Little late in the game for this guy to get his own thread, as he is not a serious candidate, but I am interested in discussing his pivot from genial and reasonable guy to mouthpiece for corporate democrats, disguised as feisty defender of delusional bi-partisanship from a non-existent, hypothetical bygone era. 33's dead-on quote above and Geen's post about Pete's healthcare nonsense got me thinking about him, and then this tweet and linked article below made me start the thread.
https://prospect.org/politics/the-mised ... mean-pete/
When Mayor Pete first threw his hat in the presidential ring, his foremost credential, beyond his time helming the government of a college town, was his charm. Here was Pete upgrading his city’s computer systems, here was Pete shoveling snow, here was Pete fixing a pothole. Extremely competent and agreeable, Pete was a nice-guy Democrat in a red, deindustrialized state, who had notched successes without ever dirtying his nose in the unbecoming arena of partisan politics. He condemned incivility and disunity. Despite being barely old enough to qualify for a run, he was lovingly referred to as the Mister Rogers of the Democratic primary. He may have been light on experience, but he had presidential disposition in spades.
But as the campaign season has unfolded, charming Pete has all but disappeared, replaced by a more combative, defiant Pete, whose new modus operandi is scoring points by attacking the Democratic Party’s progressive front-runners (and long shots) from the right, on everything from gun control to campaign finance to health care. His new demeanor was on display repeatedly during Tuesday’s debate, as he went toe to toe with Beto O’Rourke over gun control, and denigrated the Sanders and Warren vision for Medicare for All.
The first signs of his metamorphosis came in late June, when Black Lives Matter protesters confronted Buttigieg over the police shooting of a black man in South Bend, and his administration’s checkered legacy on policing (Buttigieg demoted the city’s first black police chief). After what the protestors deemed inadequate responses on the issue, one asked, “You’re running for president and you expect black people to vote for you?” to which Buttigieg snapped, “I’m not asking for your vote.”