But yeah he’s just a closet Republican….
But yeah he’s just a closet Republican….
Any notion of a conspiracy by the DNC to force Pete Buttigieg as the winner of the entire primary by actively screwing over Bernie should logically fall apart when asked one simple question:
Of everyone the DNC has that are ‘establishment’ including a former Vice President, you really think they’d go all-in electoral fraud for the gay millennial small-town mayor who had no national profile at all before randomly announcing he’s running?
Sure, okay. Smart theorising there lads. Makes total sense.
If the current percentage results from the Iowa caucus hold with all results (finally bloody) reported, both Pete and Bernie can declare victory but one thing Bernie doesn’t have in this result is the sheer fucking awesomeness that is an openly gay man going from having no national profile to winning the first-in-the-nation caucus in a major party’s Presidential primary.
Like or dislike Pete, that is both fucking huge and fucking awesome as a moment.
Also good to see Biden very noisily going bloody nowhere
The 2020 Democratic primary would be vastly improved by every candidate who isn’t Biden, Sanders, Harris, Warren or Buttigieg dropping out and trying to run for Senate seats or Governorships or something else instead.
The Democrats are going to need strong Senate candidates to overturn the Republican majority in that chamber, and let’s be honest having over 20 candidates in a race where most are polling on at best like 4% while the 5 highest polling candidates are far above that just seems like a general waste of effort for everyone involved and utterly destroys the primary debates because with so many people clamouring for time to speak nothing of any substance gets debated and it all devolves into pithy taglines and sharp insults, and that doesn’t really serve anyone’s interests best.
Follow Swalwell’s lead and decide that this isn’t the time and that a massively crowded field just damages everyone’s credibility as it just looks like a disorganised dogpile of petty bickering.
Plus let’s be honest: Those 5 are basically the only five anyone is really bothering to follow closely. Everyone else is just kind of awkwardly hanging around in the background.
Get those 5 on a debate stage together, just them, and have an actual serious in-depth discussion of policy.
The poll found that 51 percent of Sanders supporters who voted in 2016 voted for Hillary Clinton while 7 percent voted for Trump and 23 percent voted for a third-party candidate. Nineteen percent of his supporters did not vote.
Of Buttigieg’s supporters who were polled, 100 percent said they would vote for Sanders if he clinched the Democratic nomination, while 79 percent of Sanders’s supporters said they would vote for the South Bend, Ind., mayor. Twenty-one percent who support Sanders said they would vote for Trump over Buttigieg, according to Forbes.
Director of Emerson Polling Spencer Kimball said of the results that “while still early in the nominating process, it looks like Mayor Pete is the candidate capturing voters’ imagination; the numbers had him at 0 percent in mid-February, 3 percent in March and now at 9 percent in April.”
Also, 26 percent of those who support Sanders said they would vote for Trump over Warren, 18 percent said they would vote for Trump over O’Rourke, and 17 percent said they would vote for Trump over Harris.
So yeah forgive me if I don’t cede the authority on who the truly progressive people are in politics to fans of Bernie Sanders when large numbers of them pull this kind of shit if they don’t get their own way.
You don’t get to be the barometer of progressivism if over a fucking quarter of you would willingly vote for Trump than another Democratic candidate, even one as progressive as Elizabeth Warren.
This is why the smug parade of Sanders fans bugs me. Because I know so many of them would do this shit. Their line that Sanders fans had nothing to do with Trump winning is objectively bullshit and the fact that anywhere from 17% to 26% of them would vote for Trump over a different Democratic nominee shows that nobody should be taking them seriously as the arbiter of progressive values if they’d willingly sell the country out to a fucking regressive fascist again if they don’t get their way.
Look I’m not American so I can’t directly donate to or vote for Mayor Pete so all I can do is cheerlead for him and encourage others to check him out.
I did buy his book though, just gotta wait for it to be delivered.
Not even gonna lie, watching Pete Buttigieg run for President and speak the way he does makes me legit annoyed that I’m not legally allowed to donate money to his campaign since I’m not a US citizen.
Seriously, I love this guy more and more the more I see him.
Repeat after me:
There is no perfect politician no matter how much you personally like them and just because they appeal to you more than another candidate does at the moment doesn’t mean that is enough for them to win the Presidency.
The primary process is long. Democratic voters really need to stop aligning with blind loyalty to one person this early and actually keep a halfway open mind to let other candidates make their case.
“They did a thing I don’t like once so I refuse to ever vote for them ever,” is the opposite of helpful.
I don’t like to be the type of person who only supports someone because they share some part of their identity with me, and largely I’m not.
But sometimes it creeps in. And I know he’s the outsider of outside shots and hasn’t formally announced a candidacy yet… but as an openly gay man I can’t help but find myself hoping that Pete Buttigieg does well for himself in the 2020 Democratic primary.
I know he’s going to get pushed into the background in a field that currently includes people like Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris and will likely also include Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.
And I know he hasn’t actually begun a campaign yet and is still in the exploratory committee stage.
But i can’t help it.
I wanna see him do well.