Whenever I get nervous about 2020, I look at the lists of favored Democrat runners and immediately felt at ease, but with Beto O’Rourke in the race, he’s the young face that millennials will run toward if our message isn’t strong enough.
With that said, it is time to stop underestimating the Democrats chances for 2020. And start doing what you can to build momentum in your community.
“Man, I’m just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment,” – Beto O’Rourke
Probably an unpopular opinion around here but don’t be too smug regarding this guy. He was legitimately a nobody in Texas politics before running against Sen. Ted Cruz and came pretty darn close to beating him. Some of that has to do with the shifting demographics here as the exodus from the land of fruits and nuts continues, but some of that has to deal with the same sort of appeal that helped catapult another empty suit from Illinois to the White House.
What is it about Democrats, they would elect someone with absolutely zero executive experience (e.g., Barack Obama) to what is arguably the most important job in the world? What could go wrong?
— ABC News (@ABC) March 14, 2019
Beto O’Rourke, the former Democratic congressman from El Paso who in less than two years went from near obscurity to a national celebrity with his unexpected campaign for a U.S. Senate seat, announced Thursday that he will seek the presidency in 2020.
O’Rourke’s announcement came after months of public reflection that included a solo road trip through rural America, a heart-to-heart talk with Oprah Winfrey and rallying with supporters near the southern border.
In a video made public early Thursday, O’Rourke struck the same upbeat tone that he did in his contest against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) last year, a campaign that despite its ending — he lost narrowly — built him a national following powered by prodigious fundraising.
The challenges that we face right now, the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate, have never been greater, and they will either consume us or they will afford us the greatest opportunity to unleash the genius of the United States of America,” he said. “In other words, this moment of peril produces perhaps the greatest moment of promise for this country and for everyone inside of it.” [excerpt via Washington Post]
The lies Beto tells won’t matter because his voting base doesn’t think one bit. It’s like Republicans daring NY to elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – she’s a radical know-nothing nutjob, and now that she’s in Congress, she can mainstream policies based off not knowing anything – and people will listen.
My biggest fear when I saw the radical left turn that Obama made after being elected was that he would create an endless cycle of out-radicalizing each other back and forth. President Trump is not ideologically radical, but the effect he has on leftists makes him appear radical in their minds. I have no doubt they will produce nothing but radical candidates going forward. In other words, the socialist wing will win out, at least until this cycle dies out. Eventually, leftism eats itself. It’s like those forest fires in California. It may burn through the land, but the plants and brush will regrow into fertile grounds for yet another fire.
Don’t say that O’Rourke can’t be elected into office because Democrat voters still look for the need for a savior and if they can plant that on a young, appealing candidate who almost beat an incumbent State Senator with national help, the Democratic party will move heaven and earth to cheat to get him in place.
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