Normally I don’t respond to articles without reading them but in this case the headline invites dismissiveness. It would be impolite to refuse the invitation. Anyone who thinks anything about the 2020 election is set in stone if Buttigieg or any of the other Democratic candidates is nominated didn’t learn anything from the 2016 outcome. How many “without a doubt” articles did we have to endure that cycle that all turned out to be wrong? No matter who you are supporting in 2020, if you’re at all progressive at heart (as opposed to just self-identifying as one) you want to see Trump replaced at noon on January 20, 2021. Hell, if you’re just fond of democracy (progressive or not) you’ll at least be voting against Trump even if you can’t find it in your heart to vote for the Democratic nominee. Adopting a defeatist stance toward any scenario that doesn’t involve your favorite candidate getting the nomination doesn’t advance that cause. In addition, refusing to vote for the Democratic nominee unless it happens to be your choice makes clear that saving America from authoritarianism really isn’t all that important to you.