Here at UsForRuss.com, we’re, well, for Russ! We’re part of the grassroots movement to support Russ Feingold for President because we believe that Russ Feingold has been the strong, consistent liberal leader that Barack Obama has failed to become.
Now, however, we have to acknowledge that Feingold has a rival among the liberal grassroots. On Friday, after Barack Obama caved in and agreed to help Republicans pass tax cuts for billionaires and for the wealthy inheritors of vast estates, liberals were despairing that there was no one left to stand up for their values in Washington D.C.
Then, Senator Bernard Sanders stood up. Sanders delivered a real filibuster, for 8 and a half hours, the first filibuster in 8 years. His speech was brilliant from start to finish, and it shows the progressive economic principles that Americans want to see in the White House.
In response to the filibuster, voters are calling for Sanders to run for President in 2012, as an independent candidate against Barack Obama. A Draft Bernard Sanders web site was begun, with a petition collecting signatures urging the senator to run for President.
I’d like to see Russ Feingold become President, so am I worried about the prospect of Bernard Sanders running for President too? Heck, no.
What we need most of all is for a solid leader to run against Barack Obama, from the left, to show the Democratic Party that they can’t take their political base, American liberals, for granted any longer. If Bernard Sanders is that candidate, that’s great.