First off, I want to say that my support of Sanders is mainly because he is anti-establishment, same as how Trump is anti-establishment. I simply preferred Sanders over Trump because Sanders has an actual plan for the country, as opposed to the big ideas and words of Trump. So, please, refrain from referring to me as left-fringe. But to other matters.
Of course I would rather prefer the enactment of Sanders' policies to the actual man himself being in the chair. But at this point, I don't think either - him in the Oval Office or said office working to institute his policies - is going to happen. Hillary's had 15 years to prove that she can be a representative of the people, and her favorability ratings show that she hasn't succeeded in that. A third of her own party thinks she should be indicted for her role in the e-mail server fiasco.
Yes, Hillary is a pragmatist - she's also a master political player. She'll say all the right things, promise the sky, and then very quietly jettison those parts of the platform that would be inconvenient for her when she thinks nobody is looking. Or, a course I think is more likely to happen, she'll attempt to introduce those policies in ways that would cause their rejection in Congress, then blame Congress for not agreeing with her, and then campaign to 'continue the fight' during the next cycle.
Bernie's internal leverage only comes from the fact that his ideas and policies are hugely popular amongst the people - and Hillary's establishment, like the GOP establishment, has shown that it is utterly contemptive of those people, instead serving the vested interests who can pay for lobbyists in Washington.
I'm with you, Glyph, but I'm a lot more cynical about Hillary than you are. I wouldn't trust her as far as she could throw the Capitol Building.