Ok. Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) is running for President. Oh cool! He can speak a lot of languages and has lots of really neat experience. But he has NO DC experience.
The “outside of Washington” candidates often look good on paper. Washington is a very different place. How do you put together an administration if you don’t intimately know the DC players? It’s just not as easy as it looks on paper.
Mayor Pete has huge potential and he needs to add some DC experience to his wonderful language skills.
Ultimately, at the end of the day, the 2020 nominee needs to be able to deliver on fixing the total and complete mess President Trump is going to leave.
If the new Democratic administration is plagued with – avoidable with DC experience – mistakes, it’s very hard to recover. You can’t hit the ground running without DC experience. When Presidents arrive without sufficient DC experience it usually consumes at least the first year, and as I’ve observed, into the second year, and then you’re heading into re-election mode.
NHPolitics.com has no idea who we will be endorsing at this point. But we’re looking for someone who can not only hit the ground running with minimal errors, that person also needs to have a reasonable chance of finishing their second term successfully enough to hand it off to a third term VP. That’s the only way real change is going to take place.
Getting off to a good start matters. Age – and hey, some of us are getting up there – matters.
And we’ll just add this last thought for calculation purposes. A more moderate candidate that lasts for 2 terms can make more net progressive progress than a hard progressive who only can last for one term, no matter why they don’t last.
Progressives need to keep this last calculation foremost in their minds when they make their selection.
This isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. Getting a Democrat elected is the beginning, NOT the end of the process.