The brilliance of Bernie’s campaign to take the Democratic nomination away from an actual Democrat. His entire campaign is focused on turning out teens. He refers to it as a large or huge turnout. I’ve jokingly called him the Pied Piper of Vermont but today I’m offering up some research for those who have forgotten what it was like to be a teen.
Those huge Bernie rallies we’ve been watching since he entered the race, they aren’t in the usual venues where candidates speak to the core of the Democratic Party. Instead, he speaks at High Schools and Colleges. He excites, much like his alter ego Trump, he excites the crowd mentality and relies on peer pressure to turn out the teen vote. And yes, I think Gloria Steinham was correct even though it’s not P.C. to say that girls follow the boys.
When I was 17 rallying for Gene McCarthy, all I knew was that he was against the war and Everyone I hung with wanted him so bad it hurt. I had absolutely no idea what, if anything he had done or believed in. I just knew he had to be President. My folks wouldn’t let me go to Chicago or I might have got my head bashed in by a cop. He might have been great. He may have been everything we thought. But my reasoning was actually not reason. My intense pain over Chicago ’68 was due entirely to my teen need to belong.
One study using MRI scans on adults and teens showed that their brains reacted very differently to the presence of friends when making a decision. It found that teens who would not take risks when alone or with an adult were far more likely to take risks when their friends were watching. The scans showed that the reward center of the teen brain became much more active in the company of their peers.” from Mentalfloss
Then there’s this from Scholastic
In a study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), teen volunteers played a video driving game, either alone or with friends watching. What the researchers discovered was that the number of risks teens took in the driving game more than doubled when their friends were watching as compared to when the teens played the game alone. This outcome indicates that teens may find it more difficult to control impulsive or risky behaviors when their friends are around, or in situations that are emotionally charged.
With an Ohio judge ruling that 17 year olds can vote in next Tuesday’s primary, the likelihood of Sanders stealing the Democratic nomination from Mrs. Clinton is now a very real possibility.