Time For A New Generation Of Leadership: My Endorsement Of Pete Buttigieg For President!

With the Iowa Caucuses taking place on Monday evening, followed by the New Hampshire Primary, the Nevada Caucuses, and the South Carolina Primary later in February, and then Super Tuesday on March 3 (14 states voting), it is time to consider who would be the best choice for President of the United States.

Anyone who has read my blog for the past eleven and a half years knows of my genuine affection for former Vice President Joe Biden.

I wish he had been the nominee in 2016, and believe he would have defeated Donald Trump.

But at age 77 now, and concerned about the idea of an octogenarian Presidency if Joe, or Bernie Sanders, or Mike Bloomberg wins the election, I do not think any of these three would be the best choice for the future of the party and nation.

I wish to make it clear that I will support whoever the Democratic Presidential nominee is in 2020, but prefer a younger candidate who represents the future.

So therefore, I am endorsing former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg for President!

I believe that Pete, while seen as a “dark horse”, represents the future of the party, and would move the nation forward in a rational, reasonable way.

He would be the John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama of his time, as the thought of a Catholic, a Southerner, a Governor of a small state, and a mixed race African American President was unlikely, but occurred in 1960, 1976, 1992, and 2008.

Pete was the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a small city, but there is no description of who a President should be, and what matters more is the inspiration that a candidate brings to the race.

And Pete represents a new generation; a man who would be the youngest President in history; a man who served in the military in Afghanistan; a Harvard and Oxford graduate; a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship; and a scholarly man who can speak seven languages.

Pete is a moderate progressive, which is the mainstream of the Democratic Party, and this blogger and scholar does not believe that Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren can win the election. And were either to win, the strong odds are against their agenda as more ambitious than the next Congress would be.

To accomplish their goals would require a Congress similar to that under Franklin D. Roosevelt in the mid 1930s, or Lyndon B. Johnson in the mid 1960s, but that occurring is close to zero, in reality!

The fact that Pete Buttigieg is gay and has a husband would not, in my estimation, be a major factor in the election, except for extremist religious Christians and Jews, but realistically, they would be unlikely to vote Democratic anyway.

And as far as African American voters, while they might favor Joe Biden now, and there are some issues with Pete’s handling of racial issues in South Bend, can one really imagine African Americans backing Donald Trump for a second term?

The prospect of a woman nominee, either Amy Klobuchar or Elizabeth Warren, would be appealing, particularly after the disappointment in 2016, and the fact that the centennial of the Woman Suffrage 19th Amendment, is in 2020. But I think the odds of midwestern white men supporting a woman over a gay male is highly questionable.

A great idea, however, would be to select a qualified woman for Vice President, with Amy Klobuchar the front runner in that regard, older by a generation than Pete, but Obama had Joe Biden who was a generation older as well.

Having a Midwestern ticket of Pete and Amy would insure, in my estimation, a Democratic victory in November, with two firsts–a gay male President and a woman Vice President–two advancements brought to us by the Democratic Party, the party of reasonable revolutionary change as in the case of John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama, half a century apart, and now looking into the future of the nation.

So again, I am in for whoever the Democrats nominate for President as the best choice for the nation, but enthusiastically endorse Pete Buttigieg for President, and welcome all commentary by any reader!

7 comments on “Time For A New Generation Of Leadership: My Endorsement Of Pete Buttigieg For President!

  1. Southern Liberal February 2, 2020 1:04 pm

    I hear that Hillary and Bernie’s supporters are going at it. I’m not sure of the spelling of the phrase here but, she needs to take a cue from Obama and stay out of it.

  2. D February 2, 2020 1:05 pm

    Endorsing Bernie Sanders

    Monday, January 20, 2020—The 2020 Democratic presidential primaries begin in two weeks with the first contest in Iowa scheduled for Monday, February 3, 2020.

    I am endorsing Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

    I am endorsing Sanders because of his vision, which includes Medicare for All, and for his true progressivism (by U.S. standards) in leadership he has to offer.

    The only other 2020 presidential candidate I have considered is Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii. Her vision is bringing an end to the wars. So, my endorsement of Sanders is not without appreciation of Gabbard.

    There is no one else seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination who is worthy. I give some credit to Andrew Yang of New York for his unique suggestion of giving $1,000 per month to the citizens.

    I have written it before. I will have written it again. The Democrats will not win back the presidency of the United States without a candidate, a progressive, who is truly supportive of and is determined to deliver Medicare for All. The No. 1 person in the race who measures up is Bernie Sanders.

  3. Former Republican February 2, 2020 8:27 pm

    I don’t know if Bloomberg would make a good president, but I love the way he deals with Trump and gets under his skin. And If he keeps going this way, I think his poll numbers are going to get a lot bigger.

  4. Princess Leia February 2, 2020 8:32 pm

    Kudos to JLo for pointing out that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens during the Super Bowl half time show. She unfurled a feathery U.S. flag and then reversed it to show a Puerto Rican flag while singing “Born in the U.S.A.”

    Worst ad of the night. No contest. The Trump campaign ad trying to depict him as a champion of justice for black Americans.

  5. Rustbelt Democrat February 3, 2020 12:12 pm

    LOL! Rump thinks the new Super Bowl champs – Kansas City Chiefs – are in the “great state of Kansas”.

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