There is a helpful write-up circulating about The Four Democratic Candidates You Shouldn’t Vote For: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, and Beta O’Rourke. I was certainly never going to vote for Biden, Harris, or O’Rourke, and was kind of so-so on Buttigieg, but this is a good summary of why all four candidates are bad options. Or at least for the most part. There are some criticisms in these bullet points that are unfair, petty, and in some cases blatantly stupid. Such as:
The attack on Joe Biden’s “long history of creepily groping/sniffing/kissing women and young girls” is absurd. Making him the equivalent of a Harvey Weinstein or other villains in the Me-Too movement is yellow journalism. The criticism that Biden opposed LGBTQ rights until “very recently” is churlish. It was actually seven whole years ago (2012) that he began vocally supporting gay marriage, and that was earlier than Obama, the ineffective president he served under.
Certain points against Pete Buttigieg I simply disagree with. For example, that he agreed with Trump’s relocation of the Israeli embassy to Jerusalem — I supported that decision too. (Even a disaster like Trump is right once in a while.) And it’s petty in the extreme to censure Buttigieg for being a pledge delegate to Hillary Clinton, much as I can’t stand her.
The biggest hoot is the charge against Kamala Harris for lying about listening to Snoop and Tupac while smoking weed. Impossible to take seriously.
Despite these lame points and a few others, the list is helpful on whole. Biden, Buttigieg, Harris, and O’Rourke, are indeed bad candidates. Biden is easily the worst in the entire 24-candidate lineup (aside from know-nothing Marianne Williamson), and Harris is cut from the same cloth, despite the chasm she is now trying to manufacture between herself and Biden in the debates. If you want to know who to vote for, make it one of the following three. For me, it’s Tulsi Gabbard.