While every four years represents a new opportunity to trumpet the importance of the “youth vote”, this year will spotlight a really powerful demographic, anti-war seniors. As I write in my New York Sun column, “Life has played a funny trick on the boomers. They blazed a frenzied path onto the world’s stage. Their youth fueled a host of cultural and political touchstones that now represent history: Woodstock, the March on Washington, the Summer of Love. Now age has inevitably caught up, but not without its consequences.
With the exit from the stage of the World War II generation, the people who confronted the Great Depression and drove Nazism and Fascism into the dustbin of world history, the boomers stand poised to become the most influential group of senior citizens simply by their growing number.”