I had last night’s Democratic presidential candidates debate on in the background while I focused on something-or-other on my laptop. For the most part it sounded like a cacophony of voices, with moderators constantly interrupting everybody for exceeding what seemed a far too short span of time in which to deliver a coherent sentence. And of course the candidates were constantly talking or shouting over each other, too.
But in the midst of the chaos, one moment stood out for me. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg looked directly into the camera and addressed Republican lawmakers:
Consider the fact that when the sun sets on your career … the thing you will be remembered for is whether in this moment, with this president, you found the courage to stand up to him or continued to put party over country.
I’ve yet to find a video of the moment. Maybe I was the only one impressed by it. But it was refreshing to see someone take the higher road and longterm view instead of attacking or arguing with one of the other candidates.
Buttigieg strikes me as bright, well-spoken, thoughtful, and knowledgeable. Some of his positions may be too liberal for my tastes and he seems awfully young to be president, but I can’t help really liking the guy. For now, anyway.