Paging Miss Cleo!

I see an empty suit . . .

I see an empty suit . . . taking an oath

So I’m reading this post by a sane Correntian and I follow a link to find this from the NYT:

THE time has come, Senator Barack Obama says, for the baby boomers to get over themselves.

In taking the first steps toward a presidential candidacy last week, Mr. Obama, who was born in 1961 and considers himself a member of the post-boomer generation, said Americans hungered for “a different kind of politics,” one that moved beyond the tired ideological battles of the 1960s.

[…]

While the Obama-Clinton generational dynamic will mostly play out in the primaries, Republican voters will be weighing the candidacy of one of the oldest men ever to seek the presidency, John McCain, 70, the only member of the likely field born before the baby boom’s unofficial start in 1943.

 That Obamafluffer article was published on January 21, 2007 by John M. Broder.  Let’s review:

As of that date, Barack Obama had written two “memoirs, given one nationally televised speech, appeared on Oprah, cake-walked into the Senate when his main competition in both the primary and general election had dropped out, had not chaired any subcommittee meetings or authored any important legislation.  He also had not won a single caucus or primary, been endorsed by any super delegates, nor reported any campaign donations.  There were several Democratic “heavyweights” besides Hillary Clinton that were expected to run, including Al Gore, John Edwards, Chris Dodd and Joe Biden.

Yet somehow Mr. Broder correctly predicted that the primary campaign would be a contest between Obama and Hillary.  Even though the dynamic turned out to be genderational (penis vs. vagina) rather than generational, this guy should be on the Psychic Friends Network.

Either that or he should be indicted for insider trading.

Call 1-800-BIG-FAKE

Call 1-800-BIG-FAKE

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2 Responses to Paging Miss Cleo!

  1. CulturalTrendsWatcher says:

    Thought-provoking post and blog. Relevant to your comments is the fact that many experts have argued these days that there are five, not four generations in the U.S., including Obama’s generation: Generation Jones…the heretofore lost generation between the Boomers and Generation X, now 42-54 years old.

    I’ve noticed quite a bit of buzz about GenJones in the context of this election; I saw several discussions on national TV about Obama being a Joneser, as well as about GenJones voters being a key swing vote.

    You may find this link interesting, my friends and I have been linking people to this page because we think it matters: it has a bunch of print excerpts and videos of big time publications (e.g. The New York Times, Newsweek, etc.) and pundits (e.g. David Brooks, Clarence Page, etc.) all talking about Obama’s identity as part of Generation Jones: http://www.generationjones.com/2008election.html

  2. sister of ye says:

    Gen Jones consists of late boomers who are pissed because they missed all the good stuff like Woodstock.

    Well, actually, I’m a mid-boomer who missed Woodstock because I was still in grade school. But I don’t hold that as a excuse to be pissed at everyone else.

    Kind of funny, really. We grew up dissed by the very same parents who were responsible for creating all of us. (They didn’t call them the Greatest Generation for nothing.)

    Now we get the disrespect from those who come after us, who apparently think we generated ourselves strictly as an evil, underhanded plot to cost them money. As Dickens had Scrooge say, if boomers are going to die, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”

    Forget it, punks. I’m gray-haired and crochety and I have a cane and know how to use it. And while you’re at it, stay the fuck off my lawn.

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