The Hillary Clinton campaign is deploying former Vice President
The announcement elicited a lot of mockery from various corners of the right. Sen.
Radio talk show host
Now, as the columnist who wrote the first (and still most important) piece addressing the vital question of whether or not Gore is an alien -- he was born about nine months after the UFO incident in
But there are a couple of problems here. The first is a narrow point. The Clinton campaign has activated Gore to woo millennials who are worried about global warming, not young people generally. That makes a lot of sense.
The headlines about Clinton's "millennial problem" can be misleading. Yes, she has a problem with them, but it's not that she's losing the youth vote to Trump. She's crushing Trump among young voters by double digits. An
Clinton will crush Trump among young voters. Her problem is that there may not be a lot of young people who vote. Democrats need young voters. If the legal voting age in 2008 had been 35,
Then there's the broader point: It's silly to talk about millennials as a homogenous group, not just racially but in most things. Sure, some generalizations are possible about a cohort that grew up with the internet versus one that didn't. But generational stereotyping is the first refuge of lazy journalists and people with low self-esteem. Reporters love to reduce large segments of the population to neat categories because it's easier to write broadly that way.
It's funny: When writers over-generalize about race, ethnicity or gender, controversy usually follows. But if you pretend you "know" someone's beliefs and desires just by looking at their date of birth, no one blinks an eye. As a matter of logic, that's a form of prejudice, too.
By no means am I suggesting that young people should take knee-jerk offense at ageism. Nor am I saying that young people are no different than old people. Anyone who was young -- which includes every non-dead non-young person in the world -- knows that youth has its good points and bad.
But being young is no accomplishment. Which gets me to the point about self-esteem. People who take excessive pride in being a member of a generation -- any generation -- are basically declaring that they have nothing better to brag about. There was no heroic "greatest generation." Rather, there were a bunch of individual people who did heroic things. If you spent D-Day drunk at a bar in
Gore may help Hillary with millennials who consider him the pope of the
That's as it should be, because any group of 74 million Americans is going to defy the secular astrology that passes as generational analysis.