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OpinionBeto O’Rourke may be running for president, but his dog is a better candidate

17:20  14 march  2019
17:20  14 march  2019 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Democrat Beto O'Rourke announces 2020 White House bid

Democrat Beto O'Rourke announces 2020 White House bid Former congressman Beto O'Rourke is running for president. The 46-year-old officially announced his 2020 Democratic primary bid Thursday with an online post. After months of teasing a bid, he's finally, formally hoping to turn buzz from a close loss in Texas' 2018 Senate race into a White House try. O'Rourke nearly upset Sen. Ted Cruz. Since then, his blend of Kennedy-esque looks, easygoing charisma and bipartisan optimism has helped his national political star burn brighter.

On May 19, 1995, O ' Rourke and his friends sneaked under the fence at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) physical plant, and were arrested by the UTEP O ' Rourke has repeatedly announced he has no intentions to run , telling MSNBC, "I will not be a candidate for president in 2020.

His loss may hurt, but the Democrats are looking at their first bona fide star since Obama, and it couldn’t come at a better time. It’s easy to say that O ’ Rourke ’s campaign was simply a smart run at a Texas Senate seat, but ask yourself the question: If Beto O ’ Rourke were running for president

Beto O’Rourke may be running for president, but his dog is a better candidate© Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc. Beto O'Rourke

There’s one real star of the Vanity Fair profile of Beto O’Rourke, and it’s not the Texas politician.

The failed Senate candidate announced he’s running for president Thursday morning, and just in time, the magazine profiled him in a glowing cover story.

Luckily, the piece does acknowledge his drunk driving arrest, which other media outlets have conveniently overlooked in the past, but that doesn’t make it levelheaded. Near the end of the piece, the author writes:

"O’Rourke can appear almost too innocent to be a politician—too decent, too wholesome, the very reason he became popular also the same reason he could be crucified on the national stage."

The politician with a crony capitalist background is certainly not too decent for the White House, but he has a dog who is.

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Trump mocks O'Rourke's 'crazy' hand movements "Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?" President Trump said.

Beto O ’ Rourke shouldn’t run for president . It’s not because he wouldn’t run a strong campaign. The man is charismatic and likable, capable of inspiring O ’ Rourke joining an already crowded field of presidential candidates would be a step backward from this. If the Democratic Party ever wants to

On Monday in El Paso, Beto O ' Rourke acknowledged the obvious: He's considering running for president in 2020. "I will not be a candidate for president in 2020," O ' Rourke said the day before the Texas Senate election. O ' Rourke 's best chance -- and it's not even that great a chance And if he passes on this presidential race, his next opportunity to run for president wouldn't be until 2024.

The real star of the story is O’Rourke’s dog Artemis, who doesn’t even get a mention in the 8,000-word profile but who had plenty of photos taken by Annie Leibovitz.

Getting the legendary portrait photographer to capture O’Rourke may have been a little bit much, but Leibovitz's talents were necessary to capture this pooch. She — since the dog is named after the goddess of the hunt, I’m guessing it’s a she — is looking at the ground while O’Rourke plays music with his kids. She’s looking off into the middle distance with the family at Franklin Mountains State Park. And as O’Rourke and his son sit on the couch, she’s staring right into the camera, and also into the soul of America.

O’Rourke said this next election is the “fight of our lives” and he’s “born to be in it.” But, despite polling among the top 2020 contenders since his Senate loss last fall, he’s shown little evidence he has what it takes. If charisma and Twitter fawning are all it takes to win the presidency, Artemis may as well run instead.

‘We’ll make sure a space is cleared off for him’: Shop owners brace for Beto’s next counter hop.
O’Rourke has developed a habit of hopping onto elevated surfaces at campaign events. He’s stood on restaurant booths and wooden chairs and, despite the March chill in Ohio, a patio table. But counters seem to be a preferred stage for the former congressman. And the act has caused uproar among those who find it amusing, bizarre or unsanitary. Hours before O’Rourke was set to visit Tuckerman Brewing Co. in Conway, N.H. on Wednesday, co-owner Kirsten Neves said no one from the campaign had reached out about a makeshift stage for the candidate.

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