they showed there’s a better way to do this.”

The quarterly fundraising reports marked a victory for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. And its effects were felt more broadly than on the candidates’ bottom lines. Freed from the time constraints of traditional fundraising, Warren spent hours in photograph lines at campaign events throughout the summer, while Sanders — before his hospitalization this week — maintained a frenetic pace on the trail.

And as the campaign accelerates this fall, Warren and Sanders are poised to compound the effect of their small donors. Unlike contributors who give the maximum amount at exclusive donor events, small-dollar contributors can re-up repeatedly.

“Anybody whose core model is big-money fundraisers will get tapped out at some point and have diminishing returns,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which has endorsed Warren, “whereas 10- and 20-dollar donors can keep coming back to the table over and over again.”



I know it’s a piece of Bad News for his campaign that will raise Critical Questions, but I don’t think I quite realized how much we need Bernie Sanders—or how much I need him, personally—and how desperately urgent it is for us to elect him, until this afternoon, when the news came out that he had been hospitalized for a heart attack.

When someone has a brush with some serious medical problem, the idea of losing them inevitably flickers into your mind. And when that happens, you realize what they really mean to you, because you can see for a second what the world would look like without them. The sheer terror with which I contemplated a world without Bernie made me realize just how important he is right now.

I am already feeling strange saying this, because I am so grossed out by personality cults, and I hate the idea of lapsing into adulation of a politician, and I’ve always tried to maintain a critical stance on Bernie even if I clearly prefer him as the Democratic candidate. I do not love people I do not know, and I have never met Bernie, so I do not love Bernie.

But I also feel like this candidacy is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do something incredible, and that if we don’t take it we’ll regret it, and that he knows that, and that he’s willing to destroy himself and shorten his life and give up whatever he might have wanted to do with his twilight years in order to accomplish the most serious political mission of any of our lifetimes. It has to be done, and he knows it. I don’t think he’s particularly glad that it’s fallen on him to do it, but it has. And so he will do it or he will die trying, and the rest of us need to do whatever we can to make sure he doesn’t have to die trying. If he’s willing to kill himself for this, if he’ll fight to the last breath, who are we to talk about the Questions and Doubts about Whether He Can Do It, instead of spending our time making sure that he does do it. Don’t be the person who spent their time watching Bernie and speculating about whether he would hold out.

Don midwest
Don midwest

excellent article.

I think it summarizes why people here are so much behind Bernie

well, I looked up the author Nathan J. Robinson and found lots of stuff

he is about 30 years old and has published in all kinds of different places

he wrote book about Clinton’s assault on blacks “Superpredator” in 2016

the title of the journal Current Affairs sounded like it had been around for always, but it was founded by Robinson in 2015 and for years he assembled the magazine in his own room.

in a long article in 2017 mostly an interview of Robinson and discussion of Robinson’s magazine Current Affairs, and some comparison with other publications like Jacobian

Inside the issues are essays and reviews that relentlessly critique popular entertainment as well as Democratic and Republican politics. No subject is safe from a scathing takedown, from the musical Hamilton to establishment academics and the Democrats’ politesse. Yet the Current Affairs tone is relentlessly sunny and energetic. Its pages are filled with satirical fake ads (think A Prairie Home Companion), comics, and interactive activities that might appear on the back of a highly partisan cereal box. The vibe is more cutesy Highlights than dour New Left Review. “I’m terrified of people getting bored,” the editor says with a laugh. “Because I get bored very easily.”

Current Affairs is part of a wave of print and digital independent leftist media organizations gaining steam after the November presidential election. Not only are heritage brands like The New York Times and Vanity Fair adding tens of thousands of subscribers; business is also booming for Jacobin, the colorful Marxist journal founded in 2010; Chapo Trap House, a darkly funny roundtable podcast made up of mostly Brooklynite, mostly male 20- and 30-somethings; and The Baffler, a magazine of cultural critique first established in 1988 (and to which I have contributed) that’s the closest predecessor to Robinson’s project. All are helping fill a political vacuum that Hillary Clinton’s loss created, or perhaps revealed to a wider public.

While the likes of The Washington Post and The New York Times charge ahead with investigating Trump’s White House and providing polestars of public opinion for mainstream liberalism, these smaller publications are courting a different kind of follower. Their audiences are still looking for an alternative to the usual media model, a more intimate voice to help them keep up hope during an administration that few expected.

The Rise of the Hard Left
Pugnacious, mischievous, smart, and angry as hell, a new sort of liberal media has risen in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency

what I realized that even with how much time I spend on politics, there are other important streams


I’m a big fan of Nathan J. Robinson.



Robinson is an excellent writer. His video stuff that I have seen has all been very good. I like him.


Anand Giridharadas reveals himself to be an entitled whiner, owed much respect from Bernie fans because he wrote about Bernie but now he has appeared in a Sanders fan video, oh no:

As someone pointed out yesterday (on Twitter), this is like Hollywood celebrities who yell “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM!” when they get arrested. The video he is peeved by is not-for-profit so the creator is not making money from it, Anand appeared on MSCNBC and is thus a public figure, and usage of his footage is covered by the Fair Use doctrine. If I had an animated GIF of a crying baby I’d post it.

I know you’ve all seen the video, which is really something that all the other candidates can only wish one of their people had made for them, it’s that good.

PS: I have not been able to post or comment for several days, and this morning suddenly, with no changes at all to my system, I can. Sometimes I hate computers.


Yayy, you’re here! Did you computer do an update?

Why is Anand all indignant? Is he in the video? If so I missed it, had some water in my eye.


I did no upgrades, didn’t change anything – it’s a mystery.

It’s that video that has 3M views now (in what, two days?), the one that includes J rubin, Mimi Rocah, and a whole bunch of others – it must have been posted here. If you haven’t seen it – you MUST watch, preferably directly on youtube so it’s bigger. It’s an incredible video.

[Edit: I see now it has already been posted. I figured it was, but hadn’t seen that part of the page yet.]

AG is in it (very short appearance) saying something like “Bernie is grumpy” or whatever (which he did say – it’s real footage, whatever the actual quote was) and so he feels lumped in with all the others. And he is, in a way, but only to make a larger point. For him to complain that he is not appreciated enough, and that he had to be away from his family for 8 days while writing the article, is just lame as hell. Fact: the article was a TIME cover story! AG got paid handsomely for it, and obviously he knew what would be involved when he accepted the job.

AG writes well, and I like his subject matter, but I now think he is a real dickhead. I had unfollowed him three months ago because his Twitter feed is a massive ego stream and I just couldn’t take it, but I was surprised to see this.


Didn’t need to put that video in since it’s already up above, but it’s too late to edit it out. Oh well, it’s worth leaving in case somebody else hasn’t seen it.


Up to 4.7 million views.


Glad you’re back. What happened to wind dancer?


I’ve been wondering that same thing. Hope all is ok!


Did I already post this? Well, if I did, she’s worth seeing again, LOL.




T and R, LD!!


It’s always a good day to see a pic of your pointy-eared pooch imo.


Elizabeth Warren campaign fires its national organizing director amid accusations of inappropriate behavior

Elizabeth Warren’s campaign has fired its national organizing director, Richard McDaniel, after “multiple complaints regarding inappropriate behavior,” the campaign said Friday.

“Over the past two weeks, senior campaign leadership received multiple complaints regarding inappropriate behavior by Rich McDaniel,” Warren communications director Kristen Orthman said in a statement. “Over the same time period, the campaign retained outside counsel to conduct an investigation. Based on the results of the investigation, the campaign determined that his reported conduct was inconsistent with its values and that he could not be a part of the campaign moving forward.”

In a statement provided to CNN, McDaniel confirmed that he is no longer with the Warren campaign, saying that “departing at this time is in the best interest of both parties.”
“I would never intentionally engage in any behavior inconsistent with the campaign or my own values,” McDaniel said. “If others feel that I have, I understand it is important to listen even when you disagree.”

McDaniel declined a request from CNN for an interview. In the same written statement, McDaniel said he had “tremendous respect” for his former colleagues on the campaign “despite any disagreements,” and that he wished the campaign well.
According to a source familiar with the investigation conducted by outside counsel Kate Kimpel of KK Advising, the Warren campaign did not hear any reports of sexual assault or rape, but added that they can’t say more due to confidentiality.

The firing was first reported by Politico.

McDaniel is the former field and political director for Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama and senior adviser to Randall Woodfin’s mayoral campaign in Birmingham. He was also Hillary Clinton’s primary states regional director.


And he worked for Obama too, interesting that they left that out.

McDaniels, who’s an experienced political operative based in Atlanta, has worked for President Obama’s re-election campaign in Georgia

Rich McDaniel: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

He was one of the first hires Warren made when building up her campaign team, and was paid similar to a senior staffer.



I read this morning that this all actually happened three weeks ago. I guess I should watch more MSM because I imagine they’ve been talking all about it and asking when will Warren disavow sexual harrasssment and asking her to apologize to any and all women who have be victimized.


Or not.



I need to heed this (so I will).






@0rf’s (a.k.a. Matt Orfalea) video just hit 3 million views.


Here’s the youtube version if that platform preferable:

The corporate media covers Bernie’s campaign while millions of people around the country rise up.


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