January 20, 2019

Beto Is a Loser

“Beto O’Rourke is a loser.

I don’t mean that in some broad sense that impugns his personal integrity or abilities. He’s clearly a very handsome, charming man with a talent for promoting himself on social media and an abundance of that most mysterious and amorphous political quality: charisma.

I mean he’s a loser in the precise sense that his singular accomplishment in American public life (besides getting himself elected to a House seat in far-west Texas four years ago) has been to lose a Senate race to the stupendously unpopular Republican Ted Cruz.

How and why, in a little more than a month, O’Rourke has been able to parlay his loss into the possible high-octane launch of a presidential campaign tells us something rather banal about the potential candidate (he’s stupendously ambitious) but something very important about the state of the Democratic Party as it heads into the early stages of the interminable campaign to topple President Trump nearly two years from now in November 2020.”

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