Richard Burr has esitimated the trial will last 6 to 8 weeks, and the Senate rules state that senators are required to sit in hearings 6 days a week. This is happening right before the Iowa caucus event. What is Sanders' plan to campaign during this crucial time?
Check out this old Time article (linked below). For the whole article, the journalist lays out and complains of Bernie's famously gruff personality. But in the last paragraphs in the essay, we get a glimpse of the character of someone who leads on moral grounds — even if he's not great at small talk.
This is one of my favorite accounts of what Bernie is like in real life, because you get a real sense of his personality in daily life, someone who reacts viscerally to injustice and has an instinct to protect whoever is most vulnerable in a group.
There will literally always be a reason not to directly engage with real, structural change. So many cynics find big change scarier and more uncomfortable than the problems they complain about. I believe the fundamental objection to Sanders under each successive "health concern" (et cetera) is the notion that we are seeing an almost unbelievable shift in politics, and something this big should take another 20,40, 60 years to set in in the minds of the white, professional class moderate. Why not now? Why does every big shift in civil rights need to be 100 years in the making? Anyone who acknowledges climate change, inequality, and our broken criminal justice system but doesn't support Sanders has a dissonance with the rate of change, and I believe this firmly. We've already convinced pretty much every democrat of the problems, so what's left is pushing for the solution, and taking no bullshit.
I'm seeing all these people pouring love to Bernie. Of course the reports were overblown, but that experience of worrying about Bernie's health made them reevaluate Bernie's relationship to them, that he's somehow been a part of their life for years and he's one they all love regardless of whether they agree with his policies or they think he's too much of a nice dream. They're realizing what he's been enduring in his struggle, and maybe now they'll realize what it was like in 2016 when he realized Hillary was too weak to beat Trump so he tried to win over superdelegate support. How they rejected his predictions and lost to Trump and he had to go out and campaign for Hillary.
For us, these are things we've known all along. But a lot of people are more absorbed in themselves and base their support on who personally profits them and notice the struggles of others. They all had a genuine reaction to the news and it all seems to come with care. I don't watch MSNBC/CNN but what they said didn't have much affect on people's reactions to the news. Everyone has a personal relationship with Bernie.
We just need to focus on the electability argument and I think most everyone who cares about beating Trump will get behind Bernie. I suppose the media wanted this medical procedure to affect his electability, but it just shows that the way to maintain your health is to actually maintain your health.
I’m not well versed in the legislative process. Obviously some things can be done through executive order but how will Sanders be able to appease the republicans and centrist democrats in Congress and pass his more progressive policies like Medicare for All? Are we going to need to flip Senate?