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The Only Remarkable Thing About Beto O'Rourke Is How Much the Media Love Him

No, Beto O'Rourke isn't "shaking up" the Senate race in Texas.

Despite my best efforts, I know exactly what Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke's post-punk indie band from the mid-'90s sounds like (not so bad as you'd think!). At the same time, I don't know much about Senate candidate Josh Hawley, who is 38 years old (meaning about eight years younger than "rising star" Beto) and the attorney general of Missouri.

In fact, Hawley's name recognition outside his state is practically nonexistent. When his name does come up in national political coverage, it's mostly as a tack-on in pieces assessing opponent Claire McCaskill's latest face-saving move or a panicky story about voter registration in Missouri. As with most other Americans, I don't have any idea whether Hawley likes to air-drum to The Who when he pretends to win a debate. What I do know is that Hawley is slightly leading McCaskill, a two-term Democratic senator, in the RealClearPolitics poll average in a race that could decide which party controls the Senate.

Democrat O'Rourke, who is also in a race against an incumbent, Ted Cruz, is down 7 points and falling. It wouldn't be completely surprising if Cruz ended up winning Texas by the same margin he did in 2012. Yet you might not discern this reality by merely paying attention to Betomania.

As with Hawley, I didn't know much about Arizona's GOP Senate nominee, Martha McSally, either. I'm probably not alone. She didn't get to kibitz with Stephen Colbert or Ellen DeGeneres. Maybe she'd have better luck getting attention from the national media if she used a nickname given to her as a teen. Anyway, what could one of the highest-ranking female pilots in the history of the Air Force and the first female pilot to go on a combat mission possibly have to offer Colbert's audience? Beto once skateboarded through a Whataburger parking lot.

Also, McSally has a chance to win her Senate race.

So I'm sorry, Associated Press and LeBron James, but Beto O'Rourke isn't "shaking up" the Senate race in Texas any more than Hawley and McSally are shaking up the Missouri and Arizona races. You're just far more interested.

Then again, Hawley and McSally are not inventions of the media. O'Rourke has raised $38 million thus far. It's an immense amount for any politician but an absurd one for a man who relies on fawning coverage provided to him and the advocacy that has very little to do with his political race.

It's difficult to quantify these things, but it may be true that all the money being poured into a losing O'Rourke campaign in Texas might have been better utilized in closer races in other red states—namely, North Dakota and Tennessee. Democrats seem more interested in subsidizing celebrity than winning back the Senate.

In a Bloomberg article headlined "Beto O'Rourke Matters Even If He Loses," Francis Wilkinson says: "O'Rourke's extraordinary political success is all the more poignant because it comes after a wave of public polls registering that he is on course to lose in November." This is the kind of self-perpetuating back-patting that liberal advocates in the media like to engage in.

O'Rourke's "extraordinary political success" is illusionary. His national popularity is contingent on aesthetics and mass of coverage. It is merely that Beto looks and acts like the type of guy producers at most cable news networks and talk shows think a senator should look and act like—unlike, say, Cruz (nearly two years older than Beto), who is always blathering about the Constitution and whatnot.

It's not as if O'Rourke is a special talent by any measure. His speeches and talking points are just as vacuous and predictable as those of any other middling politician. His positions on guns and abortion—and a multitude of other issues—are in lockstep with his party, not the state. O'Rourke has never offered any substantively impressive policy ideas. He has not led on any notable issues in the House. He's remarkably unremarkable.

There is talk that Beto's showing makes him a young Barack Obama. It's true that both men exhibit similar sensibilities. Then again, I remember Obama making his name opposing the Iraq War, something most of his party was scared to do. I remember him winning a Senate race.

Of course, winning a political race doesn't make you substantively right. Winning says little about the veracity of your arguments. But it does say plenty about the reality of politics. Now, maybe O'Rourke will pull it out. Polls have been wrong before. Perhaps in the new political reality, celebrity is enough. But the way the media treat a losing candidate is just another sign of its bias, advocacy, and wishful thinking.

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  • Conchfritters||

    "O'Rourke's extraordinary political success is all the more poignant because it comes after a wave of public polls registering that he is on course to lose in November."

    He's doing so awesome that he's going to lose in a landslide! If only he could do a front side slappy with that skateboard, it would enhance his extraordinary political success and push him over the top.

  • OsamasPornStache||

    He's the kind of chill guy anyone could enjoy a beer with... just make sure you take his keys first.

  • Fancylad||

    ...and don't leave teenage girls unattended, because if they don't succumb to his charms things may get rough.

  • Anomalous||

    Taking his keys will prevent him from leaving the scene.

  • RoyMo||

    It didn't stop Teddy.

  • Cy||

    Democrats, ever the victims..... of their own stupidity.

  • JesseAz||

    Wendy Davis losing by 20 got her a million a year job in the board of planned Parenthood. Pays well to lose in Texas.

  • Echo Chamber||

    Losing is the new winning

  • CE||

    White Christian women are switching from Cruz to Beto. I know because the WaPo (or was it the NYT?) found 4 of them for a long article.

  • Hank Phillips||

    True dat. Spoiler votes change bad laws.

  • Oli||

    Like Trump lost in a landslide, as was predicted by the statistics? I'm neither a fan of Beto nor Trump (or any politician really), but what about that "WE CAN'T TRUST THE STATISTICS AND THE MEDIA" here? Selective much?

  • Fancylad||

    Trump lost in a landslide
    If you subtract the foreign, imaginary and dead from the totals, Trump won by 2 mill.
    There's a reason the DNC hates paper ballots and voter ID.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I'm not that sold on paper ballots either. I'm not really that confidant they're more secure than anything else. They probably add in more points of failure than anything.

    Voter ID, eh. I'm generally for. I don't really understand the controversy over them, other than my general distaste for government ID.

  • AER1972||

    Makes it hard to vote more than once. Dem's hate that

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    It is the gullibility or the ignorance that draws right-wingers to conspiracy theories and nonsense (birtherism, creationism, white grievance, voter fraud)?

    Both, most likely.

    Childhood indoctrination, backwater religious schooling, lack of marketable skills, and gobbling street pills have consequences.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    "Childhood indoctrination, backwater religious schooling, lack of marketable skills, and gobbling street pills have consequences."

    So you're saying progressives are made, not born?

  • dchang0||

    There is an easy way to prevent voting more than once:

    indelible ink just like the Iraqis used in the first post-Saddam election.

    It would also prevent voting by the dead.

    But it would completely wipe out absentee ballots. We would have to go to in-person voting. That's not a bad thing--it would also cut all fraud committed by absentee ballots.

  • Toranth||

    What are you talking about? Trump won 31 of the 51 elections. Some he won by a landslide, some Hillary did.

    It sounds like you think there's some sort of single, national election in the US.

  • OsamasPornStache||

    Remember how liberals complained that Trump wouldn't be a president for "All people" but looking at the results it seems quite obvious that Hillary wasn't gonna be a president for all people especially those in the rust belt.

  • CE||

    If a non-conservative is polling slightly behind in a close race in a conservative state, he's probably going to lose.
    If a populist presidential candidate is polling slightly behind an establish elitist nationwide, but the battleground states are too close to call, don't be surprised if Hillary loses.

  • Rat on a train||

    A Beto loss is proof we aren't good enough for him.

  • SQRLSY One||

    O'Rourke is "tragically hip" in the words of O'Rourke...

    (That is, Beto is "tragically hip" in my mind, stealing a phrase from P. J. O'Rourke, the libertarian-ish humor writer, writing about P. J. O'Rourke's liberal youth).

    The other P. J. O'Rourke funny that I often think of is that he did a write-in vote to elect his girlfriend's cat to national office, when he was young. His girlfriend's cat's name was "Chairman Meow", and of course, I've had to steal that!

  • Don't look at me!||

    Betomania
    Excellent.

  • Ordinary Person||

    Beto is for legalizing marijuana and using the revenue to help middle class, sick peope and poor people buy health insurance through subsidies. He thinks we shouldn't have cut the taxes for the 1%. He'll hold the executive branch officials accountable. He's not a weirdo like Cruz.

  • Cy||

    Was it grape or strawberry Koolaid?

  • Gilbert Martin||

    More likely smoking crack.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    I thought Eugene Volokh was the only one who believed he could get people to buy 'libertarians for Cruz.'

    Turns out there are more right-wing authoritarians prancing about in unconvincing libertarian drag than I recognized.

    'Libertarians for Cruz.' That's about as believable as Ted Cruz standing up for his wife.

  • Joe M||

    Funny, because one of Cruz's selling points in the last debate was that he's strongly in favor of free trade and against tariffs, and that he can actually get Trump to listen to him on that issue. What are the chances Trump will listen to O'Rourke on anything?

  • SQRLSY One||

    Trump never-actually really listens to anyone except Trump and Trump's yes-men. So there's that.

    Beto is in favor of "free trade", but only so long as our free-trade partners have a minimum wage of $75.00 per hour, and employer-covered health care, and the health care "insurance" must include covering alien abduction therapy, aromatherapy, Scientology therapy, addiction therapy, sex change therapy, species change therapy, enrich-my-uncle-the- hypnotist therapy, past-lives regression therapy, sex addiction therapy, love-your-Government -Almighty relationship therapy, therapy-therapy, and on and on...

  • JesseAz||

    Beto is in favor of a talking point, not freer trade. Show me an example of a DNC written bill that made trade freer. It's easy to talk in platitudes without substance. In fact that was obamas forte.

  • LarryA||

    Every DNC economic bill improves free trade.

    "Sez so onna label."

  • Leo Marvin||

    Jesse,

    Please explain how Trump's scuttling of TPP makes the case for R's being better on trade than D's.

  • Robert||

    No. It's obvious Trump takes a lot of people's political advice. He may not keep their advice once he takes it, because he may later exchange it for someone else's advice, but no matter how you look at it he's very subject to influence. He has a few ideas he considers very much his own, however, and unfortunately he apparently thinks himself more expert on int'l trade than he actually is—but that still leaves him more expert on that subject than some of the people he'd listen to.

  • JesseAz||

    Still dumb as ever huh Chandler?

  • damikesc||

    How was the crease in his pants?

  • FreeRadical||

    He likes the cut of his jib.

  • RoyMo||

    I once found myself at a funeral sitting next to Ted Cruz, it would be very hard to imagine O'Rourke having a better pants crease.

  • Fancylad||

    Beto is for
    Is there a more WASPish name than Beto?
    "Hey Muffy, grab the Landrover. Beto just got a new ketch and has invited to the club for drinks".

  • Sebastian Cremmington||

    Did you summer in the Hamptons or the Vineyard? Why did I just type that?

  • MSimon||

    Bet ∅ is a name?

  • LarryA||

    Oh, but "Beto" is a Spanish nickname, so Beto is...Well, actually his parents are Irish, but Texas Democrats can pretend he's Hispanic, unlike Cruz, who is...well, actually his parents are Cuban, which is actually Hispanic, but Democrats can pretend...

    Oh, nevermind.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    The people contending that Beto's name is some long-ago-hatched plot are the folks who still believe former Pres. Obama is a Muslim communist whose birth certificate and announcement were frauds.

    They'll adores a Cuban-Canadian named "Ted," though, so long as he toes the right-wing line on bigotry, backwardness, abortion, the drug war, and superstition.

    Must be Ted's fondness for White Castle burgers and "Texas Ted's" recognition that defending his wife would be a waste of time.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Nothing more bigoted than.......well, YOU Arty.

    You racist piece of shit.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    Open wider, asswipe.

    Your betters aren't through with you yet.

  • Jack Klompus Magic Ink||

    You should have your face smashed repeatedly with a baseball bat.

  • Dillinger||

    OBL?

  • CE||

    Why, does he run an MJ business and plan to donate the profits? Or does he want to tax somebody?

  • AER1972||

    The stupidity of the new Reason crowd is really staggering. Thankfully there some writers here like David who still when get it. You simply don't. Progressives never do. While Cruz is not my favorite Beto is a disaster and unless you live in Texas I suggest you mind your own business

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    Progressives don't get it.

    Perhaps this is because they have been too busy shoving progress down the throats of inconsequential conservatives for more than a half-century.

    Open wider, AER1972.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Arty you stupid faggot. You're losing. And once the progtard rage reaches its zenith, your kind will finally give us legitimate provocation, and your kind will be caged and slaughtered like the diseased things you are.

    Carry on comrade..........while you can.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    Be nice, you half-educated rube, or I will tell my children not to hire your family to mow the lawn, clear the walkway, or detail the vehicles.

    That handful of street pills you need to get through another desolate day in the can't-keep-up backwaters won't buy themselves, you know.

  • Jack Klompus Magic Ink||

    What kind of skank would let a turd like you put it in her and reproduce?

  • Bruce D||

    "shoving progress"? Regress or reaction, not progress. Only libertarian is progressive. The left has misappropriated the term. Progress means becoming less collectivist and more individualist. Progress means progressively more freedom and more limitations on the power of the government. That is ACTUAL progressivism.

  • Gilbert Martin||

    Equally part of the media's bias in attempting to boost Beto is it's pointedly deliberate attempt to ignore or downplay his drunken driving incident in 1998.

    From the Washington Examine"

    "It's a mystery how all those plush Beto O'Rourke profiles either ignored or glossed over the Democratic Senate candidate's 1998 drunk driving accident, including the parts where police said he crashed his car into oncoming traffic and then tried to flee the scene of the crime.

    A real headscratcher!"


    "These same profiles uniformly omit the damning details from a 1998 police report that says O'Rourke drunkenly slammed his vehicle into a truck, flipping himself over the median and into oncoming traffic, and that he tried to flee the scene of the accident. For those details, we have the Houston Chronicle to thank."

    Contrast that with the media fixation on Judge Kavanaugh's beer drinking.

  • AER1972||

    And of course the rape gangs he led

  • Social Darwinist||

    I wish Reason would cover Neal Dikeman, the Libertarian candidate for this Texas senate seat, and other Libertarian candidates around the country. It's disappointing that there isn't some sort of a libertarian watch section to Reason that would cover Libertarian and libertarian-leaning candidates.

    Now that my whining is out of the way, Beto reminds me of President Obama during his initial presidential campaign except that he is making the mistake of revealing too much of his actual beliefs. Full disclosure, I didn't vote for Obama ever, however, his "Hope and Change" campaign was brilliant. The phrase itself means nothing so each person could assign whatever meaning they wanted to it without Obama actually linking any campaign promises to it. Obama made sure he didn't lay out any real agenda or political stances so he couldn't be pinned down to any substantive stances. This is where Beto is failing politically. He has made his stances on many issues known and each time a new position comes out his numbers fall farther behind Cruz. I'd be curious to know if Dikeman is capturing any of those fall off numbers Reaon!

  • Tankboy||

    Your Libertarian vote is pointless at the national level. There is zero chance that the Texas seat will go our way - zero. I worked on the campaign to get a Libertarian into the Florida state house - he made a respectable third place showing. Next cycle, he took his libertarian principles into the Republican party and success.
    We have to bring our ideas into one of the only two electable parties in our country. If you feel that you can reconcile socialism with being libertarian, join the Democrats, if you feel that socialism is antithetical to being libertarian, join the Republicans. We can only make an impact if we work from within.

  • Anomalous||

    Listen all y'all, it's a sabotage

  • Dillinger||

    i got this fuckin' thorn in my side

  • Trainer||

    So why exactly are we supposed to the socialism of the Republican party if we don't like the socialism of the Dems?

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    Now now, Trainer. Republicans aren't socialists. They're pro-free-market! Rush Limbaugh says so!

  • AER1972||

    Obama was vacuous and feckless this he shares with Beto. Anymore conversation about him is pointless

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    Pres. Obama was your better, you half-educated rube, and like most bigots and failures you resented it.

  • Bruce D||

    Do a search on: psychology projection

  • Jack Klompus Magic Ink||

    Please kill yourself in the most violent fashion possible.

  • Jerry B.||

    my God, man!! Do you realize that you're implying that the media isn't impartial??

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    Beto O'Rourke's campaign has transcended politics to become something of a political-cultural phenomenon.

    It's totally unfair to pretend Beto is a media creation, that he's all hype. In fact, the enthusiasm surrounding his candidacy is quite genuine. I should know — I see Beto lawn signs and bumper stickers every day, and I don't even live in Texas!

    I also question the accuracy of polls showing him trailing Cruz. Did you know he even convinced his mother, a lifelong Republican, to vote for him? Building on that success, he's going to flip enough 2012 Cruz voters to pull off the upset. And Beto's victory will be one of the reasons Democrats win not only the House, but also the Senate next month.

    #LibertariansForBeto
    #BlueTsunami
    #TurnTexasBlue

  • Jerryskids||

    I see Beto lawn signs and bumper stickers every day, and I don't even live in Texas!

    I don't care who you are, that's funny right there.

  • Joe M||

    I'm more concerned about all the Beto signs up in cemeteries. He's got the dead vote locked up.

  • Gilbert Martin||

    The dead are always a reliable Democratic voting bloc.

    Especially in Chicago.

  • Tankboy||

    I just hope that after I'm dead, I don't start voting Democrat.

  • vek||

    You and me both!

  • Nardz||

    And there's another 4,000 votes headed his way.
    Think they're in Guatemala now, but should only take a couple of weeks to get through Mexico

  • JesseAz||

    Good job w the lifelong republican mother talking point. Very subtle. Ignores the media from yesterday about voting in democratic primaries 12 of 14 years. Beto, willing to even lie about his mother.

  • CE||

    She voted for a Republican once. Reagan something.

  • RoyMo||

    By that measure they should love Rep. Blake Farenthold, who is sadly retiring this year, he managed to get his step-grandmother, life long Democrat, Sissy Farenthold to support him. And I guarantee you Blake is a lot more fun to party with. And unlike Beto, he would never criticize a showgirl for her vast tracks of land and too much leg.

  • KevinP||

    Good one!

  • AER1972||

    His mother is busy laundering money for Mexican cartels. I live in Texas and have challenged the idiots who support him what are his positions? They simply can't tell you but they will tell you he is better than Cruz but other than being Pro life/Republican they can't tell you why they dislike him. Progressives are childishly stupid even the ones that write for Reason.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    Speaking of childishness . . . are you superstitious, AER1972? Do you believe fairy tales are true? Do you worship an illusory man in the sky? Or are you the rare wingnut who has a grasp on reality?

  • Jack Klompus Magic Ink||

    You should have your retarded face repeatedly stomped with a steel toed boot.

  • Rock Lobster||

    OBL--this is your best work thus far. Well done.

  • Bruce D||

    Did you know he even convinced his mother, a lifelong Republican, to vote for him?

    His very own mother? That musta been hard.

  • Red Rocks White Privilege||

    Like I said in another post, Beto's simply another Great White Proglydyte Hope that the Dems want to use to try and make Texas a blue state. They know they can't do it there yet by embracing the fact that they're an increasingly anti-white party, so they push Gen-X dumbshits like Beto and Wendy Davis whom they know will enable white UMC and hicklib self-loathing.

  • vek||

    Well, like it or not, if current demographic trends continue Texas is probably a blue state in 10 years, give or take.

    I REALLY want to move to Texas. But as somebody whose family moved out of California to escape the commies, then moved to Washington... Which was a GREAT state to live in 20 years ago when we came... And who is not being run out of here... I just can't stomach moving to a place that is going to flip in a decade or so. I prefer the weather, the whole traditional culture of Texas, etc, but I'm tired of running.

    I'm going to Idaho. It's within a few points of the most conservative states in the country in terms of voting in 2016, but if you actually look at the libertarian votes, and the votes for that stupid Independent never Trump guy that ran, it has as many/more right/libertarian votes than anywhere else. Also it's close to where I have lived most of my life, and is pretty nice overall. Some other states would be okay too, but Idaho just works for me.

    I do hope more conservatives/libertarians keep pouring into Texas though... If we're lucky it might be able to hold out for 15 or 20 years before it flips... Or if Trump actually deports all the illegals, it might stay red forever :0

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    What kind of yahoo would voluntarily shackle a family by locating it in Idaho?

    Do you figure children benefit from backwater religious schools, severely limited exposure to cultural institutions, lack of association with educated and accomplished people, and unfamiliarity with modernity?

  • Bruce D||

    Sounds like you're talking about leftism. I won't call it progressivism, because not truely progressive.

  • vek||

    You mean who would move to one of the fastest growing states in the country, with some of the best business regulations, lowest crime rates, best cost of living, lowest unemployment... You get the drift.

    And I'm not religious Rev. But I do agree that even outright bible thumpers tend to be better people than degenerate, blue haired, fat, cat ladies/beta male cuck progtards.

    The main problem with Boise is that it's suffering from too many commies moving there all of a sudden... Which means they're basically ruining that part of the state. So while I will give it a fair shake, it's probably to the panhandle for me! Boise is the fastest growing city in the country apparently, but too many of them are the wrong sort of people moving there :(

  • vek||

    You mean who would move to one of the fastest growing states in the country, with some of the best business regulations, lowest crime rates, best cost of living, lowest unemployment... You get the drift.

    And I'm not religious Rev. But I do agree that even outright bible thumpers tend to be better people than degenerate, blue haired, fat, cat ladies/beta male cuck progtards.

    The main problem with Boise is that it's suffering from too many commies moving there all of a sudden... Which means they're basically ruining that part of the state. So while I will give it a fair shake, it's probably to the panhandle for me! Boise is the fastest growing city in the country apparently, but too many of them are the wrong sort of people moving there :(

  • Jack Klompus Magic Ink||

    The world would benefit from you being smeared against a brick wall.

  • vek||

    Well, like it or not, if current demographic trends continue Texas is probably a blue state in 10 years, give or take.

    I REALLY want to move to Texas. But as somebody whose family moved out of California to escape the commies, then moved to Washington... Which was a GREAT state to live in 20 years ago when we came... And who is not being run out of here... I just can't stomach moving to a place that is going to flip in a decade or so. I prefer the weather, the whole traditional culture of Texas, etc, but I'm tired of running.

    I'm going to Idaho. It's within a few points of the most conservative states in the country in terms of voting in 2016, but if you actually look at the libertarian votes, and the votes for that stupid Independent never Trump guy that ran, it has as many/more right/libertarian votes than anywhere else. Also it's close to where I have lived most of my life, and is pretty nice overall. Some other states would be okay too, but Idaho just works for me.

    I do hope more conservatives/libertarians keep pouring into Texas though... If we're lucky it might be able to hold out for 15 or 20 years before it flips... Or if Trump actually deports all the illegals, it might stay red forever :0

  • Brian||

    I really don't see how we can move forward on Beto without a thorough evaluation of his high school affairs and sexual assaults.

  • Hank Phillips||

    Beto needs to thank LP candidate Dikeman for planning to collect $10 million from Nixon's media whores for staging a solo "debate". Absent that, Lyin' Ted would never have shown up to slap him around. Only Beto is to blame for letting a superstitious antichoice Canuck use his face to mop the debating floor. The best foot-in-mouth was Beto copying as his policy Hitler's Point 23: "We demand legal measures against the conscious political lie and its propagation through the press Social Media." Armageddon's Global Warming and the Carbon Tax that handed the Dems their ass on a platter 2 years ago never even came up, but Bernie sure did.

  • SQRLSY One||

    Hey y'all, if you want to judge for yourselves, see http://betofortexas.com/issue/ ... I was pleasantly surprised that you CAN actually get a handle on Beto's stances on the issues; They are NOT all totally vacuous talking points!

    In many places, he sounds (to me at least) a tad more libertarian-ish that Cruz does.

    In absolutely no way is he a libertarian though... http://betofortexas.com/issue/jobs/ was disappointing!!! No mention at ALL on reducing the burdens of licensing! Just the usual liberal clap-trap, such as ...

    Invest in training, certification, and registered apprenticeship programs to allow Texans – especially those without college degrees – to keep pace with increasingly specialized professions.
    Increase federal spending on infrastructure in order to create new construction and manufacturing jobs for out of work Texans and promote economic growth.
    Promote rural broadband infrastructure policies that expand access to broadband to all communities.
    Protect the Earned Income Tax Credit that benefits millions of hardworking American families and promote the Family and Medical Leave Act to ensure those families can stay healthy and strong.

  • Bubba Jones||

    Require background checks for all gun sales

    Stop selling weapons of war and high-capacity magazines

    opposing Concealed Carry Reciprocity

    Ensuring that all Americans are paid equally and treated fairly, regardless of their gender. It is critical that we support policies that end wage discrimination and close the gender pay gap.

    Rejoining the Paris Climate Accords.

    Creating a public option on the exchanges so that Americans are guaranteed affordable coverage.

    Ensuring that a woman's right to choose is not compromised by limited access to safe and legal abortion services or family planning help.

    Expanding Medicaid and funding family planning centers in order to prevent another mother dying needlessly due to complications before or after childbirth.


    I can't imagine why he isn't winning Texas. But my mommy friends all love him.

  • Dillinger||

    just stop dude. no. some of us live in Texas.

  • AER1972||

    I am sorry you read his website full of superficial generalities like "We should all have a chance to succeed.
    That means jobs for Texans who are ready to work and the education and training to be competitive for them." Without any details of course this silly pandering.. I guess that is what impresses progressives like you. Here is another gem " Stop selling weapons of war and high-capacity magazines to ensure that firearms designed to kill as effectively and efficiently as possible on the battlefield aren't used in our schools, our streets, our churches, and our concerts. " or this one "Achieving universal healthcare coverage— whether it be through a single payer system, a dual system, or otherwise – so that we can ensure everyone is able to see a provider when it will do the most good and will deliver healthcare in the most affordable, effective way possible." they go on and on. Libertarian? He is a boy who was coddled by his daddy (who was a judge-why got off on the DUI/leaving the scene case

  • LarryA||

    Invest in...
    Increase federal...
    Protect the Earned...

    Beto grew up in Texas, and his family still lives here. He supposedly represents Texas. (Although his is a Blue district.)

    He should know that Texas is the state everyone is moving to because there are jobs available here.

    So he wants to improve the Texas job market by bringing us all the benefits of the programs that have turned California into the state everyone is leaving because there aren't any jobs left.

  • John I||

    Hey - Beto O'Rourke earned his media reputation through the remarkable accomplishment of not being Ted Cruz

  • loveconstitution1789||

    His positions on guns and abortion—and a multitude of other issues—are in lockstep with his party, not the state. O'Rourke has never offered any substantively impressive policy ideas. He has not led on any notable issues in the House. He's remarkably unremarkable.

    His positions on guns are unconstitutional. Beto is saying that he would violate the Constitution. He is advocating infringing on the right of the People to keep and bear Arms.

    Beto and the Democratic Party advocate violating civil rights.

  • SQRLSY One||

    http://betofortexas.com/issue/gun-safety/

    Doesn't sound way-way extreme, but who knows what lurks behind the supposed stances, what are his REAL stances? Politicians have been known to lie to get elected...

    I (sarc) "like" his last point here...

    "Fully support federal research on gun violence so that we can better understand and address its root causes."

    It's called "free will", silly! If we have free will (AKA freedom), some people will do evil things with it! The question that needs asked is, "Is giving up more of our freedom worth it, to SUPPOSEDLY gain a little more security?"

  • Bubba Jones||

    He wants to ban AR-15s and impose magazine capacity limits.

  • Hank Phillips||

    So? Nixon and God's Own Prohibitionists tried to help their Soviet buddies ban us from building antimissile defenses. If we're gonna enumerate looter party sins against the Second Amendment, why not start at the beginning?

  • Red Tony||

    Tell me, Hank, do you have any concept of anything that has happened since 1975? Because you're always talking about the 1920s and 1930s, and all of your insults are tethered to that timeframe. I don't know that you've ever mentioned even the scantest knowledge of anything that happened after 1975, and that's uh, that's kinda worrying.

  • KevinP||

    "Weapons of war" = commonly used semi-auto firearms.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    It's true though. They are weapons of war. Unfortunately, so are steel-toed boots and K-rations.

  • A Thinking Mind||

    We need to ban shovels. Soldiers use them all the time, and the populace really shouldn't be using things the military uses.

  • Bruce D||

    In a free society, people have freedom to have arms necessary to thwart tyranny, including those considered "weapons of war".

  • Hank Phillips||

    That gun violence stems from altruist justifications for the initiation of force has yet to sink into the awareness of looters whose whole raison d'etre boils down to the parasitical initiation of force against producers. Go ahead, try explaining that to one of them. (Make my day!)

  • CE||

    Federal research calls gun violence an epidemic disease. Dems have the cure. It's science.

  • Bruce D||

    Gun violence is NOT a disease. It's CRIME. Anti-gunners try to call it a disease so they can blur moral distinctions like individual will, and oppress innocent peaceable people for the crimes of others.

  • Hank Phillips||

    Austin Texas is where Libby Linebarger practices law last I looked. Libby argued Roe v Wade and got the Suprema Corte to strike down ku-klux Dixiecrat coathanger abortion laws before even Canada repealed all such usurpations. The State Fairgrounds no longer crowd full of ku-kluxers like they did in Klanbake days. In fact, much of the papal Inquisition attitude toward uppity individualist women comes from pathetic hordes fleeing the Mexican papacy with its warring prohibition gangs. The only thing the Dems get right is recognition that women have individual rights and the ability to read the first three words of the 14th Amendment. The irony is that that Amendment opened the door for Comstock laws banning birth control, deficit spending and Millerite CO2 pseudoscience that "shall not be questioned."

  • Sebastian Cremmington||

    Don't forget about Senators like Sam Houston and Ralph Yarborough that stood strong against the Southern Elite of their respective day. LBJ was more of a conservative as a senator and Texas still benefits from his iron fist rule of Texas.

  • AER1972||

    Please get back on the meds .. you sound like an idiot

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    He sounds like an idiot.

    You sound like a half-educated bigot.

    Great conversation, obviously.

  • Jack Klompus Magic Ink||

    Buy a gun and shoot yourself in the face.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    Beto...heh. He comes across as a big doofy kid. If you gave him a chore like sweeping out the garage, he'd do a half-assed job and then expect you to give him ten bucks for it.

  • FreeRadical||

    You have just described my 16 year old son to a tee.

  • NoVaNick||

    Its curious how the most important factor for a Democrat candidate seems to be how wet he makes the panties of their core supporters. Ya know-the same ones who don pink pussy hats and scream MeToo...

  • FreeRadical||

    Wait a minute. Aren't all of those people transgender lesbians? How could their (imaginary/constructed) pussies get wet from Beto?

  • NoVaNick||

    I'm talking about the ones who said women should be honored to bend over and give a BJ to Bill Clinton for keeping abortion legal-i.e. white, educated women. They probably fantasize about Beto giving it to them from behind while spanking them good and hard.

  • AER1972||

    you are talking about old dried up hags that supported Bill's sexual abuse

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    Its curious how the most important factor for a Democrat candidate seems to be how wet he makes the panties of their core supporters.

    Politics as usual. Trump succeeded by lathering up the bigotry-and-backwardness base of the Republican Party, pure emotion and gullibility.

  • Bruce D||

    bigotry-and-backwardness

    Applies at least as much to Dem and Hillary supporters.

  • Moridin||

    He's real name is Robert Francis. Beto sounds a lot like a combo of "Pedo" and "Beta" as in beta-male. And Alex Jones and David Knight get credit for that one.

    "Pedo Beto" is going to crash and burn just like Hillary in 2016 (whom the media predicted had a 90% chance of winning).

  • SQRLSY One||

    http://www.vox.com/policy-and-.....e-ted-cruz

    The raging controversy over Beto O'Rourke's full name, explained

    http://www.politifact.com/texa.....urke-beto/

    Why Rafael Cruz goes by Ted and Robert O'Rourke by Beto

    Hmmmm... What's with all these name-games?!?! My stage name is SQRLSY One, but my birth name was Bertha-Bessie Slime Toad Nosenpicker Wheezenfhart, which I did NOT consider to be very politically viable!

    I haven't read the links I posted here, so "no comment", and I am supposed to do some useful things today...

  • AER1972||

    Beto is a Mexican nick name for Robert

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    And Ted is Cuban-Canadian for . . . what, exactly?

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    I just looked it up . . . it's 'he who marries the ugly and refuses to defend his woman but otherwise is real tough talker.'

  • NotAnotherSkippy||

    Hmm, it's been almost 2 months since the last Harsanyi piece here. Anything happen in that time? Anything at all?

    Now tell me again about how reason pieces are just a bunch of individuals with no overarching editorial process...

  • Joe M||

    This whole thing echoes exactly what happened in 2014 with the governor's race. All the pundits were talking about Wendy Davis finally turning Texas blue, and she got her ass whipped.

  • RoyMo||

    Beto will never rival the glory that was Abortion Barbie.

  • Tony||

    If Texas elects a known serial killer and son of a presidential assassin over fresh-faced Beto, the problem is Texans.

  • FreeRadical||

    That seems like a spoof of Tony.

  • Sebastian Cremmington||

    That is from Trump's oppo research.

  • Ron||

    Tony is a spoof he just hasn't realized it yet

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    If there was a line about erotic shit eating I would have sworn it was Yellow Tony (AKA Best Tony)

  • vek||

    Tony is probably Nick Gillespie's sock!

  • Hank Phillips||

    Translation: spoiling liberal respect for individual rights by grafting CPUSA and econazi Millerite planks to tax everyone's breathing EXCEPT communist China's has caused Democratic parties to lose even to the most disgusting superstitious fascist who ever conspired to exclude a Libertarian from the debates. That's Texas' fault!

  • RoyMo||

    Well Texans have always taken pride in their serial killers. And in my day it was considered de rigeur to accuse Texas in general, and LBJ in particular, of killing JFK.

    So while some might consider those slurs...

  • Bruce D||

    "fresh-faced"

    Guarantees he'll be an oppressor.

  • Paradigm||

    > If Texas elects a known serial killer and son of a presidential assassin over fresh-faced Beto, the problem is Texans.

    "Fresh-faced" is the sum total of the requirements for progressive electoral success...at least before they lose the general election. When you couple that with choosing your own nickname and pronouncing it with a fake accent, it's the sign of an unutterable charlatan.

    Abortion Barbie was fresh-faced in 2014. Now she's a bag lady.

  • Paradigm||

    BTW, the serial killer business about Ted Cruz is entirely based on the fact that he was in school in the same geographic location as the torso killer. Plus, ooooooh his college roommate (a screenwriter who is almost certainly a prog), said Cruz is an asshole.

    There you have it, folks. That's all the single-celled organisms like Tony and "your betters" Kirkland need to declare a guy a serial killer. Kind if like Kavanaugh being convicted in the fevered minds of progs based on this standard of proof https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FEVaXyu0lWc

  • Sebastian Cremmington||

    I am right of center but I would vote for Beto because Ted Cruz helped Trump become president with his reckless and irresponsible presidential campaign.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    Lyin' Ted took on Trump . . . until he became Captain Obsequious, husband of the hideous.

  • Rev. Arthur L. Kirkland||

    Lyin' Ted took on Trump . . . until he became Captain Obsequious, husband of the hideous.

  • flyfishnevada||

    If you're really the next Obama, you might want to run in a decidedly blue state with a political machine that can all but grant you a win. If Obama has run in Texas, we'd be mourning the passing of former President John McCain...

  • Sebastian Cremmington||

    No, Hillary received more votes than Obama in the primary and would have actually won more Electoral College votes than Obama in 2008 because she was actually the candidate of the white working class in 2008. I know that is difficult to believe after her 2016 run but Obama ran her base out of the party and she took what she believed was the easy route to the presidency.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    she was actually the candidate of the white working class in 2008

    Maybe more so than she was in 2016, but I'd hesitate to call her "the candidate of the white working class".

  • Sebastian Cremmington||

    Remember in 2008 the white working class had just spent the last 8 years with the Bush administration shoving their proverbial cock in the collective face of the white working class and laughing about it.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    The Media loves him because he defies the white privilege stereotype. He comes from a humble background, and he has no scandals in his past that he was able to slip out of due to wealth or connections.

  • Sebastian Cremmington||

    Except the DUI.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    That makes him cool.

  • LarryA||

    The son of an El Paso County Judge and the stepdaughter of a Secretary of the Navy is hardly an "humble" background.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beto_O' Rourke#Early_life_and_education (Link won't work with ' in it.)

  • RoyMo||

    Texas County Judge = Jefferson Davis "Boss" Hogg

  • Curmudgeon44||

    And... he's a millionaire ten times over, right?

  • Dillinger||

    >>>down 7 points and falling

    so really 17

  • Fats of Fury||

    Next time run Alpho.

  • Heraclitus||

    CNN ran a live Beto town hall. Really? Why does the rest of the country need this? It's obvious that they like the young, cool guy. I don't know the guy's politics. I am certainly not a fan of Cruz, but I am turned off by the way the media manufactures popularity. But then again, if it weren't for CNN and FOX constantly reporting on Trump he would never had been made president. So I don't think this is a partisan thing. This is what happens when corporate, profit-driven businesses deliver our news.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    In kind contribution.

  • vek||

    The media is SOLELY responsible for the left sweeping stuff in America. If we had an objective media, even with the school indoctrination, there's no way in hell so many "trendies" would have decided socialism is totes awesome!

    Trump is right when he calls them the enemy of America.

  • Rock Lobster||

    Betophilia. Disgusting.

  • Truthteller1||

    After he suffers the inevitable beat down in November we will never hear his name again.

  • Don't look at me!||

    Yeah, cuz we never hear about Hillary.

  • Nuwanda||

    Meh, just illustrates how desperate the Left is for an Obama sub. Young, gifted and black has obviously morphed into a hard-on for a second JFK. John Fitzgerald becomes Robert Francis, both Irish, Roman Catholic, young-ish. That's all it's about. Obama was an empty suit. This guy's an empty pair of jeans.

  • Sebastian Cremmington||

    I will give credit to Republicans for recognizing their mistakes and putting Bush in their past so quickly by embracing the Bush hating Trump. That said, Obama is still popular among Democrats unlike Bush with Republicans so it makes sense Democrats would long for another Obama type politician.

  • CE||

    Beto just needs to find the right state, like Hillary Clinton did.
    Maybe Dems will have 2 or 3 more Senate seats to make up next time.

  • TangoDelta||

    Wonderful, John F. Kennedy's media presence with Edward M. Kennedy's driving skills. Just what we need. The media is looking for a D to run in 2020 because they realize just how horrid the current crop is with Biden, Harris, Warren, Booker, Sanders, et al. They're clearly looking for someone who's not in the current queue that might bring a glimmer of personality some enchanted evening in early November 2020.

  • TangoDelta||

    Yeah, my guess is that Beto could easily get the DNC nod at the 2020 convention because the other options aren't that good.

  • Reverendcaptain||

    He's being Obamacized.

  • Echospinner||

    I saw the tv clip from his punk band days.

    So can he play the bass or not. Can't tell from that.

    A great campaign thing would be show up and play the national anthem on bass.

    The best I heard was Stefan Lessard from Dave Mathews band. It is up on you tube if anyone cares.

    Hey at least Bill Clinton was not faking his saxophone creeds. He showed up and played. Not bad for a non pro.

  • Curmudgeon44||

    I HEARD Bill Clinton on the sax. Oh my god was it painful to listen to.

  • dchang0||

    The Beto election is more about Cruz than Beto.

    The Democrats desperately want to believe that they can flip Texas from red to blue AND take out one of their hated enemies, Cruz. They want to ride the momentum of a Beto win in exactly the same way that they tried to hype, like, y'know, Ocasio-Cortez.

  • AD-RtR/OS!||

    #FakePolitician......#FakeMedia!

  • tinwhistler||

    The only way Beto-Bobby is going to win in my Texas or take the presidency is if he has a skin transplant to look brown or black on the outside.

  • Rock Lobster||

    Texan here. As Abortion Barbie discovered, being hyped by the NYT and the WP doesn't mean shee-it to Texans who weren't born in the Peoples' Republic of California.

    We're just about to open a giant can of whup-ass on 'ol "Beto."

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    So, what this is saying is, this twit is good looking enough and vacuous enough to be a front runner for the Democrat nomination in 2020.

    Better than Lieawatha or Her Shrillness, I guess. The way that botulism poisoning is preferable to Ebola.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Beto should have stuck to his Gen X roots: working in an indie coffee shop and playing in a local garage band.

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