Liberal South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg’s star continues to rise in Democratic circles, as recent polls suggest that the millennial Presidential aspirant has solidified himself as a top second-tier candidate.

Notwithstanding his unapologetically progressive agenda, it’s becoming hard to deny Buttigieg’s political acumen, as he’s essentially turned other Presidential hopefuls, including Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Beto O’Rourke, into little more than sad distractions on the long road toward President Trump’s reelection. (As for Colorado’s feckless duo, John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet, whose combined support totals zero percent in a new CNN national poll, well… yikes).

In any case, Buttigieg’s shooting star must royally piss off Colorado Governor Jared Polis. For years, Polis’ small group of personal allies have advanced the idea that the school board-member-turned-congressman-turned-governor’s trajectory would position him nicely for a 2024 run at the White House, where he would break down walls as the first openly gay man to ascend to leader of the free world.

If Polis feels robbed by the younger, better-dressed, and far more talented Buttigieg’s theft of that spotlight, years ahead of Polis’ own planned dream of an identical coronation, we might suggest that the South Bend mayor hold off on visiting Colorado for a little while. You might recall that Polis reacts to perceived theft somewhat aggressively.

As for Buttigieg, we wish him well for the time being. Though he’s highly unlikely to defeat creepy Uncle Joe or Bernie Stalin in the end, his campaign is reflective of a pretty cool shift in the American conscience. And if the mayor of a small rust belt city can, in the span of a few short months, render the self-proclaimed Cherokee senator from Massachusetts to the dustbin of history, we’ll take it.

At the very least, we’re probably taking it better than Polis.