In last week's episode, Saturday Night Live aired an accurate (and hilarious) parody of a Hillary Clinton campaign ad targeting millennial voters. Clinton tries to convince young voters that she has their best interests at heart, and always has, as she slowly morphs into Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.
It's no secret that millennial voters make up a significant chunk of Sanders' supporters, and that their enthusiasm and dedication has played a big part in his victories in many states in his quest to secure the Democratic nomination. However, SNL's sketch hints at a larger problem with Clinton as a candidate. Where Sanders stands firm in his beliefs, Clinton appears to adjust her political stance depending on what will help her attract voters, and this is something she has been criticized for time and time again. As her presidential campaign has unfolded, she has gradually started adopting the language used by Sanders in his speeches in hopes of snagging some of his voters. She simultaneously tries to discredit him, and resorts to questionable methods to do this. For example, she recently claimed that she was campaigning for healthcare reform long before Sanders was. And yet, as shown in the clip below, Sanders was both literally and figuratively behind her in her efforts to improve healthcare for Americans.
One would think that someone as smart as Clinton would think twice before making false statements that can be fact-checked by basically anyone with an internet connection. It seems that she desperately wants to avoid a candidate stealing the nomination from right under her nose, like Barack Obama did in 2008. At the beginning of the election, Clinton being the Democratic nominee seemed a sure thing. Even though she is well on the way to making that a reality - especially after her sweeping victories on Super Tuesday 3 - Sanders' message has resonated strongly with a significant number of voters, and this is problematic for her campaign.
Furthermore, Sanders comes off as earnest and genuine, which is a contrast to Clinton's disingenuousness. What is troubling for Clinton, is that this has not been lost on the American public; polls have shown that voters don't trust her. While it seems unlikely that this will seriously hurt her in the primaries, the same cannot be said for the general election. The Democratic Party needs someone who can go against who seems to be the inevitable Republican nominee, Donald Trump, and win with a large margin. What is bizarre, and truly horrifying, is that there are some Democratic voters who are so opposed to a Clinton presidency that they would rather vote for Trump in the general election.
So if Clinton does become the Democratic nominee, and it seems that she will, her campaign needs to do whatever it takes to ensure that Sanders supporters make the effort to come out and vote for her. Abstaining from voting, voting third party, or voting Republican, could very well cost Clinton the White House.