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STafferS on compeTing DemocraTic
campaigns have quietly snarked about South
Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg for months.
They’ve called him Sneaky Pete or Mayor
McKinsey because of his ties to the business
community or Cream of Pete because he’s so
Midwestern white. But now that the millen-
nial mayor has surged to first place in Iowa—
a Nov. 16 Des Moines Register poll had 25%
of likely caucusgoers listing him as their first
choice, leading Elizabeth Warren, Bernie
Sanders and Joe Biden by roughly 10 points—
all that once private griping is going public.
In recent weeks, high-ranking Democrats
have openly attacked Buttigieg as having a
flimsy résumé, uncool fan base and lack of
support among voters of color and being in-
sufficiently progressive.
The most repeated point of criticism is
Buttigieg’s relative inexperience, especially
compared with many of the women and non-
white candidates in the race. Senator Amy
Klobuchar suggested that if she or other fe-
male candidates had Buttigieg’s résumé, “I
don’t think people would take us seriously.”
Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro regis-
tered a similar complaint: “We could almost
fit South Bend in our Alamodome in San An-
tonio,” said the two-term Texas mayor. Sena-
tor Kamala Harris, who spent 20 years rising
through the ranks in California before be-


Keep it moving
Australian airline Qantas completed the longest nonstop commercial test flight, from London to
Sydney in just over 19 hours, on Nov. 15. Here, more long hauls. ÑRachael Bunyan


Ultramarathoner Dean
Karnazes ran 350 continuous
miles across California over
three days in October 2005.
He didn’t stop to eat or sleep
during his run, which lasted
80 hr. 44 min.


Adventurer Reid Stowe returned
to New York Harbor in 2010
after spending more than three
years sailing around the world.
At 1,152 days, his trip marked
the longest nonstop ocean
voyage in recorded history.


In September, American Sarah
Thomas became the first person
to swim the English Channel
four times nonstop. It took
Thomas—who’d completed
treatment for cancer a year
before—just over 54 hours.



Deadly clashes
in Bolivia

Human-rights groups
condemned a Nov. 
decree by Bolivia’s
interim leader, Jeanine
Áñez, giving the armed
forces legal immunity
for acts committed
while “restoring order”
after the ouster of
leftist President Evo
Morales. Since Áñez
took office on Nov. 12,
clashes between
security forces and
Morales supporters
have killed at least 20.

Chief Justice
issues stay on
Trump taxes

Days after President
Trump’s lawyers asked
the U.S. Supreme Court
to stop his tax returns
from being released,
Chief Justice John
Roberts on Nov. 
temporarily blocked
a Court of Appeals
order that would have
required Trump to turn
over his tax returns to

Gantz fails
to form a

Israel remained without
a new government
after Blue and White
party chief Benny Gantz
announced on Nov. 
that he could not form
a coalition. With Prime
Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu having
already failed, the odds
rose of yet another
election, the country’s
third in 12 months. The
most recent ballot was
Sept. 17.

coming the first African-American woman
elected state attorney general in 2010, dis-
missed him as simply “naive.” Others have
complained that the 37-year-old gay veteran
has received an avalanche of positive press—
far more than his competitors. “It’s the em-
bodiment of the adage that men can have
potential and women have to have met it,”
says Christina Reynolds, a spokesperson for
Emily’s List, an advocacy group that works to
elect pro-choice Democratic women.
Buttigieg spokesperson Chris Meagher
downplayed fellow Democrats’ irritation with
the rising star. “We get it,” he said. “We’re
the outsider upsetting the apple cart.” But
Buttigieg’s many Democratic critics aren’t let-
ting up. His campaign has come under fire for
its failure to win over black voters, a crucial
segment of the Democratic base. (He’s cur-
rently polling at 0% among black voters in
South Carolina, according to a Nov. 18 Quin-
nipiac poll.) And progressive groups are at-
tacking Buttigieg’s comparatively moderate
agenda. Justice Democrats has slammed the
mayor for refusing to commit to policies like
Medicare for All, which young people tend
to support, while claiming to represent gen-
erational change. “You can’t weaponize your
millennial identity against us,” says Justice
Democrats spokesman Waleed Shahid.
Strategists warn that as long as Buttigieg’s
star is on the rise, the friendly fire will con-
tinue. “He’s been attacking a lot of his op-
ponents for a while now without having any
real incoming,” says progressive strategist
Rebecca Katz. The Pete pile-on, she says, is
“long overdue.” —charloTTe alTer


Why are Democrats

attacking Pete

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