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Conservatives better start taking Pete Buttigieg seriously



Conservatives better start taking Pete Buttigieg seriously

Today, Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, officially announced his candidacy to become the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. If you haven’t heard much about him, you will. If you think the mayor of a mid-sized city has no chance against the likes of Senators Bernie Sanders or Kamala Harris, former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, or former Vice President Joe Biden, think again.

Think long and hard. It’s time to start paying attention to Buttigieg. At this point, I would give him at least a 50% chance of securing the nomination.

“But, the polls!” I can already hear some squawk about the polls. Guess what. It’s nearly a year and a half before the general election. At this point in 2015, Donald Trump hadn’t even announced he was running for President. Polls showed Scott Walker and Jeb Bush running away with the nomination. Don’t tell me to look at polls.

“But, he’s just a mayor!” He’s a mayor who graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. He’s a Rhodes Scholar who speaks over half-a-dozen languages. He’s a veteran from naval intelligence who served in Afghanistan.

“But, he’s too young!” Yes, perhaps he is. But he’s eight years older than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He’s at the tale end of being a millennial while still possessing the maturity to have meaningful conversations with baby boomers. In today’s world, being that young doesn’t really harm him very much, all things considered.

He has a friendly face, an assertive yet pleasant voice, a penchant for reading teleprompters that matches the 44th President of the United States, and he’s gay.

It would be idiotic for conservatives to dismiss him. Assuming he wins the nomination and makes Senator Elizabeth Warren or Kamala Harris his running mate, it’s the type of ticket that could give the President more trouble than just about any other combination.

At his announcement, I thought people started chanting “U-S-A” before realizing they were chanting “Boot-Edge-Edge,” a close approximation of how to pronounce his name. It was odd hearing it, but it strangely fit. Listen here at the 33:55 mark:

Pete Buttigieg may still end up being a flash in the pan. He may be this year’s Ben Carson. But the more people learn about him, the more they like him. He’s raising money like a champ. Conservatives would be wise to prepare for him.

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