Saturday, November 3, 2007
"Goodbye to All That"
If you have a few minutes and aren't completely sick of '08 election pieces yet, I'd definitely recommend checking out Andrew Sullivan's cover story about Barack Obama's candidacy for this month's Atlantic Monthly.
Judging from both this article and his recent blog posts, it seems to me that Sullivan is supportive of Obama mainly for the same reason I am: that having formed his political identity mainly in the 80s and 90s, he seems almost completely removed from the Baby Boomer psychodrama that has dominated American politics for almost 40 years. His vision of the world isn't shaped by things that happened in the late 60s, unlike Bush and Gore in 2000, Bush and Kerry in 2004, and Clinton, McCain, and Guiliani in the current election. This has a lot of practical benefits. First, if he is nominated, the election (for the first time since....a long time ago) will not be about hippies, Vietnam, women's liberation, and sexual revolution. Second, in my opinion, his lack of Boomer baggage allows him to approach issues more thoughtfully and with less rigidity - just think of all the Boomer Democrats in the Senate that voted for the war resolution in 2002, essentially fueled by the latent fear that they would be called McGovernite if they didn't. I'm basically schilling at this point, and I've been reading law for 18 straight hours so my mind is too mushy to come up with a decent conclusion. Enjoy.