While Hillary Clinton leads in the popular polls by about 30%, the young voters are certainly Feeling the Bern. A revolution has started in the wake of Bernie Sanders’ dogmatic allegiance with the middle class and his quiet fury is proving contagious. But are the reforms Sanders promises idealistic? Sitting on the couch during the debate in my casually chic tuxedo Snuggie, I realize: Bernie Sanders is like the kid in grade school who won the election by promising to put ice cream machines in the cafeteria. That kid had his heart in the right place, no doubt, but that kid did not have a thorough plan. Of course, Bernie Sanders is not a sixth grader, but a sufficiently qualified politician with platforms that, in more cases than not, align quite closely with Hillary’s.

The difference is the practical, clear cut planning and willingness to compromise that’s necessary to actually see those results. The fervor attached to his campaign is one fed, like the ice cream promise, by a similar desire to believe in revolutionary—unrealistic—change. Hillary Clinton’s history with foreign policy is unmatched by Sander’s extensive domestic experience and although, as a generation, we would prefer to cut ties with big money Wall Street, her attachments will prove beneficial in negotiations with conservatives and corporations who, like it or not, still hold 90% of the nation’s wealth (wealth=power). The tides of change continue to shift as we prepare for Obama to pass the torch to the new Commander in Chief. And regardless of the winner, changes—positive or otherwise—are bound to occur during the next presidential term.

But, where is the interest in the how? Social media has provided us with an incredible number of platforms from which to gather and share news, which is a huge contributing factor in Bernie’s growing fan base, but has our attention span overall become soundbite-sized? To hear a politician say “free tuition” or “I want Wall Street to pay!” is revolutionary in itself, but if the article isn’t 146 characters or less there is a massive decline in the number of people who will read it. As a result, there’s a discouraging lack of interest in scratching the surface of those claims to see how one intends on accomplishing those things, or what other aspects of life have to be altered to achieve those goals. Is Hillary’s “cross party” plan to reduced tuition debt, and her clear-cut stance on gun control hurting her likeability? Her focus on clarity as opposed to enthusiasm is clearly having an effect on her polling numbers with younger voters.

The likeability category in politics is critical in winning an election, and whether or not the candidates should feel pressure to appear on SNL or dance on The Ellen Show is debatable, but regardless of opinion, it’s been a deciding factor in several of the recent elections. More than ever the candidates are desperate to reach the young population and evidence shows that entertainment is the route to do it. The number of news platforms is at an all time high so it seems counterintuitive to learn that the number of young people that actually vote is at an intimidating low. The naiveté about the political system’s ability to change over night is reflected clearly in the fervor surrounding Bernie’s bold, lone wolf persona. His promises are incredibly appealing, and his plans for domestic change, particularly his plans to tax the 1%, are arguably necessary to keep the middle class alive. Even looking through his renowned “12 step plan“, leaves me asking, but how?  His prominent desires and concerns are, for all intents and purposes, identical to Hillary’s, and her plans to include the right winged politicians may not be as idealistically pleasing, but stand a real chance of holding water. The real issue, however, is how these candidates are going to grab the attention of the millennials. The answer to this remains unclear, but unless we find a way to create political enthusiasm in our generation, we’re bound to see our candidates on snapchat soon enough. And although my wallet yearns for a future of free tuition, my heart still melts at the disappointment of the ice cream machine fiasco and this time, I’m ready to Chill for Hill.

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