The Obamaration Gap

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With apologies to Sam Winston, I’m finding Obama mania pretty interesting to watch, especially how political pundits react to it. What can make it even more compelling is when you take the pundit’s age into consideration. I know, accuse me of ageism, I deserve it.

You have Tucker Carlson, generation Xer and host of MSNBC’s Tucker, comparing the campaign to the Khmer Rouge (I realize this is pretty old news, considering he made the comment back in October, but you get the point). But it might not be fair to label Carlson a Generation Xer — and by unfair I mean unfair to the Generation Xers — because even without the bowtie, many consider Carlson to be just like their dad’s Oldsmobile: gas guzzling (and exhausting as well), flashy with little substance and undependable.

Then there’s Frank Rich, editorial columnist for the New York Times, a Baby Boomer and unabashedly unafraid to make the Obama/Kennedy comparison and in one column, he even paraphrased a Fleetwood Mac song, “They Didn’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow.” You can almost see the Baby Boomers dancing and lighting their lighters to that one.

Maureen Dowd, another New York Times columnist, doesn’t seem ready to take sides, but as everybody realizes by now, she’s not up for another Bush or Clinton presidency. She too is part of the boomer crowd, so understandably, even though she isn’t completely in the Obama rebel camp, she does warn young Luke Obama to be wary of the dark side.

Finally, there’s Joel Stein, an editorialist for the Los Angeles Times. I don’t think I’m going out on too much of a limb to refer to Stein as fairly representative (you know, in a stereotyping kind of way) of Generation X: smart, somewhat apathetic and suspicious. In fact, Stein doesn’t even trust himself when it comes to Obama. In a recent column, “He’s Got Obamaphilia”, Stein takes to task his fellow Obamaphiles for creating music videos like “Yes We Can” and the song “Fired Up, Ready to Go.” Yes, Stein supports Obama, but all of this “inspiration” is getting to him — it’s starting to make him feel embarrassed and maybe a little…suspicious.

Actually, I’m not done yet. Let’s give the final word to a member of the newest generation, Generation Y, of voters. Joshua Andert is the brother of our very own Sarah Andert and if you look at my next post, he has some strong words for his elder, Joel Stein. Read Stein’s column first to get the full effect of what Joshua is saying.

I gotta admit that I’m worried how this whole matter of generation vs. generation is headed. I’m actually a last year Baby Boomer, and my wife is part of Generation X. It’s a good thing my daughter can’t vote yet.

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