2016 Progressives invade pop culture

WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) – Pop culture, meet your new BFFLs (best friends for life): 2016 progressive candidates.

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley are the remaining top-tier of the Democratic field duking it out for the party’s 2016 nomination.

In a week that saw former Sens. Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee exit the race, the last candidates standing got face time with a critical – and often elusive – young voting block that loves Twitter but avoids nightly news.

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley strummed his guitar and crooned for the ladies of ABC’s The View.

O’Malley sang Taylor’s Swift’s smash hit “Bad Blood.” The song selection was doubly-savvy. Swift is Facebook-bait, ensuring clicks and instantaneous cool-factor points. “Bad Blood” is also rumored to be about Swift’s not-so-secret nemesis Katy Perry, who happens to be a big time Clinton supporter.

Hillary Clinton spent her week prepping for her marathon Benghazi testimony. During that four-day press gap, a 70-year-old woman’s buzz cut in the likeness of Clinton spread with lightning speed online.

Hillary’s hair has gotten plenty of attention the last few decades, so the coif was a fitting tribute to the Democratic frontrunner.

Bernie Sanders continued his reign as pop culture’s unlikeliest crown prince.

Sanders embraced his Saturday Night Live doppelganger Larry David, but jokingly clarified that he owns two pair of underwear – not one, as Larry stated.

On the Internet’s beloved “Back to the Future” Day, October 21, 2015, Sanders tweeted a picture of himself with Doc. The caption read, “Tell me, future boy, who’s President of the United States in 2017? … Bernie Sanders?! From Vermont?”

It racked up more than 20,000 retweets and 27,000 likes.

Finally, Bernie picked up the official endorsement of America’s tiniest citizens. The hashtag #BabiesForBernie took over Instagram and Twitter, featuring the cutest spectacles and bald spots this side of the party line.

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