It’s a fine campaign ad! Upbeat, yet soothing! No sharp edges, nothing divisive.
Buttigieg to me on last week's Radio Atlantic podcast:
“I would be the most progressive American president in my lifetime."
(Note: that lifetime only covers Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump.) https://t.co/E6erIPrw5w pic.twitter.com/Rblo2pDihx
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) November 6, 2019
Per Dave Wiegel, at the Washington Post:
… In this weekend‘s New York Times-Siena poll, which was conducted before the “LJ,” Buttigieg clocked in at 18 percent overall in Iowa, in a statistical tie with Warren, Sanders and Biden. The older and more educated voters were, the more they liked Buttigieg. Among voters over 65, Buttigieg polled at 23 percent, close behind Biden, while the leading millennial candidate for president was at just 12 percent with voters his age or younger. Twenty percent of voters with college degrees backed Buttigieg, compared with 9 percent of voters whose education ended with high school. Just 15 percent of voters under 30 wanted a president to “bring politics in Washington back to normal.” Among voters over 65, support for a “back to normal” candidate was at 70 percent…
He’s a young white man who sounds exactly like Bill Clinton circa 1992, but without the needy, horndog, hillbilly edge — what’s not to love?
Biden is fading (literally, one might say); they’re desperate for a New! Improved! CENTRIST! to be excited about. But Klobuchar is “mean”, and Castro is “inexperienced”, and Booker… hey, we’ve elected one African-American president already, isn’t that enough disruption for a single generation? (Which goes double for Kamala Harris, who also lacks
a Y chromosome Centrism credentials.)
“Mr. Buttigieg uniquely plays to the one thing the Democratic electorate has always enjoyed: falling in love with a new political face promising national unity and compromise.” https://t.co/L1iU68FRuv
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) November 5, 2019
Pete Buttigieg is clearly becoming the darling of the Morning Joe don't-run-with-scissors crowd. https://t.co/9cGmutu5x9
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) November 4, 2019
He started the presidential race as the vanguard of generational change, campaigning on big liberal ideas. Now Pete Buttigieg is pushing himself as the reasonable alternative to Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. In Iowa, it's working, via @hollybdc @amybwang https://t.co/02Wi55NACH
— Cathleen Decker (@cathleendecker) November 4, 2019
In his defense, Buttigieg might be young enough that he really doesn’t know any better:
… “The way we think this shapes up is, if you want the most ideological, far-out candidate possible, you’ve got your answer. You want the most Washington candidate possible, you’ve got your answer,” Buttigieg said Saturday from his campaign bus in Iowa. “Everybody else, I think, can come our way. I think that’s almost everybody.”
That positioning represents a significant shift from Buttigieg’s posture when he entered the race. Buttigieg made early headlines by portraying himself as the vanguard of generational change, a 37-year-old seeking to become the first openly gay president and talking up big liberal ideas, like abolishing the electoral college and restructuring the Supreme Court. While his campaign says he still supports those policies, he rarely mentions them on the campaign trail these days…
Not every Dem is on board the Buttigieg Bus, of course…
Who could forget Obama touring Iowa championing progressive policies, turning around and calling them purity tests, and polling at 0% with Black voters? pic.twitter.com/yUw9feRoB3
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) November 8, 2019
Note from the co-author of the article linked in Hotline Josh’s tweet, above:
It can be Beto or Buttigieg or anyone else, but there's no "white Obama." His identity was inherently tied to the uniting message and its political success, because that's how identity and identity politics works. https://t.co/zHIaf12Iyw
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) November 5, 2019
You can like Pete Buttigieg AND still acknowledge that he gets an unfair amount of media attention and praise.
— Rachel R. Gonzalez (@RachelRGonzalez) November 5, 2019
In Mayor Pete’s defense, he *did* walk this one back, sensibly:
Pete Buttigieg tells union members in Cedar Rapids that he genuinely believed President Trump, when he got into office, would pass an infrastructure bill that he promised and is surprised that he hasn’t yet.
— Dan Merica (@merica) November 2, 2019
Pete Buttigieg public expressions about how politics work are usually less sophisticated than the median monologue on The West Wing. (Despite that show likely being his primary source material) https://t.co/30DNAJ2htO
— Jeff Hauser (@jeffhauser) November 8, 2019
I think we should wait until Mayor Pete is in at least third place before asking why he's doing so badly with any specific groups, because right now he's actually doing badly with everyone.
— Boo-risma Executive Board Member (@agraybee) November 3, 2019
In June, Buttigieg was at 8 pts in RCP’s avg and now he’s at 7 pts and there sure are a lot of stories about his surge.
It’s true that he’s gone from 13 to 17 in Iowa over that period. But he’s down by about the same 3-4 pts in NH.
Pundits & donors like the idea of Buttigieg.
— Joshua Holland ?? (@JoshuaHol) November 3, 2019