Democrats are worried that if he doesn’t win the party’s presidential nomination himself, Sen.
A senior aide to a second Democratic senator said concerns about Sanders dividing the party next year are widely held, even though everyone in the Senate Democratic Conference is holding their tongue for fear of making things even worse.
The aide said that when it comes to Sanders, there is a concern among Biden supporters that “this guy is going to play spoiler again.”
The worries follow a bitter 2016 primary fight between Sanders and former Secretary of State
Some Democrats have blamed Sanders in part for that outcome, arguing he stayed in the primary against Clinton too long and that he did not do enough to bring his supporters on board in November.
For their part, Sanders supporters are suspicious of a Democratic establishment they think rigged the game against their candidate in 2016.
They also say those wringing their hands over Sanders are being disrespectful by assuming he won’t win. They note he isn’t far behind Biden in national polls or those in Iowa and New Hampshire.