Pete Buttigieg – Can He Make a Comeback? In today’s political divide, some scandals may also be more readily forgiven. Voters may simply not care. This certainly explains how Donald Trump remains popular with his base, even as he faces multiple criminal investigations.
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However, some baggage could still weigh down a politician enough to hamper their chances of making a comeback.
And that could be the case of Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, who likely wants to move past last month’s holiday travel snafu.
Pete Buttigieg: Can He Make a Comeback?
The question is whether that will ground his political ambitions or if a comeback is possible.
One lingering issue is the fact that Buttigieg has failed to address the admissions by airline executives that it is policy to sell more seats than capacity allows.
Complaints have steadily increased in recent years, yet the secretary of transportation has done little on the matter – including acknowledging that the problem is so significant.
“Ironically, we’re learning more about canceled flights from the airlines than we are from the Department of Transportation,” William McGee, the American Economic Liberties Project (AELP’s) senior fellow for aviation told Jacobin.com earlier this week. The anti-monopoly think tank has called upon the DoT to investigate whether the airlines are collecting money for a service they can’t actually provide.
It was also a month ago that Buttigieg had called for Southwest Airlines to take accountability amid the “meltdown” that left customers stranded on Christmas Day. But again little has been done, even as the issue was so great that some progressives had taken aim at his handling of the matter.
Buttigieg is apparently trying to put the holiday debacle behind him, and this week was in California with former Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi at a ceremony for the announcement of a $400 million federal grant to provide improvements to the Golden Gate Bridge.
The money is reported to be coming from the federal government’s Bridge Improvement Program, which is one part of the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Acts.
Clearly, Buttigieg would like to turn the focus on these accomplishments, but voters outside of the San Franciso Bay Area likely barely noticed or even cared.
With a series of winter storms barrelling across the country this week, travelers are likely to be reminded of the December meltdown. While none of that is the secretary’s fault, it could make it that much harder for Buttigieg to move past it. The Department of Transportation is one where it is also hard to tout accomplishments.
Road and bridge repairs result in traffic jams that frustrate drivers, while a new road surface or structurally sound bridge is likely to get little thanks. In fact, Americans now simply take this infrastructure for granted and don’t consider the benefits from maintenance, only the headaches that occur when is happening.
That is why for Buttigieg to make a true political comeback he’ll need to consider his next step – a House seat or a different cabinet position.
For now, his political stock isn’t doing well, even if some of the problems aren’t actually his fault.
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January 26, 2023 at 9:03 am
Pete will be the Democrat nominee. Lots of democrats will crawl over broken glass to vote for him.Newsome is too normal to be the Democrat nominee
January 26, 2023 at 2:31 pm
Mayor Petey is completely unqualified for anything more challenging than a night shift manager position at Arby’s. He was a failure as a mayor, he’s a failure as SecTrans. His only qualification is that he’s super gay. Way to go, Dems.
January 26, 2023 at 4:10 pm
As a staunch democrat, I would NEVER vote for the Buttigieg. NEVER! Iowa gave him one delegate just to stop his whining. If he ran as a repubican, he would get more votes, butt not enough, since there are many more closet gays in that party.
January 26, 2023 at 4:18 pm
The federal government should not fund anything with the Golden Gate bridge, where is the all the toll money from each vehicle that crosses it going?
2 Axles/ Motorcycles $8.80 they collect on every 2 Axle vehicle, even more for larger vehicles, and they can pay for repairs?
January 26, 2023 at 4:22 pm
The federal government should not fund anything with the Golden Gate bridge. Where is all the toll money from each vehicle that crosses it going?
2 Axles/ Motorcycles $8.80 they collect on every 2 Axle vehicle, even more for larger vehicles, and they can’t even pay for repairs?
Steve P Banicki
January 27, 2023 at 9:18 am
This is total B.S. He is doing a great job. Find something else to fill space on this publication!
Jimmy Scott Read
January 27, 2023 at 1:44 pm
Mayor Pete is out of his depth (Period) Someone in this thread mentioned Newsome is “too normal”, I’d like to have some of the Cali weed they are smoking, please…
January 29, 2023 at 6:44 pm
Pete Buttigieg is the worst Secretary of Transportation ever appointed. Get rid of him. He accepted gift from contractor, then appointed him construction project when he was Mayor. Totally incompetent and not present for duty. Flies private yet pushes green energy skim scam taxpayer rip-off.
January 30, 2023 at 1:31 pm
Peter Suciu, Just speaking incidentally, shouldn’t the topic of fusion energy, as a qualitative advance beyond fission be of more than than incidental importance to the media and political hierarchy, anywhere in the United States, or upon Earth. So, the field is wide open. Nobody is chasing the ball. Except of course, as usual, the French. Who after centuries of carbon waste, consciously shifted to fission nuclear reactors as a national energy policy, and will now evolve to safer, more fertile fusion energy policy. Hopefully and incidentally, an advocacy group called ‘MOMS have been promoting themselves at the YAHOO internet site, while at the same time urging donations for Secretary of Transportation, Peter Buttigieg. But there is of course space available for Birthday COMMENTS. Among them mine, to the American Secretary of Transportation. Under these benign circumstances, who would object. to a suggestion that ‘fusion’ candles be stuck on the cake, since ‘fusion’ has been cleared as a serious, viable, safe, virtually endless sources of fuel for the wider world. That is, compared to FISSION, which is far more available for explosions; something a Transportation Secretary should be promoting, forever. And have we been??? Incidentally, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! To ourselves.
February 1, 2023 at 6:57 pm
Biden’s bumbling and stumbling is more about the fact that he is aging. On the other hand, Harris and Buttigieg have each shown themselves to be lacking the management, communication, and problem-solving skills needed in the Oval Office more than ever given the state of our Nation and the World! Let us pray that the Democratic Party listens to the grass roots and starts to vet and promote other candidates to run in the Democratic Presidential Primary, because Americans and the rest of the world cannot afford another 4 years of Trump or a far more clever but just as dangerous Trump clone, DeSantis at the helm running our Ship of State into the ground and our Constitution with it!
February 2, 2023 at 10:52 pm
Neither Biden nor trump are good enough for America. We can do better. I would support DeSantis. I am a Florida resident and I’d rather be here than NY or Calif.
February 3, 2023 at 1:05 pm
Great reporter of insights. …..Nope.