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Goodbye, Pete Buttigieg

I am saddened this evening to learn that Pete Buttigieg has dropped out of the race for U.S. President. I admire him for doing it, though. He is a realist, so he has taken a realistic look at the numbers. I feel sure that one reason he announced this decision two days before Super Tuesday was to give Super Tuesday voters a chance a chance to rethink and redirect their votes. I see that as noble act and as a mark of his high character.

Here in North Carolina, early voting has been going on for two weeks and ended yesterday (Feb. 29). I am greatly surprised to see that overall early-voting turnout by young Democrats is down from 2016. Early voting by older Democrats, age 71 and up, actually rose 39.8 percent from 2016, a stunning increase. What does this mean? I’m afraid we won’t really know until the final results are in after Tuesday and we see who those older voters voted for.

Both my favorite candidates — Beto O’Rourke and Pete Buttigieg — are now out of the race. I’m afraid that, as an older Democrat, I may not be typical. It would seem that most older Democrats don’t trust young people as much as I do.

Update: There is a saying in the corporate world, “Hire for character, train for skills.” Being able to recognize character (or the lack of it) is the key to that. This is character:


  1. MK wrote:

    We desperately need someone younger and smart, savvy, and willing to think outside the “beltway” mentality.
    Mayor Pete has all the right criteria for changing the stale rhetoric.
    Alas, he won’t have that opportunity.

    Monday, March 2, 2020 at 3:39 pm | Permalink
  2. daltoni wrote:

    Hi MK. Mayor Pete has been mentioned for secretary of defense. But I think I’d rather see him as secretary of state. He’d get a superb education that way, and he’d come roaring back in 2024.

    Monday, March 2, 2020 at 3:53 pm | Permalink
  3. Henry wrote:

    Young, experienced, practical, etc. So, the majority go for the two old guys (Warren won’t get it, I feel it in my gut); one that shouts and the other challenges you to push ups. Sad.

    Monday, March 2, 2020 at 6:19 pm | Permalink
  4. daltoni wrote:

    Henry: Yes. Sad.

    That speech by Buttigieg in video I’ve attached is one of the most presidential speeches I’ve ever seen.

    Monday, March 2, 2020 at 6:53 pm | Permalink
  5. Tom wrote:

    All my mother’s siblings and spouses migrated to South Bend because of the opportunities before WWII, so my interest in Mayor Pete was piqued early on. I thought generational change is overdue and the Mayor was the one to carry the banner. I turned 80 a few months ago so you aren’t the only old guy who feels as you do.

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 10:36 am | Permalink
  6. Dan wrote:

    Pete avoided tough questions and would’ve been just another centrist that capitulates to Republicans and lobbyists. He should’ve never been in the race.

    Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 10:06 am | Permalink

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