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Mayor Pete: Why Not?

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"Why not?" she asked.

We're looking for a nondescript generic white male Democrat, preferably a senator, and you ask why not the 37-year-old gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana?

How about this?

He's too young.

He's too inexperienced.

He's not just gay; he's out-of-the-closet gay, gay with a husband, a veritable First Man.

 

All of which is true. The generic Democrat he is not.

Then again, the generic Democrat isn't running.

The candidates who aren't too young are too old.

The candidates who have experience have to answer for that experience. Two words: Anita Hill.

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