A man whose greatest accomplishment to date is losing a Senate race thinks he should be president.
Robert Francis O’Rourke, who goes by the moniker “Beto,” announced his expected run for the White House yesterday after months of what Vanity Fair called his “striptease,” during which he tantalized forlorn leftists everywhere with the dream of another Barack Obama.
Indeed, Beto backers began comparing him to the former president right after O’Rourke lost his race to incumbent Republican Ted Cruz.
“I want to be in it,” he told Vanity Fair. “Man, I’m just born to be in it.”
Loss Was a Victory
Losing a race to Cruz apparently gave him and others the idea that he was destined for greater things.
As the New York Times explained, the former congressman’s “near-miss Senate run last year propelled him to Democratic stardom,” and “he’s betting that voters will prize his message of national unity and generational change in a 2020 primary teeming with committed progressives.”
Question is, how good a bet is that, given that he “comes to the 2020 race with few notable legislative accomplishments after three terms in the House representing El Paso,” the Timesobserved. “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.”