I’ve been blogging this race for a year and not until this afternoon did this scenario occur to me. It’s ludicrous, supposedly. Buttigieg was a one-trick pony, all-in on Iowa but far too young and inexperienced — and maybe, for some voters, too gay — to do much beyond that. A bounce from winning Iowa might help him to a respectable third-place finish in New Hampshire or Nevada but he’d be an afterthought by Super Tuesday. Bernie would win New Hampshire easily, just as he did four years ago. Biden would be the default centrist alternative to Bernie. Or, if Biden imploded, centrists would turn to Elizabeth Warren as an acceptable compromise between the left and the middle.
Buttigieg winning New Hampshire? Not a scenario worth considering.
It’s time to consider it. New from Monmouth: