The one thing both Republican and Democratic parties have in common is their closing ranks in protecting the status quo against what the DNC Chair labeled, "grass roots activists"or "outsiders".
2016 has produced two; Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.
The Establishment on both sides are shoring up defenses to eliminate them. The Republicans harnessed Marco Rubio from a diminishing rank of contenders; bye Jeb! and it's now the Dems turn.
Politicians endorsing politicians? In 2016 it might hurt more than help.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced his endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, saying the former secretary of state would be a better president for the middle class than her rival Bernie Sanders.
“I think the middle class would be better served by Hillary,” he told CNN. “I think that my work with her over the years has been something that I have looked upon with awe.”
Reid’s delayed backing comes after Clinton’s victory in his home state, Nevada, which held its Democratic caucuses last Saturday. After an extremely narrow victory in Iowa, Clinton lost New Hampshire to Sanders by double digits before her 6-point win in Nevada.
The retiring senator initially held off on endorsing Clinton in effort to boost Democratic registration in Nevada — the state Democratic Party allows same-day registration. POLITICO reported earlier this month that Reid’s neutrality was partly an effort to spike voter registration to help a Democrat maintain his Senate seat in November.
“I’m more concentrated on what effect my endorsement has in Nevada, OK? Eight years ago, we registered 30- to 40,000 new Democrats,” Reid said at the time. “Tens of thousands, it was unheard of. For me to endorse somebody would just take away the focus on the caucus.”
Reid said he told Sanders on Tuesday that he would be backing Clinton.