Battle Of The Generations

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — That was quite the Facebook post yesterday from Congressman Joe Kennedy, serving notice that at the very least, he won’t be bluffed out of challenging Sen. Ed Markey by all the backlash from Markey supporters.

“I hear the folks who say I should wait my turn, but with due respect — I’m not sure this is a moment for waiting,” Kennedy wrote. “Our system has been letting down a lot of people for a long time, and we can’t fix it if we don’t challenge it. I’ve got some ideas on how to do that.”

Whether or not Kennedy’s ideas are more appealing than Markey’s will have to wait for their primary showdown, if it happens.

But the first part of his statement deserves immediate scrutiny.

Markey vs. Kennedy will be a classic generational showdown, that’s for sure.

Markey is a early-wave Baby Boomer, born in 1946, sent to Congress in the 1976 wave of Watergate backlash.

At age 30.

Talk about not waiting your turn.

We Baby Boomers weren’t big on the whole “wait your turn” concept. We had the right ideas, our elders were clearly incompetent, and if you weren’t part of the solution you were part of the problem.

Kennedy was born in 1980, right on the cusp between Generation X and the Millenials.

And if there’s one thing those two very different generations agree on, it’s their Boomer fatigue.

I look forward to hearing Kennedy further explain his concern that this moment argues against waiting.

In the meantime, he surely must realize that’s the same mantra every generation seems to wind up chanting.

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