For Pete’s sake
Buttigieg is an underdog in the fight for the presidency, and if elected, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana would become both the youngest president ever and the first to reach the office directly from a mayorship. Buttigieg knows he’s young, and doesn’t hesitate to point out that he has more years of executive governing experience than his high-profile Hoosier political counterpart, Vice President Mike Pence, and more military experience than any President since George H. W. Bush. Aamina Khan
I think that this Peter Buttigieg affair is going to be historical no matter what. Whether he gets the nomination from the Democrats (you know that uncle Joe may get it, right?) I find Pete to be personable, knowledgeable, intelligent, assertive and, to tell you the truth, sexy. Yep, cause intelligence is sexy. And this man is actually smart. And it shows.
When I first heard about him I was surprised. Surprised that South Bend, a basically nondescript city in Indiana (Indiana, that is a big extension of nothing sprinkled some Amish and some garden variety bigots who elected Mike Pence as governor) would have elected a gay mayor. A married gay man as their mayor. I was slightly shook.
That alone I find it to be groundbreaking. Not because a gay man would be invested in politics, but because such an apparently nondescript city in an apparently conservative state would have a gay man as their mayor. That was outstanding, IMHO. It indicates that Buttigieg has the chops and the drive to be a good politician. He's young, yes, but he's got more going on for him politically than the current inhabitant of the White House. Which at this moment does not seem like praise, because the bar is set so low. But he's got more going on for him than both the president and the vice president of the United States in what concerns integrity and knowledge. He's much better than many of the people serving in this current administration, too.
Pete is very smart. He's been featured in national tv and has come out of that trial by fire very well. Besides, he's social media savvy and has loads of personality besides being politically aware and able to think on his feet. There's an anecdote of him spontaneously speaking in Norwegian to somebody that's making the rounds. Norwegian. He learned Norwegian because he was interested in an author who was not translated into English. Not that speaking several foreign languages makes you a good presidential candidate but it does say something about you: you operate at a different intellectual level to that of the garden variety politician. Silly anecdote for some who are waiting for the next white male Dem savior, but it makes me like him more. In comparison, Toadstool Yetipubes comes across as barely literate in tweeter and speaks at the fourth grade level. I hope Pete's exploratory committee succeeds and I hope he runs. The field is going to be crowded (I like some of the other candidates, too!) but I truly hope that if Pete does run and does not make it as president, he'll be considered by some of the candidates as a running mate. He'd make a fantastic vice president. Can you imagine that? What about a ticket with a Democrat woman as president and a gay Democrat man as vice president? I can just see all the bigoted, sexist, conservative MAGAts heads exploding. That would make me happy.
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