[Ed. – No matter either that two thirds of schools in the city have failing or near failing rankings, that home values are one half the national median, or that 25% of residents are below the poverty line.]
So long, Beto O’Rourke. It was fun while it lasted. The mainstream media has a new presidential crush now, one just as cloyingly nicknamed, vague on policy and whose biggest success is also failing upward: Mayor Pete.
This 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, we are giddily informed, is checking all the right boxes: He served in the Navy and deployed to Afghanistan as an intelligence officer; he speaks seven languages; his father is an immigrant; he’s a Harvard grad and a Rhodes scholar; he plays piano; he has two rescue dogs; and — the piece de resistance — he’s a Christian gay man!
And just like that, celebrity elites swing Pete-ward too: According to The Hollywood Reporter, mega-producer Ryan Murphy and other prominent gay A-listers are planning a fundraiser to be held June 19.
No matter that Mayor Pete (last name Buttigieg, but the media loves the cuddly appellation) did not fulfill his grandiose vow to make South Bend, population 102,245, “truly a global city” upon his election in 2011, or that he controversially fired the city’s first African American police chief just before a march protesting the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012. …