VP-elect Kamala Harris gives Gen X slackers a taste of success

VP-elect Kamala Harris gives Gen X slackers a taste of success


Kamala Harris isn’t just historic because she’s the first woman, and first woman of color, to be elected vice president. She’s historic because she represents the first time a middle-aged Gen Xer has ever won anything.

Though the Pew Research Center says Xers were born from 1965 to 1980, other researchers claim this cohort originated as early as 1964 — and I’m going with that. Born in 1964, Harris was a latchkey kid with divorced parents who — checkmate — wears Converse sneakers. A Gen Xer all the way.

And Boomers, even if you could take her on a technicality, please give us this; we have so little. In the words of Pew, Generation X is “America’s neglected ‘middle child’ … a low-slung, straight-line bridge between two noisy behemoths.” A CBS News report on the generations in 2019 left out Gen X entirely. A “Saturday Night Live” game-show skit pitting millennials against Boomers gave Keenan Thompson this line: “I’m Gen

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