Despite spending more money than any other Senate candidate in history, Beto O’Rourke lost to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). It wasn’t surprising considering how conservative Texas generally is, but O’Rourke made a race out of it with heavy spending and tons of external support.
O’Rouke, in many ways, is still the star of the Democratic Party despite his loss. They haven’t won a statewide election this century, so even in his loss he has many Democrats excited about the prospects of a 2020 presidential run.
He claimed the day before the election that he wouldn’t run for President if he lost, but drafting people to change their minds is relatively common.
Most of his policies are far to the left, but arguably his most progressive stance is the border. He believes in open borders, which is more and more common for Democrats, but he added a new dimension to his version of the disastrous policy stance:
“I have to convince other Democrats and Republicans that it’s wise to invest in the U.S.-Mexico border, not just for security, but also for mobility and trade, and that’s why we should open up the border.”
It’s hard to imagine how he believes investing in border security means opening the border, but there you have it. It’s propaganda. It’s newspeak. When contradictions are invoked as possibly coexisting, it’s a sign the ideology is lost.