The DNC presidential candidate field is simultaneously easy to understand, yet full of nuance.
It’s easy in the sense that Democrats want their beloved Joe Biden to win the nomination. He’s arguably the safest bet from the perspective of established Democratic hierarchies. On the other hand, there are the radical progressives like Senators Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
The nuance comes in the form of determining which candidates would be the established Dems’ alternative pick if the Biden plan doesn’t pan out. To that end, Pete Buttigieg markets himself as a balance between progressive policy and someone who won’t rock the boat too much. However, for all of his self-marketing of compromising between progressives and established Dems, Buttigieg receives a seemingly disproportionate amount of flack from the Left.
Let’s dig in and find out why.
- Buttigieg has climbed in the polls, which means more attention overall. That means he’s bound to receive more negative criticism as well.
- Progressive Leftists seem to favor the “Bernie or Bust” mentality. If they can’t get socialism, then no one deserves to win the DNC nomination.
- Buttigieg was notably vague about specifics on his policies during the onset of his campaign and during the first few DNC debates. Now that he’s clarified some of his stances, like “Medicare For All Who Want It,” some toxic leftists aren’t happy that his plan isn’t 100% free.
- Younger voters are, justified or not, more disillusioned by politicians of an older generation and their policies. To that end, leftists erupt when they see Pete, someone closer to their age, take a more balanced, traditional stance on climate change.
- Radical Dems see Buttigieg more like a “corporate sellout” than someone who might fix the apparent systemic change rotting America from the inside. Nevermind that Trump is already doing good by America, a Democrat can only do so much good. Still, wouldn’t a more balanced approach be better than giving right into socialism?
- Buttigieg’s moderate takes on most issues lead progressives to believe that he’s sort of a Trojan Horse for “bad” policies. Not only does he support bad policies he’s somehow arrogant, dangerous and racist according to some “fans”.
- Buttigieg’s time as a management consultant at McKinsey makes him inherently untrustable to some Democrats. This seems to be further proof that he’s sold out to corporate interests. A similar phenomenon can be found with Warren after her previous work records were released.
- Progressives make constant comparisons between Biden and Buttigieg as if they’re both the same candidate. According to them, there are “superficial” differences between the two, but at his core, Buttigieg is Biden 2.0.
- Tim Miller, a moderate gay Republican, shared his insight regarding the only gay candidate on the 2020 field. “They’re the meanest. Within the gay community, unfortunately, I think it’s a lot of resentment that Pete does not represent the gay ideal — the pre-conceived notions about what a gay President would act like… The idea that he’s a closet Republican is absurd, but I think because of his nature as a mild-mannered, traditional-acting religious man, that it’s easier to demean him as being Republican-lite.”
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