Scott Timberg had a March 7 2016 article on Salon, noting that “The GOP has Presidential contenders from Generation X, while the Democrats have two Boomers fighting it out – why?” As my post from last April noted the fairly large number of Republican Generation X candidates, and the fact that even before the field was whittled down to Sanders and Clinton, the Democrats were all from older generations.
I am still of the opinion that Generation X is destined to be shut out of the Presidency, as was the Silent Generation. Just the electoral demographics of being sandwiched between two larger generations kills us. I see this cycle as the last gasp of the Baby Boomers, and the successor to whoever wins in 2016 to be pulled from the ranks of the Millennials, now officially the largest generation in the US.
As to Timberg’s question of where are the Gen X Democrats? — I think they are there as he notes, but that being at least in large part influenced by the Reagan years, there are still more Republican Gen Xers than Democrats – at least among the older fraction (according to Pew). And I think this is reflected in the Generation X politicians that we see on the national stage — more Republicans than Democrats.
Watch for a rising Democrat Millennial to give a key speech at the convention this summer. That will be your 2020 or 2024 front-runner for the Democratic Party nomination.
In the aftermath of Prince’s death on April 21, 2016 there has, of course, been a huge outpouring of grief and sympathy. However, by the look of my Facebook feed, those of us from Generation X took Prince’s death the hardest. This appears to be true in Australia, as well, according to the linked article from Neil McMahon. If we are most touched by music from the year in which we turn 17 then the chart below from FiveThirtyEight shows how Prince was a dominant force in Generation X’s musical life. Those of us born in 1965 turned 17 in 1982, the year Little Red Corvette and 1999 were released. By the time the last of Generation X was getting out of high school (those born in 1980) Prince’s peak chart output was mostly complete. But for most of Generation X’s formative musical years of the 1980s through the mid-’90s, Price was cranking out top ten hits. So, for us Generation Xers it is good see him back on top of the charts and getting a lot of radio airplay, even though the reason for the attention sucks.
Three years ago Touré wrote a book about Prince explaining how he became the iconic figure he is. At the time he also published somearticles on the relationship between Prince and Generation X. Worth revisiting now, especially the Salon article for its take on the relationship between late Boomers and Generation X.
I also see that the internet has decided that Price should be the new face of the $20 bill – which should be renamed the $19.99 and/or the bill formerly known as the twenty. I think it is a much better idea from the internet than Boaty McBoatface.
I am glad to see Generation X getting some media love from the National Geographic Channel. Last month I caught the episode “The Politics of X” on TV. Based on that I am looking forward to seeing more of the episodes. The description from National Geographic: