Beto O’Rourke officially launches his campaign to be president.

By |2019-03-14T05:34:45-08:00March 14th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |12 Comments

Courtesy of NYT:

Beto O’Rourke, the 46-year-old former Texas congressman whose near-miss Senate run last year propelled him to Democratic stardom, announced on Thursday that he was running for president, betting that voters will prize his message of national unity and generational change in a 20202 primary teeming with committed progressives.

His decision jolts an early election season already stuffed with contenders, adding to the mix a relentless campaigner with a small-dollar fund-raising army, the performative instincts of a former punk rocker and a pro-immigrant vision to counteract President Trump’s.

Yet Mr. O’Rourke also comes to the 2020 race with few notable legislative accomplishments after three terms in the House representing El Paso. And in a primary so far defined by big-ticket policy ideas, like the economic agendas of Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Mr. O’Rourke enters without a signature proposal that might serve as the ideological anchor of his bid.

“This moment of peril produces perhaps the greatest moment of promise for this country and for everyone inside it,’’ Mr. O’Rourke said in a video announcing his candidacy, released hours before a planned three-day tour of Iowa was set to begin on Thursday morning.

Well, folks, this is really going to change the dynamic of the Democratic primary. 

O’Rourke is a kind of Democratic wunderkind and his entrance is going to suck a whole lot of oxygen out of newsrooms all over the country who will be unable to focus on other candidates besides him, at least for a while. 

And if Joe Biden jumps in, which is widely believed to be happening soon, I am not sure any other candidates will be able to get media coverage for quite some time. 

I really think it would be unfortunate if in the 2020 Democratic primary the race came down to two white male candidates, but that could be exactly how this thing plays out.

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  1. Gryphen March 14, 2019 at 7:32 am

    By the way, I like Beto O’Rourke, I think he is a great candidate and would likely make a good president.

    I just lament the idea that he and Biden might crowd out any real diversity.

    • Injustice March 14, 2019 at 8:18 am

      He Writes bOOks tOO! “The War on Drugs doesn’t work.”
      “a book written for the general reader — they explore the costs and consequences of marijuana prohibition. They argue that marijuana prohibition has created a black market so profitable that drug kingpins are billionaires and drug control doesn’t stand a chance.” Legalize it now.

  2. dvlaries March 14, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Male sex appeal! It’s about time this matter got some pumped into it, and if Newsom ain’t gonna run, Beto’ll handle that element just fine. 🙂

  3. Anonymous March 14, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Surely you have other problems with Beto besides being a white man.

  4. Anonymous March 14, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Mr. O Rourke is a distraction. He seems to have the media’s attention and speaks well. but this fellow is a nothing burder . He is also from Texas and I for one will never vote to put another Texan into national office.

  5. Anonymous March 14, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Me thinks that the republican machine is now looking for things that will bring him down. That’s how they work. That’s why they love Putin who also brings down opponents and people who threaten his power. So we shall see. But I really think people in this country better stop looking for a messiah. That just isn’t working. The current messiah in the white house is full of bluster. Bleh and meh.

  6. PoopTown March 14, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Whichever of the massive field of Dem candidates gets the nod I’ll vote for him or her in November of 2020. Until then, really don’t care, don’t overtly support any of them and will let time tell.

  7. Anonymous March 14, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    trump must be worried because he is already making fun of him,

  8. anonymous March 15, 2019 at 8:00 am

    “It’s impossible to imagine a female candidate for whom this approach could work.”
    “Beto’s campaign is telling us more about the institutional problems in our political system—and the way we report and comment on it—than anything else.” “It’s not news that women—in politics and probably every other arena—have to be at least twice as qualified and still expect at least twice as much criticism and doubt.”

  9. Anonymous March 18, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    I would be fine with whoever gets the nomination putting Beto in the second slot as VP. Let him get 8 years of experience before running for the top spot.

    I’ve heard him speak and he isn’t my first choice, even in this field. I think he has the power to draw the young and energize the electorate, but I don’t think he has the strength to win no the top of the ticket. So smart money would make him the VP for whoever wins. I just hope the Dems are smart enough to realize it.

    No more old people. No more people from New York, Texas or even California. Northwest and Middle would be fine. Great even. I think there are plenty to choose from without resorting to Gillibrand or Harris.

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