Pete Buttigieg has gone from the Democratic Party’s darling to what amounts to a giant joke.
A continual embarrassment whose shambolic (mis)management of the Department of Transportation has led to catastrophic crises since Joe Biden became president and named Buttigieg as his secretary of transportation.
Buttigieg had little record to stand on before being catapulted to the national stage during the 2020 Presidential Election.
Now, however, he has a very bad public record—and few will forget or forgive.
Pete Buttigieg Has Problems He Can’t Shake
Of course, in American politics, it’s unsafe to write anyone off. Ronald Reagan ran multiple times for the presidency before securing it for himself in 1980. Richard Nixon did as well. But, in each of those cases, the two candidates had cultivated a base of support not only with their eloquent speeches but with actual actions. Both men were known for being competent and strong leaders. Buttigieg is known for presiding over the collapse of America’s once-vaunted commercial air travel network.
As the entire transportation network across the country has ground to a halt and suffered enormous—costly—delays, Buttigieg was galivanting around the world on the taxpayer’s dime or taking extended vacations with his husband and newborn child.
Where Will Buttigieg Go After the Biden Administration?
He was previously a mayor of small-town South Bend, Ind.
A lot of good that did him in 2020!
He might be able to run for Congress. Could he win, though?
He was elected to South Bend mayor because it is an overwhelmingly Democratic Party city in a mostly deep Red state. Buttigieg’s weak showing in the 2020 Democratic Party Presidential Primary should also indicate just how low his chances are at appealing to a wider audience outside of South Bend really are.
Even within South Bend, by the time he left the mayor’s office, Buttigieg’s popularity was quite low.
Buttigieg’s Many Flaws
These are systemic flaws of Buttigieg as a candidate. Plus, he lacks any personality.
He reminds people of the endless box-checking students who sat in the front row of the class and vied for the teacher’s affection and attention. Pete Buttigieg looks to many people more like their accountant than a viable presidential candidate. No one wants to elect that guy as president. Even if their class kiss ass checks off all their preferred social issues.
Pete Buttigieg is one of the least inspiring candidates to have ever run for president. I honestly think most people have forgotten his campaign it was so unimpressive. There is no way he can change that perception because that perception is born out of his behavior; out of his personality, which does not resonate.
These observations, coupled with his abysmal record, make Pete Buttigieg hopelessly unelectable.
He should be honored that he made it to the soaring heights he did.
But, to expect any greater office to come his way is a grotesquely self-deluded expectation. No matter how hard he fights for it, America isn’t ready for the least competent, most boring politician to have ever run since Joe Biden—and unlike Uncle Joe, Buttigieg won’t be running against a great orange foil whenever Pete Buttigieg decides to throw his hat in the ring.
Game Over, Pete, Game Over!
In the words of Bill Paxton from Aliens, “Game over, man, game over!” Pete Buttigieg should himself a cushy professor job at a top-rated state university and call it a day.
Buttigieg should learn to live the quiet life and leave the political mudslinging to those who can stand on their own records.
Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who serves as a Senior Editor for 19FortyFive.com. Weichert is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as a contributing editor at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower(Republic Book Publishers), The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (March 28), and Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.