One of the most important provinces of politics is to identify the talent on the bench and figure out who is going where and when — and then kneecap them. Ask Hillary Clinton, she will explain this to you. There are to all intents and purposes, two public Hillarys. One is the hyper competent public servant, and the other is the conspiracy theory icon. The two have the same face, same name, but all similarity ends there.
Hillary was identified as a threat many years ago and she attributed a lot of the obstacles that she faced in 2016 to the “vast right-wing conspiracy.” At any other time in history that may have sounded odd, but not then and certainly not now. If we got one takeaway from 2016 it was that perception trumps reality and lies are believed, even implausible, stupid ones. Tragic but true.
So the disinformation machine over at Fox News is seeking to do the same thing to today’s Democratic rising stars. Enter Pete Buttigieg and here’s Mother Tucker going off on him — and for something Buttigieg has explained at length.
Tucker Carlson rips into Pete Buttigieg, saying he “hid” and “lied” about being gay for unknown reasons. Pete Buttigieg was enrolled in the military during the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. pic.twitter.com/Zy9yFndDgW
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) November 24, 2022
Pure propaganda, no truth in it. Here is what Buttigieg said back in the 2020 primaries.
— Stefan Smith (parody) (@TheStefanSmith) November 24, 2022
Buttigieg is becoming more and more of a regular feature over on Fox News. I don’t expect that to diminish. He’s presidential material.
If I could have picked the perfect ticket back in 2020, I would have been happy to see Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg on the ticket — although, make no mistake, I am not the last bit unhappy with Joe Biden. I also would have been delighted to see Pete Buttigieg on the ticket as Vice President, but I certainly understood the rationale behind choosing Kamala Harris.
Buttigieg is on the rise, just as the ugliness of LGBTQ hatred in this country shows no sign of diminishing.
If Buttigieg was straight, I don’t think there would be any question but that he would be headed for the top spot in not too many years. The big question that remains now is can we separate out the man’s ability and reward that, or do we need to demonize him for his minority status. And when I say “we” I mean the majority of Americans that it would take to elect him.
Buttigieg made a good observation that the citizens of South Bend didn’t kick him to the curb for being honest about who he is. He came out publicly and they reelected him by 80%.
The important thing to know about Buttigieg is that he presided over a “Rustbelt comeback story.” On his watch, unemployment went down, urban development went up. Things worked. That is what we need to keep our eyes on, not the ancient prejudices that the likes of Tucker Carlson seek to keep alive, even in the 21st century.