Democratic presidential candidate former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke answers a question Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Beto O’Rourke is a strange bird.
He’s made wild proclamations guaranteed to keep him from winning the nomination, much less the election. Yet he’s done so with a posturing that gives the appearance of surety.
He’s the Wile E. Coyote of politics, and the ACME rocket he’s sittin’ on isn’t headed for Washington.
“There’s some part of me — and it’s a big part of me — that wants to stay here and be with my family, and be with my community. I love El Paso. There have even been some who suggested that I stay in Texas and run for Senate.
“[T]hat would not be good enough for this community. That would not be good enough for El Paso. That would not be good enough for this country.”
But now, a report claims he’s ready to let down America.
During an interview with Politico, the squeaky-clean flat tire fixer rolled out the following:
“I cannot fathom a scenario where I would run for public office again if I’m not the nominee.”
His chances are as slim as he — as noted by The Daily Wire:
Despite never winning even a state-wide election, O’Rourke announced in March that he would be running for the presidency. His presidential campaign, however, has been struggling to gain traction. O’Rourke has not broken 5% support since April and currently is receiving less than 2% on average, according to Real Clear Politics.
On Friday, Beto grabbed a hammer and started banging a rounded red metal disk: As I covered Saturday, he went before America to say, “Quick — I won’t be able to steal the guns out of your homes if you don’t give me $2 million on the double!”
[Strikes match to light rocket]
Personally, I don’t want him to go; he keeps things interesting. And though I may write things that are less than a lever-pull for the punk rocker, I mean them only lightly.
We were unlikely to have gotten him at all.
Back to TDW:
O’Rourke told CNN’s Dana Bash in October 2018 that he did not have any 2020 presidential aspirations, and in the days leading up to the midterm elections the following month, the El Paso congressman again denied he would run against President Donald Trump.
“I will not be a candidate for president in 2020,” O’Rourke said on MSNBC. “That’s, I think, as definitive as those sentences get.”
But then it happened:
However, only a week after meeting with former President Barack Obama, following his election loss, the Texas politician revealed that he had changed his mind and was considering walking back his pledge not to launch a bid for the presidency.
So there you have it — he was inspired by Barack, who I believe is probably a nice and very likable guy. I can imagine Beto picking up some of that positive energy.
Unfortunately, he used it to put the “F” word at the center of politics (here), vow to violate the 2nd Amendment (here), and blame Americans for their excesses as he resides in a half-billion-dollar family (here and here).
Oh, well. Let’s have a moment of silence, as we watch the fuse shorten.
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