[January 24, 2020] “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg is being called a moderate Democrat presidential candidate that will heal our nation’s divides. At 37 years old, he has little experience, but he possesses some of the checklist requirements of political progressives. He is a Rhodes Scholar, son of an immigrant, is the current mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and is the first openly gay presidential candidate.
There is not much to work with when trying to lay out the character of Pete Buttigieg. He seems like a “nice fellow” on the surface, and I’ve not found many people that don’t like him. Buttigieg is following the lead of other major Democrats by drifting leftward politically and by blaming President Trump for significant foreign policy errors. He is also apologetic for his past behavior. But he is from a new generation of presidential candidates and that makes him different.
Here are some of the characteristics of “Mayor Pete” culled from the little information available:
- Intelligent and Respectful
- Honest and Loyal to his City
- Cares about others
“Being gay isn’t something you choose, but you do face choices about whether and how to discuss it.” – Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Presidential candidate1
After reading about Mayor Pete, listening to his speeches, and reading a mountain of articles (so you won’t have to), I still have one nagging question. Why is he running for president? Little can be said of the answer. He doesn’t give an acceptable answer to the question and his passion is not on display like that of Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders. Yet Mayor Pete’s proposed policies are similar to them. I’m still unsure what is making him stand out from the more experienced politicians (other than the apparent identity politics issue).
The good news is that there is no identifiable public gaffe, scandal, or significant flaw. Right now, he’s a safe bet on not making any major changes to the status quo. We call this a caretaker leader and most of America is not interested. That’s why Donald Trump was elected; to change things for the better.
Mayor Pete did blame President Trump for Iran’s shootdown of a civilian airliner. In that, he went off the rails. Otherwise, he seems to be someone who can unite people. That character trait is yet untested.