The two front runners in the Dem primary asked each other to be forthcoming about work they did as corporate consultants many years ago.
And from Pete Buttigieg:
“I was assigned to months-long stints on ‘teams’ of typically three or four people working on a study for a client. The bulk of my work on these teams consisted of doing mathematical analysis, conducting research, and preparing presentations […] I never worked on a project inconsistent with my values, and if asked to do so, I would have left the firm rather than participate.”
This was a purity test Buttigieg and Warren could have done without. Obviously, with these revelations, nothing changes – not even the disdain felt, in some far corners of the party, for the evils of corporatism.
Democrats are at their best when they protect, preserve and promote the social safety net. Many struggling people, forced to work multiple part time jobs to barely make ends meet, however, need a strong economy and seek opportunities for good jobs.
Where are these jobs? Sometimes at small businesses, and, yes, sometimes, at corporations.
This spat between Warren and Buttigieg has achieved nothing. It hurt both candidates, and projected an anti-business image that hands Republicans ammunition for the general election.
Donald Trump is the most corrupt president in modern history, but he will not run boasting how corrupt he is. Trump will instead run on the strength of the economy, and will promise jobs.
The task of Warren and Buttigieg, in this election, whoever wins, is not just to show who is more immaculate. It is to demonstrate voters will be better off, economically, with a Democrat in the White House.
“It’s the economy, stupid” was Bill Clinton’s mantra. That, of course, was expressed at a time when the economy was hurting in George H. W. Bush’s first term.
We often think of elections as being high minded affairs, where philosophical arguments have primacy. What if, instead, politics is but a thin veneer on top of the real driver -which are the economic interests.