I’ve talked with a lot of Democrats on the Hill and I get the same story: I’m supporting Hillary but I’d love to see Bernie win.
Many of those Democrats fear that if they actually came out and endorsed Bernie it would hurt their career down the road. The DSCC and DCCC have a lot of power and long reaching arms.
Not unlike Nixon, the Clinton machine has a history of holding grudges and keeping the names of reporters and politicians who have rubbed them the wrong way over the years.
“It’s just not worth it,” as one congressional aide told me in September. “More than likely, Hillary will win the Primary and if you don’t support her, you’ll never get access at the WH.”
By some counts, there are only about 157 people that fund political campaigns in a major way. These are the multibillionaires who want access to the leader of the free world.
Those same people bundle for the down ballot. If they’re giving to Hillary and you need their money—the price comes with your Hillary support.
But, here’s the problem: Hillary isn’t winning.
If you listen to the media (especially six months ago) you’d think her nomination would have been a landslide. But, now that we are just a few weeks away from Iowa and New Hampshire – Hillary is losing.
And, it’s not only those two states.
Some really smart people have mapped out a clear and very conceivable way Bernie Sanders can not only win the Democratic nomination but the General Election.
South Carolina was once Hillary’s firewall. It’s not anymore. Super Tuesday was supposed to finish Bernie off—now, not one single politico will honestly tell you Hillary has Super Tuesday in the bag. In fact, privately they are saying just the opposite.
Of the 700+ super delegates to the DNC Convention, many uncommitted are being hounded daily to pledge to Hillary. If Hillary wasn’t in trouble, they wouldn’t be doing that.