I don't think serving in the military makes you an alpha, even if there is a correlation relating to the physical tasks and risking your life. Serving a government, particularly the US government in its foreign policy escapades as a pawn with no real power (Buttigieg himself appearing to blindly support the war in Afghanistan for example) doesn't strike me as alpha, even if it is honourable to serve your country in the military. If you took away the fact that Buttigieg had served in the military and simply looked at the way he talks and acts, I think virtually anyone, particularly any woman wouldn't consider him an alpha and would likely recognise beta traits.
I mean the beta/alpha reference to Buttigieg is mainly silliness anyway. On policy, the claims he has made on the importance of narrative over policy as well as the stability of his policy positions over time he appears a superficial careerist. His candidacy largely forged by mainstream media focus and what basically looks like advertising that he seemed to pick up from O Rourke and Harris after they fell off the map. Realistically, I don't think he'd be a terrible president, potentially better than Obama and very likely more progressive but on the his policy flips alone its fair to say he is dishonest and a panderer.
Also from that article:
"Louisiana was especially difficult, despite its conservative tilt. Edwards has a record as a staunchly conservative Democrat. And critics of Rispone’s campaign contend that his reliance on TV ads as opposed to in-person events made it exceedingly difficult for the president to drag him to victory."
"Edwards, who opposes abortion rights and favors gun rights, handled Trump gingerly. He avoided criticizing the president and instead chose to highlight the visits he made to the White House during Trump’s tenure. At one point this year, Edwards even ran a TV ad promoting an upcoming presidential visit to the state.
Edwards, whom Trump dubbed "the failed far-left man" during his Thursday rally, gave the president a shout-out in his victory speech.
"Our shared love for Louisiana is always more important than the partisan differences that sometimes divide us,” Edwards told supporters. “And as for the president: God bless his heart.""
Doesn't exactly support a narrative you and others seem to be pushing that these positions were lost because of Trump.
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yettee wrote: ↑
3 weeks ago
Orange man went to Louisiana and he himself made the election about Orange man. He wanted it that way. As did the candidate there.
Well I mean if you actually listen to what Edwards says though he himself clearly emphasises that the only shot the Republican might have is nationalising the race because he didn't appeal to those who cared about issues in that specific state. He specifically asserts the race is about state issues. Orange man does what he always does, it doesn't fix a horrible candidate or the fact that Trump wasn't on the ballot, nor inherently relevant to the races issues.
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Afro_Vacancy wrote: ↑
3 weeks ago
YouTube comments sections are among the shallowest and most useless. Shutting those down is equivalent to closing your windows when you hear idiots screaming outside. It's simply reducing noise pollution.
Yeah I just totally disagree with this, I mean honestly this is a bad comment itself. Largely the perspectives are singular and lack nuance, but Youtube media ranges from far right to far left and everything in between. There are plenty of non-partisan channels like Joe Rogan's with people from every side of the isle and largely they get along just fine with plenty of honest discussions. There's a huge amount of wit you'll see in top comments very often even if they aren't substantive in terms of information, and unlike twitter there is opportunity and existence of long form debates. It also gives you an opportunity to create channel of communication with the poster of the video. To say even a majority are idiots is nonsense, a majority might have singular perspectives and lack the ability to change their minds particularly in an internet setting, but there's plenty to learn even from people like that. Youtube comments sections are an example of how people really and honestly think, expressing themselves in an environment where they lack inhibition due to anonymity and are comfortable in the presence of a group they associate with. If opinions in that setting aren't interesting to you then you're not going to have a very accurate perspective on public opinion. People are typically much more honest in this context than in the real world too.
If you're going to shut your window to *everyone* commenting on Youtube, you're quickly going to turn into one of those screaming idiots without any nuance or understanding of the world you're living in. Twitter on the other hand I'd agree with you, when you say this about Youtube it sounds more like you don't spend a lot of time there to begin with, or don't engage with or read comments. On top of that because its typically rare for comments to be shut down, whenever they are it emphasises the fact that the person who posted the video made a conscious decision for a very specific reason to shut down discussion, or block a channel of communication to themselves which is largely unusual.