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sasha031 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 10:24 PM
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Twitter Sensation in the Senate, Despite Using Slightly More Than 140 Characters
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BOSTON Im not here to set any great records, or to make a spectacle, Senator Bernard Sanders, independent of Vermont, said Friday, about a minute into his speech on the Senate floor. By the time he stopped talking, nearly nine hours later, Mr. Sanders was an ascendant, if unlikely, Internet star.
Mr. Sanderss monologue, a marathon riff against the Obama administrations plan to continue the tax policies of George W. Bush, stirred Twitter users to a roar over the course of eight-plus hours, putting his name atop the social networks trending topics by Friday night. It garnered even more attention than when he was elected to the Senate in 2006 and was considered the first senator ever to identify himself as a socialist.
I was a little bit nervous having never done this before, Mr. Sanders, 69, said Saturday in a telephone interview from Burlington, Vt. I was afraid that after two or three hours Id have nothing more to say or Id be tired or have to go to the bathroom. But I was pleased. It was very strange walking on there when the longest speech youve ever given in your life is an hour and a half.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/12/us/12sanders.html?_r=...



His legs were cramping during the speech, he said, so he jumped up and down for relief. His voice grew raspier by the hour. Toward the end, he was clutching the lectern with both hands, and it looked as if he might fall if he let go. His son Levi Sanders, watching from Boston and certain his father was hungry, considered having pizza delivered to the Senate floor.

more at link/ I love this man

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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 10:34 PM
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1. Any sane sperm bank would be making him offers.
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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 10:36 PM
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2. ewwwwwww
:blush:
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pam4water Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 11:12 PM
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4. Seconds the ewwwwww
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MindandSoul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 10:49 PM
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3. I was worried about him having a heart attack or something!
We don't want to loose him! We need people like him in politics, I don't care if he is an Independent. . .actually I like it! He might bring more Independent to think like him, and that would be a GREAT thing!

I hope he brought a lot of Democrats to think like him too!
He is absolutely right. . .whether this bill passes or not, Sanders should be made to feel that his opinion is important and that he does have our attention!
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molly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 08:31 AM
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12. I was fearful too and prayed.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 11:43 AM
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16. He self -identifies as a "Democratic Socialist."
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 11:20 PM
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5. Cheers to Bernie Sanders ... and a big "thank you!" --
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 11:31 PM
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6. Thank you Senator Sanders.
:patriot:
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Lucinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 11:46 PM
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7. Great article. ty!
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Ghost Dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 01:47 AM
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8. Thank you very much, sir. And thank you, Vt voters.
There are still some 'good Americans' left, after all, to inspire us all.
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Bette Noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 01:53 AM
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9. He didn't sound raspy to me.
He missed a word or two after 8 hours, but he looked and sounded fine. I was damn proud of him. I wish our 49-year-old President had his perseverance and guts.
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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 03:12 AM
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10. The Republicans weren't listening -- so it was a complete and utter waste of time.
Bernie didn't sway 1 Republican Senator from changing his vote on renewing the Bush tax cuts for the top 2% of Americans, so it accomplished nothing.
Zero.
Zilch.
Nada.
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 09:20 AM
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13. Don't be so sure that it was aimed solely at Republicans.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 11:44 AM
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17. Strongly disagree.
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SemperEadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 12:02 PM
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19. it was by no means a waste of time--not by any stretch of the imagination
HE WENT ON THE RECORD WITH HIS VIEWS. That is a far cry from what the thugs will do.

We say all the time: make them filibuster!!!Make them go on the record and expose their corrupt souls, corrupt ideas and corrupt intent.

IF the thugs make the fatal mistake of ignoring what Sanders has put on the record in front of all of the American people, then it is the millstone that will sink them in the next election. They have been charged with restoring the economy and the first and only idea they have is to sink it further into quagmire with no hope of recovery with a tax cut to the wealthiest 2%.
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 12:05 PM
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20. I don't think he was talking to repugs. He was telling Democratic
politicians what we want to tell them but they do not listen. Also we the people cannot hold an 8+ hour session to explain it all. I don't know if the dems were listening but this was all taped. We can refer them to it every damn time we do have their attention.
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Smashcut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 01:52 PM
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21. While Obama made sure the richest got their cuts
Yes, what a "failure" Bernie is. :puke:
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SemperEadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 08:21 AM
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11. I tweeted a recipe for a tea to soothe his voice
hot water, lemon, honey and a dash of cayenne pepper. Works wonders on vocal chords.

I was totally in the tweet-dom on Friday, watching from 11 am to 6:59 pm. Had to stand an applaud loudly for both him.
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sirthomas66 Donating Member (336 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 10:00 AM
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14. A song for Bernie Sanders. Hope this is allowed.
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FailureToCommunicate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 11:31 AM
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15. Go Bernie Go! Reminded me of the gripping West Wing episode: The Stackhouse
Filibuster"

http://www.amazon.com/The-Stackhouse-Filibuster/dp/B000...

Also LOVE the idea of his son having a pizza DELIVERED to the Well of the Senate!!
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 11:48 AM
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18. Mmmmm. PIzza.
Love pizza (plain) and Sanders. Guess I must be a purist.

Wonder when and why that supposedly became a bad thing. Well, I guess "why" is obvious.
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 03:09 PM
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22. Well, in my humble opinion,
Edited on Sun Dec-12-10 03:09 PM by truedelphi


BERNIE SANDERS, YOU DA MAN!

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Little Star Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 03:14 PM
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23. The rest of them need to take lessons from Bernie on how to
be a real statesman. They are bought and paid for tools. Bernie is the real deal.
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stillrockin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 05:40 PM
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24. I love Bernie AND Sam Seder!
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