As I half-watched last night’s Democratic debate (the other half, contemplating what sin I committed in a previous life), the candidates’ urgency stood out. Instead of meekly hoping not to offend, Amy Klobuchar hit Pete Buttigieg with a flurry of Minnesota-nice rabbit punches. Liz Warren held the Hoosier’s ample ears as Joe Biden mocked his meager experience. Biden continued this attack with a video released Saturday:
It’s funny ’cause it’s true. Online surrogates have increasingly pointed out the Mayor of Pawnee’s flaws, especially his ability to talk for hours without saying a damn thing. Bland pabulum is an asset when consulting for McKinsey or fluffing your LinkedIn bio but it shouldn’t inspire voters outside of an HOA pancake breakfast.
To wit, here’s an aphorism the Buttigieg campaign actually thought compelling enough to share publicly. <run “MCKINSEY_LAB_PROTOCOL-372.exe”>
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) February 7, 2020
Reporters and politicos alike were mystified by the nonsense. Perhaps Marianne Williamson thought it a Zen koan. You can get away with this “wanting to envision the hope to unify the dreams of all who hope in the vision of unity” stuff among small-town civic leaders looking for a councilman they can control. It even got Justin Trudeau elected mayor of America’s northern suburb. The leader of the free world needs a bit more clarity.
Pete finished at or near the top in Iowa (we’ll never know for sure) and is surging in the latest New Hampshire polls. If his challengers don’t stop him soon, he could end up as the Democrats’ only hope against the Brooklyn Bolshevik.Published in