The Official Buttigieg 2020 Path to the White House: #NeverPence

 

It took me some time to figure out what it is that Pete Buttigieg is doing. The South Bend, IN mayor is having a wonderful presidential run; he’s going to make his official announcement sometime next week. The media and social media are fawning all over him: He’s cool, he’s calm, he’s collected. Obama-esque, you could say. And, he’s got a unique strategy — # NeverPence.

He’s taking the fight directly to Vice President Mike Pence, even though the Vice President didn’t ask for it, didn’t want it and didn’t start it. Well, Buttigieg is a Hoosier and Pence is a Hoosier, so maybe it gets him a lot more play in the state of Indiana. Do you need this play in the state of Indiana? No, that can’t be it (although you never want to take your home state for granted), but what else could explain this conversation that he likes to have now about faith? This line of attack that he, Pete Buttigieg, is a man of faith, and he can’t understand how the Vice President supports a President who is most well-known for paying hush money to an adult film actress.

That’s what Trump is most well-known for? (The rational person who ever watched “The Apprentice” or stayed a casino in Vegas or in a hotel in New York or DC or Chicago with that giant gold TRUMP logo on it said, “That’s ridiculous. What a foolhardy thing to say!”) Yet, no one in the media has said anything. No voices on the usual suspect cable news channels refuted the idea.

Then, it became much more directed, and much more pointed from Mayor Buttigieg about the Vice President:

You know, I think people are responding to it because hopefully it’s a reminder that all of us deserve an equal claim on the blessings of life in this country. Just because you’re LGBTQ doesn’t mean it’s okay to discriminate against you.

I think most people get that, I think most Christians get that, and it’s time for us to move on toward a more inclusive and more humane vision of faith than what this Vice President represents.

A more humane vision of faith? That’s not just a commentary, that’s a punch in the face. That is not good humor, nor is it some valuable look at his supposed intellect. “What is it that I’m watching?” I ask myself. I played that audio clip on my radio show, and didn’t really engage that much commentary on it as I look back, because it was more confusing than anything else. What is Mayor Buttigieg doing? Why even go down this road?

Then, Second Lady Karen Pence appeared on Brian Kilmeade’s radio show saying, “They’ve always had a great relationship,” referring to the Vice President and the Mayor. “It’s funny because I don’t think the Vice President does have a problem with him, but I think it’s helping Pete to get some notoriety by saying that about the Vice President.”

Certainly, Buttigieg is trying to ‘punch up’ hoping Pence or President Trump will ‘punch down,’ and therefore elevate him. That’s a standard ploy when people are trying to grow their notoriety. But, still, nothing was sitting right with me about this strategy. Then I read this tweet from The Hill, “Karen Pence takes shot at Buttigieg.”

Is that a shot? Is what you just read from Second Lady Karen Pence a shot? Her saying, “I’m like, Pete, did you not like it when the Vice President referred to you as a dedicated public servant, and a patriot because that’s what the Vice President said about him, so what’s the problem with that?”

Mayor Buttigieg has responded to those comments, and the comments from the Vice President’s Press Secretary, Alyssa Farah, saying, “People will often be polite to you in person while advancing policies that harm you and your family. You’ll be polite to them in turn, but you need not stand for such harms. Instead, you push back honestly, emphatically so it goes in the public square.”

That’s not inspirational. It’s not uplifting. This is the Mayor of South Bend running for President of the United States, calling Mike Pence a liar and duplicitous, directly to his face but not actually to his face.

And then it clicked. “Oh, this is the plan.” And that plan is #NeverPence. You ‘punch up’ and get the conversation to be about you, elevating yourself. You engage this conversation about faith, demonizing others while heightening your own morality thus taking focus off of policy because, as (as even the casual observer has noticed,) Pete Buttigieg is no different than Elizabeth Warren, nor Beto O’Rourke, nor Bernie Sanders. He has the same far-left, pro-government, anti-individual policies.

(His conversation about ‘democratic capitalism,’ where he states that capitalism comes into tension with democracy, is wholly untrue. But, it puts him in the same ranks of the others Democrat candidates in eschewing and discrediting capitalism.)

#NeverPence allows him to create a moment of differentiation from the candidates he’s exactly like, because he’s talking about faith when nobody else is, and he’s talking about morality when nobody else really is, in a way nobody else is. Yet no one asks in a meaningful way how his faith has shaped his views or his policies. Like how California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked Judge Amy Coney Barrett if her Catholicism meant she couldn’t be objective. (“The dogma lives loudly within you,” said Feinstein to Barrett. Translation: You’re too Catholic to be a judge!)

The press is complicit; they don’t ask serious questions about his policies, nor his self-proclaimed morality and his faith. Rather, they are fully engaged in the “Obama-izing,” or the “Obama-tization” of Buttigieg. “Oh wow, what a cool, calm, collected guy.” “He could be the first gay President.” “Look how he’s taking it to Mike Pence!” “Such leadership qualities.” “Did you know, he speaks five languages?” “Pete, let me ask you a tough question – how hard is it to love who you want in today’s America?” Plenty of questions, but nothing about substance. Not about his policies, about his beliefs nor about his past.

Pete Buttigieg is engaging in fear-mongering and hate, pushing the idea that Mike Pence is somehow attacking you, actively hurting you and coming after you when, of course, that is not the case. Buttigieg wants you to believe that the Vice President hates you, when that is also not the case.

As I have said very often about President Donald Trump, and how the 2018 election went in favor of the Democrats in the House and in many state elections, the people’s hatred of, and vitriol towards, the President is a highly effective motivator. That’s Pete’s plan for Mike.

It took me some time to figure it out, but Pete Buttigieg’s plan for 2020 is #NeverPence. It’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off.

Originally published at WIBC.com.

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There are 12 comments.

  1. Member

    Tony Katz: And then it clicked. “Oh, this is the plan.” And that plan is #NeverPence. You ‘punch up’ and get the conversation to be about you, elevating yourself. You engage this conversation about faith, demonizing others while heightening your own morality thus taking focus off of policy because, as (as even the casual observer has noticed,) Pete Buttigieg is no different than Elizabeth Warren, nor Beto O’Rourke, nor Bernie Sanders. He has the same far-left, pro-government, anti-individual policies.

    Excellent. 

    Tony Katz: (His conversation about ‘democratic capitalism,’ where he states that capitalism comes into tension with democracy, is wholly untrue. But, it puts him in the same ranks of the others Democrat candidates in eschewing and discrediting capitalism.)

    Capitalism is only in tension with bad government. We haven’t practiced capitalism since 1914. Rhetorical BS. Blech. 

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    • April 11, 2019 at 11:51 am
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  2. Coolidge

    Moderator Note:

    Redacted for vulgarity.

    An unapologetic [redacted] in the White House? Is this the state of 21st century America? Would his partner be dubbed the first man? I wonder what Adam would say about that.

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    • April 11, 2019 at 11:57 am
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  3. Contributor

    Tony Katz: Pete Buttigieg is engaging in fear-mongering and hate, pushing the idea that Mike Pence is somehow attacking you, actively hurting you and coming after you when, of course, that is not the case. Buttigieg wants you to believe that the Vice President hates you, when that is also not the case.

    You’re right. And it’s pathetic. It’s deceitful and vicious, and distorts Christian belief and Mike Pence’s position. I know that and I’m not even a Christian!

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    • April 11, 2019 at 12:02 pm
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  4. Member

    Nobody ever talks about this, but I think Pence said a lot of rabid stuff about gays on his radio show. He’s obviously never made a big deal about it in political office. 

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    • April 11, 2019 at 12:04 pm
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  5. Coolidge

    Tony Katz: Buttigieg is trying to ‘punch up’ hoping Pence or President Trump will ‘punch down,’ and therefore elevate him.

    I heard this theory on the Steve Deace show. It makes sense. Troll to get attention and hope that money follows. Otherwise the only thing that distinguishes him is his communist pedigree, which Bernie has locked down. 

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    • April 11, 2019 at 12:12 pm
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  6. Member

    I think a Pence-Buttigieg race would have a sizeable “Bradley Effect”, namely people afraid to tell pollsters that there is no way they can vote to have a guy as First Lady. Chasten Glezman Buttigieg has said he can’t wait to be the first man to pick out china for the White House. I don’t think that prospect has broad appeal off-campus.

    The media’s tiresome repitition of Buttigieg’s “devout” religiosity is grating. It is an open question whether the ultra-PC Episcopalian denomination or CNN/MSNBC will achieve extinction first but their respective trajectories are similar. 

    The presumption that Buttigieg has standing to declare Pence less Christian is simply silly.

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    • April 11, 2019 at 12:38 pm
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  7. Member

    You see right through the same, tired game. You have to pick on someone whose views you don’t like rather than talk about important issues and why you actually want the highest office in the US. Expect more of the same – this guy might look like a sheep, act like a sheep and bah like a sheep, but he’s no sheep….

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    • April 11, 2019 at 2:31 pm
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  8. Coolidge

    A so-called Christian who engages in an act whose punishment, according to the Bible, is death. And they call this character presidential? “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13)

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    • April 11, 2019 at 3:14 pm
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  9. Member

    Yehoshua Ben-Eliyahu (View Comment):

    A so-called Christian who engages in an act whose punishment, according to the Bible, is death. And they call this character presidential? “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13)

    It’s also in the New Testament as in the first chapter of Romans.

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    • April 11, 2019 at 6:07 pm
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  10. Coolidge

    Wrongly accusing someone of being unfaithful to their religion is a scummy thing to do. Shame on mayor pete.

    • #10
    • April 11, 2019 at 6:49 pm
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  11. Member

    I’m going with same old, same old.

    Socialists/Communists whatever always turn on devout Christians and Jews, always. It’s a God damn movie stuck on a continuous loop, anyone who has picked up a history book has seen this before. Buttigieg is just one more opportunist farming a mob for political advantage, his kind has been around before and we will see his like again.

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    • April 11, 2019 at 11:52 pm
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  12. Reagan

    Just what we need, a battle over Leviticus!

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    • April 13, 2019 at 2:26 pm
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