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Biden Will Nominate Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary, Sources Say

President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly going to name former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to play an essential role in Biden's ambitious infrastructure plan as transportation secretary, according to multiple sources.

The role of transportation secretary is an especially important job in the Biden administration which promises a "sustainable infrastructure" plan that heavily relies on the Department of Transportation (DOT). In Biden's plan, he promises to reach "net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050."

According to POLITICO, the 38 year-old Rhodes Scholar and Afghanistan veteran was eyeing the position of United Nations Ambassador, until that post was given to Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Instead, Buttigieg will play an important role in bringing Biden's infrastructure plan to fruition, even though he doesn't have much experience with transportation. The young former mayor has had a meteoric rise in American politics -- and Biden gave him the "highest compliment I can give any man or woman" by comparing him to his late son Beau, back when Buttigieg delivered his endorsement to Biden in the primaries. If confirmed, Buttigieg will be the first openly gay Cabinet secretary in U.S. history, as Biden has promised a diverse cabinet.

#EndorseThis: Mayor Pete Subs For Kimmel — And The Joke’s On Him

Perhaps Pete Buttigieg — who used to be mayor of SouthBend, Indiana and more recently ran for the Democratic presidential nomination –is looking for a new job. He took over Jimmy Kimmel Live as guest host onThursday night in the strangest possible circumstances – a theater with nostudio audience due to coronavirus restrictions. Instead, they faked a greenscreencrowd, “just like Trump’s inauguration,” he quipped.

Buttigieg quickly pivoted to ask that viewers contactCongress to demand support for the House Democratic legislative package,projecting the Capitol phone number onscreen (202-224-3121).

The poised former mayor smoothly handled the scripted jokes –aimed mostly at him – as well as his political message. And even if you’ve seenit already, you don’t want to miss his clip of Sarah Palin making a fool ofherself on The Masked Singer.

“That’s going to be me in three months, isn’t it?” he mused.

Click and chortle.

Klobuchar, Buttigieg, O’Rourke Endorse Biden At Texas Rally

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke joined a rally in Dallas on Monday night to endorse Joe Biden in surprise developements that reshaped the Democratic primary on the eve of Super Tuesday. They led a parade of Democrats who have come around to back the former vice president since his resounding victory in South Carolina's primary last Saturday.

"I cannot think of a better way to end my campaign than joining his," said Buttigieg, citing Biden's politics of "decency" and "empathy." Klobuchar, who clashed with Buttigieg during debates, echoed those themes in embracing Biden, as did O'Rourke.

Biden warmly welcomed the support of his former rivals. He said Buttigieg reminds him of his late son Beau, the highest praise he can bestow on anyone, predicted that Klobuchar has a long political future, and invited O'Rourke to join him in fighting for gun safety, which the former El Paso congressman and Senate candidate has made his signature issue.

"You're going to take care of the gun problem with me," he said. "You're going to be the one who leads this effort."

Other prominent Democrats coming forward to endorse Biden over the past few days have included Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, and Alyssa Milano, the actress and activist.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders — who leads the delegate race and is expected to win California and other major contests on Super Tuesday — depicted the rush to Biden's side as an effort to by "the establishment" to thwart his campaign. And Biden's other rivals, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, both declared their determination to continue their campaigns.

Buttigieg Rejects Lecture On Family Values ‘From The Likes Of Rush Limbaugh’

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg responded to two top Trump allies’ anti-gay hate this week by proudly defending his husband and his marriage.

“I’m not going to be lectured on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh or anybody who supports Donald J. Trump as the moral as well as the political leader of the United States,” the former South Bend, Indiana mayor told Fox News Sunday, after laughing them off.

“I am in a faithful, loving, committed marriage. I’m proud of my marriage. And I’m proud of my husband,” Buttigieg declared. “America has moved on and we should have a politics of belonging, that welcomes everybody – that’s what the American people are for.”

“I’m saddened for what the Republican Party has become if they embrace that kind of homophobic rhetoric.”

Fox News’ Chris Wallace played video of Limbaugh calling Buttigieg, “A gay guy 37-years old [who] loves kissing his husband on debate stages,” and asking, “Can you see Trump have fun with that?”

He also showed a clip of former Trump White House official Sebastian Gorka, who has been tied to a Nazi-linked group, saying: “Why is a homosexual man lecturing us on the sanctity of life in the womb. Just a little curious there – strange!”


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Democratic Divide Isn’t Just Moderates Versus Progressives

Are frightened Democrats in the middle of an ugly fight to the death between the so-called progressive and moderate wings of the party? To observe the weeping and gnashing of teeth after the New Hampshire primary, you might think so. Let’s just say, that reaction is premature and missing the point.

Yet there are already calls from some in the Democratic establishment, such as it is, for consolidation of the moderates to fight a Bernie Sanders surge that would presumably cast the party into the electoral wilderness in 2020, when the main focus, the reasoning goes, is to beat Donald Trump. To be fair, that seems to be top of mind for all those who want Trump out of office. When I go to the market or gym, anyone of a certain political persuasion even vaguely familiar with what I do for a living asks me “who can beat Trump” before I get a “hello.”

I get the urgency with each passing day, as an emboldened president interferes with career prosecutors at the Justice Department, gloats as a Purple Heart recipient with shrapnel in his body is marched out of the White House or floats the possibility of overhauling programs such as Medicare, breaking his own campaign promise.

But I’m honest when I answer: “I don’t know, it’s early and anything can happen. Remember 2016.” Well, I guess they do remember, which is why they’re so nervous.

Whose decision?

It’s more than a little insulting, though, to a lot of voters to want to wrap everything up before the Nevada caucus, the South Carolina primary and Super Tuesday, before the diverse electorate that will determine who gets to stand onstage and accept that nomination has had a chance to weigh in. By the way, those are also the voters who could make the difference in November.

With 1,990 delegates needed to clinch the presidential nomination, and a neck-and-neck race with Pete Buttigieg at 22 and Sanders at 21, we should stop counting?

Especially after an Iowa caucus gone awry, the argument that Iowa and New Hampshire, with the power to make or break candidates, should not go first makes sense, despite being dismissed as sour grapes when former hopeful Julián Castro made it.

Before all the votes were cast in the New Hampshire primary, former Vice President Joe Biden was on the ground in South Carolina, perhaps anticipating his poor showing in the first-in-the-nation primary, and shoring up what has been called his “firewall.” Primary winner Sanders was heading that way, with events planned in the Super Tuesday state of North Carolina, preceded by appearances from campaign surrogates Nina Turner and Susan Sarandon. In South Carolina, Tom Steyer was visible in ads and mailings, creeping up in the polls and picking verbal fights with a Biden supporter.

Michael Bloomberg was everywhere, or at least he seemed to be, with ads and staffing across the country and his own Southern swing in the works.

Note that Andrew Yang, the only candidate of color on the last debate stage, has suspended his campaign, squashing the hopes as well as the dreams of the Yang Gang. Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, failing to gain traction, also bowed out, so, “poof,” all the African American candidates have disappeared.

Though the winnowing down is necessary and expected, does anyone wonder if the first states had been shuffled to include, maybe, Georgia and Texas, or New Jersey and California, Castro and Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris — and the issues they put front and center — might have drawn more attention and donor support, and survived to fight another day?

Flipping the script

The question has been asked, why has it been so difficult for Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar to gain support from African American and Latino voters? Why not turn that around to ask why white voters have been so eager to support candidates who have shown little traction among black and brown voters?

When I expressed that thought, someone who presumably has it all figured out, testily lectured: “They,” meaning those black and brown voters, “will just have to suck it up.”

Paternalism is an ugly look, for Democrats as well as Republicans. It does not and should not work that way, and newly crowned front-runners should be prepared.

Klobuchar, riding high after a praised debate showing gave her campaign a boost and a strong, third-place New Hampshire finish, is getting another look and stronger vetting, including on the prosecutor past that caused some of Harris’ troubles. When a host on ABC’s “The View” grilled her about her past failure to prosecute officers in police-involved killings and one case the AP has reported on and reviewed that resulted in a young man in jail and lots of questions, Klobuchar’s answers leaned heavily on “systematic racism” boilerplate.

Based on Buttigieg’s deer-in-the-headlights reaction in the last debate when asked about disparate rates of marijuana arrests, based on race, in his time as South Bend, Indiana, mayor and his nonscripted follow-up that linked pot possession to gangs and violence and “slaughtering,” well, it will take more than the endorsement of South Carolina state Rep. JA Moore from Charleston, an African American, to move past his well-documented stumbles with voters of color and the word salad he offers when asked about them.

Guys, when you’re polling lower than the poster child for stop-and-frisk with black voters, you’ve got work to do.

That doesn’t let Bloomberg off the hook. He may have a raft of African American mayors, including Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina, on his side, and black voters who have been special targets of the current president are nothing if not practical. But as long as he’s a candidate, expect to hear Bloomberg on a loop, saying, “The way you should get the guns out of the kids’ hands is throw them against the wall and frisk them.” As someone who has a black son who has been profiled (and multiply that by a lot of black and brown folks), believe me, those words never lose their sting.

All the breathless prognostication and punditry expended on Iowa and New Hampshire doesn’t make it game over, as much as Democrats looking for unity might want to make it so.

Mary C. Curtis has worked at The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Charlotte Observer, as national correspondent for Politics Daily, and is a senior facilitator with The OpEd Project. Follow her on Twitter @mcurtisnc3.

Sanders Edges Buttigieg And Klobuchar In New Hampshire Primary

New Hampshire voters delivered a narrow but clear victory toSenator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, as he edged outformer South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg for first place by less than 5,000votes. But the surprise of the nation’s first 2020 primary was a close thirdplace finish by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), counted out by many observers onlya week ago, who now becomes a serious contender in the party’s more moderatewing.

Sanders and Buttigieg each earned nine of the state’s 24 conventiondelegates, while Klobuchar took the remaining six. Trailing badly behind thefront runners were Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in fourth place and formerVice President Joe Biden in fifth. Biden left New Hampshire on Tuesday to flyto South Carolina, which will hold its primary on February 29.

With more than nine out of ten precincts counted, theWashington Post reported that Sanders had won with nearly 26 percent. Buttigieghad over 24 percent, Klobucher had almost 20 percent, Warren had just over nine percent and Biden had just overeight percent.

Not appearing on the New Hampshire ballot was former NewYork City mayor Mike Bloomberg. But the billionaire received enough write-in votesto win the hamlet of Dixville Notch, which traditionally reports its resultsshortly after midnight.

Finishing last among the Democratic contenders, tech entrepreneurAndrew Yang announced late Tuesday that he will end his quixotic bid for theparty’s nomination, which drew a small but loyal following. Senator MichaelBennet (D-CO) also said he would end his longshot bid.

Danziger: Blowing Hard

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at

Iowa Results Delayed By Technology Troubles, Party Officials Say

“Inconsistencies” in the reporting of ballots andtechnological problems have delayed final results in the Iowa caucuses, saidparty officials during the early hours on Tuesday morning. Results will bereleased later in the afternoon, they said.

IowaDemocratic Party chair Troy Price told reporters that party officials are checkingelectronic data against paper records in order to validate results from all ofthe state’s 1700 precincts. While the system had not suffered any intentionaldisruption such as a hack or intrusion, Price said, the verification process was“taking longer than expected.”

LocalDemocratic officials told reporters that they were having problems with acomputer app used to tabulate and report their precinct results.  With Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) apparentlyin the lead, according to early tabulations, his frustrated campaign manager releasedpartial results showed that he had won the most precincts — followed by SenatorElizabeth Warren (D-MA), former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, formerVice President Joe Biden, and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). Technology entrepreneurAndrew Yang and billionaire activist Tom Steyer were also competing.

Thecandidates swiftly moved on to New Hampshire, site of the first primary, amid renewedcomplaints about the troubled caucus system.