Fading hopes

I have some fundamental values, starting with sanctity of life and religious liberty, that make me prima facie (and increasingly) unwilling to vote for post-1972 Democrats, but the prospect of four more years of Donald Trump makes me open to lesser evil” arguments to overcome my presumption.

My hope that Pete Buttigieg might be a lesser evil is fading:

Back in 2015, South Bend, Ind.’s mayor, Pete Buttigieg, came out of the closet as a gay man. Asked about the news, Indiana governor, Mike Pence, simply responded, I hold Mayor Buttigieg in the highest personal regard. I see him as a dedicated public servant and a patriot.”

A year earlier, Buttigieg had been deployed to Afghanistan as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve. According to the Indianapolis Star, a noticeably moved Pence called Buttigieg the day he was driving to the base.”

There is no evidence that Pence has ever said an unkind word about or done an unkind thing to Buttigieg.

Buttigieg is attacking Pence as a homophobic bigot nearly every day on the campaign trail …

This is a change for Buttigieg, whose best-selling memoir contains no negative references about Pence but complains of the complications of being openly gay in Mike Pence’s Indiana.” That phraseology is more a critique of Pence’s policy preferences than his personality. Fair enough.

But Buttigieg is no longer operating in good faith …; he’s castigating Pence as a religious homophobe, characterizing him as an obstacle to tolerance. Why? Because it is far more convenient to cast Pence as a close-minded bigot than it is to respect him as a political opponent.

Ben Shapiro, Pete Buttigieg’s Bad-Faith Attack on Mike Pence

Nothing turns me off to a politician faster than calculated lies and demagoguery. One calculated lie, insulting to his listeners’ intelligence, made me forever unwilling to vote for my late, unlamented Congressman Todd Rokita. Mayor Pete hasn’t outright lied about Pence to my knowledge, but his demagoguery has come damned close.

April 10, 2019


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