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OpinionIn the Woke War against Beto, Root for Beto

18:00  15 march  2019
18:00  15 march  2019 Source:   nationalreview.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.

Beto O’Rourke gestures at his midterm election night party in El Paso, Texas, November 6, 2018. (Adria Malcolm/REUTERS). And make no mistake, the woke war is on. Just read the critiques that have been rolling in from the online Left. At CNN, Nia-Malika Henderson argues that Beto ’s

Robert Francis " Beto " O'Rourke (/ˈbɛ.toʊ oʊ.rɔːrk/; born September 26, 1972) is an American businessman and politician of the Democratic Party who represented Texas's 16th congressional

In the Woke War against Beto, Root for Beto© Adria Malcolm/REUTERS Former Democratic Texas Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke gestures at his midterm election night party in El Paso, Texas, November 6, 2018.

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Robert “Beto” O’Rourke has announced that he’s running for president, and there are two things I believe with equal intensity. First, I don’t want Beto to be president. He’s a culturally left economic progressive who may be the serious candidate closest to an actual open-borders position on immigration. Second, I don’t want to see the Democratic party become so radical — and so obsessed with matters of race and privilege — that even Beto is too “moderate” to win.

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WASHINGTON — Representative Beto O’Rourke’s blockbuster fund-raising in his race to unseat Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is colliding with a widening deficit in polls, bringing long-simmering tensions into public view between Democrats who believe Mr. O’Rourke should share his bounty with

In the Woke War against Beto , Root for Beto . The controversies of the Trump and #MeToo era and the increasingly vocal nature of “ woke ” activism have made it common to hear prominent voices say openly that Democrats need to run a candidate against Trump who is not male, not white, or both.

So, in the woke war against Beto, I’m rooting for Beto to win.

And make no mistake, the woke war is on. Just read the critiques that have been rolling in from the online Left. At CNN, Nia-Malika Henderson argues that Beto’s “adventures” after his Senate loss to Ted Cruz “drip with white male privilege.” “His political identity,” she claims, “is predicated on being white and male.” It’s this “privilege” that “allows him to turn a loss to the most despised candidate of the cycle into a launching pad for a White House run.”

At the New York Times, Lisa Lerer analyzed the alleged “privilege of being Beto” and reported on simmering resentment in Democratic ranks:

In quiet and not-so-quiet complaints, Democratic strategists argue that the relatively positive reception to Mr. O’Rourke’s untraditional approach is evidence, yet again, of the deep double standard female candidates face. While his defenders argue that Mr. O’Rourke can’t be blamed for gender dynamics he didn’t create, his critics say he is being given a benefit of the doubt that wouldn’t be extended to a woman or a candidate of color.

Why Beto O'Rourke could be Dems' 2020 nominee against Trump

Why Beto O'Rourke could be Dems' 2020 nominee against Trump Donald Trump and Beto O’Rourke are actually quite similar. Yes, they both ran against Ted Cruz at one point, but that’s not it. The answer is authenticity. You either have it or you don’t. And if you do, it can make up for a multitude of sins. WHAT MAKES BETO O'ROURKE SO SPECIAL? – NOW THAT IT’S 2019 THE ANSWER WILL SHOCK YOU And for Beto, this could be how he ends up as the nominee. For better or worse, you know who Donald Trump is and what’s on his mind.

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Beto O'Rourke is coming under attack from forces loyal to Bernie Sanders. Neither has announced whether he's running for president. "I don’t think there’s much appetite among Democratic voters to re-live some of the dumb Twitter fights that we saw in the 2016 primary," said Jon Favreau, a former

And if we want to talk about pure policy, the Washington Post’s Elizabeth Bruenig makes the socialist case against Beto. Bruenig only calls him “progressive-ish.” He didn’t join the House Progressive Caucus. He didn’t sponsor House single-payer or free-college bills. He calls the “decision between oil and gas and renewable energy sources ‘a false choice.’”

To conservative ears, the idea of Beto as a progressive squish sounds odd. After all, this is the same guy who told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that he’d take down the wall between El Paso and Mexico. He’s resolute on abortion rights. He’s fluent in intersectionality. He wants to ban so-called assault weapons.

But he’s an Obama-style progressive when millions of members of the Democratic-party base have moved on. They’re frustrated with Obama-style politics. They’ve given up on unifying messages. They’re sick of white men, unless the white man is an avowed socialist — and even then he’s still suspect.

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Similarly, the Beto effect gouged Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. The politician most responsible for pushing anti -transgender potty politics in the 2017 More than anything, O’Rourke’s showing could prompt a 2020 presidential Democrat to campaign against President Trump in Texas, because the

Beto O’Rourke voted against hurricane tax relief. We fact checked the ad. The spot, released Tuesday, also credits the freshman senator for securing federal aid dollars that Congress sent to the Lone Star State in the wake of the devastating hurricane that hit southeastern Texas in August 2017.

I know there are Republicans who chortle at all this. There’s a long bipartisan history of rooting for the opposing party to go nuts — to nominate someone either so extreme or so bizarre that they guarantee an electoral loss.

But never forget that in 2016 the Democrats did their share of chortling when Donald Trump dominated the primaries. They thought it was hilarious that Republicans had actually nominated the least-liked politician in the history of favorability polling. They kept laughing until about 11:00 p.m. on Election Night — when Florida was lost, Ohio was lost, and it looked quite clear that the Philadelphia precincts weren’t going to save Hillary from disaster.

Right now, the Democratic front-runner is a man who used to gush with praise for the Soviet Union and even defended bread lines. Another leading contender has proudly promised to eliminate every private health-insurance program in America. Virtually every important Democratic candidate (including Beto) has endorsed or spoken glowingly about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal — a progressive program of staggering expense and scope.

Beto O'Rourke in talks with veteran Democratic strategist to become campaign manager

Beto O'Rourke in talks with veteran Democratic strategist to become campaign manager Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is in discussions with veteran Democratic strategist Jen O'Malley Dillon to become his campaign manager, a source familiar with the discussions told CNN. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); O'Rourke told reporters in Milwaukee on Sunday that he is "in talks" with someone to become his campaign manager and has offered the job to one person. He did not say who that person is.

The latest Tweets from Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke): "To the members of Congress who voted to pass gun safety legislation today (including 8 Republicans): bien hecho! Super proud of El Paso for starting a chapter of @MomsDemand on the same day. We thank you for making this progress

Congressman Beto O'Rourke is challenging Senator Ted Cruz for Senate. Here is what you need to know about him. Cruz accused O'Rourke of changing his name to appeal to voters in the first campaign ad of the race, an attack that earned coverage from national news outlets and "The Late

So now it’s the Republicans’ turn to laugh. That’s a curious position for a party that just lost the House and got crushed by suburban Americans who were once loyal GOP voters. It’s an especially curious position for a party whose standard-bearer is sitting on a 41.7 percent approval rating — just as it was curious for Democrats to feel so confident when Hillary was at their helm.

In a time of extreme polarization, ideology matters far less than party identification, and it’s now entirely possible that even Bernie Sanders could win the White House. It’s possible that the ideas that were once on the fringe even of Democratic politics in, say, 2012 could become the signature legislative initiatives of a new Democratic president. Against this backdrop — and for the health of the republic — it’s time for Americans to root for both parties to pick the least-bad option. Consequently, if Beto stands between the Democrats and the full embrace of both socialism and identity politics, then I’ll take Beto every time.

Steve Bannon: This is the Democratic ticket Trump should fear.
President Trump's former campaign chairman Steve Bannon reportedly said that the president’s most dangerous 2020 opponents would be former Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); “Beto on the ticket with Harris is the most dangerous ticket for Trump,” Bannon told a conservative group in Italy, according to the Daily Beast. “But don’t forget, the vampire is still alive: Hillary Clinton,” Bannon added.

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