It’s The Smart, Young, Nice Guy Who Will Shatter Trump.

Voters have a fairly consistent habit when choosing a president, they go for the exact opposite of the former commander-in-chief. That’s partly how we ended up with Trump, and of course a lot of underhanded and crazy rules stuff, too, pushed him over the top.

So lets see now, who’s most unlike the creepy, old Donald among the Democratic stable of presidential candidates?

Vice President Joe Biden is a nice guy, but not loved by a lot of the younger Democratic females, and definitely past his sell date.

Senator Bernie Sanders is honest, consistent, but too old and intense.

Senator Elizabeth Warren is smart as a whip, will push a modern agenda and can go toe to toe with Trump, but a little too shrill for some folks.

Senator Kamala Harris is an awesome African American women and former prosecutor with organizing skills who easily attracts donors — some possibilities here.

The Texan, Beto O’Rourke is an earnest young man with lots of charisma, but somehow seems a bit too green to be president at this time, possibly little more than a flavor of the month contestant.

Senator Cory Booker is a former mayor of a tough east coast, an articulate fellow with a good story to tell but sometimes oversells his points.

Governor Jay Inslee is so far quite unknown, but comes off as a solid, experienced leader, age perfect and pushing issues like fighting climate change and other things that Americans really care about.

Then there is the girls club of Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Representative Tulsi Gabbard and writer Marianne Williamson: Interesting group but nothing special stands out here.

Trailing the girls club there is a bunch of male challengers that it would seem will have a hard time gaining traction, lead by the former governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper.

Finally we come to the Trump killer, Sound Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg — Pete who? Pete comes off as a guy next door version of JFK — youthful, smart (Rhodes scholar), smoothly articulate on important issues (almost hypnotically so), easy going with a winning smile, but heroic (an Afghanistan veteran) and as a respected mayor of a midsize city he is an experienced administrator.

But you say he’s gay. Won’t that cause a problem? Are you kidding me, after our pussy-grabbing dick in the White House, being gay is going to be a terrific bonus. Trump won’t be able to resist making all sorts of lewd comments about Pete’s sexual orientation, which of course will simply underscore the Donald’s awfulness and stupidity. Moreover, Pete has a confident way about him that will allow him to breeze right past Trump’s mud barrage. No problem. He will run circles around the oafish Donald.

Once Mayor Pete hits that Democratic debate stage, what’s outstandingly good about him will out shine all the rest of the contenders. Democrats will intuitively see that Pete is their Trump killer.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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