Two members of a new generation have taken center stage in the campaign for the presidency. The cohort first called the Baby Bust, then “Generation X,” includes Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
Cruz or Rubio are vying for the nomination with Donald Trump—an entitled representative of the obscene over-consumption of the Baby Boom generation. Then comes Baby Boom’s political poster girl, Hillary Clinton, 68.
Welcome to 2016, the battle of the generations.
The emergence of Cruz, 45, and Rubio, 44, and the support each garners from their Gen-X peers, signals the start of an era in which people of my generation, born between 1965 and 1985, will run most American institutions.
Gen-X is more ethnically diverse than any of its predecessors, partly a product of a 1970s immigration influx that filled the baby bust’s labor market gap. Cruz and Rubio, both sons of Cuban political émigrés, fit comfortably in their eclectic peer group.
Other high-achieving Gen-X politicos like Governor Nikki Haley, 44, of South Carolina and former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, 44, are also children of immigrants. Like Rubio and Cruz, none of the four embrace the hyphen-hyping ethnic politics of older politicians.