Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Mayo Pete Has Come Out Of The Closet Again!


Mayo Pete didn't come out of the closet until he was 33-- in 2015, when he was in electoral politics and there was no doubt he would be outed if he didn't do it himself. Last year, when he wasn't a top candidate, the New York Times' Jeremy Peters wrote the LGBTQ story on Pete. He doesn't talk about the inherent mental illness of hiding in the closet for years and how it turns someone into a compulsive liar. "The closet that Pete Buttigieg built for himself in the late 1990s and 2000s," wrote Peters (who is openly gay himself), "was a lot like the ones that other gay men of his age and ambition hid inside. He dated women, deepened his voice and furtively looked at MySpace and Friendster profiles of guys who had come out-- all while wondering when it might be safe for him to do so too."

By the late 1960s, the stigma attached to being gay-- earlier than that a admission to being an outlaw if not a misfit-- had largely dissipated in many circles and was already starting to break down. When I told my mother-- a blue collar woman who may or may not have graduated from high school-- in the early '70s that I was gay, she asked me if that meant I would be borrowing her wig. Peters claims it was still professionally "unsafe" to admit being gay decades later. There have always been many more cowards-- like Mayo Pete-- than people with courage.

Peters writes that Pete "struggled for a decade after leaving Harvard to overcome the fear that being gay was 'a career death sentence,' as he put it in his memoir." When I ran first Sire and then Reprise Records, I helped many men and women struggling with coming out. Coming out, in my experience, never ruined any of my artists' careers. I know Mayo's type-- untrustworthy, sneaky, self-deceptive... completely unfit to lead. His coming out came almost 40 years after it was "safe" for anyone with a spine.
Many in his generation and in his college class decided to come out as young adults, whether they were confident they would be accepted or not, and had their 20s to navigate being open about their identity-- a process that helped make Americans more aware and accepting of their gay friends, family members and co-workers. Instead, Mr. Buttigieg spent those years trying to reconcile his private life with his aspirations for a high-profile career in public service.

Attitudes toward gay rights changed immensely during that period, though he acknowledges that he was not always able or willing to see what broader social and legal shifts meant for him personally.

...He took a longer journey than his peers did, he has said, because of the inner turmoil he experienced over whether in fact he wanted to be known as the “gay” politician.

...One thing no one seemed to peg him for was someone wrestling with being gay. He was so discreet that many of his friends and classmates said in interviews that they never would have guessed he was hiding anything until he told them. He left the testosterone-fueled campus sex banter to others. Hegel and de Tocqueville were more to his conversational tastes.

“His sexuality didn’t present as a really big thing in his life,” said Joe Flood, a classmate. “I think he always thought about himself politically,” he added, noting that Mr. Buttigieg would become active in the university’s Institute of Politics, an organization at the Kennedy School of Government that hosted big-name politicians like Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Howard Dean during their time in school. “You don’t end up there accidentally,” Mr. Flood said.

When he first ran for mayor in 2011 and won, he was closeted. A local gay rights group did not initially endorse him in that race, opting instead for a candidate with a more established track record on the issues. Mr. Buttigieg endured some awkward moments, like signing a city law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in 2012. To not think about how the law directly affected him, he acknowledged, “took a little compartmentalization.”
Over the weekend, though, Mayo came out of a different closet-- the Austerity closet of conservatism which many Democrats have seen him oozing out of in the last few months as he tried deciding if he was progressive or reactionary, ultimately connecting the dots between the billionaires and multimillionaires who have been willing to fund him and leaving all pretenses of progressivism behind. He's now a full-on contender, along with Status Quo Joe, Klobuchar and Bloomberg, for the conservative lane in the primary.

NBC News' Sahil Kapur noted over the weekend that Mayo is calling on Democrats "to get more serious about lowering the national debt, portraying himself as the biggest fiscal hawk in the presidential field and taking a shot at chief New Hampshire rival Bernie Sanders for being too spendthrift." Phony Austerity is a hallmark of conservative politics and Mayo is embracing it as fully as he eventually embraced his long-hidden homosexuality.
Asked at a town hall here how important the deficit is to him, Buttigieg said it's "important" and vowed to focus on limiting the debt even though it's "not fashionable in progressive circles."

"I think the time has come for my party to get a lot more comfortable owning this issue, because I see what's happening under this president-- a $1 trillion deficit-- and his allies in Congress do not care. So we have to do something about it," Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said in a packed middle school gym, drawing cheers.

...Buttigieg's remarks are out of step with plenty of progressives who believe Democrats are easily duped by conservatives into focusing on deficit reduction at the expense of their priorities when they control the presidency.

The deficit has risen sharply under President Donald Trump, as it did under his GOP predecessors George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, all of whom enacted tax cuts and boosted defense spending. It fell under Democrats Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

But cutting the deficit has not been a focus of the 2020 Democratic field, leaving an opening for Buttigieg to claim that mantle. He echoed fiscal hawks Sunday in arguing that higher deficits strain prospects for investment.

"It's not fashionable in progressive circles to talk too much about the debt, largely because of the irritation to the way it's been used as an excuse against investment. But if we're spending more and more on debt service now, it makes it harder to invest in infrastructure and health and safety net that we need right now," he said. "And also this expansion, which I think of as, by the way, just the 13th inning of the Obama economic expansion. It isn't going to go on forever."

Buttigieg hasn't laid out a plan to significantly lower the national debt, which could require steep tax hikes or cuts in cherished programs like Social Security.

Asked to back up Buttigieg's claim to fiscal responsibility, a campaign aide pointed to a recent study by the Progressive Policy Institute that says the tax revenues Buttigieg has proposed to raise would narrowly exceed his new spending.

Stephanie Kelton, an economics professor at Stony Brook University in New York who is a senior economic adviser to Sanders, fired back at Buttigieg.

The Sanders campaign responded by suggesting Buttigieg was in the pocket of big donors.

“In a blatant effort to appease his billionaire donors, Pete Buttigieg is now parroting the same corporate talking points to justify cuts to Social Security and Medicare that have been used for decades-- cuts that Bernie Sanders has fought to block,” Sanders communications director Mike Casca told NBC News. “This is part of a pattern: Buttigieg used to support Medicare for All, then he raked in huge donations from top pharmaceutical executives, and now suddenly he's against Medicare for All.”
Predictably, scumbag billionaire Steve Rattner, who will do anything and everything he can to derail Bernie, purred that "Finally, a Democratic presidential candidate acknowledges that the deficit/debt is a huge problem that will need to be dealt with."

Is it any wonder that Russian oligarch Leonid Blavatnik-- a big-time Trump financial supporter-- is now helping fund Mayo?

Oops! Wrong oligarch

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At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peters writes that Pete "struggled for a decade after leaving Harvard to overcome the fear that being gay was 'a career death sentence,' as he put it in his memoir."

So for Pete, living an authentic life was secondary to his political ambitions. And Howie, your comment about how living in the closet turns a person into an accomplished liar was one I should have figured out but didn't. Lying about who you are every day to your family, friends, and co workers every day is about as fundamental as it gets.

And during this period when Pete's political ambitions were clearly the number one priority in his life, he also took a leave from being mayor of South Bend to do a military stint and put another check mark on his political resume. He didn't come out as gay until after he got back from the military.

At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

{It is very appropriate that a military intelligence officer with ties to the CIA, who is beloved by intelligence/defense agency insiders and who appears to have been groomed by national security mandarins from the very beginning of his career, should be actively working to kill a revolutionary zeitgeist. After all, backing counter-revolutionaries is a favorite CIA activity.

#PeteButtigieg just mocked @BernieSanders @OurRevolution and then everyone started shouting. #WallStreetPete-(Source: Fiorella Isabel) pic.twitter.com/FYkxIPw612

— KaeySonPoint (@KaeySonPoint) February 9, 2020

Progressives already got suckered into forfeiting their revolutionary spirit in exchange for flowery prose and empty rhetoric the last time they elected Pete Buttigieg for president, back when Pete Buttigieg was named Barack Obama. It was literally the exact same script they’re trying to recycle with Puppet Pete: a plucky young underdog with a knack for sparkly verbiage overcomes the frontrunner in Iowa in a stunning upset, then rides the momentum from that initial victory on to the Democratic nomination.}
-Caitlin Johnstone
She nails it!
link to whole article


At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know when pete decided that the military was a necessary line on his CV, but if it was before DADT was repudiated, he could not have come out AND also joined the military.

Either way, living a lie for a long time, even the lie of being gay, is a strong indicator that this guy is not a good candidate. It's akin, I believe, to slick willie trying to hide his skirt-chasing and lying about "feeling our pain"... or trump lying about being a rapist or smart or ... everything he has ever said.

At 3:31 PM, Blogger Ten Bears said...

I don't care if he's gay. It's pretty common-place, not like he's unique.

It's not a sales point I'm buying.

At 5:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not that Pete is gay. It's that Pete LOVES screwing everyone for the benefit of corporations.

I understand the point that closeted gays learn to lie glibly. It's sometimes literally a life saving tactic. But McKinsey requires that their representatives know how to be successful at lying, especially in the face of angry workers who catch on to the McKinsey plan to throw so many of them out of work. The representatives have to be very good at lying to pull that one off and get away with their lizard skin intact.

At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mckinsey only relies on people being stupid. slick willie "felt our pain"... NOT!, but we believed that horse shit and he "served" two terms for corporations and corruption.

Mckinsey exists because we gave slick willie and his democraps the white house and congress to use to serve corporate interests.

trump exists because of exactly the same mass stupidity.

it seems we've met the enemy and they are us/US. just like pogo so many decades ago.

pity we couldn't learn.

At 12:20 AM, Blogger joejimtree said...

Buttigieg would have never gotten any attention as a candidate if he were not gay. It kind of makes you wonder if it was another of those boxes to check.

He would much rather be famous for his 8 months of military heroism, he'd rather that when we think of him we see the cute uniformed photographs of him as butch as could be, glamorizing killing, but discretely, as an officer.

He wasn't just hiding from himself in the closet He was hiding from the politics of being openly gay, which are very different from just the personal suffering and angst he describes in the NYT.

Having been closeted, he only relates to his personal suffering, but not to political suffering, or the suffering of others. This is something I find so distasteful about him, he has David Brook's patience with the pain of others. He knows injustice is wrong of course, but he's not going to fix it urgently, for instance, not in your lifetime.

Log cabin gays like Pete always have a retort for why they seclude themselves from the movement. "Are they expected to speak out for such awful beings as rent boys, drag queens, subs, doms, and transvestites?" And they think the answer to the question is self evident because it is so ludicrous, when it is they who are ludicrous.

There was an unforgivable moment in an early debate. In a really nasty turn, he bragged of his courage at the expense of Beto, demeaning him, and calling attention to his own military experience. It was the kind of petty, mean spirited thing, that a frightened, cornered, person does, to brag of courage, when nobody was asking. (I had a 45 minute conversation today with a stranger, a recently retired career military guy, about 40, and we mostly talked about his war experiences. Not once did he tell me or even try to look like he was brave. He'd done two tours each in Iraq (2004 and 2006) and Afghanistan, and the sense he gave off, was that war was incredibly scary.)

Beto might have had a rejoinder about Pete being in a uniform while too cowardly to be gay.


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