PetePost #8: Reading Pete

Hello Everyone, So far, only 3 of the 57 constituencies (50 states, DC, 5 territories, and Democrats Abroad) have held nominating contests. Bernie Sanders has been breathlessly declared the “front-runner,” despite having won only 45 of the 2,268 Pledged Delegates that he would have to win to secure the nomination outright. That is a mere 2% of what is needed. That compares to Pete Buttigieg’s total of 25 Pledged Delegates, or 1.1% of the total needed. It seems awfully premature to declare that Bernie has the nomination in his grasp. Remember, it’s all about delegates, not about “states won” or any [...]

PetePost #8: Reading Pete2020-02-26T19:11:33+00:00

PetePost #7: Bernie vs. Bloomberg

Hello Everyone, In my last Post, I wrote that it might be good that the press has anointed Bernie Sanders the “front-runner” for reasons relating to Michael Bloomberg. And, I said I might explain. Well, now I’ll try. This morning, an NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist national poll hit the news, indicating that Sanders is in the lead, with Bloomberg and Biden in second and third places, respectively (remember, however, how unreliable polling can be – think about Biden’s big lead for months on end in this cycle and Hillary’s lead in late October 2016.) I have been expecting Bernie to take the lead [...]

PetePost #7: Bernie vs. Bloomberg2020-02-18T23:04:12+00:00

PetePost #6: Headline — Pete is the Real Front Runner

Hello Everyone, Well, it happened again. This time, Pete and Bernie tied in New Hampshire, but Bernie and the press claim that he won. Each got 9 delegates. Just like in 2008, when Hillary and the press claimed she won New Hampshire, when she and Barack actually tied – each got 9 delegates. I warned about this in my last PetePost (#5).    https://peteposts.com/petepost-5-at-the-head-of-the-pack/ Admittedly by the slimmest of margins, Pete is actually the “front runner” – because he leads in cumulative delegates, 22 to 21. Pete got 13 of Iowa’s delegates, one more than Bernie did, with one originally awarded [...]

PetePost #6: Headline — Pete is the Real Front Runner2020-02-13T22:16:18+00:00

PetePost #5: At the Head of the Pack

Hello Everyone, My wife, Penny Sebring, and I returned from Iowa late Tuesday, thrilled that Pete Buttigieg had established his position at the head of the pack of candidates that once totaled twenty-five or more. This trip was a reprise of a similarly exciting one we embarked upon on New Year’s Day in 2008. On January 4, Penny was driving us home to Evanston, IL, from Grinnell, IA, and I was actually writing my 11th Obamagram in the car about Barack’s equally unexpected victory. Penny is a Grinnell College alumna and was a long-time trustee, and it is one of my [...]

PetePost #5: At the Head of the Pack2020-02-06T21:34:33+00:00

PetePost #4: The Foreign Policy Speech

Hello Everyone, As I said in my last commentary, when I was writing Obamagrams, I regularly urged everyone to not only listen to speeches Obama gave, but to read those speeches as well. Similarly, for those of you who haven’t done so already, I urge you to listen to at least some portions of some of Pete Buttigieg’s talks, and then read those portions, too. In this Post, I am suggesting doing just that with the foreign policy speech he delivered in June. It is particularly relevant in light of recent events. Please click on the image below to view [...]

PetePost #4: The Foreign Policy Speech2020-01-22T18:29:55+00:00

PetePost #3: Listening To and Reading Pete

Hello Everyone, When I was writing Obamagrams, I regularly urged everyone to not only listen to speeches Obama gave, but to read those speeches as well. The combination of the two gave you a much deeper understanding of Barack’s thinking than you could get from either in isolation. Similarly, for those of you who haven’t done so already, I urge you to listen to at least some portion of some of Pete Buttigieg’s talks, and then read those portions, too. In this Post and my next one, I will suggest doing just that, first with his speech announcing his candidacy in [...]

PetePost #3: Listening To and Reading Pete2020-01-07T21:00:56+00:00

PetePost #2: More Than 50 Mayors Support Mayor Pete

Hello Everyone, When I explain what I do, I say that awhile back I stopped “working for pay” (as a Merrill Lynch investment banker) and started “paying to work” (as head of our family foundation).  But, both worlds have one thing in common – the need to do “due diligence” – before entering into a relationship.  As an investment banker, that means investigating a company’s financial condition and prospects, among other things.  As a foundation, we do the same things when we consider making a gift to a not-for-profit organization. I also do due diligence when I support a candidate, and [...]

PetePost #2: More Than 50 Mayors Support Mayor Pete2019-12-05T22:46:33+00:00

PetePost #1: I’m for Pete

Hello Everyone, After considerable study, I have decided to actively support Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential candidacy. As many of you will remember, in late November 2006, almost two years before the 2008 presidential election and about three months before Barack Obama announced his candidacy, I wrote the first of more than 100 of what I would come to call “Obamagrams”: http://www.obamagrams.com/ It followed a major policy speech Obama gave on Iraq. In it, I quoted a columnist who opined that the speech “will dispel any lingering notions that Obama ‘lacks the experience’ to lead this country.” In a similar vein, [...]

PetePost #1: I’m for Pete2019-11-25T21:07:07+00:00