Friday, August 29, 2008

Gen X-ers (and Old Guys) on the Presidential Ticket

The day has finally come when the peers of everyone's favorite 90s alternative rock star heroes, who are now in their late 30s/early 40s/mid 40s/late 40s, are on the Presidential election ticket. For the Democrats, we have 40-something Barack Obama running for President, with 60-something running mate Joe Biden to add that component of "experience" to the ticket. Just recently announced for the Republicans, 70-something nominee John McCain chose 40-something Sarah Palin as his running mate. Palin is particularly interesting, as she seems to fill in all doubts of McCain's "conservative" credibility.

Furthermore, Palin can play the "history card" and possibly be the GOP nominee in the 2012 election, either as part of the incumbent party or the leader of the opposition. In other words, she could be the nation's first female President, and not Hillary Clinton. By the way, we're not invoking the 25th Amendment here, and we're not discriminating against McCain's age. Our hypothetical involves the 2012 election and not anytime before.

Since time is handing politics to the post-Baby Boomers, maybe we should draft Eddie Vedder for President. Of course, he'll have to say, "I have no idea what this means. I don't think it means anything." And then we would have to begrudgingly nominate Billy Corgan instead, as long as he chooses fiscally-responsible drummer Jimmy Chamberlin as his veep.

And then we'd have to invoke the 25th Amendment. Hail to the Chief, President Chamberlin!

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