By David Kamioner | January 16, 2020
Chief Justice John Roberts was in a jocular temper on Wednesday when he uttered “OK Boomer” throughout oral arguments.
The case is concerning an worker of the Division of Veterans Affairs who’s alleging gender and age discrimination. The plaintiff, Norris Babb, can also be claiming the DVA “subjected her to a hostile work surroundings.”
Roberts used the phrase in a theoretical query on age discrimination.
The phrase has develop into ubiquitous as of late, as Gen X sorts and millennials apply it to social media and in any other case to reference the 1946-1964 child increase technology of kids of WWII vets.
Gen Xers, who demographically cross with Boomers over the last three years of the cycle, 1961-1964, like myself are notably keen on the dig because it contrasts us from the hideous, self-absorbed, typically left-wing at the very least once they had been younger, and nonetheless annoying teenage hippie cohorts of the late 1960s.
By the point one other decade had rolled round and people Gen Xers born within the early 60s had come of late adolescent age, hippie music had been changed by new wave, male lengthy hair and filthy hippie rags by Ralph Lauren topped off with traditional haircuts, and McGovernesque politics with the Reagan marketing campaign.
Roberts, who appears to have escaped the excesses of his technology and emerged along with his mind and humorousness intact, as did the smarter of the boomer bunch, is understood to have an honest humorousness.
He’ll want it subsequent week when he has to take a seat by way of days of Dem absurdities.
Roberts might be fulfilling his constitutional obligation to preside over the Senate trials as the top jurist, a job solely two different chief justices have performed.
Will probably be fascinating to see Roberts take part on this capability, given his “balls-and-strikes” mentality of judicial execution and Trump’s previous feedback calling Roberts a “catastrophe.”
We’ll see how goal the Chief Justice performs his position. Given his historical past on The Courtroom, I believe we will say he’ll play pretty. Whereas notably a conservative-leaning interpreter of the Structure, he hasn’t at all times dominated in favor of how conservatives would love.
Roberts’ infamous ruling in “favor” of Obamacare in Nationwide Federation of Unbiased Enterprise v. Sebelius, had many conservatives up in arms, although his ruling was hardly in precise favor of the legislation and extra so a technicality.
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