He’s killing them with kindness. When Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the Democratic presidential primaries in March he swore to put his full support behind nominee Joe Biden. Ever the overachiever, he’s evolved into the Biden/Harris campaign’s most effective surrogate capable of eviscerating even the most strident Fox News host leading the Los Angeles Times to dub him “Slayer Pete.”
Now we know what Buttigieg meant he swore to do whatever he could to ensure the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, that “whatever” turned out to include “speak softly and carry a sling blade.”
Buttigieg really hit his stride when as the Los Angeles Times reported, “He served as stand-in for Vice President Mike Pence during Harris’ debate prep, Buttigieg must have seemed a natural choice for a predebate interview. Fox News’ Martha MacCallum and Bret Baier certainly thought so, asking Harris’ former rival a preloaded question about her public policy differences with Biden. Standing in front of Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, Buttigieg gave his now viral-famous answer: ‘Well, there’s a classic parlor game of trying to find a little bit of daylight between running mates,” Buttigieg said. “And if people want to play that game, we could look into why an evangelical Christian like Mike Pence wants to be on a ticket with the president caught with a porn star, or how he feels about the immigration policy that he called ‘unconstitutional’ before he decided to team up with Donald Trump.’
Oh the burn.
Cue stunned silence in the studio and the sound of a kajillion social media posts.
Steve Doocy must have missed the segment and the tweets because he had Buttigieg on “Fox and Friends” the next morning. When asked a question about President Trump refusing to participate in a virtual debate, Mayor Pete answered: “I don’t know why you’d want to be in a room with other people if you were contagious with a deadly disease, if you care about other people. But maybe the president of the United States doesn’t care about other people.”
Later in the interview, when Buttigieg brought up the president’s denigration of fallen American soldiers, Doocy, having learned nothing even from his very own interview, interrupted to insist the president had denied those reports. Buttigieg let him down easy with a classic “If you really believe the president now on this kind of stuff,” he said. “I’ve got a bridge to sell you.”
His emergence as attack dog for the dems was on full display when on Sunday morning he went for the legal jugular of Supreme Court justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett while appearing on on MSNBC’s AM Joy hosted by Jonathan Capehart. Barrett had issued the transcript for her opening statement in the hearings that will comprise her confirmation and while Buttigieg was speaking about National Coming Out Day, Capehart interjected, reading Buttigieg a section of the statement.
“This is what nominees do,” Buttigieg said, responding in real-time. “They write the most seemingly unobjectionable, dry stuff. But really what I see in there is a pathway to judicial activism cloaked in judicial humility.” The mayor smiled before continuing.
— AM Joy on MSNBC (@amjoyshow) October 11, 2020
Buttigieg’s response, which went viral, brilliantly poured out of him,“At the end of the day, rights in this country have been expanded because courts have understood what the true meaning of the letter of the law and the spirit of the constitution is,” Buttigieg concluded. “That is not about time traveling yourself back to the 18th century and subjecting yourself to the same prejudices and limitations as the people who write these words. The Constitution is a living document because the English language is a living language. And you need to have some readiness to understand that in order to serve on the court in a way that will actually make life better.”
“It was actually Thomas Jefferson himself who said that ‘We might as well ask a man to still wear the coat which fitted him when he was a boy as expect future generations to live under’ — what he called — ‘the regime of their barbarous ancestors.'” Buttigieg quotes. “So even the founders that these kind of deadhand originalists claim fidelity to understood better than their ideological descendants — today’s judicial so-called conservatives — the importance of keeping with the times. And we deserve judges and justices who understand that.”
According to Out Magazine, “The interview comes in a wave of statements that have gone viral. He’s completely destroyed both Trump and Pence in Fox News interviews, has astutely responded to the issue of late-term abortions, and now this. He is slowly building himself as an invaluable tool component of the Biden team. Barrett’s Senate hearings begin today. The Senate is expected to confirm her nomination regardless of her worrying record.”