Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Radical Nation: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s Dangerous Plan for America.
Currently 38 years old, Pete Buttigieg was the two-term mayor of South Bend, Indiana, from 2012 to 2020. South Bend is a city of 100,000 people with a strong mayoral government, so “Mayor Pete” can claim some hands-on managerial experience. But the South Bend Public Transportation Corporation’s fleet of 66 buses carries a daily average of only 4,300 people, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation. It’s quite a leap from managing 66 buses to overseeing the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The various administrations of the DOT oversee aviation, railroads, highways, mass transit, shipping, pipelines, hazardous materials transport, seaways, public safety, and our national defense infrastructure.
Was Buttigieg the most qualified for the job because of his depth of knowledge and experience managing transportation systems? C’mon, man! Of course, he wasn’t. In fact, after Buttigieg won the Iowa caucuses (and Biden finished fourth), the Biden campaign ran an ad on YouTube and Facebook attacking Mayor Pete for his inexperience. “What you’ve done matters,” the ad concluded with drop-the-mic finality. After Biden chose Buttigieg for the cabinet post, the ad was quietly