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Pete Buttigieg is in ‘over his head’ and other commentary

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Media watch: Buttigieg in ‘Over His Head’

As Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg faces “a massive supply-chain breakdown exploding across the country,” observes The Hill’s Joe Concha, news shops are specializing in his “foray into fatherhood,” not “the one major issue he’s in charge of fixing,” whilst cargo ships “pile up off the coast of America’s port cities.” The former South Bend, Ind., mayor is “clearly in over his head.” The press loves him “for a variety of reasons, including because he checks off many boxes in the sizzle department. But chief among them is not his experience with supply chains, small business, Big Labor or transportation.”

Education beat: Framing Parents as Terrorists?

A “father who simply tried to speak out after his daughter was raped and beaten at school” has grow to be “the poster child for ‘domestic terrorism,’ ” fumes the Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams. Police took Scott Smith into custody for “disorderly conduct and resisting arrest” at a Loudoun County, Va., school-board assembly “deemed an ‘unlawful assembly’ after attendees voiced opposition to a proposed policy expanding special protections to transgender students.” Smith went “to confront school-board members over his daughter’s alleged rape in a school bathroom by a ‘gender-fluid’ boy” the household says “was charged with two counts of forcible sodomy, one count of anal sodomy and one count of forcible fellatio,” however “board members denied it even happened.” Yet the National School Boards Association cited the arrest “as an example of why federal law-enforcement agencies need to investigate and prosecute parents who oppose mask mandates and the teaching of critical race theory.” “It’s just insult on top of insult.”

Centrist: The Mask Class System

“I am increasingly disturbed by what I call ‘mask apartheid,’ ” moans Bloomberg’s Tyler Cowen. Attend “a conference or public event,” and you’ll see “the wealthier attendees are not usually wearing masks, but the poorer servers and staff almost always are.” By now, “everyone must realize just how selective the enforcement of mask rules” is. “Even if the ­attendees are wearing masks at the beginning, the masks come off once they start wining and dining — and they usually don’t go back on. Isn’t this a sign that mask-wearing is no longer so essential?” In “America in 2021, some workers are required to hide their faces when they approach the people they are serving. How is this acceptable?”

Conservative: Murphy’s Care-Home Blame Game

Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy can now not blame Trumpies for the federal probe of “the state’s disastrous mismanagement of nursing homes,” for the reason that Biden Justice Department has continued it, notes The Wall Street Journal’s James Freeman. Did “violations of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act” trigger the deaths of some 103 veterans in houses in Edison and Paramus? The two noticed “some of the highest COVID-related death tolls of any long-term-care facilities nationwide.” A Murphy spokesman final October referred to as the probe “politically motivated,” however that received’t work now. Murphy has additionally “tried blaming parts of the health-care industry, even though many of the worst outcomes occurred at his state-run facilities, and all facilities had to operate under his policies.”

Iconoclast: Woke-ism Against Progress

In a profile of David Shor, the information wonk who final yr argued that race riots are dangerous for Democrats, The New York Times’ Ezra Klein barely mentions Shor’s subsequent cancellation. Yet, asks Freddie DeBoer on his Substack, “what could be more relevant to the conversation” on Democratic messaging “than pointing out that one slice of that conversation feels perfectly comfortable attempting to utterly destroy their opponents?” Healthy debate can’t be had, as “identity neoliberalism” has ­“infected” nearly each elite quarter. Traditional left politics constructed mass actions by “convincing various people who are unalike that they have a shared self-interest”; woke-ism would “rather have targets than converts.” Indeed: “We have no idea how many conversations in progressive spaces are . . . distorted by so many participants self-censoring defensively.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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