The media erection (my apologies if you are offended, but you know it is an accurate description) for Pete Buttigieg has gone well past four hours and most of the Circle of Jerks that make up the DC press corps should really be in the hospital right now seeking treatment from a doctor.
To be clear, I’m not talking about the interviews on Sunday shows and roundtable discussions. In fact, you really should check out Chuck Todd’s interview from yesterday. I’ll have more to say on that later today. The man is a mayor of a big city and is running for President. The Sunday shows, etc. are expected.
What I am talking about, however, is the positively hagiographic coverage and tweets from millennial members of the press corps and some of their senior brethren who are positively gaga over the guy. They are having a hard time feigning objectivity at this point. The coverage is Betoesque.
In 2018, Beto O’Rourke got such fawning, hagiographic, near pornographic coverage from the media that Republicans had to yell in unison to point out O’Rourke had fled from a wreck he caused while drunk. The national press did their level best to ignore the story. They were flat out enamored.
Now it is Buttigieg’s turn, ironically in a race where Beto O’Rourke has cast himself as the youthful presence against Washington.
I suspect, however, that there is a problem in this. While the DC Circle of Jerks is suffering priapism over Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Beto, Biden, and more are digging up anything they can on the guy. The women will start clamoring and Harris can probably take over the spotlight with a “woman of color” angle that privileged white Pete cannot withstand.
All of this, though, will probably get overshadowed by Biden. The stories and flirtation with Buttigieg will get drowned out by the attacks on Biden and the defenses of Biden. Buttigieg will more likely than not wind up being the warm up act. Perhaps he can warm up into the VP slot, but if it is Biden or Bernie, having two white males probably won’t work.