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Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is pretty much the Democrat candidate of the moment.
He was the second-most-mentioned candidate on cable news last week, according to FiveThirtyEight, right behind the omnipresent Bernie Sanders. He’s moved up into a tie for fifth among Democrat presidential candidates in the RealClearPolitics polling average, pulling 6 percent nationally.
If only we could figure out what he stood for.
“Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind., could turn out to be the biggest, boldest surprise of the 2020 presidential campaign. But he’d better come up with some policies first,” Doyle McManus wrote in a Wednesday column for the Los Angeles Times.
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Indeed, Buttigieg is mostly backstory. An Afghanistan veteran, mayor of a Rust Belt city trying to reinvent itself, Harvard graduate, millennial, first serious LGBT candidate for major party nomination — all of that sounds great on paper. He even has a nickname: Mayor Pete, which sounds like it came from a Christopher Buckley novel.
That’s great, but is there any policy chops behind the backstory? The only two novel suggestions Buttigieg has signed onto are genuinely awful: He supports packing the Supreme Court and doing away with the Electoral College, both of which are blessedly unlikely to occur.
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However, if you wanted a direction in which a Buttigieg administration might head, you could have done worse than the appearance Mayor Pete (ugh, even I’m saying it now) made on CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday morning. And, as conservative pundit and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino pointed out, that’s not necessarily a good thing for America.
The topic was the popularity of socialism, given that Bernie Sanders is solidly in second place in the polls and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most visible members of the Democrat caucus. Buttigieg’s explanation was a bit more problematic than it...
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