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I get into a fair amount of political discussion with my kids these days (to set the stage, the “kids” are around 40). Being a Baby Boomer in denial, I’m often amazed by the understated animosity directed at my generation by its successors. Painting with a broad brush, we get blamed for grabbing the goodies and leaving the dregs, whether it’s housing, social security, or senior discounts at retail. Much of this is deserved. The “Greatest Generation” may have been followed by the “Greedy Generation.” We grew up with fast cars, cheap gas, and no nanny state; our kids grew up with bike helmets and recycle or die.
I am curious as to what Ricochet folks think about presidential electability based on age, generational resentment and image. To me, it accounts for much about Hillary versus Obama — indeed, Obama versus anyone over 65 — and sheds some light on who could run against Hillary. Some random data follows:
- Mitt Romney: March 12, 1947 (67)
- Hillary Clinton: October 26, 1947 (67)
- Elizabeth Warren: June 22, 1949 (65)
- Rick Perry: March 4, 1950 (64)
- Jeb Bush: February 11, 1953 (61)
- Chris Christie: September 6, 1962 (52)
- Rand Paul: January 7, 1963 (52)
- Scott Walker: November 2, 1967 (47)
- Ted Cruz: December 22, 1970 (44)
- Bobby Jindal: June 10, 1971 (43)