This is the Democratic fundraising leader, you guys.
In the first 24 hours of announcing his campaign, he raised a whopping $6.1 million online, which surpasses Bernie’s $5.9 million in the same time frame.
But let’s be frank, Beto’s a bit… weird.
We’re not just talking about his penchant for wearing a dress back when he was in a punk band, or his strange violent and sexual cow poetry when he was a 16-year old hacker. Don’t forget that he lied when he said he didn’t attempt to leave the scene of an accident when he was in his 20s after he got behind the wheel drunk. That’s pretty weird considering the many PSAs about drinking and driving. It’s also weird for a guy whose name is Robert Francis O’Rourke and is so Irish that his dad was Patrick O’Rourke, to take on a Hispanic nickname.
Let’s face it, Robert Francis O’Rourke is weird right now.
He celebrated having his ass handed to him in a debate with Ted Cruz by livestreaming his post-debate trip to Whataburger and air-drumming to The Who’s Baba O’Riley (Teenage Wasteland). At least he wasn’t skateboarding in the parking lot this time.
He’s a man-child that hasn’t grown up.
And, as President Trump noted, he’s got a lot of hand movements. That bro probably couldn’t speak if his hands were tied behind his back.
After losing to Cruz, he went on a Jack Kerouac ‘find himself’ journey and blogged about it.
He also livestreamed his dental visit so he could talk about ‘life at the border’ with his dental hygienist. For Beto fans, it must have been glorious to see those pearly whites getting cleaned — the rest of us thought that some things should never be livestreamed, and this was proof positive.
Since he announced that he’s running in 2020, he seems to have a strange affinity for standing on countertops in places that serve food.
It’s time we all admit that Beto just has a thing for standing on countertops.
— Ken Adams (@Elohssa412) March 18, 2019
The Health Department must be thrilled with his shoes all up on the places where people put their food.
The Washington Post ran a glowing article mainly focusing on Beto’s marriage with Amy, and the toll that public office and the Senate race took on their lives. This piece is obviously an attempt to cast Beto in a better light because of his supposed gaffe where he said that his wife raises their three kids and he ‘sometimes helps’. Beto was blasted by progressives for the ‘traditional’ nature of their family where his wife takes on the role of childrearing while he pursues his dreams. The left has also been critical of Amy’s silence in his campaign video. In the highly competitive race to become the 2020 Democratic nominee, Beto has had to acknowledge his white privilege because he’s just not intersectional enough, nickname notwithstanding. Besides, not everyone can marry an heiress! The puff-piece in WaPo basically says that the O’Rourkes are the best of both worlds — traditional, in that Amy takes the parenting lead, and modern, because… Beto is cool!
It starts out with Beto and his wife being interviewed in their living room, and even that gets weird. O’Rourke, quite comfortable in his home, takes off his shoes and socks and at one point rubs his feet which seems to annoy his wife.
Beto O’Rourke plonked down on his living room sofa beside his wife, Amy, and promptly removed his shoes and socks. It was a late February morning, weeks before announcing his candidacy for president, and Beto had just returned from his favorite hike in the nearby Franklin Mountains.
His head was still in the clouds…
…He turned to Amy for help.
“Your subconscious,” said Amy, who like Beto is thin and angular but whose tawny hair is not yet streaked with gray.
“Okay, yeah, the same way your subconscious is the author of your dreams,” Beto said, leaning forward to rub his bare feet — which elicited a slight groan from Amy. “In that same way, your will is the subconscious author of your life.”
Beto took a breath. Amy, as if watching her favorite television rerun, offered a flat smile.
The piece continued to recount their relationship from the beginning, and how Amy didn’t really want to be the wife of a national politician. It speaks of their first date in Juarez, Mexico, and how he told her that he wanted to name his first son, Ulysses, which they did when he was born a year after they got married. The other children have less unusual names — Molly and Henry.
But then, the piece spoke of some of Beto’s strange behavior or ‘pranks’ as WaPo calls them — like putting the poop from one of their kids’ diapers in a bowl and telling Amy it was avocado, or his attempts to scare his wife.
And then there were the pranks: the remote-controlled cockroach in the kitchen, the “Psycho”-style scares in the shower. One time, according to a friend, Beto collected an especially verdant turd from one of their kids’ diapers and put it in a bowl, telling Amy it was avocado. (Neither would confirm this, though Beto did allow it sounded like something he’d do.)
Well, that’s perfectly normal, adult behavior, amirite?
When Beto lost to Cruz, he wandered around the country to figure out his next steps. There was a lot of buzz coming from the left, and a full-on draft Beto campaign, so he wandered around the country ‘meeting people.’
After losing to Cruz, Beto made Amy an offer: If she wanted, he would be a stay-at-home dad, and she could go back to work full time. She declined.
“I have figured out a way to fulfill my purpose and be the mom that I want,” she said. “And I in no way wanted him to sacrifice that sense of purpose.”
Whatever post-defeat sadness Amy felt, she was able to kick quickly; she’s always been the stable one. Beto, on the other hand, more prone to higher highs and lower lows, was in a “funk.” In January, Beto hit the road, much as his father had done before him, and drew energy from the people he met, and — on one stop in New Mexico he didn’t write about in his blog — by eating New Mexican dirt said to have regenerative powers. (He brought some home for the family to eat, too.)
It’s all totally normal, you guys.
And we didn’t even get to his policies, which, like many on the left, are pretty out there. Well, at least the ones that he’s enumerated and not the ones that he’s having potential voters pick for him.
Beto has even suggested tearing down the existing border wall, but, according to WaPo, Amy suggested that he ‘rein in the rhetoric’.
Amy’s moderate temperament had always made political life less appealing to her than it had been to her grandiose husband. Now, she used her moderating influence (and her political sensibilities — also moderate, according to friends) to help make Beto more appealing to voters. She’s quick to remind him how his casual profanity might rankle Texas conservatives, not least his in-laws. She’s the one who tells him to stop doing push-ups before bed because it’s keeping him awake at night and the one who Beto’s sister Charlotte said is “a good girl” and “keeps him grounded.” When Beto publicly suggested tearing down El Paso’s border wall, for example, she was the first to suggest he rein in the rhetoric.
Source: Washington Post
At the end of the article, it says, ‘Amy said she’d wondered whether the country needed another white, male president; and whether Beto’s candidacy might require her to play a bigger role on the campaign.’
I guess you can’t ever stop the kowtowing to identity politics on the left, even if you raise the most money in the first 24 hours.
It seems that for the most part, the Media(D) isn’t on the Beto Bandwagon like they were when he was running against Ted Cruz. Let’s see if his star power is going to fizzle and go out once the race really kicks in. Let’s hope so. Someone willing to tear down the wall that already exists will just cause more problems at the border.
We don’t need a wishy-washy, Open Borders Empty Suit President that wants voters to shape him — we need someone who is willing to secure the border and is putting forward his own policy agenda to Make America Great Again.
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