With Trump continuing to dominate in the primaries, it's become even clearer -- like looking through Hillary's prism glasses -- that his nomination is all but sewn up and inevitable. And though Bernie Sanders' win in Michigan was a surprise to most (not to me), the nomination is still Hillary Clinton's to lose.
But regardless of whether it's Trump, Cruz, or [insert someone: cough: Romney], for the Democrats to win in November, Clinton will need to get the young vote back on her side-- the way Obama got it in 2008. And one way she can do that is by offering an olive branch to the entire Democratic party and choose Bernie Sanders as her running mate.
It's no surprise that democrats--and liberals as a whole--don't really vote. It's not that we don't like to vote, or aren't angry at the usual political gridlock, or that we don't have strong political views, it's just that we don't care. It seems like something always comes up on election day.
If there were ever a JPEG that perfectly summarized the impotence of the young, under 35, liberal voter, it's this text that I got from a girl friend who lives in Nevada on the day of the Nevada caucus:
As a friend, I was supportive. The Nevada caucus was contentious, with Clinton eking out a win by just under five-percent. But it's tough to argue with her decision. Liberals all across the country have long-struggled with the decision of, "Do I want to stand in line for three hours with no WiFi, or go pound some High Life and find some random girl to hook up with."
"Voter disengagement" is what I call it. Liberals are fluent in it, and it's long been a major problem for them in past elections.
It's well-known that conservatives will unflinchingly trek through endlessly connected fast-food parking lots just to vote. If you told a conservative that they'd have to drink a gallon of Flint water just to vote, they would. Because conservatives view voting as a priority--a must. Liberals view voting as more of an annoyance.
Conservatives are angry. Ok. I agree. They're also fed up with a flaccid government (second erection reference). But whether their anger is justified or directed in the right place, is moot. Anger is what puts voters in the booths. And the Republicans know this.
Which is why Hillary Clinton desperately needs Bernie Sanders if she wants to guarantee her win for the White House. Supporters of Sanders should get behind Clinton, collectively. But they won't. Not because the two candidates (and their supporters) differ on policy, because they don't, but as that text message implies, a Sanders supporter may just say "fuck it," and stay home on November 8, and instead, vape a mixture of evaporated cane juice and organic vodka while listening to the new The 1975 record (which is good).