Presidential candidates all have bad days. They make a stupid statement at a campaign stop and all of a sudden, it’s world-wide news. Oh, they want to show us that they’re human, so they try to tell a joke, and it backfires. It’s not funny, and they get more criticism than a Jimmy Fallon monologue. It happens. Well, you want it to happen less when you’re on the campaign trail, but for newly minted candidate, Beto O’Rourke, this past Friday was anything but a TGIF moment!
He started out in Iowa touring and at an early campaign stop he made a joke about his wife. It got some laughs. It also got a LOT of criticism about how a Democrat could dare criticize or joke about the fact that a stay-at-home mom is raising kids basically on her own, and you’re joking about it?
If that weren’t enough, one of the news outlets dug into Beto’s past. Sorry, Beto fans, but it’s what the news outlets do. And they found that when he was a teenager, he was part of a hacker group, and even posted online about kids getting run over by cars (in a joking, humorous sense). Again, not something you, as a presidential candidate want to get out.
And it went on and on. Beto was probably relieved when Saturday showed up. But with all of these candidates out there (I’m guessing there are 17 or so by this point), the damage has been done.
Frankly, I can’t see what all of the buzz is about this guy. Yeah, he’s good looking, but good looking people don’t usually get elected president. I mean, look at Trump? Look at George HW Bush? Some would call Clinton in the 90’s and George W. Bush in the 2000’s good looking. Was Ronald Reagan good looking? Richard Nixon? Jimmy Carter? Nope. Looks don’t guarantee anything except that Democrats compare you to JFK. Beto is NO JFK.
In my world, if you can’t even win a Senate seat in your own state, what makes you think you can out-duel some 16 or 17 other people, win a primary, and beat an incumbent when you couldn’t beat a mildly popular incumbent Senator? The answer is, you shouldn’t be running. But judging by who is running so far, I guess the answer would be why not? After all, how much of a chance to win the nomination do you give a Minnesota Senator, or the mayor of South Bend, Indiana?
Beto O’Rourke, in a lot of ways is a lot like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Both have burst on the scene and made big names for themselves. Both have done very little if anything politically to validate all of the attention they are getting, and I’m beginning to learn that neither of them are the smartest bulb in the box. My hunch is, that AOC will be replaced in Congress sooner rather than later, and O’Rourke will become one of the early victims of the campaign. There’s just way too much negativity going on about him.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!