In recent weeks, Sanders and his campaign have been speaking with his allies about what he should do next. Sanders acknowledged this week that “among my supporters, there are different points of view as to how we should proceed.” His staff likewise privately voice divergent opinions.
According to people familiar with his thinking, Sanders often agonizes over big choices, and he may still be coming to terms with the fact that he likely cannot take the nomination despite coming tantalizingly close earlier this year, they said.
“I just think he’s in his rumination phase. When he makes a decision, he ruminates and ruminates and ruminates, and gets enormously wrapped up in his head,” said a Democrat who has known Sanders for years. “It feels to me like that’s where he is: He’s sort of rolling it over.”