Seventy three-year old Independent Senator Bernie Sanders will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination this coming Thursday, April 30. I suppose waiting one whole day until International Workers’ Day on May 1 would have been too predictable for the socialist candidate.
But my nitpicking over the timing of Sanders’ announcement probably won’t matter at the end of the day (May Day, that is). Hillary is widely predicted to run him over in the primary. It’s easy to see from the disparity in media coverage that she is simply viewed as a much more serious candidate.
So just how seriously should America take a Bernie Sanders candidacy? This isn’t just an idle question. According to Matt Taibbi over at Rolling Stone, “this whole question of ‘seriousness’ . . . will dominate coverage of the Sanders campaign.” Indeed, Taibbi pontificates in his subheader, “Bernie Sanders is more serious than you think.”
And he even lets us in on a little secret: “It’s a little-known fact, but we reporters could successfully sell Sanders or Elizabeth Warren or any other populist candidate as a serious contender for the White House if we wanted to.”
But is Taibbi right?
For the sake of comparison, this is the squirrel they hired to stalk Sanders (as highlighted by Jon Stewart):
99% of the squirrel goes to 50% of the Democratic candidates. Poor guy obviously doesn’t stand a chance.