I am not much interested in the 2020 election yet. I figured I’d wait until the Democrat herd of candidates thinned out enough to fit the survivors onto one debate stage. I just want someone able to beat Trump and I don’t know who that might be yet. We have months to sort it out.
But Mayor Pete has caught my attention, just as President Obama did 10 years ago or so. Obama did not have the background that would appear to give him a chance in hell to become president, but lo and behold he became. Mayor Pete seems to have even less of a chance – a 37 year old two time mayor of a city of 100,000 in Indiana who happens to have a husband. Yes, he’s gay.
But he has that confidence and authenticity Obama had and, so far, the more I look at his life and watch his speeches, like the one today announcing his run for the presidency, the more I believe he has “the right stuff” to be president.
He is different than the others, like Obama was and, I would add, Trump. One of the more interesting elements of that last presidential election was how many people would have voted for Bernie Sanders had he won the primary, but took Trump in the election.
They wanted something different, they took Trump but they might have taken Bernie. By the time of the election I think we’ll be tired of Trump’s divisive version of different and Mayor Pete’s unifying vision will look very inviting.
Obama was able to be elected because he really was half black and half white. He had black skin, but he was nurtured by white relatives. Enough whites believed he would give everyone a fair shake, so as not to worry about his blackness. Mayor Pete’s gay, but that seems but only one of many aspects of his concerns.
P. S. – One of my favorite Obama stories came from his autobiography. In courting Michelle, he came to dinner at her parents’s house for the first time. Chatting with her brother on the side, he was asked about his future plans and Obama told him that eventually he would like to run for president. Michelle’s brother was startled, suggesting Barack not tell his parents as they would think he “was crazy.”