Things are beginning to get interesting folks….
And cut throat …
For Pete’s sake, what’s happening? Why are Bernie Sanders and President Trump attacking the mayor of South Bend?
Why did right-wing conspiracy activists fake that the mayor assaulted a college student? Why is his signature achievement of fixing up or tearing down 1,000 vacant and deteriorating old houses in 1,000 days portrayed as a failure because it didn’t eliminate crime, wipe out poverty and cure cancer?
Easy answer: Because South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has come out of nowhere — national political types regard South Bend as nowhere — to become a top-tier contender for the Democratic nomination for president.
OK, he’s a star in the major leagues in his rookie season. But that doesn’t mean he will win the World Series. It’s a long season in baseball. The presidential selection season is even longer.
So, why did the Sanders campaign attack Mayor Pete for likening Sanders to Trump?
Actually, Buttigieg never said that Sanders, like Trump, is a stubborn promiser of the impossible. Nothing like that. He just said both appealed in 2016 to voters wanting to blow up the establishment, though the two had radically different philosophies. While the Sanders campaign knows that’s true about many ’16 voters, the remark provided an opening to hit Buttigieg, a rival for some of the younger voters that Bernie wants to keep as his own….