The mainstream media is suddenly aware that Mayor Pete has a problem with black people. And they have a dilemma with that.
Since a Quinnipiac poll of Democratic voters in SC came out a few days ago showing Pete Buttigieg’s support among blacks at zero — as in “Zip, zero, nada” — the MSM have been scratching their collective skulls trying to fathom out why, as well as prescribe a cure.
There’s good reason for them to be concerned. They like Mayor Pete. They like his style and they like his lifestyle. They also understand that he is the best candidate to run in the “moderate lane” of the Democratic primaries, the lane now dominated by Joe Biden, whom the smart set view as a loser. Somebody’s got to save the hedge fund billionaires and bankers from Crazy Bernie and that Warren woman, and McKinsey Pete looks to be the one.
But no Democrat stands a chance without rock-solid, monolithic, brain-dead and robotic black support. (There’s a second Rush allusion for you, fans.) Pete has none. Money, he’s got; black support, he doesn’t.
This has lead, however, to a real conundrum. How do you analyze the Buttigieg problem without talking about black revulsion towards homosexuals? How do you describe what blacks say and think about Gay Pete without acknowledging black bigotry and bias against another minority?
Can black Americans really be the villains and not the victims in a narrative about politics and discrimination without progressive heads exploding?
The elite media handled a similar problem once before, with California’s famous Proposition 8. The success of that ballot initiative limiting marriages to those between a man and a woman was powered by overwhelming black support. But in the election aftermath, the pro-gay media pinned the blame on California’s Mormons, a politically conservative group. The LDS, not sacred black people, became the scapegoats for “Prop Hate.”
Unfortunately, few Mormons live and vote Democratic in SC. And so you get articles like the one which appeared in today’s NY Times. The reporter, Reid Epstein, spends paragraph after paragraph avoiding any mention of black bias against gays. Every cock-and-bull reason for Mayor’s Pete’s lack of black support is presented:
“He needs to get into the communities.”
“As people get to know him…”
“He needs more black surrogates…”
“The fatal shooting of a black man by a white South Bend police officer…”
He lied about some black support he didn’t have.
His “husband” sent out a photo of nothing but all-white supporters in New Orleans.
“He was not always responsive…”
Nothing about black homophobia. Not a word.
In brief, the exact polar opposite of what the mainstream media would trumpet every single hour of every single day with a sneer and a laugh if Buttigieg was a Republican running in GOP primaries and was unable to get Evangelical backing.
Then it would be Hate, Hate, Hate!
God, isn’t it great to control the narrative? Don’t you wish our side did?
Like we used to, before we were persuaded that it would be better if we gave up that power.