Philip Weiss, is your first paragraph ironic? Seriously, are you being ironic when you say you’re excited about Bernie Sanders running? He is running as a Democrat, you know? How can you be excited about Bernie Sanders, since your #1 issue, we can assume, is Palestinian rights and since Sanders is wrong on that issue?
Support for Sanders now is support for the neoliberal, corporate-capitalist Democratic Party as a whole. Sanders is a dead end and a direct route to Hillary Clinton. I do not understand how people concerned with justice for Palestine can concern themselves with the warmongering Democrats, especially not when the Green Party is the only nationwide party that calls for boycott, divestment, and sanctions in its platform and also recognizes, in its platform, the emerging reality of one-state solution.
The history of the American left is that of its absorption into the Democratic Party and in turn its self-cancellation. Bernie Sanders is now a footnote in that long history. We need political institutions of, by, and for working people, rather than of and by working people but FOR the elite, corporate parties. Sanders is the progressive carrot that keeps progressives and now even some socialists from rising up and creating alternative political institutions.
And he will immediately endorse Clinton upon losing to her.