Beto is in. Just don’t expect him to think you should vote for him.
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The “rising star” who couldn’t beat Ted Cruz, the least charismatic Senator in America, says he feels “born” to enter the race to defeat Donald Trump, the man who crushed Cruz’s White House run like a bug.
That’s one strike. But Beto—last name O’Rourke—has not yet begun to defeat himself.
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“I totally understand people who will make a decision based on the fact that almost every single one of our presidents has been a white man, and they want something different for this country,” he wants you to know. In his eyes, “that’s a very legitimate basis upon which to make a decision.”
Not just legitimate. Very legitimate.
Maybe in some Americans’ minds, a guy with a nickname like Beto counts as something other than just another white man. But as our social justice hellions will remind us, white people don’t “get to” just identify as another race or ethnicity.
No, the easy answer for what to do by Beto’s lights is skip him. It being very legitimate to prefer, say, Ben Carson for president, or perhaps Ivanka Trump, for no other reason than their race or sex.
This manifest foolishness isn’t of course what Beto means. He means crazy radicals on the Left are beyond all criticism, even if they choose a candidate simply to spurn the white men seeking the Democrats’ nomination.
He means that because he’s sure he has no hope of winning unless he appeases them.
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Because appeasement always works when you’re trying to win, or something.
Maybe he’s really running for Vice President. Maybe he believes young white guys can still very legitmately seek the Dan Quayle slot. But if the president is being selected on the basis of identity, shouldn’t the veep have some claim to special competence?
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Isn’t this the part where the “adults” throw Trump out of the room and restore order and discipline?
How long has Beto been adulting? Five months?
He’s not even a sitting Congressman anymore.
And whatever he did while in office, no one remembers, if anyone did they wouldn’t care. Beto is greener than Kermit the Frog.
And on the campaign trail, it ain’t easy being green.
Beto’s great white hope is that mainstream Democrats will see Biden and Bernie as too old… but still, deep down, want a pale face in the White House.
Otherwise he’s just fluffing himself for a cush job that actually pays.
But why swap a principled socialist for an empty suit? Or an actual Vice President for a wannabe?
Beto doesn’t have answers.
But you can bet Donald Trump will have something to say on the subject… if Beto can even get on first base.
Because on day one, his candidacy is already staring down strike three.