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March 03, 2008

If Obama Was A Woman Politics

Last Tuesday, I heard Geraldine Ferraro on the radio discussing gender and the Clinton campaign. Ferraro, you may remember, was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1984. She's a year older than John McCain, but you'd never know it. She's ferociously smart — lightning quick and crackling with energy. She made an interesting point: if Barack Obama was a woman, with a resume as thin as his, he'd never have gotten past square one. She's right. No doubt.

People like to say it's about issues, but really it comes down to gut feel. We're just a bunch of primates who evolved to live in small bands with other primates. We look for a certain animal magnetism in a leader. We want someone who gives us confidence that he (or she) will keep us safe. We pick our leaders by instinct, by feel, and then we rationalize our choice by appealing to the issues. Most of us, anyway. Unfortunately.

I've been reading (and enjoying) Ken Wilber's Boomeritis, and it strikes me also that an important reason why Obama connects so well with younger voters is that he's the first post-Boomer candidate. Obama was born in 1961 — which may or may not make him technically a Boomer, depending on who you ask — but he doesn't feel like a Boomer. He feels like something new. People are just so tired of us Boomers. We've been hogging the spotlight forever, seems like. People want to take the next step. But you already knew that.

Posted by Jonathan at March 3, 2008 10:03 PM  del.icio.us digg NewsVine Reddit YahooMyWeb


Hey that means I'm not technically a boomer... Ha. 1963 what is that pre-genx or just old. lol
Had to post so you got a visitor from Kathmandu.... Take it light. We certainly have to.


Posted by: Mark at March 6, 2008 07:48 AM

I think you mean, "If Obama Were A Woman".

Posted by: OilMonkey at March 15, 2008 03:59 PM

Yes, "were". I originally wrote it that way, but didn't want to sound like a pedant. Should have stuck to my guns.

Posted by: Jonathan at March 15, 2008 07:44 PM