By on December 15, 2020

Despite the obscene level of confusion surrounding the U.S. election that’s been left unresolved, the media has reported that Joe Biden is supposed to become the next president (Ed. note — not only that, but the Electoral College has certified Biden’s win). While we cannot speak to continued legal challenges being presented or the now-reported FBI corruption probe looking into international money-laundering allegations against the Biden family, we do know that Joe is supposedly tapping Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary.

The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who has never held federal office before, is being reported by Reuters as the former VPs pick for the cabinet role. While that should just about wrap up this story, the outlet wanted to make sure you were aware of the importance of this somewhat speculative news.

Assuming Buttigieg is offered the role, he would be the “first LGBTQ person nominated to Biden’s administration and, if confirmed, the first LGBTQ Cabinet secretary to be approved by the U.S. Senate.” Despite this having literally nothing to do with how qualified he would be for the job, Reuters clarified that Buttigieg’s nomination was “also in line with Biden’s stated commitment to diversity in the cabinet.”

It then went on to call him a former rival who later became a “valued Biden supporter on television,” inexplicably noting how formidable his fundraising was. Considering Kamala Harris accused Biden of supporting inexcusably racist policies during the Democratic debates, only to become his running mate later on, Buttigieg’s support seems downright tepid.

From Reuters:

Despite being viewed as a rising star within the party, Buttigieg’s potential nomination to a Cabinet post has been opposed by a number of progressive groups and Black leaders who have criticized his record on civil rights.

During the Democratic primary, Buttigieg faced fierce criticism from African American activists, who argued he did not do enough as mayor to battle systemic racism in South Bend and help Black residents share in the city’s economic revitalization. Buttigieg has long disputed that critique.

On a call with reporters on Tuesday, Jordan Giger, a Black Lives Matter leader in South Bend, called Buttigieg “completely unqualified” for a cabinet-level position.

That might be true. Though we think it has more to do with his general inexperience within the transpiration sector than his sexual identity or inability to address racism and/or income inequality in Indiana — though we doubt that’s making him look better as a potential candidate. Frankly, we’re not certain how valuable any of this information is at assessing his future competency as Transportation Secretary. But Buttigieg did serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve and went to both Oxford University and Harvard College — the latter of which seems to be the only prerequisite one needs to be given a cushy government job.

[Update: 12/06/2020: It was brought to my attention today that Richard Grenell (R) actually became the first openly gay cabinet member when he was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on May 3, 2018. Sorry, Pete.]

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206 Comments on “Biden Reportedly Selecting Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary...”


  • avatar
    Crosley

    So his qualifications for this position are based on his sexual proclivities.

    Please put Washington DC in charge of even more of our lives.

    • 0 avatar
      Dan

      Did you expect anything less? Four years of facepalm at the belligerent toddler running around with his pants down made it easy to forget what the other team stands for but they didn’t stop standing for it.

      Normal people need not apply.

      • 0 avatar
        toronado

        are you saying he is not “normal” because he is gay?

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          Reminds me of my late brother, who once took the opportunity to rail against how “unnatural” homosexuality was at the dinner table. And then I pointed out that all of the porno under his bed (some stolen from me, by the way) featured two girls getting it on.

          At that point the crickets began chirping.

          • 0 avatar
            toronado

            yep. 2020 has brought out all the people who aren’t afraid to show how small minded they are.What someone does privately is none of anyone elses business as long as they aren’t hurting someone else.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @FreedMike – I had a client slagging gays and trotted out the whole “it’s a choice” fallacy. I looked at him straight in the eyes and said, “If it’s a choice, when did you chose to not be sexually attracted to men?” That left him confused, stuttering and dumbfounded.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            @Lou: the acid-trip crap that comes out of some peoples’ mouths when it comes to homosexuality never ceases to amaze me.

        • 0 avatar
          Dan

          The Emperor’s new clothes are lovely.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      He’s young, well educated and well spoken. He did well for a political unknown. He’s seen as a rising star in the party. The fact that he’s gay is just an optical benefit.

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        So less qualified for the position than all of those women that the car companies are putting in senior management yet according to the commenters here aren’t qualified for the job.

    • 0 avatar
      MoDo

      Biden is still waiting to see if he got away with it

    • 0 avatar
      notinuse

      Your comment lacks logic.

    • 0 avatar
      Mike Beranek

      You don’t fill this cabinet post with a car mechanic, airline pilot, or railroad porter. Like all cabinet offices, it’s a managerial role.
      Do you really think Betsy DeVos knows anything about educating children?
      Elaine Chow was Secretary of Labor under Dubya, did that give her expertise in Transportation?
      Let’s also remember that John Ratcliffe is the Director of National Intelligence. Now that’s the very definition of irony.
      I don’t get the focus on his private life. Who gives a [email protected]&k?

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      @Crosley,
      “So his qualifications for this position are based on his sexual proclivities.”

      The reason he’s popular with liberals is because he can articulate our values better than most.

      Before Trump, Conservatives used to best us at explaining their values. Now, Buttigieg can explain liberally values in approachable middle-America terms.

      That’s why he’s popular.

      The fact that Buttigieg and his husband represent a happily married monogamous gay couple is just a bonus. I’d much rather have those dudes move in to my neighborhood than the kind of guy who has an affair, and then pays hush money to cover it up. [shrug]

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        @Luke42 – well said.

        The self-titled and self-proclaimed moral majority are upset about a “happily married monogamous gay couple” but at the same time ignore a fellow who cheats on his wife, is a pathological liar,and makes sexualized comments about his daughter.

      • 0 avatar
        Old_WRX

        Luke42,

        “The fact that Buttigieg and his husband represent a happily married ”

        Yup, not causing anyone else any trouble. I never did understand some people obsessive worrying about who is screwing who. If it doesn’t affect you, leave it alone.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      “Based on sexual proclivities”…

      How dare you insult Elaine Chao for getting the job for sleeping with a powerful man. Shame on you!

      • 0 avatar
        285exp

        Or Kamala Harris

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          I wasn’t aware that Attorney General of California, United States Senator, and Vice-President of the United States were offices that Harris’ hubby could get her appointed to.

          • 0 avatar
            285exp

            She screwed Willie Brown, who was married at the time, and he appointed her to several choice political positions to help kick off her career. It’s not a secret.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            Mike,

            Kamala really worked her assets to become Attorney General of California

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Ah, so the people of Calfornia said, “she’s sleeping with Willie Brown so we have to vote for her now.”

            Clearly that’s how it works – you sleep with someone powerful and then you automatically get elected to statewide office repeatedly, and then end up vice-president. It’s automatic.

            I should pick an attractive, powerful woman here in Colorado and my political future is assured.

            (Wow, no wonder Trump knew he’d get away with all his BS…with political “thinking” like this, it makes sense.)

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            yea, she seem to be the election steal specialist

            From “mad world news”, 6-2017

            “Willie Brown is a sleaze-bag who led one of the most corrupt mayoral offices ever seen in San Fransico, but that was fine with Harris, who went on to steal the election for California’s Attorney General in 2010.
            Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley led Harris by 34,000 votes after more than 7 million were counted. But after provisional ballots were counted, she was declared the winner by approximately 50,000 votes.
            At one point, Cooley was up by 62,000 votes, and in panic mode, Harris reached out to her good buddy California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, whose role was to certify the votes. That’s when thousands of Cooley’s votes just disappeared. “

  • avatar
    slavuta

    What is the LGBTQ quota in Biden’s admin?
    What is women quota?

    Who said, USSR was destroyed?
    But what are his qualifications for Transportation secretary?

    “Black Lives Matter leader in South Bend, called Buttigieg “completely unqualified” for a cabinet-level position.” — even Marxist knows this. May be Pete will order that 85% of cars will be black. “you can select your preferred color as long as it is black”. Ford was ahead of times!

    • 0 avatar
      SPPPP

      He’s from Indiana … so he probably knows a fair amount about cars. It just sort of soaks into you living in the Midwest. I think the concept was that he will have a certain level of empathy and connection with the Detroit auto industry, and therefore a certain level of credibility in dealing with them. I don’t know if he’ll do a good job or not, but he is probably better qualified than a lot of people.

      • 0 avatar
        MRF 95 T-Bird

        Elkhart, Indiana is the RV and trailer capital of the world. After the 2008-9 Tarp auto rescue was passed and the supply chains were restored unemployment declined from around 20% to 4%.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        Do you think DOT is actually all about cars?

        “From road safety to emerging technologies and road construction, transportation is integral to every American’s life. At the Department of Transportation, we believe in creating the safest, most efficient and modern transportation system in the world.”

      • 0 avatar
        Superdessucke

        But he’s also a leftist. I was very disappointed Rahm Emanuel didn’t get it because I was really hoping to get some major federal dollars into our public transit infrastructure in Chicago. I’m still hoping that’ll be the case.

        • 0 avatar
          SPPPP

          Rahm Emanuel? You want him to repeat the “success” of the Chicago parking meter privatization fiasco on a larger scale? I guess you could make the claim that he learned something from failing so spectacularly, but he doesn’t really give off that impression of humility.

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        “He’s from Indiana … so he probably knows a fair amount about cars”

        I’m from Alabama, therefore I know a good bit about SEC Football…It just sort of soaks into you living in the Southeast.

        Following your logic @SPPP, clearly I should be the new Head Football coach at Auburn.

      • 0 avatar
        Pig_Iron

        Neo-communists oppose private ownership of ANYTHING.

      • 0 avatar
        Luke42

        @SPPPP:
        “He’s from Indiana … so he probably knows a fair amount about cars.”

        He also seems willing and able to hit the books, and to learn from the experts who will work for him.

        He may not be have the perfect background, but he sure is an upgrade from Elaine Chao.

  • avatar
    slavuta

    “Buttigieg did serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve”

    Yea, brave service man and paper pusher —

    “According to the documents, Buttigieg served in the Afghanistan Threat Finance Cell (ATFC) in Kabul, placing him in “an imminent danger pay area” from late March to mid-September 2014, while the then-32-year old was still serving his first term as mayor.

    The ATFC “identifies and disrupts Taliban, Al-Qaida and other insurgent financial support networks in Afghanistan.”

    Buttigieg represented ATFC at “high level briefings,” the documents say, and “coordinated intelligence sharing and targeting deconfliction” methods with multiple organizations.”

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      I recently found paper that was a signed award request from my grandfather’s commander. It says, that private S. served in the tank-busting artillery crew. In a battle, his unit shot down German Panzer IV tank from close range and when the crew started to bail out, private S. killed 4 Germans using his standard-issue carbine.

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        And that is great about your Grandfather @Salvuta. But if you are going to poo poo someone else’s record, I hope you have some accomplishments of your own outside of watching war movies.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          @Art: don’t bother with this troll.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            “don’t bother with this troll.”

            FreedMike,

            welcome to USSA. Soon you will be introduced to a planet-saving DOT regulation – 10 miles per day free. Anything over that – 25cents per mile penalty.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Right, because I’m sure if that idea goes straight from whatever part of your a** you pulled it from to public policy, it’ll be wildly popular, ensuring Biden’s re-election. Real gem of logic there.

            Like I said…this troll ain’t worth anyone’s time.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            FreedMike

            don’t fool with Bolsheviks. They will use you and then kill you. Then they will declare you enemy of the people. You will have no car, they will take everything from you for public good.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Right, because America really wants bolsheviks who will confiscate their homes, take all their property, and make them queue up for vodka.

            The good news, I suppose, is that you reached into a different part of your a** for that reasoning. Too bad it’s still from your rectal cavity, though. Try again.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            Mike,

            you are not ready. You’re doomed.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            …and you’re a troll.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      He also served as a driver for his commander, driving the 27 mile frequently-bombed road from Bagram Air Base to the US Embassy in downtown Kabul, and back again. Otherwise he was safe at Bagram while in Afghanistan.

      BTW, the electors voted today, but the election isn’t official until they’re counted in a joint session of Congress on January 6th. Several legislatures have chosen rival slates of electors and collected their votes to transmit to the Congress, in opposition to their states’ official tally.

      The joint session will have to parse the Electoral Count Act of 1887 for the procedure to resolve dual sets of electoral votes. One option is for the Congress to declare the disputed electoral votes null, and throw the election to the House of Representatives. That’s unlikely, but the election isn’t quite over quite yet.

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        “Several legislatures have chosen rival slates of electors and collected their votes to transmit to the Congress”

        There’s no provision in the constitution for that.

        “throw the election to the House of Representatives.”
        So wtf do you think is going to happen there?

        “That’s unlikely, but the election isn’t quite over quite yet.”
        It’s over. The electors have voted and those results aren’t going to change in a democrat controlled house of representatives.

        • 0 avatar

          This year’s Presidential election is a banana republic level of trustworthiness. That’s how President is elected in Belarus, Venezuela and most other countries in the world. USA proudly joins United Nations living behind its glorious history of free nation which is in the process of destruction by Left anyway.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            Putin congrats Biden. Putin must know something. Is this how we now talk in America?
            Or, take Moldova. Citizens who live in Moldova, vote for one person. Those who live outside of Moldova vote for a different person in embassies, for those who will stay in Moldova. Because the second group is not trying to go back.
            Welcome back to the USSR. Is there a Lada we can buy?

          • 0 avatar
            ToolGuy

            “This year’s Presidential election is a banana republic level of trustworthiness.”

            Not according to the winner:
            • “The integrity of our elections remains intact.”
            • “Faith in our institutions held.”
            • “It was honest, it was free and it was fair.”

            To quote my new favorite person*, it is “simply unconscionable” for you to suggest otherwise.

            [*Possible tie with the current Speaker of the House]

          • 0 avatar
            Old_WRX

            ILO,

            “That’s how President is elected in Belarus, Venezuela and most other countries in the world.”

            Their is one HUGE difference between those elections and the 2020 US presidential election. In those countries pretty much everybody knows it’s completely crooked; in the US a lot of people actually think it’s honest. That is one thing that makes this country so damn scary and strange. If you post a video on yootoob alleging fraud in this election and saying that it changed who was elected, they will remove the video… It is so kind of them to protect from fake news.

            So, White, straight men need not apply to Joey’s cabinet. In a socialist society everything depends on social class.

          • 0 avatar
            Pig_Iron

            Joe Biden also said: “We have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”
            (¬_¬ )

          • 0 avatar
            Peter Gazis

            Slavuta

            Worst rendition of The Beatles•Back in the USSR ever.
            Focus on your day job

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            “We have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”

            Biden was describing the voter protection program his campaign has launched in anticipation of potential legal fights over the outcome of the Nov. 3 election by President Donald Trump.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Per State Media, Sen Biden’s on camera comments of: ““We have put together I think the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”” were “a slip of the tongue”. Yes they actually are trying to spin his obvious dementia induced comments as ***”a slip of the tongue”***. Nice, so either you “elected” a man 8/10th dead whose mind is so gone he actually says on camera “voter fraud organization” instead of, hell anything to describe AP’s claims, or “elected” someone who was quite lucid at the time and made a Freudian slip “of the tongue”.

            https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-fact-check-biden-voter-protection-not-idUSKBN27E2VH

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @28cars – Biden is known for gaffes.

            If it were true that he “stole” the election, where is the proof?

            Loser Trump has lost 59 (and counting) court cases trying to prove his side’s delusions.

            Time to move on.

        • 0 avatar
          bullnuke

          @mcs – On your first comment, this has happened before a few times, most recently 1960. For your second comment, that has also happened a couple times before. For your third comment, the results of the Electoral College must be tallied and accepted by a joint session of Congress prior to January 20 (the only date specified in the Constitution); as there are more total states with Republican representatives than Democrat representatives – which party controls the House makes no difference because it is one vote per state delegation in a contested election for 50 votes total. I believe that you will find all of this information in the Constitution.

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            “I believe that you will find all of this information in the Constitution.”

            Then tell us where in the constitution that is? How about the section of the constitution that states:

            “The President of the Senate shall, in the
            Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President,”

            That means they simply count the votes. Just vote counters. Biden won. It’s settled. Deal with it.

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            “That means they simply count the votes. Just vote counters.”

            Biden is going to be inaugurated, but the election of 1876 shows that things can get much more complicated than that quote from the Constitution.

        • 0 avatar
          Lorenzo

          There have been instances of competing lists of electors’ votes, that’s why the Constitution places the certification with Congress.

          As to legislatures selecting electors, that’s what they did for nearly a century, before they delegated that job to popular vote. The Constitution gives selection of electors to the states, not the people. There’s no provision to use popular vote either.

          When electoral votes from states are disputed, the Congress must resolve the dispute, or declare the electoral votes of the states involved null.

          If no candidate receives 270 votes, the election is decided by the House, with each state having one vote. It’s part of the Constitution, and has happened before.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            If the idea of Congress simply overturning the results of an election is indeed Constitutional, then it’s high time to remove that nonsense, just like “original Constitution” nonsense like the three-fifths clause was. This ain’t the 18th century anymore.

            The better idea is to get rid of the biggest nonsense of all: the EC itself. Before you call that a “liberal plot” or some such thing, consider this: the EC basically nullified every single Trump vote in every state where he lost. In practical terms, that means that the millions and millions of Republicans in places like New York, Illinois, or California were de facto disenfranchised, just like Democrats pretty much anyplace south of the Mason/Dixon line were. Why on earth does that make sense? Wouldn’t it be a better idea to make candidates for national office run throughout the entire nation?

      • 0 avatar
        threeer

        Lorenzo, having spent time at BAF, “safe” is a relative term…especially if he was there in the spring. Those less inclined to want us there would awaken from a winter’s slumber and regularly lobbed little drops of love on us in the form of rockets and mortars. If Buttigieg did any driving off FOB, my hat’s off. Did most of my movement in theater via air, and that was already dicey enough.

        I don’t care about his sexual preferences. Let’s see what he does as Secretary. He’s young, empathetic and well-spoken. That’s already a positive step…

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      You do a lot of time in Afghanistan @Salvuta? I spent some time in Kabul late in my career around that time. It was relatively safe compared to some other trips, but we didn’t bring everyone home either…a couple Majors in a convoy to a meeting got their throats slit when that convoy was ambushed. It wasn’t Fallujah, but it isn’t some gated community in Palm Beach either.

    • 0 avatar
      Old_WRX

      FreedMike,

      “Right, because America really wants bolsheviks who will confiscate their homes, take all their property, and make them queue up for vodka.”

      Kinda seems like it. Quite a few people (mostly living) voted for Biden.

      Have you read about the “great Reset” on WEF’s site? It says no private ownership by 2030.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        Old_WRX,

        no. Our opponents don’t want to read that. Anything goes for them, as long as no Trump. I am very sorry that US system is built in such way that people can’t elect person they like. We have to select between 2 old men given to us by corresponding parties. At least, Trump was something people wanted. But Biden? Biden was result of dems internal machinations, just like Bernie in 2016. Totally corrupt.

        America can be and will be destroyed. We are entering era of corporations ruling the world. But no, in China this wouldn’t be allowed. Youtube, Facebook are not allowed there. And you now know why! Smart people. In Russia they made a new law that will penalize youtube for removing Russian language content. If $$ penalties don’t work, they will be taking bandwidth from youtube, make it painfully slow, so Russians will jump off into Russian platforms.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Oh, OK, Biden is a Bolshevik and everyone who voted for him is as well.

        You two should get a room and read Roy Cohn’s memoirs or something.

        • 0 avatar
          Old_WRX

          FreedMike,

          Wake up. Bad stuff is coming down in this country. The presidential election was a matter of two options: 1) Elect Biden and let the locusts have at it right away; 2) Re-elect Trump (no prize to be sure) and hopefully at least slow it down.

          I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in any form in Cohn or his methods.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Care to be more specific than “locusts are coming?”

            I get tired of that kind of silly narrative. Every four years it’s “elect ABC and America dies.” I’ve heard that nonsense since the ’70s. But amazingly enough, despite electing a whole bunch of guys who were supposed to destroy America, here we are. Amazing!

            So I’d love to hear your take on which Biden policies are going to “bring the locusts down” on us, and why.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          “But amazingly enough, despite electing a whole bunch of guys who were supposed to destroy America, here we are. Amazing!”

          I don’t see anything amazing in current America. It is not amusing to me that children now allowed to change sex. Textbooks teach that we’re racist country. Where is the free press, ability to express your opinions? Can you shout loud this Christmas? So, you like a country where you can get fired for a tweet in support of a political candidate you like? A country where number of likes is now a measure of the knowledge and understanding?

          America is already gone. The carcass is still standing but even that will collapse soon. The bricks, the foundation is being destroyed. When they pull down a monument, any monument, without a city counsel meeting, a legal decision, etc, this destroys the basis of a country. Without history, there is no future.

          • 0 avatar
            Old_WRX

            slavuta,

            “America is already gone.”

            I’ve seen this coming for a long time. But, sadly most of the public is blinded by the noise. They won’t believe it until the military comes down their street. Or, will they even believe it then? What a waste.

  • avatar
    NoID

    Well he can’t touch my guns from that position, so fine by me. All things being equal I’d rather we have a guy from the Rust Belt running DoT than some CARB-state hippie. It’s no guarantee of reasonable behavior, but it helps.

    • 0 avatar
      jkross22

      During Obama’s term, how many people came to your door and demanded your gun(s)?

      Feel free to round up.

      • 0 avatar
        NoID

        Obama never stated outright that he wanted to ban guns, he was very forked-tongue about all that,. But to your credit, I actually canceled my NRA membership over their fear-mongering about people “coming for our guns” when their selected bogeymen and bogeywomen never stated such intentions.

        Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg however have stated in no uncertain terms that they want to ban wide classes of firearms in common use, and now it’s codified into their party platform. I’m just taking them at their word.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Yea, guns for Obama wasn’t priority at all. He was turning N. Africa and Middle East into a war zone. I always thought that he was accepted into the deep state under some conditions. Take Ukraine – he barely touched that topic. He let others deal with it. Look how dems and gop united in Ukraine. McCain, Biden, teamed up well. I believe, there were some agreements behind the scenes – you can’t have everything.

        • 0 avatar
          Luke42

          @NoID:

          “Obama never stated outright that he wanted to ban guns, he was very forked-tongue about all that.”

          No, not at all. He was happy to trade gun-issues in order to gain all your all’s support.

          Didn’t work, of course. But he tried.

          Conservatives kept putting words in Obama’s mouth, and Mitch McConnel made sure to reject any and all compromises Obama offered.

          …And that’s why America is no longer a can-do nation.

    • 0 avatar

      “he can’t touch my guns ”

      If police comes to your house and tells you that by law they have to confiscate all weapons registered to you what you are going to do – shoot at them?

  • avatar
    Urlik

    Actually the electoral college only voted. The new Congress will certify their vote after they are seated January 4th.

    • 0 avatar
      Pig_Iron

      I thought it was in a joint House/Senate session Jan 6th. Regardless, if US Attorney General Rosen finds evidence of foreign interference, all bets are off.
      :-|

      • 0 avatar
        Dave M.

        There is no Plan B. Get off NewsMax before you have a breakdown.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          At least, I know the “plan B” for Ukraine. No, this is serious issue. There is such thing. Since Trump did not care much, they were doing nothing, waiting for “plan B”. Now, B. is here and plan execution will start.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Plan “B”? Why? The country has already been looted and nobody seems to care about the proxy war in Donbass anymore. I’d start looking at who the next contestants will be in Amerika’s Next Top Target.

        • 0 avatar
          Pig_Iron

          Is CBS alt-right?
          https://twitter.com/CBS_Herridge/status/1339375229051822084

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        @Pig_Iron – Christopher Krebs called the 2020 vote “the most secure in American history”.

        Why fire a guy who did his job?

        Oh, yeah, it doesn’t fit the alt right fantasy created by Rump..

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Lou

          “Senate hearing shows Krebs was wrong, senators found rampant election fraud, which Krebs falsely denied”

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @slovato –

            PigIron talked about foreign interference. Krebs is a cybersecurity expert.

            As far as Senators finding rampant fraud, that’s B¥LLSH!T. Trump lost 59 at bats with the courts. If the senate had all the proof that would NOT have happened.

            Where’s the evidence?

            A bunch of idiots signing affidavits isn’t evidence. One could find 100,000 people to sign affidavits saying they have proof that the world is flat….

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          @lou BS

          why do I need to listen to you and not the US Senators?
          Oh, wait, John Ratcliffe now says there was a foreign interference. Also, Navarro report is coming. Looks like Bidy-bidy gonna get whipped. Evidence is everywhere. May be if SCOTUS took the case, did the right think, we would have a piece of mind that elected person won. Right now there are 74 million angry Americans, and they are not going away.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @slobuto- where’s the evidence? You haven’t posted any. The courts keep rejecting Rump’s claims.

            Rump lost…. SVck it up buttercup.

            Rump lost!

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Why reward this asshole?

  • avatar
    tonycd

    If this goes down like the Iowa caucus, I’d expect an acceptance speech from Buttlgieg tomorrow thanking Biden for appointing him… as Secretary of State.

  • avatar
    mcs

    I went back and checked the Elaine Chao article. No mention of her father’s business ties to China.

    South Bend has an airport with passenger service and a bus system, so he’s at least had some experience. I think he would have been better at a number of other jobs myself. Look on the bright side, they could have picked Al Gore for the job. We’d all be riding bicycles.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    Over the past 20 years I’ve been employed as a transit planner in a government agency, previously I was in legislative affairs working on transportation and parks issues for a city council member. The prior transportation secretaries under Bush and Obama were always open, accessible and interested in what projects and planning objectives that we were working on. With Elaine Cho aka Madam Nhu she was hardly around and more interested in Kentucky than the nation.
    Considering Buttigieg’s background as a Rhodes scholar, in the military, as mayor and as a consultant at McKinsey I’m sure he can navigate the agency and have competent subordinates.

  • avatar

    If Bidon (or Drump, I do not care) assigned that role to me I would declare all ICE vehicles illegal effective immediately. Just for fun of it to see what white law abiding Americans will do. Or even better – shut down all gas stations.

  • avatar
    Oberkanone

    Durango Hellcat is one model year only due to upcoming emissions regulations.

    Sales of new Morgan Motor Company vehicles are prohibited as are new DeLoran due to NHTSA failing to enact Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015.

    I can’t import GR Yaris for 25 years.

    Boooo!

    I don’t expect the new administration to be friendly to any enthusiast vehicles that are not electric. Unfortunate. More regulation, less freedom.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    36 days remaining… Is the swamp drained yet?

    • 0 avatar
      Old_WRX

      ToolGuy

      “Is the swamp drained yet?”

      Would there be anything left?

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        Swamp illusions

        “Biden has attempted to portray himself as a small-town fighter from Scranton, Pennsylvania.”

        “Biden wrote — “Donald Trump sees the world from Park Avenue . ….[vs] where I came from: Scranton, Pennsylvania.”

        “Biden’s campaign is being backed by nearly “all the big banks” on Wall Street… CNN analysis: Wall Street executives and employees have donated more than $74 million….

        Trump took just over $18 million from financial firms. This is a whopping $56 million less than what Biden has accepted from Wall Street.
        …”

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        Old_WRX
        I have a few ideas

        1. Reevaluate American revolutionary war and give victory to Brits. And Declare English queen as our ruler.

        2. Pack statue of liberty and ship it back to France

        Considering current cancel culture, both action should gain popularity quickly.

        • 0 avatar
          Old_WRX

          slavuta,

          1. But, I was taught in elementary school about how the colonies wanted to split off from england for the most altruistic reasons. Personally, I suspect it had a lot to do with that the foremost colonists (include one George Washington) were ferociously in debt to creditors in england.

          2. Just don’t try to send the statue of libelry back to france by USPS or it will be stuck at the post office for weeks or months.

          Cancel culture is a most edifying example of unspeakably petty human behavior. It truly is one of those things that leaves one wondering: What is going on in these people’s heads? Do they really think it is something good? Oh, help.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            “Cancel culture is a most edifying example of unspeakably petty human behavior.”

            Such behavior is remarkable similar to that of Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      ” Is the swamp drained yet?”

      Nope….just a new batch of reptiles.

  • avatar
    redwood2

    Hi guys. I am not trying to pick a fight here. I am just giving feedback. I have enjoyed this site over the years and have been a regular, almost daily reader. But the discourse has gotten too political in the recent years. Matt Posky is the worst of all the columnists in that regard, and to be honest I would not be at this point had he not joined the team. I suggest that ttac keeps this a car site and not a political blog. I am done with ttac and will not be back to check for responses to this. Thank you for the many informative articles and good luck with your business. Good bye.

    • 0 avatar
      ToolGuy

      If I felt this way I would skip the political articles? (One man’s opinion.)

    • 0 avatar
      Jesse

      As someone who has been following this site for ~15 years, since the Farago days, and suffered through the Bertel years, I whole-hardheartedly agree. The entire first paragraph of this article is unnecessary, stupidly written, and designed to be divisive.

      I would not be sad if this writer was let go.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Foley

      Like it or not, personal transportation has become political. I have no idea whether Posky leans left or right, but anyone writing for this site should be unabashedly pro-car – as in “stalwartly defending your right to drive what you like, wherever you like, and repair it yourself.”

      As an avid road-tripper, autocrosser, and motorcyclist, I want someone like Posky covering politics. If you value your automotive (excuse me – “personal mobility”) freedom, you should too. And if you don’t value your automotive freedom, why the hell are you here?

      • 0 avatar
        Matt Posky

        I have always been an independent voter skeptical of government and large corporate entities.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        @Matt:
        “…anyone writing for this site should be unabashedly pro-car – as in “stalwartly defending your right to drive what you like, wherever you like, and repair it yourself.””

        OK, tell me why having Pete Buttigieg on the Cabinet as transportation secretary endangers this?

        • 0 avatar
          Matt Foley

          @FreedMike
          My post was in response to redwood2 and Jesse trying to “cancel” Posky. I will say again that a writer on this site should have a pro-car bias. Car and Driver once employed liberal John Phillips and conservative Pat Bedard at the same time. Their politics were different but they both loved cars.

          I have no objection to Buttigieg as transportation secretary. He seemed fairly reasonable during the Dem debates. I don’t care if he’s gayer than a white wicker picnic basket. I just want to enjoy my human-driven, dino-fueled vehicles for the 25 years or so I have left.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Is it “canceling” to object to opinion pieces masquerading as news pieces? I think that’s what the O.P. was referring to here, and I agree – in this case, the headline clearly sells this as a news story, but it doesn’t take long for it to wade into editorialization.

            It doesn’t take long for that kind of approach to make many readers – myself included – feel like they’ve been baited and switched. That’s why so many people use the word “clickbait” on this site.

            It’s not that I object to opinion pieces in general, or Matt Posky’s opinions in particular – I think his reasoning is on base a lot of the time. I just think opinion pieces should be labeled as such.

          • 0 avatar
            Jesse

            @Matt Foley:

            Please explain to me which part of the opening paragraph is relevant in terms of car news:

            “Despite the obscene level of confusion surrounding the U.S. election that’s been left unresolved, the media has reported that Joe Biden is supposed to become the next president (Ed. note — not only that, but the Electoral College has certified Biden’s win). While we cannot speak to continued legal challenges being presented or the now-reported FBI corruption probe looking into international money-laundering allegations against the Biden family, we do know that Joe is supposedly tapping Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary.”

            Except for the “we do know that Joe is supposedly tapping Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary,”part.

            @Matt Posky, it’s cute that you pretend that that paragraph is somehow anything but right-wing, paranoid drivel.

    • 0 avatar
      Queen

      I’ve glanced at this blog since the Deathwatch days, and it’s always seemed to have a political slant. “Despite the obscene level of confusion surrounding the U.S. election that’s been left unresolved” is certainly crazy pants, but does reflect where 70% of Republicans seem to be these days. Might be a sign of the times more than a reflection of this blog.

      Ultimately this is just some rando car blog, but I will say that they should get back to articles like these,

      https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/hammer-time-the-beater-index/

      and leave out the odd & uninteresting political rants about the new transportation secretary…I mean come on, take that noise to Car & Driver.

  • avatar
    relton

    Buttigieg will be the first transportation secretary to own a Studebaker. That alone makes him an excellent choice, in my opinion.
    I’m surprised that a car site would overlook that.

  • avatar
    quaquaqua

    “Despite the obscene level of confusion surrounding the U.S. election that’s been left unresolved… ”

    Good god. He lost by millions of votes twice in a row and now that the electoral college aligns with that, there’s “obscene” levels of confusion?? The only thing that’s obscene is that people like you get paid to spout whatever you feel as if it’s fact. It’s why our country has devolved into nonstop misinformation and conspiracy theories. And it’s why we’re 9 months into a pandemic and more people are hospitalized than ever. Just disgusting.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      Don’t be shocked when you spend 4 years undermining faith in our election system and claiming it was stolen when people have no faith in that system.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      It’s one thing if there are “it’s rigged” noises from the rank and file – you get that after every election. It’s quite another when it’s the president (lowercase on purpose, folks) is the one making the “it’s rigged” noises and acts like a f**king toddler who just got told he can’t watch “Teletubbies.”

      It’s a disgrace, but that’s nothing new – the guy’s been a disgrace since “Happy Days” was on the air. Why are we surprised he’s acting this way now?

      • 0 avatar
        285exp

        Biden, the President elect, said Trump was not legitimately elected.

        Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, said Trump was not legitimately elected.

        Hillary Clinton, the loser of the 2016 election, said Trump was not legitimately elected.

        These are not “rank and file” people. Maybe you can find some prominent Democrats who did accept that Trump was legitimately elected, but not many come to mind.

        If you want people to accept the legitimacy of elections you win, you might want to accept the legitimacy of elections you don’t.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          285exp,

          they don’t want to hear that. CNN does not show it.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          Nonsense. None of the people you mentioned ever questioned whether Trump really won in 2016 or not.

          Here’s Biden tweeting the transition to Mike Pence:
          https://twitter.com/vp44/status/796853101978390532?lang=en

          Here’s Nancy Pelosi toasting Trump at the inauguration:
          https://www.nbcnews.com/video/nancy-pelosi-toasts-president-trump-859301955551

          Here’s Hillary Clinton showing up to Trump’s inauguration:
          youtube.com/watch?v=0xwKQ8XTWWk

          No senior Democrat ever questioned whether the votes for Trump in 2016 were fraudulent, or whether he really won the election or not. In fact, Obama had Trump over to the White House a week after the election. Biden did the same for Pence.

          What they questioned was how Trump won, and how he conducted himself after winning. And you know what? They were right. Trumps actions were NOT legitimately presidential…not even close. That’s why he lost the election.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            Mike, stop this. Watch only this

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK6xmm6R7Bk

          • 0 avatar
            285exp

            Mike, apparently you live in some alternate universe where the Democrats for the past 4 years haven’t been claiming that Trump conspired with Putin to steal the election, and you missed the nearly 3 year investigation that found no evidence of it. Biden, Pelosi, and Clinton have all pushed the Russian conspiracy, all undermined the legitimacy of that election and still do to this day. Now they want everyone to just forget it. Hopefully they will get the same level of acceptance they afforded Trump, and the same level of good faith negotiations in the years to come.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            No, what Democrats were saying was the Russians intervened in our political process to help Trump get elected. That’s a different argument than “the election was stolen,” wouldn’t you say?

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          285exp,

          I listened to Russian political discussion where participants were some important dudes from universities, official organizations, including one from US. What I mean, this is not just a talk. These are policymakers. So, they were making fun. Like, “if, in America people think that we elected Trump, then Biden is definitely ours”. They were referring to Biden’s trip to USSR and his meetings with Politburo members. BTW, in the end, Biden said that he regrets trip being too short.

          • 0 avatar
            285exp

            Mike, that is not what the Democrats were saying, they said that Trump colluded with the Russians to help them intervene in the election, there would have been no need for the whole Mueller investigation if the Russians were doing it themselves. They were alleging that Trumps election was fraudulent. Anyone trying to pretend otherwise is either stunningly dishonest or stunningly ignorant, take your choice.

          • 0 avatar
            Luke42

            Trump publicly asked for the Russians to find Clinton’s emails. The DNC was hacked shortly afterwards.

            Also, Trump was oddly differential to Putin in a way thst no other American president has been.

            You don’t need to listen to Democrats to know something was fishy about Trump and Russia.

            Just listen to Trump. If you paid any attention at all to what Trump says, you’d see thst somethings not quite right there.

    • 0 avatar
      Old_WRX

      285exp,

      “is either stunningly dishonest or stunningly ignorant, take your choice.”

      Or they have a very adjustable memory.

      • 0 avatar
        285exp

        Why of course Luke, the Russians couldn’t break into Hillary’s closet to get to her server, so they settled for the DNC’s. Even though it’s never really been proven that the Russians did, because for some reason the DNC refused to let the FBI examine it. And you always let your Russian handlers know what you want them to do by announcing it, uncoded, on national tv, because that’s how they teach it in double naught spy school. And the Russians would never have thought to do it on their own, the KGB needed Trump to tell them to. Nope, you got me there.

  • avatar
    tylanner

    A new low…riding the weekend with a stale executive headshot…now this puff piece.

    Was this edited before publication? I sure hope not…

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    So…the big knock on Buttigieg is that he’s “unqualified” and he’s a “diversity hire.” Okey dokey. Given that, why did the same people NOT knock the following current “diversity hire” Cabinet picks:

    1) Elaine Chao, Asian, no experience in transportation other than my fervent hope that Mitch McConnell really “transports” her between the sheets.

    2) Ben Carson, Black, no government experience whatsoever, but did manage to learn quickly on the job by buying obscenely expensive office furnishings on the taxpayer’s dime.

    (And let’s not forget the best Trump diversity hire ever…OMAROSA!!!)

    But Pete Buttigieg gets the Transport secretary job, and it’s Triggered Mode. Thanks for the laugh, fellas.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      “So…the big knock on Buttigieg is that he’s ‘unqualified\'”

      That seems like a pretty fair knock to me. I think Chao and Buttigieg are both poor nominations for DOT and “But Trump” shouldn’t be an excuse for the next 4 years.

      FWIW, here was the TTAC story on Chao’s appointment. Most of the comments appear negative:
      thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/11/trump-chooses-transport-secretary/

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        We’ll see how Buttigieg does in the role, I suppose. And most of these lower-level Cabinet picks are patronage jobs. But isn’t it more than a little silly to rail against this guy when the person in the job currently had no qualifications other than “married to Mitch McConnell”?

        • 0 avatar
          ajla

          “But isn’t it more than a little silly to rail against this guy when the person in the job currently had no qualifications other than ‘married to Mitch McConnell’?”

          I don’t think so. Replacing an unqualified person with a different unqualified person is still bad. Biden’s appointments so far have been hit-and-miss. I consider this to be a major miss.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Personally, I can’t recall anything Chao has done that I find all that objectionable, but clearly it was a political pick. Is it accidental that McConnell was highly critical of Trump prior to him becoming president, but fell right in line after his wife got a job in the administration? I don’t think so. Clearly it took more than hiring McConnell’s wife to put him on the Trump train, but it couldn’t have hurt.

            I don’t know if Buttigieg will get this job, or how he’ll do in it, but at least the nomination doesn’t smell swampy. Say what you want, but Buttigieg is no Washington insider, and far as I know, he has no ties to the interests that would be in a position to buy him off. Plus, he’s thoughtful, and as a mayor, he should have a grasp of basic transportation and infrastructure issues. I don’t think he’s a bad pick at all.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            “Say what you want, but Buttigieg is no Washington insider, and far as I know, he has no ties to the interests that would be in a position to buy him off.”

            Swamp is looking for news pledges this semester.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Time will tell, 28. Wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case, though. Power, or even proximity to it, tends to corrupt people.

    • 0 avatar
      rs96sl

      Elaine Chao was Deputy Secretary of the DOT for a few years, I would think she picked up a thing or two.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    Meh, as with most government appointed positions, you don’t get the best of the best. You get those capable of boot licking. This isn’t a political comment so much as a human nature observation.

    Who knows if The Mayor will be an effective leader. His experience as mayor will certainly help. The criticisms of him have come across as little more than mean spirited.

    He’s too slick for my tastes, as it seems like he’s a pick-pocketer, but if he’s good at the job, maybe that layer of oil he can’t seem to scrub off of himself will seem less of a problem.

  • avatar
    don1967

    “(Ed. note — not only that, but the Electoral College has certified Biden’s win)”

    Now there’s some quality CNN-style fact-checking right there.

    First of all, the Electoral College doesn’t “certify” anything. It votes. Those votes are then passed to the Senate in January, at which time the results become official.

    Second, throughout this entire process both sides have the legal right to challenge the election results. During this time nothing is “certified”. That goes for orange men, hair-sniffers and TTAC editors alike.

    – An edumacated Canuck

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      The Electoral College vote is what “certifies” the election. You’re parsing.

      I don’t have any objection to legal challenges per se. I do have an objection to baseless, evidence-less stunts.

      And I have a HUGE objection to a president who decides he’s going to use his legal challenges to vote results to stir up division and anger. How about “I have some concerns about the election results that my attorneys are looking into. But I’ll respect the vote totals, and I’m directing my adminstration to make preparations for a transition if necessary.”

      Rational, adult, and respectful, right? Unfortunately, that’s not what we’re getting, is it?

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    I realize this is one of the lesser cabinet posts, but why exactly reward this asshat again? Secy Chao was a nod to McConnell and she had previously been Labor secretary, so as usual politics. Buttigieg’s chief accomplishments seem to have been Mayor of South Bend and endorsing Senator Biden after placing fourth in South Carolina’s primary. I think you could throw a dart and find anyone as much or better suited for such a role… why him?

    “After placing a fourth in the South Carolina primary with 8.2% of the vote, behind Joe Biden (48.7%), Bernie Sanders (19.8%), and Tom Steyer (11.3%); he dropped out of the race on March 1, 2020, and endorsed Biden”.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Buttigieg

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      In this sense, our future president Valhalla Harris even more interesting – she was totally rejected by democrats themselves in the primary run. Now, I believe, all Biden wants is his name on the list of presidents. Remember, before he even became a senator, he stated that he wants to become a president. He will have a symbolic term, and then he “will develop a disease” [his words] and step down. And we will endup with the person nobody wanted to begin with.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      I think you could definitely find worse candidates. Clearly, yes, it’s payback for Buttigieg supporting Biden (and stumping extensively for him as well), but the guy does have experience with things like urban transportation and infrastructure.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        I would have told him to suck a lemon simply because he’s John Edwards of this cycle: polled low, never had enough delegates to make a difference, and overall doesn’t matter. But its a low risk position and he will do as he is told to promote Agenda 2030. I imagine State media will build him up if they intend to use him further.

        Additional: I wonder what they will do with Bloomberg? Not for this role but in general.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          What to do with Bloomberg? Simple: have him keep writing checks.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            One would think Iron Mike wants something for the billion he spent on nothing.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            Mike,

            if your side is so nice… There is one family in Phila, donated $50M to a local university. Yea, they gonna have building named after them. Bloomberg could of built 20 such buildings. But he decided to spend it on political campaigns for globalist good. I thought, politicians should do good for small guys, like small business. Your side don’t care about truck and taxi drives but only about power. Or car prices. For them, more corporations take from you – better. You will be poor and ask for gov. protections.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Ah, I see…so Bloomberg spent money on his campaign, versus charity. Therefore, “my side” is “not nice” even though the guy actually spent about $800 million on charities in 2018. I’m sure this all makes sense on acid.

            Troll on, bro.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            Mike,

            yea, you are the real…. troll.
            Bloomberg charities – hahahahaha. Bloomberg never spent a dollar for a homepless to learn a trade and change life. But his charities are “reproductive health”, “tobacco control”, “climate change”, “food policy”.
            Let me translate – abortions, ban straws, don’t let people smoke, ban fracking and drilling in America. And all of his projects are like this – tell you not to drive v8, not to travel around the world.
            Oh, yea… wasn’t he The King of Racial Profiling?

            Keepup a good BS , Mike

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Ah, I see…so first you whine because Bloomberg didn’t donate to charities. And now that you learn that he did donate – to the tune of $800 million – you whine because they’re charities you don’t like.

            And that’s the real issue, isn’t it – that this guy has the balls to disagree with you. So he gets labeled, along with everyone else who disagrees with you.

            Guess who else did that? Bolsheviks. Physician, heal thyself.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            FreedMike,

            these are no charities. These are political projects

    • 0 avatar

      Pete did well before SC. It was a shaping up as a messy primary so I assume a back room deal was made and Beto Pete and Klobahchar, were offered something in exchange for backing out and throwing their supporters behind Biden. Without that drop out and endorsement the moderate primary votes would have divided up more giving more of an opening for Warren or Sanders.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    @28cars – Biden is known for gaffes.

    If it were true that he “stole” the election, where is the proof?

    Loser Trump has lost 59 (and counting) court cases trying to prove his side’s delusions.

    Time to move on.

  • avatar
    Coronado Guy

    ED: Your edit about Grenell being the first LGBT cabinet member in 2018 is incorrect. Grenell was nominated and confirmed as ambassador to Germany, and he’s gay. That’s terrific, but that’s not a cabinet position. The cabinet consists of the VP and the heads of 15 executive departments. The article was correct stating Pete is the first LGBT cabinet head.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    @Lou_BC–Stealing the election means that absentee ballots were counted when they should not have been counted since most of those absentee ballots were Democrats. If those absentee ballots were Republican then they would count. Overall there have been no reports of voter fraud and many states have recounted their votes at least once and some twice. Biden won 309 electoral votes and won over 7 million popular votes. Pete Buttigieg is a smart guy and was the mayor of South Bend, Indiana which was where Studebakers were made. At least Pete was from a city where cars were once made.

    Buttigieg is a graduate of Harvard College and Oxford University, attending the latter on a Rhodes Scholarship. He was a consultant at the management consulting firm McKinsey from 2007 to 2010. From 2009 to 2017, he was an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant. He was mobilized and deployed to War in Afghanistan for seven months in 2014. Pete’s a smart guy and I doubt he will have any problems learning the job of Transportation Secretary–he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 2004, and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Additionally Pete speaks several languages. Buttigieg is talented and smart and would be an asset for Biden’s cabinet.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Harvard is kind of a joke compared to what it was, but the presented resume is interesting:

      -Harvard

      Swamp is known to recruit there.

      -Oxford/Rhodes Scholar

      Swamp is known to recruit from or reward recruits with it.

      -McKinsey

      McKinsey is CIA. The fact Buttigieg specifically denied being in the CIA tells me he was in the CIA or worked with them or another branch of the alphabet agencies.

      https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/12/pete-buttigieg-mckinsey/603421/

      -USN Reserve

      Gives him MIC cred without actually doing anything in the armed forces (i.e. active duty).

      -He was mobilized and deployed to War in Afghanistan for seven months in 2014

      To a what sounds like a cyberwarfare and AML unit… again alphabet agencies.

      “While deployed, he was assigned to the Afghan Threat Finance Cell, a counterterrorism unit that targeted Taliban insurgency financing.”

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Buttigieg

      “mayor of South Bend, Indiana”

      Then he was installed as mayor in 2012. I say installed because when there hasn’t been an opposition party mayor since 1975, candidates are effectively appointed by I presume local party officials. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Swamp sent him there to improve his skills because they planned to use him later.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mayors_of_South_Bend,_Indiana

      It is also important to note:

      -Buttigieg favors the abolition of the Electoral College

      Swamp.

      -In June 2019, Buttigieg said: “We will remain open to working with a regime like the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the benefit of the American people. But we can no longer sell out our deepest values for the sake of ***fossil fuel access*** and lucrative business deals.”

      -Super Swamp.

      -Buttigieg has said that he believes the ***2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan*** following the September 11 attacks was ***justified***[260] but now supports withdrawing American troops from the region with a maintained intelligence presence

      Mega Swamp.

      -He is a committed supporter of Israel

      Ultra Swamp.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Buttigieg

      I didn’t know much about the man’s background but after quick review he is atypical with all the usual hallmarks. They sent him to South Bend because he is from there and they do these sorts of things with people they want to later use either politically or in upper levels of business.

      My read of the tea leaves:

      If they confirm him as Secy of Transportation, it is because they want him to help dismantle the auto industry as we know it. I believe everything of the past year is in part related to Peak Oil and the virus was a contingency plan intended for later in the decade which was sped up. They don’t want to make too radical of changes too soon because then people might wake up, but they are going to slowly strangle us with their Red New Deal and Paris Accord over the next 24 months (there are a lot of other aspects of this which I can expand on if asked).

      Look for Secy Pete to champion the failed EV and support a myriad of restrictions and taxes on everything else (so get ready to embrace the suck). He has been deemed politically reliable and possesses all the right pedigrees, he will do as he is told because he wants to keep moving up and doesn’t give a damn about you or the nation.

      One more thing, not that I care about his sexual preference but it is worth noting in the cloak and dagger world of the US military and alphabet agencies homosexuality is prevalent. This is a *very* long interview but she touches on the concept of the “cherry marine”.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @Jeff S

      I agree that Pete Buttigieg is intelligent and will be an asset professionally and politically.

  • avatar
    HotPotato

    Fifty court cases to hear the evidence, incuding two at the Supreme Court, and every one of them lost for lack of evidence. What exactly is unresolved, Posky? Your sexuality when you think of Mayor Pete, since you’re getting so exercised here? Your career, since you clearly only want to write about political BS these days instead of cars? There’s got to be a better publishing fit for you. Go find it.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      There is undeniable evidence. But to me, most important is undeniable irregularity that is an evidence in itself

      1. Biden has under-performed everywhere, in all cities – LA, NY, Chicago. Vs 2016 election. But he strongly over-performed in Phila, Atlanta, Detroit and Milwaukee. Are you saying, these cities developed special love for him?

      2. Republicans destroyed dems this cycle everywhere but the top ticket. Are you saying people only voted for Biden and not other Dems?

      3. Special counties. Counties that always vote the future president, be it Bush or Obama, or Trump… They all elected Trump.

      To me, these 3 points is enough to start looking.

      America once was in this position. And SCOTUS did not do the right thing – doing right thing would expose corrupt system to the world. And we would be a laughing stock. Back then, it was before the internet. If the newspaper did not print it, nobody knew. Right now, SCOTUS failed us again only this time everybody in the world knows anyway.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        @slobuto- What you posted isn’t evidence. It isn’t even statistically unusual.

        As far as being a global laughing stock…
        YES…the populations of most countries view Trump and his febile attempts as laughable. Trump is considered a joke globally.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          Yet his predecessor is akin to a god -even given a Nobel Peace Prize- despite later bombing Syria, Libya, and his State department overthrowing the legitimate gov’t of Ukraine and starting a proxy war in the Donbass.

          Funny that, almost as if Dr. Goebbels was correct…

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @28- I wasn’t talking about Obama.I also did not directly say USA. I said Trump was a GLOBAL LAUGHING STOCK.

            If you want to talk about Obama foreign policy…Yes, he continued many if not all of Bush’s dirty little wars. He also ramped extrajudicial executions via drones and Special Ops.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @Lou

            My mistake. I agree the President often makes himself look like an asshat and many including myself have just wanted to yell in his face STFU and take that damn phone away from him because nobody cares what he thought about a lot of things. He seems to have missed school the day Lincoln’s famous wisdom of “better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt” was taught. I haven’t traveled internationally since 2017 so I’ll take your word for it on the world’s view.

            I will add though, despite his poor personal behavior, Trump wasn’t wrong on some issues including the trade treaties/tariffs and attempting to preserve some US industry (though I wasn’t impressed with USMCA, I had hoped for better). I expect Biden to reverse this and double down on fail while his soon-to-be-unemployed supporters cheer. Biden, despite everything, voted for GATT in 1994 which has exported so many jobs and can be pinpointed as the breaking point of what was the US and what it has become. For this alone he should have been run out of Senate office because we are living in the results of this terrible treaty every day. Yet this was never brought up, only his support of the 1994 Crime Bill was mentioned as I recall. People smarter than I have suggested the populism which Trump rode into office will now be destroyed by these COVID lockdowns because they have already devastated so much small business its saddening. The theory goes if the citizens have no options than to depend on the State, populism dies out. Biden helped kick off the liquidation of US industry starting in the 1980s, yet this was never brought up once to my recollection. Why?

            https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=103&session=2&vote=00329

            I’m glad we can agree about the former president’s violent foreign policy, yet in my county State media glossed over these things as they occurred. I don’t think even 1 of 10 you could talk to even knows about the ongoing proxy war in Donbass (or the Saudi war in Yemen for that matter though that was all MbS). I can’t speak for how those events were perceived internationally as my international travel was before and after those events (2009 and 2016/17).

          • 0 avatar
            Old_WRX

            28-Cars-Later,

            “even given a Nobel Peace Prize”

            The Nobel “Peace Prize has consistently gone to the worst warmonger of the year. I thought everybody knew that.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @28-
            Rump botched USMCA. He made a lot of noise, flung tariffs or threats of tariffs around just to get Canada to sign off on consessions that “we” were going to give to the USA under the TPP. That’s why he’s a laughingstock.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            28,

            also, while VP under Obama, Biden was wrong on all calls, including hit on Usama, which he suggested to call off. He has a long record of being on the wrong side of history.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @hotpotato – maybe Potsky is leveraging a move to One America News Network?

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    @28-Cars-Later–So do you prefer Elaine Chao? Do you honestly believe that any cabinet appointment doesn’t come with any baggage? Elaine Chao’s father founded the Foremost Group, which eventually became a major shipping corporation. Shipping coal from other countries to China. Mitch McConnell’s wife and her family gave Mitch 12 million. So does Elaine Chao not have any baggage? Do you believe the Republicans are any better? Not partisan myself but I have found both parties equally corrupt. How has draining the swamp gone? The real answer to ending the corruption is to have term limits and to not fund political campaigns with corporate contributions. I doubt both will happen because most politicians are not going to take away the cookie jar. Politicians and cars sales people have about the same reputation for honesty and integrity. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      You forget the best episode involving Chao and McConnell in the past ten years (which was quietly buried later):

      https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/mitch-mcconnells-freighted-ties-shadowy-shipping-company/

      You’re a bit all over with points, but both Secy Chao and potential Secy Buttigieg likely do/would do as instructed and both belong to corrupt institutions if not are both personally corrupt. The appointment isn’t the real issue, it is the agenda behind the appointment and after reading through Buttigieg’s resume the intended agenda is quite clear.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Also I doubt Mayor Pete wants to destroy the automotive industry especially coming from South Bend and living with the aftermath of Studebaker closing. No mayor or politician wants to deal with losing businesses and a city in decay even if the business was lost decades before they were born. Much better to be a mayor in a city that is booming unless you are a masochist.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Firstly, Mayor Buttigieg will no longer be mayor when this transpires nor will he in any way be linked to anything which may occur as the result of his polices. Secondly, based on some of his own quotes, he likely believes in statist thinking and truly believes in the pure EV. Like all true believers, he is blind to any consequences of his beliefs. This may be why they want him for this role, because his handlers are not interested in the market’s choices.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        “Like all true believers, he is blind to any consequences of his beliefs”

        Sounds like exactly like the definition of Rumpism and ONE TERM Rump DENIAL.

        • 0 avatar
          Old_WRX

          Lou_BC,

          “Rumpism and ONE TERM Rump DENIAL”

          But, hopefully it isn’t as severe as Hillary-didn’t-win syndrome. A pernicious affliction that lasts four years and involves paranoid ideation of Russian collusion.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          Really that applies to any fanatic, and fanaticism is dangerous overall no matter the slant.

          • 0 avatar
            Old_WRX

            28-Cars-Later,

            “fanaticism is dangerous overall no matter the slant.”

            This is certainly true. Fanaticism destroys. No matter what the ostensible goal is, the result is destruction — first and foremost of the human spirit and quality of life. Unfortunately the hysteria that feeds fanaticism is never far below the surface. It is a sad shame that what good mankind has achieved appears to be on the brink of complete destruction by this current wave of madness.

            The degree of blindness about what is occurring in this country is truly breathtaking. For all intents and purposes we are already living in a totalitarian state. Americans cling with a near psychotic denial to the illusion that this is just a temporary thing — and then things will go back to normal. But, even if the intentional destruction were to stop now, it is too late for anything like “normal” to return. The economy has been scuttled. Freedom of speech (what was left of it) has been stomped into the ground by the jackboots of the “woke.” (Though it is true that the wokes are only an unwitting tool.) And, so on…

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Do you really believe a military coup by Trump supporters is the answer? I am not really crazy about Biden but at least he was elected by the majority and received 309 electoral votes. EVs will probably happen despite any Government interference. Over a century ago people were afraid of the horseless carriage and before that people read by candlelight and used whale oil to light lanterns. Computers and smart phones were not part of our lives until recent times. If you really are that concerned about Government and Government’s influence on your life then you need to become like the Amish and give up your cars, trucks, suvs, computers, smart phones, tvs, and all smart appliances and devices. Much harder for the Government to control you if you live off the grid.

    I remember as a kid getting a polio vaccine and numerous other vaccines. I also remember growing up with those who had polio. I had the Chicken Pox and the German Measles and losing my 20/20 vision after going to school sick and not realizing I had the measles for several days until I was so sick I had to go home. There are those antivacciners who believe that vaccines are a Government conspiracy. Most of those antivacciners did not experience the devastating effects of polio, measles, chicken pox, and some of the other diseases that killed, maimed, and made many sick. I get my flu shots yearly and I have gotten my shingles shots along with other shots and yes I will get the Covid-19 vaccine when it is available. There are many who believe that the Covid-19 is a hoax that is a global conspiracy and that the news media is part of it. There are people who still believe that Moon landing was staged and that the Earth is flat.

    As for Mayor Pete he is no worse than some of the Government cabinet members of the past. The President Elect won the election and has a right to choose who are his cabinet members pending the approval of Congress. In another 4 years there will be another Presidential election and we as citizens can exercise our right to vote. I myself would rather have the right to vote than have a military coup to force a leader into power against the votes of the majority.

    If you really don’t like our leaders then exercise your right to vote. If it becomes too intolerable for you then move to another country. The USA is far from perfect but it is much much better than a lot of other countries.

    • 0 avatar
      Old_WRX

      Jeff S,

      “your right to vote.”

      Aah, the great democracy thing. Each person gets one vote to try to vote against 349,999,999 people who read and swallow the BS on the MSM. Somehow I don’t think that is much of a solution.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    @Old_WRX–I don’t believe talk of a military coup is an answer. True it didn’t happen but talk of one is completely against everything that the USA stands for. As imperfect as things are I would rather have our system of government than a dictatorship. BS is not just limited to MSM it is also part of Fox.

    • 0 avatar
      Old_WRX

      Jeff S,

      No, I don’t think a military coup is the answer nor election manipulation. At this point I see no answer. With so many people viciously trying to grab power I don’t see how there could be anything other than stupid destruction and tedious bullying. A real solution would have to involve real progress away from the dog-eat-dog mentality that seems to motivate so much of human behavior.

      All media publishes BS. Some more than others. CNN, NYT, and, yes, Fox have alll been caught out in distortions/lies. This is why I prefer sites that publish articles from multiple authors/sources even if those articles blatantly contradict each other. Such sites put the burden of interpretation on the reader; they don’t try to spoon feed prefab “truth” to their readers. In a real world (not the MSM world) reporting frequently contains contradiction and other confusion. If the news you are getting is too neat and consistent, then it’s not real.

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