A Bernie Sanders Democrat before there were Bernie Sanders Democrats

Although I’ve argued the case for democratic socialism since before I ever heard of Bernie Sanders, it is fair to say that today I would count as a member of the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party. When I served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in the 1980’s, the main difference between me and Bernie was that I was a member of the Democratic Party and he was an independent.

Later I would write an entire book, “The Primary Route,” on the crucial importance of the presidential primaries in building an American electoral left. And, as chair of the San Francisco chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America, an organization that urged him to run for president as a Democrat for a year before his final decision, I was thrilled to see him do it, and ultimately served as one of his delegates to the 2016 Democratic Nominating Convention in Philadelphia.

As it unfolded – and before and afterwards, I wrote numerous pieces about the campaign, starting on July 4, 2013 :

Only Bernie – 2020! Yes, there are other good candidates, but …, May 29, 2019

Where We Go from Here, by Bernie Sanders, January 24, 2019

A Thought for Bernie Sanders: Maybe He Should Join the Democratic Party?, July 21, 2017

The significance of Bernie Sanders’s opposition to Donald Trump’s Syria bombing, April 17, 2017

Sanders ready to launch ‘Our Revolution’, August 9, 2016

In It For the Long Run, August 4, 2016

Live From the Wells Fargo Center, July 31, 2016

In Defense of My Fellow Sanders Delegates, July 27, 2016

An Old-Time Convention in Philadelphia?, July 6, 2016

The Missing Clinton-Sanders Debate: California Dreaming?, June 4, 2016

Can superdelegates be convinced to support Bernie Sanders? Unlikely, but not impossible, May 19, 2016

The Sanders Campaign – From Sea to Shining Sea, April 29, 2016

We Need to Explode the Myth That Clinton is the Stronger Candidate – And We Need to Do It Fast, April 8, 2016

Sanders Supporters Are Not Sheep … They’re the Future, March 23, 2016

Sanders and Clinton After Michigan: A Look at the Map, March 11, 2016

Does Hillary Clinton Actually Have Superior Experience?, February 25, 2016

Feeling the Bern: An Analysis of the Sanders Phenomenon, February 10, 2016

To All the Clinton Supporters on the Left – Please Come Home, January 29, 2016

Bernie Sanders and the Superdelegates, January 16, 2016

On Medicare-For-All, Clinton Reminds Us That She’s Part of the Problem, December 22, 2015

The Sanders campaign and the great fear on the American left, December 10, 2015

On Bernie Sanders’s Foreign Policy, October 28, 2015

What’s Barney Frank Got Against Primaries?, July 29, 2015

Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics, May 21, 2015

The Significance of Bernie Sanders’ Decision to Enter the Democratic Primaries, May 1, 2015

Why the Democrats Should Hope Bernie Sanders Runs In the Democratic Primaries, June 23, 2014

Because America Needs an Electoral Left: Why Bernie Sanders Should Enter the Presidential Primaries, April 4, 2014

Wanted: 2016 Presidential Candidates, July 4, 2013