I suspect Bernie Sanders has made himself into a star.
Yes, his eight-and-a-half-hour speech was a stunt. But it seemed to be a stunt born out of sincere passion. Liberals angry at the lack of backbone shown by Obama and other Democrats in Washington are rallying to the sight of an elderly man putting on a spirited marathon saying things not often heard in the national debate.
Nine hours of speaking creates a lot of soundbites, many of which will be dissected over and over again. Politifact has already taken a look at this Sanders’ claim:
“Mr. President, in the year 2007, the top 1 percent of all income earners in the United States made 23.5 percent of all income,” Sanders said. “The top 1 percent earned 23.5 percent of all income–more than the entire bottom 50 percent.”
“So, we’re left with three studies that vary slightly but which all point in the same general direction — showing the top 1 percent earning between 21.4 and 23.5 percent of the national income in 2007. The studies also show that this share exceeds what the entire bottom 50 percent of the United States earns. So we rate Sanders’ statement True.”
UPDATE: Judging from some of the comments, Senator Sanders seems to gotten a few folks a mite excited, hasn’t he?
I don’t agree with all he has to say, but I do agree with a lot of it. I also get a kick out of people on this blog and elsewhere who seem to be scandalized that such things have been said in this country.
Sanders makes a helluva lot more sense and hews much closer to reality and truth than such shining stars on the right as Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Jim DeMint, Michele Bachman and a whole raft of others who have been spewing rhetorical nonsense for so long that it has become an accepted part of the political environment.
And that’s a fact.