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Buttigieg attracts praise from an unexpected audience: the conservatives


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Pete Buttigieg received praise from right-wing commentators and politicians, including commentator Ben Shapiro, columnist David Brooks, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and guest on talk show Rush Limbaugh. | Bizuayehu Tesfaye / Review review of Las Vegas through AP

A "healthy framework" for tackling climate change is called the Green New Deal. He asked for the abolition of the electoral college and supported the idea of ​​single payment health care. And he is openly gay.

But Pete Buttigieg is receiving rare praise from some unlikely rumors – the conservatives.

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Leading experts and politicians of the right have noted the growing popularity of Buttigieg, an ascension that started at the beginning of March after the CNN town hall exhibition, widely publicized by the mayor of South Bend, who has picked up a bit of compliments from the Republicans. Meanwhile, a number of conservatives have shown a growing interest in Buttigieg and sometimes offered positive comments on the Democratic candidate, a treatment contrary to what most major mayor challengers are receiving from the GOP.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, for example, called Buttigieg "gentle and regenerating" for his willingness to engage with those on the other side of the corridor.

The New York Times columnist, David Brooks, described Buttigieg as "intelligent, modest and shy", portraying the thousand-year-old gay veteran with degrees from Harvard and Oxford as a skilled politician with a unique background that could surprise people .

Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the GOP of the Chamber, He said Republicans should start paying attention to the mayor, who "could be the unknown stranger who becomes an authenticity". A commentary celebrated the so-called libertarian ideals that Buttigieg brought to the race.

Also the talk show host Rush Limbaugh, an avid supporter of Trump, said after seeing the town of Buttigieg that he saw "no radicalism" in the "personable" candidate, who said he would "make mincemeat" from his main challengers in a debate.

Comments come despite serious political disagreements. With big plans that include a Supreme Court review proposal and plans for automatic voter registration, Buttigieg is far from the more moderate Democratic contender.

True, said Shapiro, who said he would almost certainly vote for Trump in 2020. Republicans are not influenced by Buttigieg policy. Some find it simply interesting or funny.

"It is a great sense that he, unlike many Democrats, is not really settled into the belief system that anyone who is not in agreement with him is a bad person," Shapiro said in an interview with POLITICO, adding that he asked the mayor to appear on his radio program but has not yet received an answer.

Lis Smith, Buttigieg's communications consultant, acknowledged that his campaign noted the buzz of the GOP. He did not influence their strategy, he said, although he added Buttigieg at one point during the primary appearances "with outlets that traditional Democrats ignore".

This does not mean that Buttigieg avoids statements that could alienate conservative voters.

"It is very clear where he is on the issues, where he stands as a shamelessly progressive democrat," Smith said. "It is more a question of style and approach, which treats people with respect and does not engage in the economic shots that have dominated Washington in recent years."

It is unclear whether Republicans greet Buttigieg to be sincere or attempt to steal support from democratic leaders, probably both, declared Washington Examiner executive editor Seth Mandel.

Nor is it clear if the grassroots conservatives feel like experts as they watch the mayor of a medium-sized Midwestern city trying to make the leap into the nation's highest office. Buttigieg has a professional and military background, regularly attends church and has no enemies in the national political arena, all qualities that could attract right-wing voters.

"There is a good chance that this electoral cycle does not count," said Shapiro.

"I don't think he has a real road to nomination," he said, noting that big names like Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris are likely to secure large blocs of party voters.

I agree with Mandel, although he clearly said that Buttigieg is "a rising star in the Democratic Party, so he won't be leaving soon".

"In fact, the primary is probably his biggest obstacle," he said. "He is the kind of candidate who is probably more formidable in a general election than he would be in a primacy to throw down and drag."

Buttigieg has touted his ability to work across the corridor in Indiana. He had a cordial working relationship with the former Republican governor Mitch Daniels, rooted in the couple's common goal of strengthening the economy of the South Bend region.

In his memoir "The Shortest Way Home", Buttigieg tells a day in 2016, when he called Gov. Mike Pence's community-focused economic development plan is "visionary" and Pence repaid the compliment by stating that South Bend was "so happy to have a creative, innovative, visionary and creative mayor".

Whether this commitment to bipartisanship can be translated at the federal level is another challenge. In the electoral process, Buttigieg was a vocal striker of Pence, who the mayor vehemently condemned for signing the law on the restoration of Indian religious freedom in 2015 – a legislative act that raised national controversy from people who supported that it could be used to discriminate against LGBT individuals – and for a number of federal policies enacted during his term as vice president.

Buttigieg also took some shots against other individuals and blocks on the right. In an interview at "Meet the Press", he said he received a negative reaction saying he was frustrated by the hypocrisy of evangelicals who used religion to justify the vote for Trump despite the sexual ethics of the president, referring to the cash payments for adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 campaign.

As the buzz of Buttigieg continues to grow, some of the president's Gop supporters have started launching attacks on the Democratic wildcard candidate, perhaps a sign that they are not entirely excluding his possibilities.

Over the past two weeks, Buttigieg has announced that it has raised more than $ 7 million in its first few months on the campaign track and has overtaken other contenders by 2020 in a handful of polls. The mayor's media coverage exploded, and people were quick to explain why his candidacy suddenly seemed to become viral.

Last week, Fox presenter Laura Ingraham spent much of an eight-minute segment on Buttigieg hitting the media for raising the young candidate.

"As they did with Obama, the media are trying to take a novice with limited experience and wrap it in a hot and confusing personal narrative," he said.

He also warned voters not to be "deceived by the carefully edited public image", railing against the progressive positions of Buttigieg policy.

"The interesting fact that it's cool Pete speaks seven languages ​​doesn't change the fact that socialism doesn't work in any of them," Ingraham said.

The Washington Examiner last week published an article reporting Buttigieg's father as "a Marxist professor" who implicitly influenced his son's policy.

Limbaugh picked up the article, arguing that Buttigieg had grown up "learning Gramsci, Marx and Engels" instead of on the founding fathers of the United States, who surrendered from his relatively positive characterization of the mayor made a few weeks earlier.

"Keep an eye on the boy," Limbaugh warned, "because he is someone who can make many people think that he is what he is not."

Buttigieg has not yet officially announced his presidential offer – he plans to do so on Sunday in South Bend. With the primaries one year away, there is a long time for Buttigieg's time in the spotlight of being one who comes and goes, a phase experienced by many candidates over the years. But there is still time for him to be one of the few initial outsiders that climbs the pack front, not entirely different from the increase in Trump to the right of three years ago.

After the interview of "Meet the Press" by Buttigieg, conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt said he had "very carefully followed the democratic candidacy".

"It worries me from a Republican point of view," said Hewitt, comparing the mayor's ability to draw the attention of an audience to that of the man he hopes to oust.

Smith, on the other hand, painted the Buttigieg boom as a reaction to Trump's rise, not a sort of replica of it.

"After the horror show in Washington, where you have a president who launches into major political attacks against his opponents, people may be looking for something completely different," Smith said.

In this first moment of the campaign, he added, the talk of conservative pundits – positive or negative – "do not keep us awake at night".

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