If we’re all being honest, Robert “Beto” O’Rourke isn’t going to win the Democratic nomination for the 2020 Presidential race, much less the general election. With that in mind, many on the left are urging O’Rourke to come back to Texas and possibly run for the Senate again, this time against Sen. John Cornyn.
It started with an op-ed from the Houston Chronicle’s editorial board, emploring O’Rourke to return “home” due to being needed in Texas. The op-ed was penned after the El Paso shooting, which thrust O’Rourke back into the spotlight despite waning popularity, to the point of being snuffed out.
The Chron noted that O’Rourke showed a very human moment after the El Paso shooting with an expletive-laden rant about President Donald Trump.
“You know the s*** he’s been saying. He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. I don’t know. … Like, members of the press — what the f***? It’s these questions that you know the answers to …,” said O’Rourke.
This apparently made The Chron feel like they needed O’Rourke to lead them…for some reason:
So Beto, if you’re listening: Come home. Drop out of the race for president and come back to Texas to run for senator. The chances of winning the race you’re in now are vanishingly small. And Texas needs you.
Two years ago, you ran an inspiring race against Sen. Ted Cruz. Sure, you lost. No shame in that. Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to a statewide office since 1994. You chipped away at a wall that wasn’t quite ready to come down. You showed it’s possible.
The Chron acknowledged that winning a race against Cornyn would be no easy task and he’d have to do better against the Republican incumbent than he did against Cruz, but that they believed he could do it.
This call was taken up by CNN’s Chris Cillizza on Tuesday, and he even laid out how O’Rourke could do it, including filing deadlines, and that his presidential donations could be used for a Senate run.
I’m more than a little disturbed at the fact that the left is basing their need for O’Rourke to run in Texas again all on an untrue rant about Trump that featured choice cusswords. Trump isn’t racist and even various leftist outlets have acknowledged his supposed words about immigrants were directed towards actual criminals like MS-13.
What the leftist press is doing is essentially hoping O’Rourke tries for the Texas Senate seat again based off of a romantic idea that O’Rourke has passion for Texas and would bring balance to the force, all because he said bad words. It’s ludicrous, but about what I’d expect from them.
Neither idea is true, anyway. O’Rourke doesn’t exactly have a record of good governance. In fact, he has a record of hardly any governance at all, though he does have more than a few instances of corruption to his reputation. The guy’s passion for Texas looks more like a passion for outside ideas and self-advancement. What’s more, O’Rourke’s popularity isn’t even of his own making, it was a concerted media effort to oust Cruz.
Let me be clear here. It was the left’s hatred of Cruz that drove O’Rourke’s popularity, not the left’s love of O’Rourke.
Without Cruz as a backdrop, O’Rourke has proved to be an overall boring figure in the political race. O’Rourke’s setting is what made him interesting, not O’Rourke himself. Be it Cruz or a mass shooting, your buddy Beto has always needed a prop. No amount of tire changing or dental procedure videos has been able to help him connect.
Could O’Rourke win Texas?
It’s possible. Texas’s blood-red hue has been turning slightly purple thanks to businesses from the coast coming to the state to take part in its excellent business atmosphere and bringing their coastal nonsense with them. However, O’Rourke could find his fight against Cornyn tougher.
Not due to something like Cornyn being a better politician than Cruz, but because Cornyn hasn’t earned the national infamy that Cruz has and thus the left won’t consider this fight to be as high-profile and worth helping out with. O’Rourke only came as close to Cruz as he did because, again, the left hates Cruz with a passion and wanted to see his figurative head on a spike.
The media is wasting its time on something it shouldn’t be wasting its time on in the first place.