Democrats in the Senate and elsewhere have been VERY unhappy with the actions of Sanders supporters last weekend at the Nevada Democratic State get together…..
Up until today it seemed that Bernie Sanders HIMSELF was NOT gonna do the ‘right thing’ for his adopted party….
The political media has been abuzz NOT about the GOP problems….
But about Sanders and his supporters teeing off against Hillary Clinton….
It appears that late today Sanders is getting the message to ‘cool his heels’ if he wants to cash in his efforts within the Democratic party after he goes back to the Senate…
While Sanders has not suffered permanent damage in the eyes of his colleagues, his reputation among Democratic Party stalwarts is hanging in the balance.
“It depends on how he handles the national convention in Philadelphia and how he handles the next months,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who says she was heckled for the first time in her life by Sanders supporters during the New Hampshire primary. “I appreciate that he’s going to continue to stay defiant, but the fact is Hillary Clinton’s going to win the nomination. Is he going to support her and campaign for her, or is he going to help elect Donald Trump?”
Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on May 3.
Asked whether the discord at the Nevada convention could spill into the halls of the Senate, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said: “It absolutely could.”
“What I’ve seen I don’t think has been adequate,” Tester said of Sanders’ statements about the violent atmosphere in Las Vegas and pointed attacks on the national Democratic Party. “As a candidate, you can come out very strongly against that violence stuff, and that would be the right thing for Bernie to do.”
There is evidence Sanders is working behind the scenes to quell the concerns of Senate Democrats. He spoke with Boxer on Tuesday and seemed to reassure her that he understood where she was coming from after she was booed mercilessly as she tried to speak at the Nevada event.
“He got a firsthand story from me about what happened to me, his longtime friend,” Boxer said. “It was a warm conversation. And I believe Bernie when he says he’s going to do everything to make sure Donald Trump doesn’t become president.”
Not everyone is there yet, though. Democrats said they want to hear an explicit, public repudiation of the Nevada melee and an Elizabeth Warren-like focus on Trump, who has reveled in the prolonged confrontation between Sanders and Clinton.Share on Facebook