There are still many weeks to come before November. And there is still the House. And then there is still the Senate. And then there are the unknown unknowns.
Sanders cannot get much past 25%, and as the numbers thin out, he will drop back into the pack. Meanwhile, the winnowing process moves forward with “Pete” now about to get some serious momentum. And so will Amy Klobuchar. That they are completely unfit for a presidential role has nothing to do with anything; neither was Obama, an absolute non-entity, politically a cypher but a cypher who could be elected because he provided intersectionality. Biden was chosen because he was a known moron who wouldn’t upstage the candidate, although still smart enough to outclass Paul Ryan during the Vice-Presidents’ debate.
And would you like to know something about “Pete”: Pete Buttigieg’s father was a Marxist professor who lauded the Communist Manifesto.
The father of Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg was a Marxist professor who spoke fondly of the Communist Manifesto and dedicated a significant portion of his academic career to the work of Italian Communist Party founder Antonio Gramsci, an associate of Vladimir Lenin….
He was an adviser to Rethinking Marxism, an academic journal that published articles “that seek to discuss, elaborate, and/or extend Marxian theory,” and a member of the editorial collective of Boundary 2, a journal of postmodern theory, literature, and culture. He spoke at many Rethinking Marxism conferences and other gatherings of prominent Marxists.
In a 2000 paper for Rethinking Marxism critical of the approach of Human Rights Watch, Buttigieg, along with two other authors, refers to “the Marxist project to which we subscribe.”
In 1998, he wrote in an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education about an event in New York City celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Manifesto. He also participated in the event.
“If The Communist Manifesto was meant to liberate the proletariat, the Manifesto itself in recent years needed liberating from Marxism’s narrow post-Cold War orthodoxies and exclusive cadres. It has been freed,” he wrote.
Does the apple ever fall far from the tree? Sometimes, but I wouldn’t count on it.
Nor would I rule out Mitt Romney finding his way onto the ticket either.
AND LET ME ADD THIS FROM THIS MORNING: I should note that while I think Bernie will fade, nothing in politics is certain. But if he is to win the Democrat nomination, he will have to do it on the first ballot, because if it gets to a brokered convention, it will never happen. He is just too old and too obviously a man of the far far loony left. I cannot yet believe, although could be quite wrong on this, that Democrats are that out of it, their irrational hatred for Trump notwithstanding. More likely is a candidate with some subtlety and greater intersectionality, which is why Pete and Amy are more likely.
In regard to Pete, this has just come up which more or less says what I do about Buttigieg’s family background: Could Mayor Pete Secretly Be More Radical Than Bernie?. Discusses his father the Gramscian. The problem is, who is Gramsci to anyone? Other than people who would already never vote for Democrats, this will frighten no one, just as Obama’s radical past frightened no one, or at least not enough.
With Amy from Minnesota, the bloggers at Powerline have always kept a close eye on her. I therefore watched her during the Brett Kavanaugh Judiciary Committee hearings and there was nothing visible that would alert you to her underlying views.
PDT should win, but if he doesn’t, it won’t be Bernie who beats him, unless America is farther gone than any of us has ever imagined.