Something weird is happening with Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg. He’s young, he’s a Democrat, and he’s openly gay – but young liberals can’t stand him.
Why? Because his moderate views and commonsense policies pit him directly against liberal messiahs Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
In the eyes of young progressives, Buttigieg appears almost Republican. He is the white mayor of a midwestern town, a veteran, a former McKinsey consultant, and an outspoken Christian. He’s an over-achiever with a clean slate; a nerd. He respects tradition. His campaign seeks reform, not revolution.
In the words of a writer for Out magazine, “[If Buttigieg] had balls he’d run as the Republican he is against Trump in the primary.”
“The words are great, but he has no soul,” said one senior Democrat.
“All head and no heart,” added another.
When you look at the facts, Buttigieg is far from Republican. He favors a $15 minimum wage, he wants to introduce a public healthcare option, he wants to expand the Supreme Court, and he wants to eliminate the Electoral College.
I think Politico writer Derek Robertson has it right with his theory that young progressives see Buttigieg as a sort of traitor to his generation: “The unspoken truth about the furor Buttigieg arouses is that his success threatens a core belief of young progressives: that their ideology owns the future, and that the rise of millennials into Democratic politics is going to bring an inevitable demographic triumph for the party’s left wing.”
In my opinion, Buttigieg could end up being the most popular option for conservative Independents, moderate Democrats who oppose Joe Biden, and Republicans who are sick of President Trump’s drama.
According to Real Clear Politics, Buttigieg is polling in 4th place with roughly 7.2%. Biden remains in the lead with 28.4%, followed by Sanders with 20.4% and Warren with 14.8%.