— The Last Word (@TheLastWord) December 6, 2019
(Can’t get the embed to work properly, but it’s worth five minutes to watch.)
Are you fucking kidding, Pete?!
Reagan took the deficit from $70 billion to $175 billion. Bush 41 took it to $300 billion. Clinton got it to zero. Bush 43 took it from zero to $1.2 trillion. Obama halved it to $600 billion. Trump’s got it back to a trillion.
Forget this guy. https://t.co/jtbaBSQoWu
— D’Ag due (@ag_due) December 5, 2019
Striving to impress the Never-Trumpers isn’t a bad move, for someone with Mayor Pete’s (admittedly slender) political credentials. But his dogwhistle wasn’t particularly well performed here, because it seems to have pissed off a lot of Democratic voters without impressing his target audience…
— laura olin (@lauraolin) December 5, 2019
Barack Obama famously did not care one whit about the deficit. https://t.co/S5lnoHCrm2
— Mangy Jay (@magi_jay) December 5, 2019
And were I his Comms Director, I wouldn’t have “defended” my boss to Democrats by citing The Bulwark, which is… an outfit explicitly for Never-Trumper Republicans:
“What is it about ?@PeteButtigieg? that has melted the brains of his rivals and their Twitter stans? His policy agenda would be to the left of any platform ever put forth by a major party nominee.” https://t.co/eRGahizoSl
— Lis Smith (@Lis_Smith) December 6, 2019
It's a piece in a conservative publication written by a Republican for Pete's base: DINOs.
— Saucy Stacey (@DrSCubed) December 6, 2019
(Note: Dana Houle, professional political operative, has said that the more non-professionals know about a campaign’s press staff, the less likely that campaign is to succeed.)
Positive spin: Mayor Pete’s a young, fresh face — not like the three old pols at the top of the primary polls right now! Negative response: Mayor Pete’s got very little experience, and not just in politics, which makes him susceptible to conspiracy theories…
there is a popular left conspiracy theory forming that Mayor Pete is CIA pic.twitter.com/KAGSCF8j9M
— zachary (@zatchry) December 7, 2019
Which is ridiculous; even when I was first introduced to McKinsey, some twenty years ago, it was widely known as the management consulting company that (like every other managing consulting company) invariably counseled that the proles be punished and the privileged be coddled — but with “seamless efficiency”, i.e., a particularly denatured detachment from human reality. This core competency meant that most of its field workers were short-termers — young credential-seekers snatched from the most prestigious graduate programs, putting in three to seven years of intensive travel and networking before they cycled elsewhere, sometimes for fear of ending up as one of the characters from that George Clooney movie, or because they’d been informed that they were not *quite* soulless enough for the permanent McKinsey echelons.
Buttigieg went to McKinsey because they offered him excellent global networking opportunities; he left McKinsey once he’d satisfied himself that he could withstand the rigors of his next credential-seeking position, in the Army Reserves.
This is ridiculous. First, nobody who supports him now will care if he was. They’re only going after him on things people who hate him will have problems with. There are serious legitimate issues with his campaign, and they’re ignoring them to play Alex Jones.
— I am Sancho (@1amsanch0) December 7, 2019
It would be a funny plot twist if the Pete is CIA thing was a plot by his campaign team to counter the obvious fact that the mayor of Literally Where has nowhere near enough experience to be president
— Botswana Starfish Totally Not Blackmailing POTUS (@IRHotTakes) December 7, 2019
Yup. It’s almost as if…he’d be a good candidate for the House!
— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) December 5, 2019
has anyone ever seen Paul Ryan and Peter Buttigieg in the same room at the same time? pic.twitter.com/Pz7CXsxCSb
— Pete Buttigieg is a Lying MF (@chhelenach) December 6, 2019