I was not a fan of former South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg, but I honestly didn’t expect the candidate with the third highest number of delegates to drop out before Super Tuesday.
I just wasn’t.
The shock still hasn’t quite passed yet.
Not only is he the same age as I am, but he’s also the first openly gay presidential candidate and one of two veterans still in the race (the other being Tulsi Gabbard). He spoke multiple languages when I struggle with just two (English and German) and is a Rhodes Scholar with degrees from both Harvard and Oxford.
On paper, he’s the perfect man (though not necessarily my type), but his disappointing finishes in New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina meant his campaign wasn’t going anywhere despite his historic win in Iowa (undercut by news of the chaos of the caucuses) and having the third highest delegate count behind Bernie Sanders.
Who his 25 electoral delegates are going to wasn’t immediately clear (though he was in contact with former VP Joe Biden), but I’m hoping it’s his bitter, now ex rival Amy Klobuchar. Kill ‘em with kindness. It’s the most Midwestern thing to do. Plus, it almost makes her viable delegate wise… not that it matters as she’ll be out of the race come Wednesday, but it’s the thought that counts. Right?
Note: A version of this story originally appeared on my political blog, An Idiot in Florida.