In 2008 it was Barack Obama. In 2020 it will be Pete Buttigieg.
Buttigieg, the 37-year-old, married gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is currently the hottest candidate in the Democratic presidential field – pulling in race reports everywhere.
That's obviously a tough comparison for Buttigieg ̵
But Scarborough is far from the only person who raves about Buttigieg. Starting with a star turn in a CNN-sponsored town hall in South by Southwest, Austin, Texas, the praise for Mayor Pete was bubbled from every corner of the party. And all this positive attention seems to nourish itself and achieve tangible results for its campaign.
In short, everything fits together for Buttigieg. (One thing that may bring him back to earth?) If Buttigieg has unimpressive fundraising in the first quarter – the deadline to raise money is March 31st.)
The reasons for his attention it is those who excite him, it is not difficult to find out; He is young, charismatic and sympathetic. He knows how to speak as a normal person – an underrated trait in a field where the senators are on top. And he has a remarkable curriculum vitae: Rhodes scholar, military veteran, gay mayor of his hometown.
Then there is the following: Buttigieg has zero expectations of how he will proceed in this race. When he started running, almost no one outside South Bend had heard of him. If your candidacy is not burdened by heavy expectations, you can play fast and easy. You are not obsessed with everything you say or do. Their every word is not analyzed by the national news media. You can make a mistake (or two) without being painted a death blow for your candidacy.
And this: People l-o-v-e is a good underdog story. Sure, they're attracted to bigger names like Joe Biden and Beto O'Rourke, but Americans are never attracted to a sick candidate who accuses the big boys and demands that he be admitted to their club. The spooky outsider is in our DNA. And Buttigieg fits this profile to a T.
Now. It is March 21, 2019. During the eleventh month, no one will vote in the primary proceedings. At this time, Buttigieg's star could blow. It could increase and decrease. (Yes, I'm confusing star and moon metaphors – but you have the idea.) In six months, we could look back and think he had his moment too early.
That's not the case at all Sure, if Buttigieg and his team can make that leap. However, it is clear that right now he has a chance to do so.