Noted arbiter of youth culture Hillary Clinton is set to guest edit a forthcoming edition of Teen Vogue, according to an announcement made by the publication on Wednesday.
But when it becomes available on Dec. 5, will droves of woke teens actually "Pokemon Go" to newsstands in search of their own copies?
Why would they?
Recall that exit polls around June 2016 showed that even Donald Trump got more votes from young people in primaries and caucuses than Clinton did. One survey estimated that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., won more than double the number of young votes that went for Clinton.
In July of 2016, Gallup noted that Clinton was viewed least favorably by young people, with only 31 percent of 18-29 year-olds saying they had a favorable view of her. Though she ultimately won the youth vote, another survey found only 18 percent of young Clinton supporters said they were "excited" about their candidate. By comparison, 32 percent of young Trump supporters said the same.
"I love seeing articles about the search for the perfect makeup remover next to essays about running for office," Clinton wrote in her introductory note to Teen Vogue readers. Smooth. Clinton's mastery of empty political rhetoric is captivating for some older voters, but it's least likely to attract the young, who tend to be more idealistic and demanding of sincerity. The issue, Teen Vogue maintains, "was designed for the millions who acknowledge that until women, girls, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and the economically disadvantaged are on an equal playing field, we must hold space for these critical conversations."
Just what the kids want to hear. But even if that must be the case, Bernie Sanders probably would have been a better choice as guest editor given his higher popularity with young people. I honestly think I would rather hear his thoughts on the perfect makeup remover anyway.
Clinton obviously remains popular with the educated liberal women who run publications like Teen Vogue. But forcing her on their unenthusiastic readers is patronizing and silly.