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Opinion For Pete’s Sake, Stop the Presidential Buzz About Buttigieg

23:50  24 november  2021
23:50  24 november  2021 Source:   nymag.com

The Buttigieg presidential buzz has penetrated the White House

  The Buttigieg presidential buzz has penetrated the White House At 39, he is the most recognizable and powerful transportation secretary in modern memory. And he wants you to believe his eye isn’t on the future.Since 2010, he has run for treasurer of Indiana, mayor of South Bend, chair of the Democratic National Committee, and president of the United States. At 39, he is one of the most omnipresent and newly-powerful members of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet. But he says he’s not thinking about what comes next, even as he’s buzzed about as a potential Biden heir.

PHOENIX — Pete Buttigieg has long been a man in a hurry. Since 2010, he has run for treasurer of Indiana, mayor of South Bend, chair of the Democratic National Committee, and president of the United States. At 39, he is one of the most omnipresent and newly-powerful members of President Joe Biden’ s Cabinet. But he says he’ s not thinking about what comes next, even as he’ s buzzed about as a potential Biden heir. “I’d say the other thing that I'm really enjoying about this job, although it' s very demanding and obviously requiring a lot, is that this is the least I have had to think about campaigns

Pete absolutely has the SKILLS and QUALITIES to be a great President , even if I think he doesn't go far enough in terms of my preferred ideals. That was great, as were Pete ' s responses to each point. One quibble: Obama technically didn't appoint Warren to lead the CFPB, because there were concerns about her ability to get confirmed by the Senate. Warren was involved extensively in building up the agency, but the first director was Richard Cordray.

Cards on the table: I like Pete Buttigieg. I met and interviewed him at a mayors’ conference in 2017 and found him to be smart, engaging, and open-minded. I didn’t even mind that he failed to respond to my hint that I’d sure like help getting tickets to the upcoming Georgia–Notre Dame football game in his fair city (maybe he didn’t have any; he did, after all, go to Harvard, not Notre Dame). It did not occur to me that he might run for president in the very next cycle, but he was clearly a young pol to watch.

The secretary of Transportation has a job of work to do. He should be left to do it. Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images © Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images The secretary of Transportation has a job of work to do. He should be left to do it. Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Once he did take the plunge, Mayor Pete’s ability to transcend his slim résumé to become a top-tier candidate was impressive indeed. As an observant liberal mainline Protestant, I couldn’t help but cheer the challenge he posed to the religious right, which could not grasp the idea of a gay, married, churchgoing military veteran who knew scriptures and theology better than its own champions. But Buttigieg also showed some conventional political chops, particularly in Iowa, where his largely amateur grassroots organization basically fought Bernie Sanders to a tie. Even when he faded, he managed not to burn too many bridges with occasionally sharp-elbowed debate performances, and got out of the race at the right time while endorsing the ultimate nominee. His reward, the visible but distinctly second-tier Cabinet post of secretary of Transportation, seemed appropriate to his contributions to Biden’s victory and his status in the party. He had, after all, just turned 39 the day before the new administration took office.

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The hagiographic ‘Mayor Pete ’ movie unintentionally reveals Buttigieg to be a vapid and vacuous narcissistic sociopath…which means he’d fit right in at the White House. This year has been a banner one for sycophantic documentaries of political figures. First there was the eye-rolling, ass-kissing HBO documentary mini-series ‘Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union’. Now Amazon has rolled out what may be the most unintentionally funny bit of homosexual hagiography in documentary history, ‘Mayor Pete ’, which chronicles Pete Buttigieg ’ s 2020 presidential campaign.

But now he faces the most daunting challenge yet of his brief career on the national political stage: presidential buzz. It emanates regularly from Beltway journalists and their sources like a sort of sonic nerve gas. Today’s entry from Politico reads:

While Buttigieg says he’s not contemplating the race to be Biden’s successor, inside the West Wing, others are imagining it for him. His name is sometimes discussed by aides as a natural Democratic presidential nominee in 2028 — or 2024 if the president opts not to run.

“Nobody in the West Wing shuts that down,” said one person with direct knowledge of the conversations. “It’s very open.”

This sort of thing is deadly for Buttigieg’s potentially very long future in Democratic politics. It is bound to annoy his boss, President Biden, who is tamping down any speculation that he might take a pass on a reelection fight in 2024 and obviously wants to keep talk of a successor on a low boil at best. More pointedly, any Buttigieg buzz will undoubtedly be perceived as hostile and even disrespectful to the interests of heir-apparent Kamala Harris. The biggest political liability Mayor Pete took out of his presidential campaign was a reputation for being the ultimate wine-track candidate, with a particular difficulty (fed by events in South Bend) in attracting any sort of support from Black voters. He may have made some subtle progress in this respect by proposing a well-received “Douglass Plan” for Black empowerment, though it wasn’t enough to help him electorally. But clearly the last thing he needs if he ever does want to serve as president is to become a cat’s paw for those who want to sideline the first Black woman to have a clear shot at the presidency.

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Beyond that, presidential buzz puts Buttigieg in a no-win position vis-à-vis doing the job assigned to him in the Biden administration. Politico notes that the kind of barnstorming any secretary of Transportation should be doing to promote the bipartisan infrastructure legislation that is Biden’s biggest accomplishment to date sure looks a lot like proto-campaign activity:

While there is no election directly in sight, Buttigieg’s initial on-the-ground efforts to promote the infrastructure deal had some familiar elements of his past campaigns. There were lots of news interviews, meet-and-greets with local electeds, die-hard fans in “Pete” shirts carrying copies of his book, a protester with a homophobic sign (“Booty Gay Go Away”), and people having trouble pronouncing his name (“Butt-Edge-Edge” instead of “Boot-Edge-Edge,” as the emcee of one event kept pronouncing it).

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So unless Pete has a traditional Chinese mother and father waiting for him that doesn't know he is currently married to a man he has nothing to worry about. Only thing the government is actively against is normalizing homosexual portrayals in the media which (while bad) is incredibly trivial. I think this falls in line with the direction the administration is going to focus on human rights issues at home and abroad (to the expense of economic issues but that' s a different subject). China' s Uighur situation in addition to the LGBTQ+ things you mentioned would be good areas for Buttigieg to make progress in

Последние твиты от Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg). Personal account. For official updates, follow @SecretaryPete. Husband, father, veteran, writer, South Bend’ s former Mayor Pete . (he/him). Secretary Pete ButtigiegПодлинная учетная запись @SecretaryPete. I’m honored to serve as Secretary of Transportation and help build the kind of infrastructure that creates jobs, empowers all, and keeps travelers & workers safe.

There were also attempts at that folksy Midwestern humor that were part of his candidacy roughly two years ago. On the benefits of the infrastructure package, he told POLITICO “this is literally as concrete as it gets.” He noted how cold it was at the bill signing but said that the bipartisan package “warmed my heart.”

If everything he does in public or private becomes interpreted as little more than a calculated step toward the presidency, that goal may grow further and further away.

Buttigieg hasn’t even turned 40 yet. If Biden has set a new standard for the lifespan of presidential ambitions, Buttigieg can keep hope alive for close to four more decades. What he doesn’t need is to burn out and become yesterday’s news long before he makes another big move in 2036 or 2040 or 2050. If it turns out he is quietly promoting the buzz as we speak, he deserves the danger he would be courting. Otherwise, for Pete’s sake, cut it out and let him do his job.

Buttigieg has high name recognition, favorability rating in Biden Cabinet: survey .
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has a higher name recognition and favorability rating than most other Biden Cabinet members, according to a new poll.The survey, conducted by Morning Consult and Politico, found that 83 percent of registered voters know who Buttigieg is, and 38 percent have a favorable view of the secretary.The poll also sought to measure name recognition and favorability for Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, chief of staff Ron Klain, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Attorney General Merrick Garland, Interior Secretary Deb Haa

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This is interesting!