Pete Buttigieg has ended his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination with a call for Democrats to unite in their fight to beat Donald Trump in the election.
The 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend has never held statewide or national office but made a strong run in the Democratic primary, winning the Iowa caucuses narrowly from Bernie Sanders, now the national frontrunner, to whom he placed second in New Hampshire.
But Buttigieg could not make progress in Nevada and South Carolina, the first two states with influential minority voting blocs.
There are two well known facts relevant here.
1) The Democratic voting base is heavily dependent upon Blacks turning out and voting 95 to 85% D. Lose that overwhelming preponderance and no national D candidate has a chance.
2) Blacks are, for whatever reason, less cool with the gay thing than other sections of the population.
The first time Mayor Pete meets a significantly black electorate (D primary in SC is perhaps 55 to 60% black voters) he bombs.
What in buggery did he or anyone else think was going to happen?
This is not to say that black voters should be like that. Nor that I approve of them being so. But didn’t anyone think of this when they cooked up the initial plan?
What is amusing though is the manner in which the press tends not to link those two facts together. There’s lost about how first openly gay candidate and all that. And very little indeed about which part of the electorate wasn’t convinced.