The Media Really Misses Beto O’Rourke
In 2018, the Texas and national news media fell in love with a Democratic congressman from El Paso.
Beto O'Rourke was traveling all over the State of Texas in an attempt to defeat Senator Ted Cruz. He attempted to pass himself off as a moderate Democrat who was no threat to the 2nd Amendment or border security. The Cruz campaign didn't take O'Rourke seriously enough at the beginning of the campaign, and he nearly defeated Cruz.
O'Rourke had lost, but he had won over the media and Democrats. So he decided to take a trip to find himself and, once he did, he decided to run for president. This was when the real Beto O'Rourke showed up.
Gone was the moderate-speaking Democrat who just wanted to bring people together. This O'Rourke was ready to tear down border walls and couldn't wait to take away your gun. Fast forward a bit, and he lost that race, too.
Beto O'Rourke is a two-time loser, but that doesn't mean the media isn't hoping for another shot of seeing Beto-mania take over Texas. POLITICO's headline this week? "Texas Disaster puts Beto O'Rourke back in business." The story begins this way:
While Ted Cruz was getting clobbered for fleeing Texas amid its historic winter storm, the Democrat he defeated in 2018, Beto O’Rourke, was already deep into disaster relief mode — soliciting donations for storm victims, delivering pallets of water from his pickup truck and once again broadcasting his movements on Facebook Live.
It was part of an effort orchestrated by O’Rourke and his organization, Powered by People, in response to the crisis. It was also, to Texas Democrats, a sign that O’Rourke the politician is back.
This isn't the only news story about Beto O'Rourke and hope about his future. It really all started last month when O'Rourke said he was "thinking" about running for governor. The New York Times picked up on the speculation recently as well, and the The Hill ran a story about O'Rourke saying Texas was becoming something close to a failed state.
Will O'Rourke really run for governor in 2022? It's very possible, and it seems as though Beto-mania is alive and well - at least among the media.