Shortly before the first exit polls of the New Hampshire primary were scheduled to be released Tuesday, MSNBC host Chuck Todd said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton might be “too big to fail.”
Joy Reid said that if Clinton were to underperform in the Nevada caucuses that it would send off alarm bells in the Democratic party establishment. Reid said that Democratic strategists have told her that there is a general fear of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I.,Vt.) in the general election.
“To borrow a phrase, Hillary Clinton may be too big to fail for the Democrats,” Todd said.
Big banks, the symbol of Wall Street have also been described as “too big to fail.” Sanders has roasted Clinton for her close ties to the financial industry, which include paid speeches and numerous fundraisers.
Earlier, Todd said that if the polling was correct that Tuesday night’s primary result in a win for Sanders. Sanders, who represents neighboring Vermont, has consistently led in the polls, and Clinton spokespeople have lowered expectations in anticipation of a likely defeat there.
Clinton could soon face another challenger in the race for president. Left-leaning New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, a strong advocate for gun control, is considering entering the race as an independent.