It’s official. Beto O’Rourke is running for President and all of the Betomaniacs who supported him during his run for U.S. Senate in Texas can now rejoice. But many on the left have been questioning his policy proposals, or more specifically, his lack thereof.
Even leftist news outlet Slate ran with a damaging headline, “Beto 2020 Has No Reason to Exist.” While I adamantly disagree with Slate’s general perspectives on the country and how to fix our problems, I’ve come to believe they’re one of the few leftist outlets that actually thinks about what they’re proposing. They may be wrong, but at least they’re thoughtful about their perspectives.
On O’Rourke, author Josh Voorhees (not related to Jason as far as we know) compiled an impressive list of problems with O’Rourke’s candidacy. First and foremost, he’s done nothing and so far hasn’t proposed to do anything concrete. Supporters might say it’s too early in the game for him to have concrete answers on policy questions, but considering he just ran for United States Senate without having concrete ideas of what he’d do if he won, what’s to make us believe he’ll come up with good ideas for a presidential run?
Then again, perhaps he always knew he was going to lose the Senate race. Perhaps it was just a way to hit the campaign and fundraising trails so he could prepare for a presidential run. Maybe he was intentionally vague because he didn’t want to get locked into Texas politics when he had national politics in mind on his horizon.
Nope. I’m not buying any of that. I’m agreeing with Voorhees that O’Rourke legitimately has no idea what he believes or how he’ll make the grand changes he’s been hinting at for a while. Remember, he’s not someone new to politics. He spent three terms in the House of Representatives where he did essentially nothing. This isn’t a guy holding his cards close to the vest. This is a guy who doesn’t have any cards yet and is hoping nobody notices.
Unfortunately, that may actually be the case. There may not be enough people in the Democratic Party willing to check to see if he has any cards. He has a glowing personality that makes him instantly likable when people talk to him directly as well as when he speaks publicly. He seems like a guy on the edge of politics, a skater who has a leadership role on student council. This has been one of his greatest strengths.
What if it’s his only strength?
Most leftist outlets are missing this about O’Rourke. Conservative news needs support to drive the narrative if O’Rourke does, indeed, win the nomination. Even if some on the left are starting to recognize his flaws, they’ll be the first ones to keep them hidden if he’s up against President Trump in the general election.
The crowded Democratic field should worry about him because of his extreme talent in raising funds. No Senate campaign has come close to raising what he brought in for the midterm elections. If he applies that to the 2020 presidential primaries, he has an opportunity to compete with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden in the money race. The latter, who hasn’t indicated if he will run or not, could end up helping O’Rourke if he doesn’t throw his own name in the hat. Of all the major candidates so far, O’Rourke is the closest to Biden’s liking thanks in part to President Obama’s own interest in the guy some were calling the next iteration of the last Democratic President.
Some on the left are starting to wonder if O’Rourke has any actual ideas. The only concrete one he’s proposed so far is taking down border walls that currently exist. It could mark the beginning of a campaign to take the nation backwards as quickly as possible.
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