I have to admit not understanding the romance surrounding Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke. If I wanted a rich, entitled liberal white guy with a lot of big teeth and a record of criminality, I’d hold out for whatever Kennedy is running for office. But for whatever reason, O’Rourke has hit the sweet spot among the Democrat base and we find he’s actually a viable contender for the Democrat nomination to be their candidate for president 2020.
Well, if you thought white-bread-and-Velveeta Bill Clinton culturally appropriating a saxophone and shades to play jazz was edgy or outré then feast your eyes on this
And with an Aussie/New Zealand accent
This is Beto O’Rourke in a onesy and sheep mask. I AM NOT SH**TING YOU.
But Foss wasn’t O’Rourke’s only musical project. Nearly a decade after Foss split up in the mid-’90s—after he had returned to El Paso, started a web design company, and taken tentative steps toward a career in local politics—O’Rourke and a few friends (including other ex-members of Foss) formed two other bands. One was a rock group called Fragile Gang. The other was a cover band called The Sheeps, which performed punk rock classics. Band members wore a variety of disguises on stage—most notably, tight onesies and sheep masks.
“Our persona was that we were a very famous band from New Zealand and we didn’t want people to know our true identities—that’s why we wore masks,” Ailbhe Cormack, the band’s bassist, tells Mother Jones. “I think people followed along with the mystery of it, but they knew who we were.”
O’Rourke, having survived the revelation that at age 26 he was arrested for DUI, wrecking his car, and running from the police (for which his father’s political connections kept him out of jail), has obviously decided to go to Mother Jones, one of his big boosters, to release the band story so it will be old news by the time the primary season rolls around.