Democrats first get to select their representative, nominee.
Don’t choose the one you like best. Don’t! I beg you. You don’t have an automatic majority. You need to choose someone whom many Donald Trump voters like too, even prefer over the Donald.
That means, don’t pick an extremist. She or he can be the Vice. But your candidate for Number One must be mellow. You want to win, no?
The issue here is not who’s most just, fair, heartfelt, right. The issue is, who’s honest and capable of winning.
Bernie Sanders is sincere. And fit for grand philosopher of the Democratic Party. But he’s too extreme on everything. He must be a trailblazer but he’s not fit for the mantle of the presidency (pun intended).
Joe Biden is a warm person but screams his indignation about ignoring workers’ rights into his crowds. As the Dutch saying goes: Don’t be right — be proven right. And he won’t be.
You favorite must not be half-loved by the Democrats for being wishy-washy. S/he must be well-loved at home but also by enough Republicans. Not a polemist. Not a screamer. Someone with a smile. Someone who can work with both sides of the aisle.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign manager puts it like this: “It’s values, and then he goes to ideas, and then he goes to policies.” And then to the White House, I’d add. But he’ll win over most US voters, not because of his values, ideas, and then policies. It’s his calm, friendly demeanor.
He may be indignant about things but he doesn’t scream. He doesn’t yell at crowds to win them over because he assumes that they are or should be livid too. Most people don’t need someone as upset as them. They need someone more powerful than them. And though being angry might feel powerful, to bystanders if often looks powerless: “helpless anger.”
As the Dutch saying goes: Calmness may save you.
For heaven’s sake, your candidate needs to win debates with the fake-powerful Trump — not some debating club champion. Anger will make him or her look like a loser big time.
It’s as with raising children. It’s not what you say that will impress them but how you say it.
Most voters, when both candidates look equally calm, will still not listen to arguments. They will look at who is more beautiful. Buttigieg will win by a landslide!
He has rehearsed a whole catalog of answers to FAQ. And the only thing that most people will notice is that he answers friendly and without hesitation, not what he’s saying.
And for arguments, he’s not falling in the Trump trap, giving the present president free publicity. He doesn’t go against Trump. He calmly says: Trump makes everything about him; it’s not about him; it’s about America.
His moderation makes some progressives worried. I find it refreshing, no: I’m delighted that this son of a professor voluntarily went to serve in Afghanistan (and learned Arabic) to be more connected to working class people and Blacks! One doesn’t need to always have been right as long as one is open to correcting oneself.
O yes, he’s gay. Many voters will like that; even more voters don’t give a hoot. They didn’t even care that Trump was an immoral person and proven womanizer. So they’d reject a morally sound, humble but powerful guy? It’s private. And one-third of all people has a gay close relative and most of them are truly nice people. He’s also a left-handed person — who cares? The whole gay aspect is a non-issue.
O, and his husband is cherished even more already. He’ll be more loved than any previous First Lady before him.
Finally, a First Couple that’s not just raising kids but is still getting them.
It’s an un-silent minority that is ferociously anti-gay. Their screaming will make the personable Buttigieg come out even more sympathetic.
One caveat: Just that he’s so acceptable doesn’t mean that gays’ and women’s oppression in the US are over. He’d never stand a chance if he were an insecure “effeminate” atheist flaming gay single. He’s much helped by his confidence, “masculinity,” religiosity, “normalcy” and married status.
Humor alert: Should his VP be a woman married to a woman, they’ll have to rename the Second Lady: Second Wife (and she’ll be the second wife on the ticket after her own wife, the VP) because the Second Lady then will be the VP, (although she’s actually the first lady on the ticket). If his VP would be a heterosexually married woman (he promised for “gender balance” on the ticket, so his VP must be a woman), her husband would be the Second Husband (although he is actually the third husband on the ticket) and the VP again would be the Second lady (although she is actually the first lady on the ticket). Got it?
Seriously, Democrats, don’t miss your chance to elect a winner as your representative for 2020! Go for Pete — (not) for Pete’s sake.