One thing which I think the political press is actually very aware of but doesn't quite write about enough is that for many people, a presidential campaign is their career opportunity. I'm not accusing people of corruption. There's no contradiction between working for (or supporting) a candidate and hoping you get to ride his/her coattails for a career. It's fine. But it is the case that for some, betting on a candidate is also betting on themselves. They win, you win. Hopefully, anyway.