(Thanks to OEN member Helen Carpenter for posting a link to Robinson's first article about Buttigieg.)
Are you wondering what it is exactly that seems so unsettling and "off" about Pete Buttigieg, but having trouble putting your finger on it?
Robinson deftly offers a multitude of reasons for not being able to shake off that weasely feeling about Mayor Pete (apologies to actual weasels.)
"It is a sad reflection on American politics that Pete Buttigieg is taken seriously as a presidential contender. After all, the question voters should ask themselves when choosing a candidate is: What have you done with your life that can give me confidence you mean what you say? Every politician will tell you what you want to hear at election time"
Pete Buttigieg, as I have documented at length before, has spent his life doing little more than try to advance himself to higher and higher levels of status and power. When he was at Harvard, he passed by the "social justice warriors" (his term) fighting to get a living wage for the school's janitors, so that he could go and have pizza with governors and media elites.
As a newly minted Rhodes Scholar, with the privilege to do almost anything in the world, he chose to go to McKinsey, a totally amoral consulting firm that advises dictators and drug companies on how to optimize their evil"
"Mayor Pete's oft-discussed "black voter problem" is better described as "the fact that black people, having had to live in a racist world, are often able to see through white lies," and know when yet another white person is bullshitting them with opportunistic empathy"
"It is very plain that Buttigieg is a corporate candidate. He has dozens of billionaire donors, and is heavily backed by lobbyists, pharmaceutical executives, and finance executives. (The list is a who's who of the American power elite.) He tried to disguise who his donors are, selectively disclosing them in order to hide the Wall Street fat cats, only opening up access to his fundraisers after months of pressure for transparency. ..
Why support someone who gives no reason to trust that he cares about anything other than his career?