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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:01 AM

 

Even as a Buttigieg fan, some of these fawning columns about him irritate me

Specifically I dislike it when a politics writer essentially asks "Why is this guy who we're all deciding to write a column about suddenly surging in the polls?" Duh.

Trump was essentially handed the R nomination by the media. They really need to take their jobs during primaries more seriously, and do some background on every candidate.
If I were to vote in a presidential
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Reply Even as a Buttigieg fan, some of these fawning columns about him irritate me (Original post)
Recursion Apr 2019 OP
Funtatlaguy Apr 2019 #1
mysteryowl Apr 2019 #2
Iliyah Apr 2019 #3
DownriverDem Apr 2019 #4
marylandblue Apr 2019 #7
marylandblue Apr 2019 #5
BlueFlorida Apr 2019 #6
Indygram Apr 2019 #9
BlueFlorida Apr 2019 #10
Indygram Apr 2019 #12
Hortensis Apr 2019 #8
BlueFlorida Apr 2019 #11
Hortensis Apr 2019 #14
NewJeffCT Apr 2019 #13

Response to Recursion (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:08 AM

1. Right now Pete is a very shiny new penny.

 

Only 37
Mayor from small town
Midwestern
Rhodes scholar
Speaks seven languages
Plays piano well
Afghan war Vet
Christian
Openly gay
Married to man

Thatís a lot of FIRSTS in a prez candidate for the media to explore.
The media loves firsts.
They love new and shiny.
That will soon wear off, though.
He will then be treated like the rest and they will search for the flaws.
If I were to vote in a presidential
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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:09 AM

2. Agreed! Equal media attention.

 

Mayor Pete is so interesting though, the media can't stay away. Plus, he is really making the rounds with multiple & diverse media sources. A smart tactic!
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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:25 AM

3. He is fresh air compared to what we have in the WH and

 

the Republican party.

The combination of the Democratic Party's candidates, in particular, Mayor Pete is young, quite the road scholar and media fierce.

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primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:49 AM

4. For me

 

It's who can beat trump. Who can win the electoral college? It's not who I like or who you like. It's who can win.
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Response to DownriverDem (Reply #4)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 08:16 AM

7. That's a difficult thing to assess. You can look at polls but people change their minds.

 

You can base it your what you think they want, but they may not know what they want themselves. You can base it on the assumption that moderates are better, familiar is better, gender or race matters, etc., but these are just assumptions.

So saying you just want someone who can win gets you nowhere. Instead ask what a winning candidate looks like, and who best fits that.
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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:50 AM

5. Buttigieg and Trump share the ability to use the media effectively.

 

Trump says outrageous things they can't help but cover. He presses buttons deep in their reporter brains. He also cultivates media relationships, people he gives juicy stories to, in exchange for positive coverage.

Buttigieg aggressively pursue interviews. He probably has someone calling media outlets day and night and seems never to turn down an opportunity. He seems to engage with the hosts, so they will want to talk to him again.

Winning candidates have media strategies to get them more coverage. That has a lot to do with why you see some people more than others.
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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:52 AM

6. I am more amused by

 

the Sanders ra ra ra OPs which have no basis in reality.

Buttigieg's OPs are ok in my book. They are realistic by and large.
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Response to BlueFlorida (Reply #6)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 04:08 PM

9. They are getting very repetitive

 

And sadly it has gotten to be the same, if not worse level as the Sanders threads.
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Response to Indygram (Reply #9)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 04:09 PM

10. They think convincing some 1,000 people

 

on DU will help him win the election.

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Response to BlueFlorida (Reply #10)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 04:18 PM

12. Maybe

 

it's getting a bit excessive, though.
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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 03:06 PM

8. "Birth of a Cult Figure" will be aired next year on cable.

 

But we're watching it now.

No insult to Buttigieg. I really doubt he could have predicted his unsuspected perfection would spark this.
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Response to Hortensis (Reply #8)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 04:10 PM

11. Next year?

 

I saw "Birth of a cult figure" in 2016 -- perhaps a prequel?
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Response to BlueFlorida (Reply #11)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:08 PM

14. Lol. Next in a series.

 

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 04:30 PM

13. I don't support anybody

 

but, I think Mayor Pete is the media flavor of the month - they're looking for a compelling story for next year's election and he would be a near complete opposite to Donny Dollhands.
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