Wednesday Presumptive nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) announced that he had sent a letter to the now presumptive Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill), challenging him to ten Kennedy-Goldwater style town hall-style public forums between now and the Democratic convention, starting with one such event in New York.
Politico.com, reporter and blogger Ben Smith has an interesting anecdote that illustrates the generation gap between Obama and McCain as well as their respective campaigns.
Obama aide Bill Burton, a campaign source says, he went downstairs in their Chicago offices just now to collect a hand-delivered copy of John McCain’s invitation to Goldwater-Kennedy-style debates with Obama.
“You know, you could have just e-mailed this,” a somewhat puzzled Burton told the middle aged messenger.
The generation gap seems to be playing out at alot of levels here, and come to think of it, it’s striking that the McCain debate proposal includes nothing that couldn’t have been done in the Goldwater days, and no nod to the existence of the Internet.
Whether it be race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or age; various aspects of America are being displayed in the 2008 Presidential primaries and General election like never before. Whether it be the skepticism of older voters towards Obama, Obama’s phenomenal galvanizing support of voters between ages 18-29, Obama’s youth, and McCain who could be the oldest President in history if elected; have made age an issue that just can not be ignored. Two presidential candidates have not been this far apart in age since 1992 when then Governor Bill Clinton (D-Arkansas) at age 46, and President George H.W Bush (then 68 years old) faced off in that year’s Presidential election.
It is small aspects like this that show how dramatically our country in changing, how significant the possible generational ground could be shifting beneath our collective feet.
Its type writers Vs PCs. singing telegrams vs text messages. Obama is 46 years old, the tip of the baby boomer tail, while McCain was practically in Elementary School when Pearl Harbor occurred. This no doubt will make for an interesting national discussion. One who’s verdict will create reverberations that will be felt in the coming years and in future generations.
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