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Voting for Jay Williams Helps Make Bernie Sanders Budget Chair

Nervous Speaker of the House Paul Ryan gives South Dakota Democrats and independents another very good reason to vote for Jay Williams for U.S. Senate:

A vote for Jay is a vote for Bernie!
A vote for Jay is a vote for Bernie!

“If we lose the Senate, do you know who becomes the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee? A guy named Bernie Sanders, you ever heard of him?” Ryan warned. “That’s what were dealing with in a divided government if we lose control of the Senate” [Matt Shuham, “Ryan Avoids Talking Trump, Paints Grim Picture of ‘Liberal Progressive’ Rule,” Talking Points Memo, 2016.10.14].

Bernie Sanders writing the budget? Yes, please! And voting for Jay Williams helps make that happen.


  1. mike from iowa 2016-10-15

    Wish you could ask about a dozen random wingnut voters how their views align with the garbage Marlboro Barbie spewed up above.

    One L Bachman says electing HRC will cause sexual assaults to rise. Russia’s foreign minister says elect HRC and she will start a nukular war. I thought right wingers didn’t like Hillz.

  2. Roger Cornelius 2016-10-15

    Paul Ryan is running scared, scared to death. He seems somewhat confident on retaining the House, but is afraid of losing the Senate, which is a real possibility.
    South Dakota can help make the change they have been longing for in Washington, D.C. by voting for Jay Williams.

  3. LS 2016-10-15

    I only wish I could believe that. But given that Bernie isn’t a “true Dem” and all, I have a hard time believing the Dems would actually give him that chairmanship. Seems like it would most likely go to some Clinton crony that they owe a favor to.

  4. Porter Lansing 2016-10-15

    LS … if you want something, imagine it happening. If you imagine something negative, it’s inevitable. Just sayin’.

  5. leslie 2016-10-15

    I’d like to see a detailed analysis of thune/Williams debate. I thought jay killed the senior senator, who spoke in non-factual talking points.

  6. Porter Lansing 2016-10-15

    Agreed, Leslie. In almost any other state Mr. Williams would be a front runner and have millions of Democratic Party dollars at his disposal. South Dakota has a true gem of a policy advocate here and beating Sen. Thune is a distinct possibility, especially after this debate.

  7. John Kennedy Claussen, Sr. 2016-10-15

    The debate last night was an eerie reminder of the Wellstone/Boschwitz debates from a time gone by, but in a good way that is…. I believe back then, Senator Boschwitz was vying for his third term, too…..;-)

  8. caheidelberger Post author | 2016-10-15

    LS, budget chair isn’t up the to President, is it? Don’t Senate rules determine who gets the next seat, and isn’t Bernie next in line?

  9. LS 2016-10-15

    Porter Lansing – I had the most positive imagination of a Bernie Sanders nomination, but that didn’t happen. So it doesn’t always work that way. Just sayin’

    Cory, you’re probably right. But I imagine Senate rules can be manipulated. And doesn’t the majority party have the ability to change them? I don’t know. I think if Clinton wants someone else as budget chair, the rest of the party will find a way to make it happen.

  10. LS 2016-10-15

    To be clear, I will probably still vote for Jay though. Its just that, like most Americans, I have lost a lot of faith and trust in the political system.

  11. mike from iowa 2016-10-15

    If Dems retake the Senate, Bernie becomes chairman of the budget committee. He is the ranking member of the minority party now.

  12. mike from iowa 2016-10-15

    LS- if you have lost a lot of faith and trust in the political system, please say it wasn’t because of rumors you heard about HRC.

    Too many people make up their minds because they hear HRC is untrustworthy- wingnut propaganda.

  13. Porter Lansing 2016-10-15

    LS … Bernie was wrong for this election cycle. More of we Democrats imagined the first female President then Bernie followers wanted him. Besides, you’re way to invested in something that wasn’t even a battle. It was a competition on the team to see who the starter would be. That’s how teams work. This election is about choice. More people choose to think like HRC think then choose to think like Republicans. There aren’t enough white working class males for Republicans to win any national election.

  14. Douglas Wiken 2016-10-15

    Jay Williams did very well. Thune was Thune.

  15. Roger Cornelius 2016-10-15

    Why do you think Bernie Sanders didn’t run as an Independent? That seems to me would have been the logical thing for him to do this election cycle.
    Hillary and Bernie made up and are working to keep Trump out of the White House, but are there any Democrats that may be holding a grudge against Bernie for making Hillary’s climb to the top more difficult?
    Politicians are notorious for holding grudges and will often block political appointments in retaliation of some slight.

  16. Rorschach 2016-10-16

    If the Dems take over the senate and Bernie is the senior non-GOP party member of the Budget Committee, the chairmanship will be his for the taking. Democrats would be very foolish to rile up his many supporters by denying him the chairmanship.

    Also, if Hillary wins and Dems take the senate, watch how quickly GOP party senators abandon their so-called “principled” position that the next President ought to replace Scalia. They will jump at Merrick Garland before Hillary has a chance to nominate a liberal and beat them over the head for their obstructionism.

  17. Darin Larson 2016-10-16

    Ror, you got that right about the GOP lame duck senate. They will confirm Garland so fast after Hillary wins it will make your head spin.

  18. Douglas Wiken 2016-10-16

    I think Sanders caucused with Democrats, but not sure about that. He was a vote Democrats needed and I would guess he mostly helped them. Democrats in Congress who would object to somebody who had crowds that made Hillary’s and Trump’s look like small school assembly programs would be very stupid. That of course does not mean it can’t happen.

  19. Jon H 2016-10-16

    Can anybody out there tell me what Thune has done for South Dakotan’s? Name me 5 things he has done. OK name me 2 things over all these years. One thing?

  20. Leo 2016-10-16

    @Jon H, Off the top of my head, Thune actively denied Medicaid expansion to help our poorer citizens health and our rural hospitals budgets; he signed off on a letter to Iran’s leader Ayatollah Khamenei in contravention to the Logan Act. Thune is a real winner, just like Trump!

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