Pollak: Don’t Underestimate Pete Buttigieg’s Role in Anti-Kamala Harris Gossip

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 15: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks about the Biden administration's decision to the release of $39 billion of American Rescue Plan funds to address the child care crisis caused by COVID-19 in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on April 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. …
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Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg knows he cannot win a Democratic Party presidential primary — not after giving a blistering speech against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) following the Nevada caucuses in 2020, which alienated the party’s left.

Pete’s only path to power is a palace coup — to find a way to displace the people in front of him, including Vice President Kamala Harris, and make sure that he is appointed to the post, perhaps after a brief regency in the number two position.

On Sunday, Internet rumors that Buttigieg hoped to replace Harris were given a boost by a CNN story reporting that Biden administration staff were frustrated with Harris’s apparent incompetence and ineffectiveness, and had given up on her.

The CNN story even contrasted the way the Biden administration had treated Buttigieg and the way it treated Harris, with Harris aides resentful of the White House’s alacrity in defending Pete in the media, while hanging Kamala out to dry.

One who anticipated the Buttigieg-Harris feud was Human Events senior editor Jack Posobiec, who noted it back in October 2020. He suggested that Buttigieg had ensured Harris was ill-prepared for her debate with then-Vice President Mike Pence.

Many of the sources for the story were unnamed. But one of the few Biden administration officials who has been ubiquitous in recent weeks — after being inexplicably absent for two months — is Buttigieg, who said he had been on paternity leave.

Kamala Harris - Pete Buttigieg (Rhona Wise / AFP / Getty)

Democratic presidential hopefuls Kirsten Gillibrand (L), Kamala Harris (3rd L), John Hickenlooper (2nd R), Julian Castro (R) and Pete Buttigieg (3r R), along with Florida Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell,exit the office where migrant children are being in a detention center in Homestead, Florida on June 28, 2019. They were denied entry. (Photo by RHONA WISE / AFP) (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)

Buttigieg’s timing was exceptionally poor: he disappeared in the midst of a major crisis at the nation’s ports that has affected the entire supply chain. But he suddenly appeared throughout the media, defending the Biden administration like no one else.

The impression Buttigieg’s media blitz created, in the absence of explanations from President Biden himself, is that “Mayor Pete” is working hard, and has in fact taken charge of his department while also defending the social priority of family leave.

Moreover, with the passage of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, Buttigieg’s department will have an unprecedented amount of money to spent — not just on “roads and bridges,” but on pork and patronage in districts represented by key Democrats.

So as the intrigue swirls around Harris and Biden — who even friends say is unlikely to run for reelection — and rumors suggest Buttigieg is likely to be promoted, do not underestimate the degree to which those rumors come from Pete himself.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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