You know, I was as impressed by Rachel as I was by Mayor Pete in this interview. I thought maybe she was being slightly judgy, with her question on Mayor Pete's timing of when he came out -- and how she could never have waited to come out the way he did. We can thank LOD for helping her clear that up, To LOD, she emphasized her experience was clearly different & stressed that she knew every gay person's experience in coming out is different.
So thanks to LOD for helping Rach. But thanks to Rachel for giving Mayor Pete the opportunity to so casually & easily say that he needed to accept his sexuality himself before he could come out. He said something similar in an interview with Anderson Cooper, but this really stood out -- in such an honest & heartfelt way. And when have we heard that description of a "politician" in the last 2 years?
Again, LOD's questioning of Rachel helped her help Mayor Pete. To LOD, she clarified her reasoning behind asking him the coming out question. His delay of coming out could imply dishonesty & Rachel knowingly said, as a candidate he'll be completely picked over, so it's better to get any possible baggage out now.
And Rachel also did him a big favor by asking him about foreign policy & in particular, troublesome foreign leaders such as Putin & Kim & how he'd deal with them. Given his "limited" experience as local Midwest mayor, I was wondering about this.
So how did this interview compare with Rachel's other candidate interviews? Uh, well, I didn't know Rachel was the first openly gay Rhodes Scholar. That was interesting. Did I learn anything new that I haven't seen in other interviews he's done? Not really. I will say he's consistent in interviews -- and this one was no different. He's relaxed, yet focused; whip-smart, but not arrogant. He just seems like a decent, sincere guy.
I think what impresses me most about Mayor Pete is he's such a clear & effective & compelling speaker. Compare him to Cory Booker, who can speak for 2 minutes or 20 & I either shut down out of boredom, or wonder WTH he just said. Mayor Pete is the exact opposite. Eh, who knows if he can pull off getting the nom, but he sure has a bright future ahead of him.