Democrat primary voters supporting Pete Buttigieg who have already mailed in their ballots got some bad news the day after the South Carolina Primary. Mayor Pete withdrew from the race. Pundits and supporters were perplexed and shocked. Why not stick around until Super Tuesday’s results? It was only a few days away?!
There are a number of reasons, besides the fact that Pete Buttigieg could never win. While he was looking after trash pickup schedules in South Bend, Indiana (pop. 102,245), he didn’t even have the credentials of Senator Amy Klobuchar, who hasn’t won a single state primary (nor will she). Amy, remember, comes from the state that actually elected disgraced molester Al Franken.
Those other reasons could be that he was actually after the second spot on the ticket all along. He may have bowed out in return for support of his quest to enter the big game as a vice president.
However, Buttigieg could never be Bernie Sanders’ running mate. He burned that bridge at the debate when he compared Bernie to a 1960s revolutionary. Bernie may be holding that job open for former Oklahoma Native American Wannabe Elizabeth Warren. She quivered her arrows during the debates and is a socialist true believer and an actual Democrat.
So, did Mayor Pete get a phone call from someone on the Democrat National Committee? The campaigns have admitted they all talk to each other on a regular basis. Considering that Bernie so far is the only candidate who doesn’t elicit embarrassment or outright yawns, party leaders may be panicking. Bernie could win this thing.
The embarrassment would be Joe Biden. His gaffes, once considered tolerable when compared to Obama’s urbane aplomb, are now more indicative to an old guy who is losing it. Take his December campaign event while speaking about his plans for “jobs of the future.” Joe actually claimed that coal miners who lose jobs to cleaner energy could learn computer programming.
The yawn inducer would be the wooden Mike Bloomberg. Mayor Pete probably wouldn’t be Mike’s first choice either. Pete remarked that it would be a good idea for his party to actually nominate a Democrat and not a former Republican financier like Bloomberg. However, since they are both ex-city politicians and Buttigieg loves big money bank rollers, they could borrow Senator Warren’s peace pipe and be best buddies at the Democrat National Convention.
So, unless Bernie Sanders has enough delegates to win the nomination on the first vote, the fix is in for a repeat of 2016. Back then it was Hillary’s turn, and she was not to be denied. Bernie and his communist bros figure it’s their turn. They are fanatical true believers and want the United States with its vast population and resources to become the socialist utopia of Karl Marx’s caffeine-induced dreams.
Pete dropped out maybe at the request of Democrat party bosses who don’t want to lose both the presidency and the House Majority next election. Had his votes gone to Biden in South Carolina, Joe would have won an impressive majority, even though he doubled Bernie’s votes. That win could have at least added a little impetus to Joe’s weak claim on the presidency.
If the Democrat strategy is to use super delegates to keep Bernie from getting the nomination, it will be interesting to watch his supporters man the barricades and turn Milwaukee into a hot July war zone. Make no mistake, if Sanders doesn’t get the nomination but has the most delegates his supporters will riot and burn cities to the ground.
The irony might be that President Trump might have to send in the troops to restore order.