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Watch: Meghan McCain Goes After Mayor Pete - Again

by Kilian Melloy
Wednesday Nov 20, 2019
Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Mayor Pete Buttigieg  (Source:Associated Press)

Meghan McCain, "The View" host and daughter of the late Sen. John McCain, has gone after openly gay Democratic 2020 hopeful, and mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg before, and now she's slammed him again. This time, McCain charges that Mayor Pete is nothing more than a "shiny" and momentary distraction in America's political tumult.

The Daily Beast reports that following Buttigieg's first-place showing in a new Iowa poll, McCain shrugged him off with a comparison to past candidates who rose to the top of their fields, only to then evanesce.

The Daily Beast reported on the back and forth among co-hosts of "The View," as others pointed out Buttigieg's positive attributes as a candidate and McCain tried to shoot them down.

When Joy Behar noted that Buttigieg is a moderate - unlike Elizabeth Warren or Joe Biden, frontrunners that Mayor Pete consistently largely
behind until recently - McCain essentially called that characterization fake news.

Said McCain:

"He wasn't, and now he is. He was both campaigning extremely left sort of in the Beto [O'Rourke] lane, kind of saw the tea leaves on that, and now he's moderate."

Last summer McCain unleashed criticism on Mayor Pete when he took note of the fact that Republicans tend to attack Democrats with narratives that they stick to despite facts and evidence. Indeed, one such narrative is that Democrats are generally "socialists" who have swung to the extreme left.

Last July, during a debate, Buttigieg said:

"Look, if it's true that if we embrace a far-left agenda, they're going to say we're a bunch of crazy socialists. If we embrace a conservative agenda, you know what they're going to do? They're going to say we're a bunch of crazy socialists. So let's just stand up for the right policy, go out there and defend it."

Given the way Republicans disavowed policy proposals they had themselves embraced as soon as then-president Barack Obama also embraced those notions in the spirit of taking up good ideas wherever they might come from, it would seem hard to fault Buttigieg for simply making an observation about the GOP modus operandi. But McCain blustered ahead anyway, declaring from her bully pulpit on "The View" last July:

"Mayor Pete, when you're talking about 'Republicans are going to paint everybody as being socialists,' that's just ridiculous and a really good way to lose the moderates... So please don't put in my mouth that I'm going to paint all Democrats as socialists."

So, what's with the Beto comparison, in that case?

But McCain didn't elaborate on that talking point in her latest jeremiad against the candidate. Instead, she went with the idea that "There's always a sparkly, shiny object in primary politics," she explained, mentioning Republican Herman Cain and Democrat Howard Dean, candidates who seemed poised to take off and then fizzled. "There's always a bright, shiny candidate."

Whether Buttigieg is nothing more than a "shiny" distraction or authentically has the chops to lead this nation is something for the mayor himself to demonstrate.

Watch the video below.


Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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