The Democrat Party is running out of viable candidates to run for President in 2024.
Most Americans don’t want President Biden, or Vice President Kamala Harris, to be on the ballot next cycle.
And now, perhaps the next Democrat in line, has made a hypocritical order that is just the latest in a long-line of failures at his current high-ranking job.
The rise of Mayor Pete
Pete Buttigieg was a two-term Mayor of South Bend, Indiana – a city of about 100,000 people – when he decided to run for President.
However, Mayor Pete’s standing as the only gay man in the race propelled Buttigieg to the top of the pack before primary voters settled on former Vice President Joe Biden.
In President Biden’s efforts to create the most diverse cabinet in American history, he picked the gay activist – despite a razor thin resume – to be his Secretary of Transportation.
In his short time as Transportation Secretary, Buttigieg is most known for two things, the on-going shipping backlog creating a supply-chain crisis and his two-month paternity leave after adopting a child with his husband.
Buttigieg’s air travel crisis
But his most recent act as Secretary may add a new failure to that list.
The Biden Admin is just incredible.
Buttigieg, who serves a 79-year old President, thinks pilots over 65 should be forced to retire:
“The answer is not to keep the baby boomer generation in the cockpit indefinitely.” pic.twitter.com/aSrXqjV9Tx
— Mike Palicz (@Mike_Palicz) July 11, 2022
America is currently experiencing a shortage of pilots causing air travel issues.
According to Flight Aware data, last Sunday alone, there were more than 6,200 delays into, out of, or within the United States and 305 outright cancellations.
The Transportation Department was presented with a partial solution that could potentially put a dent in the shortage immediately – while the department works to develop more long-term solutions.
The proposal in front of the department was to increase the mandatory retirement age for pilots from 65 to 67.
The measure would act as a stopgap to the pilot shortage and at the same time allow younger pilots to be recruited and trained to take their place.
However, Secretary Buttigieg would rather have air travelers suffer than rely on those pesky “boomers.”
“I’m not going to be on board with anything that compromises safety,” Buttigieg said of the proposal. “The answer is not to keep the baby boomer generation in the cockpit indefinitely.”
Apparently, in Buttigieg’s mind, it is unsafe for 66 or 67-year-olds to fly a plane, but perfectly safe for a 79-year-old man – who happens to be Buttigieg’s boss – to be President of the United States and most powerful man in the free world.
From Mayor Pete to Secretary Pete to President Pete?
This latest on-the-job failure could potentially impact Buttigieg’s future political ambitions.
With President Joe Biden registering record-low job approval ratings, and with even fewer people wanting Vice President Kamala Harris to run Commander-in-Chief in 2024, Buttigieg’s name has been mentioned as one of the top contenders to replace Biden at the top of the Democrat ticket.
After his latest failure, Democrats may decide to keep looking for another option to be the face of the Party in 2024.