Bernie Blowback: Sanders's colleagues warn of political fallout and doomed agenda

“South Carolina doesn’t want socialism,” said Rep. Joe Cunningham, an unaligned freshman Democrat in a formerly Republican Palmetto State district. “That’s not who we are.”…

“I know you just can’t make this all happen,” Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat of New Jersey, said of Sanders’ agenda. “And if you can’t even say how you’re going to pay for it, then at the end of the day it’s ephemeral, it’s whimsical.”

Menendez’s comments were echoed by nearly a dozen of his Senate Democratic colleagues, who suggested he would have to pare back his goals to have any chance of success in the chamber, which will likely be narrowly divided next year no matter which party is in charge.

“There’s not votes for that,” said Sen. Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat from West Virginia, referring to Sanders’ single-payer health care system.

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