Beto O’Rourke, with widespread backing, is contemplating operating for president in 2020. If Democrats wish to lose, he completely ought to.
Nothing has been discovered from Hillary Clinton, the two-time heiress obvious who, in 2016, had the assist of almost each mainstream media outlet, who entered the ultimate stretch of her final race with a $449 million battle chest (in contrast with Trump’s $163 million), who led in almost each nationwide ballot, and who was roundly depicted because the rational grownup tolerating a villainous bozo.
Simply as Hillary has taken that humiliating defeat as an indication to mull but a 3rd run, O’Rourke has taken his loss to Ted Cruz — essentially the most loathed senator in trendy American historical past, as soon as referred to as “Lucifer within the flesh” by then-Home Speaker John Boehner — as an indication that he, a 46-year-old three-term congressman with a skinny report, is the one to defeat Trump.
And why wouldn’t he? It’s not like celebration pundits or the mainstream media, which swooned over O’Rourke and stoked its personal so-called “Beto-mania,” have reached a special conclusion.
“Beto O’Rourke ought to run for president,” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews stated Tuesday.
“The most well liked factor in American politics,” Chris Cizzilla wrote for CNN simply weeks after O’Rourke’s loss. “A top-five contender for the nomination.”
“I feel he ought to run,” stated Veronica Escobar, a Texas Dem who truly received her seat in Congress.
“He’s Barack Obama, however white,” one prime bundler advised Politico post-defeat.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Obama himself met with O’Rourke in DC. Giddy follow-up tales had Obama foot-soldiers deluging O’Rourke with calls, begging to work for him ought to he run.
He’s not simply one other politician, we’re routinely advised. He’s actual! He used to play in a punk rock band! He skateboards into rallies! He seems to be like Bobby Kennedy in 1968! The Kennedys love him! He drinks beer and drives to his personal marketing campaign stops and curses from the rostrum!
Doubly attention-grabbing are the latest, clearer-eyed takes from two icons on the left. “If the financial system continues robust, Trump will likely be re-elected,” Camille Paglia advised the Spectator USA this week.
“Regardless of the huge pack of potential [Democratic] candidates, nobody but appears to have the sting.”
“The Democrats don’t have an apparent, efficient presidential candidate,” Bruce Springsteen advised The Sunday Instances final week. “I don’t see anybody on the market in the intervening time . . . the person who can beat Trump, or the girl who can beat Trump.”
They’re proper. And right here’s the factor: Beto O’Rourke is simply one other politician. The media, by and huge, ought to be ashamed for drooling over a candidate with presidential ambition moderately than doing their job and scrutinizing him. One instance: No outlet really pressed O’Rourke on his police report, which incorporates trying to flee the scene of a automobile crash whereas drunken driving in 1998. Throughout a debate with Cruz on Sept. 21, O’Rourke stated, “I didn’t attempt to go away the scene of the accident” — a lie. Even The Washington Publish referred to as him out, however O’Rourke’s declare went in any other case unnoticed, not to mention unchallenged.
Nor have O’Rourke’s general background and familial connections been a lot talked about. What number of voters know that his late father was a county commissioner and a county choose? Or that his step-grandfather served as JFK’s secretary of the Navy, or that his father-in-law is a billionaire real-estate developer? Not many, as a result of none of those biographical particulars squares with the portrait of the insurgent Gen-Xer seeking to shake up the system.
A lot was made, rightly, of O’Rourke’s fundraising: a $70 million battle chest, no PACs. However there was subsequent to no criticism of O’Rourke’s refusal to share the wealth with different candidates on this most consequential midterm ever — as we have been so typically advised — who lacked the cash or the movie star endorsements or the fawning profiles in publications starting from The New York Instances to City & Nation.
“No,” O’Rourke stated when requested if he would share. That cash was for him. If voters needed to provide to every other Dems operating in hotly contested battles, he stated, “in fact they’re welcome to do this.”
Days earlier than the election, O’Rourke advised “60 Minutes” that he completely, positively wouldn’t be operating for president in 2020, saying the toll on his household had already been too nice.
“We’ve spent the higher a part of the final two years not with one another, lacking birthdays and anniversaries and time collectively. Our household couldn’t survive extra of that,” he stated, including that so far as a 2020 presidential run was involved, “I’m utterly ruling that out. I’m not going to do this. Win or lose, I’m not operating in 2020.”
So genuine, that Beto.
Sure, O’Rourke ran a wise marketing campaign. He raised thousands and thousands.
However he additionally shunned consultants in favor of that punk-rock ethos, utilizing the entrance of his minivan as a form of marketing campaign HQ. He refused to tack heart. He fairly probably believed his personal hype.
He campaigned in all of Texas’ 254 counties, had the nationwide media in his pocket and nonetheless couldn’t put Ted Cruz away.
In Hillary, Trump at the least had a revered, battle-hardened challenger. In O’Rourke, he’d have a nuisance. And a good time.