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Pete Buttgieg on Fox News Sunday
I watched this guy's interview by Chris Wallace, because of Alf's mention of him in his thread about Democrat candidates, which apparently no longer exists.
Anyway, I was impressed by a few things. Here they are:
1) He actually came to Fox News and did a good interview
2) He seemed very straight-forward - no straw-man arguments, no bait and switch
3) He apparently served in the military, with a hitch in Afghanistan
4) No noticeable 'identity' politics, and good manipulation of his job performance statistics
5) Nobody mentioned anything about his sexual orientation - smart, on both sides, for a first interview.
My first impression was that he is a moderate-talking kind of guy who fully supports all of the typical Democrat narratives, but is better at making them sound good to a larger, more mainstream Democrat audience. I see nothing new, except his more conservative approach to liberalism. On the surface, he makes no apology for what he believes, yet he is careful to follow the more mainstream liberal approach of avoiding talk about their solidarity with socialist principles.
Does he have a chance? Yes. If the DNC hierarchy determines that he is the guy that both the hardcore socialists and the ultra-left liberals (who serve as their 'moderates,' these days) will come out for on a cold, wet election day, they will re-program the media and start strong-arming his opposition, within the party.
How can they get away with not selecting a female, a minority, or some other 'disenfranchised' citizen? Because he is openly gay, and has an unpronounceable last name - every time Donald Trump (and many others) tries to say his name, he will appear to be mocking him. The DNC apparatchik can rouse support for him by baiting the rednecks of either party into attacking him on that basis, alone.
It could work.