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.”