Soothing the Bern
October 27, 2016This article was written by Kimberly Haley
Life after everyone’s favorite socialist democrat left a 3rd degree on our hearts
Millennials who supported Bernie Sanders, the Independent Party senator from Vermont, are now falling through a political rabbit hole to which there may be no comfortable landing.
Our favorite democratic socialist was defeated by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but Sanders supporters cannot forget their old flame. Social media hashtags like #StillSanders keep the dream of a Sanders presidency smoldering, but pragmatically, only main party candidates win the presidential election. The present-day Democrat and Republican platforms have long had a stronghold on our government, but Bernie’s unique campaign sparked a political revolution in the Millennial generation. When Sanders’ campaign fizzled like a sparkler in a downpour, disillusioned supporters were left unsure of their November ballot box tactics.
Aaron Gilmartin, a senior Environmental Studies major, is still feeling the Bern but also compromised. Gilmartin keeps Bernie’s campaign sticker on his car and the button on his bulletin board, but will vote for Clinton on November 8th. “I’d love to vote for Bernie, but at this point Clinton is the only logical option.”
Global Studies and Humanities lecturer Meghan O’Donnell is the CSUMB California College Democrats Club advisor. She said young voters might feel betrayed by Bernie’s loss in the primaries. “Many see the Democratic party as being complicit with Bernie not winning the election,” she said. O’Donnell was once an enthusiastic member of the Green Party and Bernie supporter, and said, “there’s part of me that hates having to vote Democrat.”
O’Donnell attributed Bernie’s popularity with Millennials to the social media phenomenon: “There are political scientists and historians who still aren’t sure how an old Jew from one of the whitest states in the country became a cultural icon of this young millennial generation.”