« Last post by ChicosBailBonds on Today at 11:28:23 PM »
And you don't, or President HRC would have been elected in 2008.
She had support lined up in 08. Obama's message (and character, etc) caused a ground-swell .. much like Sanders -- with the exception that Sanders has underperformed Clinton by 3.1m votes. -- And same with Trump, who had no official support.
It's probably 50/50 on candidates that were establishment vs. groundswell over the years. Obama, groundswell. Bush43, establishment. Bill Clinton in 92 .. not a groundswell, but not establishment either. Bush41, establishment. 88 Reagan? Honestly can't recall, was an early favorite though.
No doubt ... getting your party's nomination is easier if you are in the establishment and know who to grease.
Well that and this little thing about the press being so totally in love with the idea of a black man being elected that they didn't vet him at all.