His campaign was doomed from the start, even changing his name from ‘Rob’ to ‘Beto.’ Now he is acknowledging it.
Well that didn’t take long. Ted Cruz got more votes in the Texas primaries than all the Democrats combined and Beto O’Rourke lost a string of counties that echo Wendy Davis’s defeat. If that was not enough to recognize Beto O’Rourke’s coming return to being referred to as ‘Rob,’ O’Rourke himself acknowledged his pending defeat at SXSW in Austin, TX this way:
At SXSW, Beto O'Rourke says there's no reason an AR-15 should be sold to civilians. “I have no idea how that polls and I should give a shit what the NRA” thinks about it.
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) March 10, 2018
In other words, O’Rourke is running as the candidate the secularly religious can use as an indulgence to get out of the repercussions of the sin they don’t believe in, but behave like they do believe in them. No viable candidate would take to such a large stage in Texas and make such an argument. It just wouldn’t happen. He might privately support this position, but a viable candidate would be far more diplomatic on stage. Only a candidate who already knows he is going to lose would be so bold.
The DSCC and DNC are already abandoning O’Rourke. Most major outside groups will not pour money into his race. The only folks who will support him are liberals giving money to “the cause” and outside groups trying to use O’Rourke as a way to boost liberal turnout in swing, suburban congressional races.
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