The Democratic presidential primary in California, if you haven’t been paying attention (not that there’s any real reason to), is providing some unexpected drama.
Have you heard of the name Buttigieg, as in Mayor Pete Buttigieg?
In all fairness, there is no reason you should just because this long-shot presidential hopeful has thrown his (rainbow colored) hat into the ring. In all reality though, maybe you should know who he is simply because the leadership within the Democratic party is in just that much apparent discord.
Rarely does the source of chaos and hope come from the same place but that is precisely what Mayor Pete (as he has been adoringly dubbed), is bringing to the Democratic party.
Now, does this 37-year-old upstart from Indiana really pose a threat to the President in the upcoming election?
Well, they call them long-shots for a reason.
The real story here, however, is more about what this young mayor’s run at the White House says about the Democratic party and perhaps even about the pulse of the country.
We really didn’t need anyone to tell us that there was a lack of viable presidential nominees, at least in the forefront, coming out of the Democratic party.
It could be argued that this is something that each side of the aisle has experienced in the many years of our government’s history.
It is often then too, that we see someone who delivers a charge, brings a spark and breathes life into a party and even a country.
Ross Perot, another young kid named Kennedy, and dare we say a President named Trump? These people always come from the background, outside of the political limelight or they come charging into it with their hair on fire. And they are the people you never see coming – until they’ve arrived.
Just ask California’s well respected and much loved home-state senator Kamala Harris, who is supposed to have California in her pocket.
Well, that was until Mayor Pete’s caravan toting what seems like the entire LGBTQ community arrived in town.
We will discuss that influence momentarily.
One recent story quoted Democratic strategist Garry South saying, “…nobody is ceding California to Kamala Harris … no one is abandoning California to the native daughter — which tells you something… .”
That story went on to cite Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles and the presiding body over, “one of the country’s most lucrative Democratic fundraising ATMs” as the story put it. Garcetti said, ““I love Kamala Harris, she’s a dear friend,’’ but also said of Buttigieg that he, “is one of my closest mayor friends.”
This is only a microcosm of the Democratic party as a whole. Nothing is clear-cut. There are no front-runners, no clear leaders and names like Hillary and Bernie aren’t striking fear or building confidence in anybody.
We might be wise to pay attention to the shadow being cast by the aforementioned LGBTQ community as well.
It seems that the influence and sway of this community may be more than a shadow. They possess real power and influence.
The power of public perception isn’t hurting Buttigieg either, in addition to his military background in Naval Intelligence, he is seemingly rubbing shoulder with Hollywood celebs.
The home of one Gwyneth Paltrow will be the site of Mayor Pete’s upcoming fundraiser for example.
These are a few reasons why we are seeing the noise, impact, and pull of the mayor’s campaign.
It is real influence, real money, and real power. It isn’t realistic to think that Mayor Buttigieg will win the California Primary but make enough noise here.
Make your name known here – and elsewhere, then by the time we get to the Iowa caucuses…
Yeah, it’s a long-shot but we are a country built on underdogs.
Let’s not be too quick to forget that our current President was never an obvious choice.
No, Mayor Pete won’t win the Presidency but he might be the Democratic opponent in 2020.
Yeah, you’re right – not likely – but maybe.