We can all recall how former Democrat Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke entered the presidential race with the adulation of the liberal media. He was compared to Jack Kennedy – a new young face. Dynamic! Charismatic!! Able to leap tall buildings in a single … or that was the fictional superman. Sorry.
O’Rourke was catapulted to national prominence by his campaign against incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz. The press praised the great campaign O’Rourke had waged, admired his fundraising capabilities and were celebratory of his vote totals. That was a lot of high praise for a guy who lost the race – but O’Rourke-Ophelia in the press is not conditioned on actually winning,
Beto was everything the mavens of the media love – a young liberal Democrat with a gift for gab. Not only did the press heap praise on the one-time legislator, but they predicted that he would be a serious contender in the Democrat presidential contest. He was a man with a great future in the Democratic Party.
Beto agreed. He saw the presidency as his personal manifest destiny. He said as much when asked why a rather unaccomplished obscure congressman would seek the highest office in the land. In a Vanity Fair interview, O’Rourke describes his political ambition as mystical – almost messianic terms.
He describes his speechifying as of pupil of Star Wars’ Obi Wan Kenobi . O’Rourke said, “… every word was pulled out of me. Like, by some greater force, which was just the people there. Everything that I said, I was, like, watching myself, being like, How am I saying this stuff? Where is this coming from?”
Speaking of his wife, O’Rourke said, “There is something abnormal, super-normal, that we both experience when we’re out on the campaign trail.” He summed up his presidential campaign as “I am just born to be in it.”
After his exaggerated accomplishment in the Texas Senate race and his overly hyped entrance into the 2020 presidential contest, reality has finally come to the O’Rourke ambitions. In the Whack-A-Mole Democrat race for the Democrat nomination, O’Rourke got whacked pretty early by another young charismatic candidate, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. The latter had the advantage of being gay – a definite plus among the more politically correct Democrat voters.
Despite being the momentary darling of the liberal media he sank into single digits, O’Rourke continued to sink. He tried to revive his campaign with the equivalent of political shock treatments. He gained headlines – but not support – for his bold promise to come and get our guns. He then tried to swear his way back into contention by giving out the f-bomb like it was Halloween candy.
With his polling numbers falling below the margin of error – and his highly vaunted fundraising ability fading – O’Rourke responded to the inevitable. His polling number in the first-in-the-nation Iowa primary is close to zero.
His lackluster congressional career – and his subsequent political failures since – have not diminished the idolization of O’Rourke by the east coast elitist press. In reporting his exit from the presidential race, the one-wing news media praised his efforts and assured us that O’Rourke has a bright future in the Democratic Party as well as in the nation. They gushed over his courage (what courage?). For his fans in the newsrooms, O’Rourke is a political Paris Hilton – a celebrity for little more than the media’s willingness to talk about him. But even that has a shelf life.
It is more likely that O’Rourke will slip into the bin of political has-beens – close to a never-was. He will be remembered for … very little for a short time.
So, there ‘tis.