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Sorry I Used To Hate You, Mayor Pete

Sorry I Used To Hate You, Mayor Pete

Who is that liberal live wire, telling Fox News anchors “he has a bridge to sell them”? Tweeting about his blood pressure while watching the presidential town halls? Making Busy Philipps cry, in a good way?

It’s Pete Buttigieg, your least favorite candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. In an October surprise that’s more “treat” than “reason to move up this week’s therapy appointment,” the former mayor of South Bend has become the top media surrogate for the Democratic Party, tasked with saying what the candidates can’t.

Who would have picked him for this job during the primary? Back then, Buttigieg read as underqualified and overengineered, with an incoherent resume that seemed designed to appease antipodal forces within the party. He spoke in an off-putting way, full of pained sweetness, like an adult child telling their parents how to reboot the modem for the thousandth time. But as a party lackey and a visitor from a more hopeful time, Buttigieg is all right.

The redemption arc began when it was reported that he was helping Sen. Kamala Harris prep for last week’s debate. There was a revealing symmetry to Buttigieg playing the role of Vice President Mike Pence, another blandly ambitious Hoosier beloved by billionaires. His casting offered the practical satisfaction of the right tool for the task — boy geniuses make agile mimics — and it was probably a…

Sorry I Used To Hate You, Mayor Pete

Who is that liberal live wire, telling Fox News anchors “he has a bridge to sell them”? Tweeting about his blood pressure while watching the presidential town halls? Making Busy Philipps cry, in a good way? It’s Pete Buttigieg, your least favorite candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.



Sorry I Used To Hate You, Mayor Pete

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