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Mayor Pete Continues Imaginary, One-Sided War with Mike Pence

Mayor Pete Continues Imaginary, One-Sided War with Mike Pence
In this May 1, 2015 photo Indiana Governor Mike Pence, right, talks with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg during a visit to recap the legislative session that ends in South Bend. (Robert Franklin /South Bend Tribune via AP)

It is a required skill for modern-day Democrats who are running for office to be able to convince the public that there are a host of Republican monsters lurking under the bed. Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s biggest, scariest monster has always been Vice President Mike Pence.

Mayor Pete has been taking shots at Pence for months now, engaged in a tug-of-war in which only one side of the rope is being pulled.

And he still isn’t winning.


With the impeachment inquiry raising the possibility of Vice President Mike Pence elevating to the Oval Office, Pete Buttigieg talked about what to expect.

“Nothing good,” the Democratic presidential candidate told a friendly crowd at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on the Upper West Side, as he answered questions for about 90 minutes with New Yorker editor David Remnick as part of The New Yorker Festival.

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., talked of working with Pence when he was governor of the state, and while they worked together on some issues like economic development, he found that Pence “believes things that are completely fanatical. He really believes.”

But he said he’s had a tough time squaring that with Pence’s support of Trump.

These days, the Democrats love to insist that their unhinged criticism of President Trump is unique. Anyone with a memory knows that they are this awful to all Republicans who are in power, and the Myth of Mike Pence that they have created is a perfect example of that.

Pence is a thoughtful, religious, and decent man whom the Left — especially the permanently-aggrieved LGBTQ crowd — love to portray as one of history’s greatest monsters.

Like most devout Christians, Pence is opposed to same-sex marriage. It is a faith-based, principled opposition that Pence rarely mentions. As there is only room for emotion on the American Left, Pence is made out to be the scourge of gay people everywhere, seeking their destruction.

Buttigieg’s battle with Pence is a pure media creation. Pence isn’t indulging Mayor Pete’s nonsense. Despite this unresponsiveness on the part of Pence, the vice president of the United States now has a secondary official residence: rent-free in Mayor Pete’s head.


PJ Media Associate Editor Stephen Kruiser is the author ofDon’t Let the Hippies ShowerandStraight Outta Feelings: Political Zen in the Age of Outrage,” both of which address serious subjects in a humorous way. Monday through Friday he edits PJ Media’s “Morning Briefing.”

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