Jewish, yes. Respectable, sure. But we did say "prominent", didn't we? Looks like we fail on that one. After all, he is... a Socialist from Vermont. — Jew or Not Jew, April 24, 2008
We've never had so many requests to rewrite a profile as we've had for Bernie Sanders. You see, back in 2008, we embarked on a quest to find a prominent Jewish politician that we can be proud of. Sanders was one of the ones we considered, before deciding he was not prominent enough. See above.
Boy, have things changed.
We don't need to explain Sanders' prominence now. He rose from seemingly nowhere to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. No matter if he wins or not, the plucky Socialist had made more headways than anyone thought he would.
And while Sanders is still clearly an underdog, who knows? Depending how the rest of 2016 goes, perhaps we'll be forced to rewrite this profile once again...