Congressional Progressive Caucus Abandons Bernie


Candidate Bernie Sanders chose to make the Presidential election about a label called “progressive.” Over the past few years, the label has been associated with the Occupy Movement, Anonymous, Edward Snowden, Wiki Leaks, Democratic Socialists of America, socialism, and of course, Bernie Sanders.

It’s also the namesake of a political coalition founded by Sanders called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.



With this tweet, Sanders elevated his merry band of progressives to some purist mountaintop, pronounced a rigid either-or choice to political thought and sought to split the Democratic Party.

Mainstream media complied with his false dichtomy, treating it as a meaningful talking point. On cue, Bernie’s fans used it to lob spitballs at Clinton and her supporters across social media. The label “progressive” joined “establishment” as boundaries of the Sanders sound bite formula. Progressive = Good. Establishment = Bad.

Aside from the fact that political discourse is now wasted on this manufactured purity test, Sanders also escaped the gathering scrutiny of his viability, particularly after losing in the Iowa caucuses.abc_bernie_sanders_jt_150628_16x9_992

Nonetheless, he brought it up, and we now have the prerogative of judging Sanders through his own narrow viewpoint. We need only look at Sanders’ home for the past three decades – the U.S. Congress. And within both branches of this people’s house, view a creation by Senator Bernie Sanders, the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPS).

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) consists of one United States Senator and seventy five members of the United States House of Representatives, and is the largest caucus within the House Democratic Caucus.

Now surely the Congressional Progressive Caucus would rise in overwhelming support for its founder (Sanders is the one Senator). And surely, these members of the Progressive caucus would qualify as “real” progressives.

In actuality, only two of the 75 members of the CPC have confirmed their faith in Sanders with an endorsement. On the other hand, 39 members of this caucus have thrown their allegiance to Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Not all members have endorsed a candidate. See below. Source here.)

The people’s representatives have rejected the Bernie Sanders Progressive Purity Test. Progressives have said “No” to this unrealistic and downright extremist vision of governance.

Let’s hope the American people are studying this carefully.


Members of Congressional Progressive Caucus Endorsing Bernie Sanders:

  • Raúl Grijalva
  • Keith Ellison

Members of Congressional Progressive Caucus Endorsing Hillary Clinton:

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  • Alma Adams
  • Karen Bass
  • Xavier Becerra
  • Don Beyer
  • Suzanne Bonamici
  • Corrine Brown
  • Michael Capuano
  • Andre Carson
  • Judy Chu
  • Yvette Clarke
  • Katherine Clark
  • Steve Cohen
  • Bonnie Watson Coleman
  • John Conyers
  • Danny Davis
  • Rosa DeLauro
  • Debbie Dingell
  • Lois Frankel
  • Alan Grayson
  • Luis Gutierrez
  • Jared Huffman
  • Hakeem Jeffries
  • Eddie Bernice Johnson
  • John Lewis
  • Carolyn Maloney
  • Jim McDermott
  • Gwen Moore
  • Jerrold Nadler
  • Grace Napolitano
  • Frank Pallone
  • Jared Polis
  • Chellie Pingree
  • Charles Rangel
  • Lucille Roybal-Allard
  • Louise Slaughter
  • Bennie Thompson
  • Nydia Velazquez
  • Maxine Waters
  • Frederica Wilson
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27 thoughts on “Congressional Progressive Caucus Abandons Bernie

  1. I am saddened that some of the congress people on this list did not support Bernie. Alan Grayson, John Conyers who introduces HR676 every year (Improved Medicare for All) Louis Frankel

    Progressives are concerned about the ingredients. WHY do we only have two parties? WHY do we not hear from the Libertarians,Greens, Constitutional, Socialist parties? Why was the debate system wrenched away from the League of Women’s voters? WHY do we have to wait two years for another congressional race if our candidate loses? Are we truly represented in that time period? WHY does a person need a threshold of money or votes before the American public can have access to their ideas?

    This is a flawed system and many of you just put your heads down and say well we have to keep doing this because if we don’t the other side will win. Well we now have an opportunity to do something about that.

    As for not being real Democrats, The Green party has been trying to tell these Progressive folks that for years, so to be partisan for a moment FLEE Progressive Democrats, had you been in the Green party all along Bernie might have felt more comfortable being in the Green party. FLEE from the Blue dogs, FLEE from the corporate control and take back your power to have free and open elections.

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  2. Hillary is wonderful at playing politics. Unfortunately this election will be a lesson in anti-politics campaigning. If you haven’t figured that out by now, you are dense.

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  3. Lol bullshit. Your candidate and her hateful homophobic policies changed when it was popular to do so. No one wants a candidate who will sway with the force of air a fart blows. No integrity, bad judgment, unelectable, opposite of Bernie.

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  4. I would say they all need to be voted out also , any one who sides with Hillary is a republican , a right wing democrat , if you want to be controlled by Wall street then elect the bitch , i will vote for Trump before i ever vote for her

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  5. Hateful comments should have no place in our politics or civil dialogue, especially when directed toward someone like Hillary Clinton, who deserves our respect for her service to this country. I’m sure Senator Sanders (if not all of his supporters) would agree.

    That said, for a “left liberal” there is not so much to support in the core Clinton legacy overall–neo-liberalism that helped destroy regulatory control over the big financial institutions and helped promulgate the fiction that sophisticated financial instruments were just too complicated for regulators to understand. The idea that a candidate can accept huge donations from such institutions and not be beholden to them at some level is frankly not credible. Republican blowhards may appeal to bigotry and hate to get voted into office, but the oligarchs who want all of the country’s wealth to themselves really don’t care whether same-sex marriage or abortion are legal or not–as long as they get to keep all of the money.

    I will vote for whichever candidate wins the Democratic nomination–happy to help keep any of the current flock of Republicans out of the White House.

    I will remain grateful to Bernie Sanders–who is no farther to the left than FDR– for trying to make social democracy (which used to define Democratic party politics) acceptable again, and hope that in elections to come the Millennial generation will not be afraid to test the assumption that preventing our slide into oligarchy is politically impossible.

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  6. the democratic party has just left the American people working mothers, students, working men, immigrants, the sick the homeless, the so called progress caucus have left the people for corporate America!

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  7. If the CPC endorses Clinton against the will of the people, they will lose the election in November. We will flock to the poles for Bernie but no one will turn out for Hillary.

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  8. I get the feeling most of Hillary’s endorsements have been coerced. They fear reprisal if she wins.
    All I know is I’ve lost faith in a hell of a Lotta people in the past week or two. Now I want him to win even more, and I hope he remembers all who abandoned their values to stay on the good side of the power seeking, wealth building Clintons.

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  9. The Real Fight Begins (Revised 2/11/16)
    JAMES ROGERS BUSH·SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2015

    Some of Bernie Sander’s folks are not true Democrats – they are not even true Social Democrats. Those of us who are true Democrats had better wake up to the fact that these more extreme elements exist, and, if they don’t get their way, they may attempt to scuttle the Democratic Party, just as many Donald Trump people are not real Republicans and also appear to be willing to scuttle the Republican Party if they don’t get theirs.

    Disillusionment on both sides of the Democrat/Republican political divide, is dividing some within both parties, because those on the more extreme fringes of both parties have no real commitment to either party – some are even willing to destroy both parties, and the system they represent, if they don’t get what they want. Call them Independents or whatever, they do not care about parties, so they do not care what happens to them.

    The old far-left, anti-Capitalist/far-right, Nationalist fight could be about to rear it’s ugly head, and those of us in the moderate center, Democrat and Republican, had better get our acts together to defeat them – which means that we must work hard to prevent both Trump and Sanders from becoming the nominees of our respective parties.

    We are no longer in a fight that is just between old school Democrats and Republicans, we are now in a fight that is also bringing out those on the far-right and far-left, who normally sit back and complain about the milquetoast middle that never gets anything done and is always beholden to the establishment powers that be. These more extreme elements are now seeing an opportunity to come out of the woodwork and have their way, in a way that they have not for a very long time.

    Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, two men nearing the end of their lives, are seeing their last opportunity to, in the case of Sanders fulfill an ideological dream, and in the case of Trump win his last big win. They are two Pied Pipers, drawing in the young, the angry, the frustrated, the politically naive or ignorant, and those who don’t really care about anything other than rebelling against the system that they’ve come to hate.

    I’m reminded of the W.B. Yeats poem: The Second Coming

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.
    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
    The darkness drops again but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

    There is much in this poem that speaks to our times, and there is much that one could extrapolate from it – not the least of which is the fact that neither Bernie Sanders nor Donald Trump have the international geopolitical knowledge or experience that is now needed to deal with what continues to unfold in the Middle East and around our world.

    Meanwhile Hillary Clinton, the most intelligent and experienced American running for the office of the presidency; a public servant who has built her whole life on service; a woman who stands poised to be the first woman president; and a mother goddess in every sense of the word, waits for the American People to see that she is the right choice to led our country through the dark and uncertain times that it is passing through.

    Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump represent the two extremes of the American political spectrum: the old hippy socialist activist and the old ambitious rich capitalist. A win by either one could throw our country into chaos, because the followers of both of these men will never settle for a presidency by either. Not to mention that a win by either could leave us vulnerable to the likes of ISIS, Russia, and China.

    On the other hand, the presidency of a moderate woman, with experience as both a liberal activist and successful capitalist, as well as a woman who has been First Lady, senator, and Secretary of State, would do the most to bring balance to our body politic and ship of state.
    She would be a healer, nurturer, mediator, negotiator, and protector, par excellence.

    We are at a major crossroads in our history, and we have a choice: either we choose to go down an impatient extremist path that may lead to chaos, or we choose a moderate and patient path that will lead to healing, positive change, a balanced prosperity, and wise national defense, that will continue the legacy and good works of President Obama.

    I’ve never really believed it possible that the US could be threatened by the same kind of thing that happened in Germany prior to WW2, or that any nation or terrorist organization could truly threaten us with another 911. But, as I watch the latest hostile and ridiculous dramas play out, between and within the two parties, I begin to wonder if we are not on the cusp of something as terrifying as what happened in Germany happening here, or that we could once again be as vulnerable as we were before 911.

    Lets hope that I’m just experiencing an attack of paranoia, and expressing that paranoia through hyperbole, rather than having and sharing a prophetic and dark vision that could actually come to pass. I don’t think any of us, except the most cynical and nihilistic, would like to see the US fall into the same kind of trap that Germany did, or go through another 911 experience – we all know how incredibly horrifying either outcome would be.

    I’am certain of this: If we elect a Bernie Sanders or a Donald Trump, we will all live to regret it, no matter what the outcome. But if we elect a moderate, intelligent, experienced, tough grandmother, the fates will smile on us, and we will all live to rejoice in it. We will live to rejoice in it.

    JRB

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    • Your post echoes many of my thoughts; actually mirrors my fears. I do believe we have been nonchalant as a nation, assuming democratic governance would continue – just because it’s been in place – and hey! we’re the leader of the Free World. That nonchalance or apathy has allowed opportunists like Trump (and Cruz) along with the likes of Grover Norquist and the Koch boys to build a shadow government intent on wresting power away from you and I and replacing it with an oligarchy on par with Putin’s Russia. I even believe Putin is involved in this inner coup. Paranoid? Maybe. But we Americans have been content for too long, ignorant of power plays, and too docile to take action. We are ripe for this kind of takeover.

      As for Bernie – I think his candidacy came about through a combination of fulfilling his bucket list, fulfilling the ten-year plan of the Socialist Democrats (socialists), and messaging by MoveOn to a naive generation of kids. You can read the replies below and see that many haven’t a clue and could care less. Their grasp of political history, political analysis and knowledge of actual political revolutions is nil. They make great fodder for Sanders because they’re unquestioning.

      Bernie takes advantage of their naivete, encourages it and allows them to tear down any individual or group that does not give him full support. In this, he shows his true colors. He is vicious. He is underhanded. He is bombastic. And he could be dangerous if he splits the Democratic Party and causes Hillary to lose the nomination. He will never defeat a GOP candidate, and the result will be eiher an evangelical America or an oligrachal America.

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    • Your post to me reminds me of Dr. King “How long? Not long, because ‘no lie can live forever.”

      “How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

      We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.

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  10. Bernie’s tweet was spot on. When an informed person thinks “progressive” the name Bernie Sanders is one of the first names that comes to mind. Seems as though the Progressive Caucus has decided to go the way of the cowardly pragmatic just like Paul Krugman and the NY Times editorial board.

    I have NO IDEA how these people have watched this Congress and the corruption of our government (NOTHING gets passed if it requires significant money to get it done – gotta shield the rich and corporations from taxes!) and come away believing that (Obama’s Third Term candidate) multimillionaire Hillary will get ANYTHING done.

    It is time for the electorate and decent people to start making demands.

    Going the safe route with Hillary is just more drip drip drip that drowns Americans every day that goes by.

    There is a better way. People need to wise up and stand up.

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  11. Wow, what a surprise, rich politicians, who are receiving tax funded benefits, don’t support policies that help poor people. That is exactly the reason that we need to elect Sen. Sanders and other people like him.

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  12. As I mentioned on Facebook a few weeks ago, this was his way to raise the bar, so a woman could not get elected …or so he thought. I am SO glad Hillary is as smart as she is and that she caught onto this and called him on it. Let’s face it, most people are just not that educated about nasty psychological undercurrents and subtle attacks. This is what happens to women who have been put through the gauntlet and come out still alive and thriving — they know the subtle signs of male bullshit and where this leads and they have learned to nip it in the bud before it escalates and kills them. Women pull this insane crap too, but I am referencing this election — which is now ALL MEN and ONE very smart woman.

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