If senator Klobuchar thinks she has washed away the taint of corruption from the beltway elite with her smack down of mayor Buttigieg during the last debate, she is flat wrong.
Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg is one of the fresh faces on the Democrat presidential hopeful scene. The other is businessman Andrew Yang. Both men but Buttigieg specifically don't shy a way from being labeled inexperienced. Pointing out that Washington DC experience is at best inert, at worst running a criminal enterprise with the average American being the assaulted victim. I'm unaware that the Libertarian Party has some official position on youth and inexperience being preferable to the well seasoned and experienced. Youthful idealism to want engagement in the political process without the desire to enrich oneself at the tax payer's expense is appealing to the libertarian. Having a congressional history going back 20, 30, 40 years puts one at the center of ineptitude and graft. It begs the question if things are so lousy what have you done to fix it? Rattling off a list of legislation your name is attached to is not really impressive to most Americans. They want to know what positive outcomes have you influenced.
Mayor Buttigieg for most of the race thus far looked like a long shot. After a tie for first with Bernie Sanders in Iowa and positive momentum heading into New Hampshire. Senator Amy Klobuchar, a moderate struggling to gain traction thought it was time to take off the gloves. At the debate she tried to make the argument that experience, Washington DC experience was of vital importance now. Deridingly labeling Buttigieg a "cool newcomer". Then the coup de grâce "we have a newcomer in the White House and look where that got us". By the audience reaction in the debate hall there is no doubt the crowd liked that quip.
What it got us senator Klobuchar, is a better more robust economy than seen from the last two previous administrations. Trump being an uncouth braggart, loose with the truth is on him but much of the angst from scandal is on the Democrat Party's wish to satisfy the RESISTANCE. Satisfaction with the president is rising. There is little sign from polling that the public is tiring of the outsider. One of the ironies of Bernie Sander's stardom amongst the progressives is that he's been roaming the halls of the capitol since 1991. Yet he's seen as an outsider.
The people have finally come around to seeing that elected officials of both parties don't really care about their constituents. They care about retaining their seats through donor service. Senator Klobuchar may want to wake to this reality if she hopes to win the White House.