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