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Beto O’Rourke: “Man, I’m Just Born To Be In It”

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:19 am

[guest post by Dana]

In the 2020 race for the presidency, that is:

From a profile of O’Rourke in Vanity Fair this week:

Beto O’Rourke seems, in this moment, like a cliff diver trying to psych himself into the jump. And after playing coy all afternoon about whether he’ll run, he finally can’t deny the pull of his own gifts. “You can probably tell that I want to run,” he finally confides, smiling. “I do. I think I’d be good at it.”

“This is the fight of our lives,” he continues, “not the fight-of-my-political-life kind of crap.

But, like, this is the fight of our lives as Americans, and as humans, I’d argue.”

The more he talks, the more he likes the sound of what he’s saying. “I want to be in it,” he says, now leaning forward. “Man, I’m just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment.”

Meh. It’s all I can muster…

Let the Betomania begin:

We’re doing all of the Obamamania stuff again, except this time with a white guy from Texas. It’s all starting up again: the retro hipster t-shirts, the bracelets on Etsy, the votive candles.

Once the progressive-media industrial complex decides that some guy is a hero, it’s difficult to derail that train. They’re convinced they can conjure that courageous and intrepid narrative into existence through sheer willpower, facts be darned. O’Rourke’s recent defeat is just reinterpreted as a historic victory, a key turning point, a promise of things to come. There’s a paperback book of photography from Beto O’Rourke’s 2018 Senate campaign: “When I first showed up to see Beto OʼRourke he had 63,500 followers on Twitter. Eleven months later on election day, he broke the 900,000 mark. And it’s all because he showed up and left us all with a feeling that doesn’t go away — hope.”

This presidential campaign is a rerun.

Nobody does presidential elections quite like the Democrats. This burning drive to find their next Savior reminds us of their (screwed-up) fundamental belief that the role of government is to take care of us all from cradle to grave, if possible.

President Trump’s reacted to O’Rourke’s announcement:

“I’ve never seen so much hand movement,” Trump said to reporters, adding that he’d watched O’Rourke in what he called a news conference earlier that day. “I said: ‘Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?’”

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


54 Responses to “Beto O’Rourke: “Man, I’m Just Born To Be In It””

  1. Make sure to watch his announcement in the video. I’m mesmerized by Mrs. O’Rourke being mesmerized by Mr. O’Rourke as he makes his announcement.

    Dana (023079)

  2. What is it with lefties and their fixation on donkey chomper-sized teeth?

    If those were ivory, he’d be on the endangered list and living in constant fear of being poached.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  3. I’d always gauged this to be a Bruce-free Zone!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  4. Not that impressed with Mrs. O’Roarke. Methinks he stepped on a gold-plated grenade, as opposed to the grenade stepped on by, for example, David Petreaus.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  5. We got 12 years, dat’s all we got
    12 years, my teeth hurt a lot
    12 years, what a surprise
    12 years, I loves me some pies

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  6. Davethulhu @ 3,

    While I appreciate your reminder to us (and snort in derision at said reminder), I’ll remind you that I’m an equal-opportunity critic when it comes to both major parties and their absurd inclinations to put nominees on a pedestal. I think I’ve published enough gripe-posts about it to confirm said claim. So let me just revel in pointing out the absurdity of the Democrats today, eh? I dislike fealty toward a mere mortal (in either party), but Dems happen to be my focus this morning. Maybe later, it’ll be Trump signing Bibles in Alabama….

    Dana (023079)

  7. nearly-half-republicans-think-god-wanted-trump-be-president

    It’s a reasonable surmise about any politician we vote for. (4-second clip, safe for work)

    nk (dbc370)

  8. Trump, whatever his other flaws, is certainly a fighter. Beto could not even win his home state Senate seat.

    So here is a good election slogan for Beto:


    Bored Lawyer (998177)

  9. Well, this is certainly amusing. Jeff Stein of the WaPo:

    Haven’t heard back from @BetoORourke’s team yet on his key policy priorities

    Self-proclaimed Washington intellectual Lee Drutman (and Vox contributor), replies:

    Washington intellectuals (myself included) and policy journalists care about policy priorities a whole lot more than most voters.
    Beto understands this. This is why he will win. He knows how to be an empty vessel for hopes and dreams.

    Okay then.

    Dana (023079)

  10. Jim Acosta
    FYI.. Bobby Kennedy was also Robert Francis.
    __ _

    Smirking Spock
    Replying to
    So much in common with the Kennedys. Even the drunk driving and wrecks.

    harkin (09d352)

  11. Hi Dana:

    I am so saddened by this Savior Business that so many folks seem to want in politicians.

    But did you notice the author of the Vanity Fair piece?

    He wrote a VERY similar article about John Edwards, too.


    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  12. So- Dexter’s in…


    DCSCA (797bc0)

  13. ^Oops- missed a backslash:

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  14. Good catch, Simon Jester. That’s the beauty of the Democrats: no reason to do any real analysis or challenge of the latest and greatest Savior of the Party, just change the name and regurgitate the previous valentine.

    Dana (023079)

  15. @3. ROFLMAOPIP! Can’t stop laughing.

    NBC News reported one of those Bibles said to have been signed by Trump went for $325 on eBay. Now there’s the perfect Republican mix of raw capitalism with Divine guidance!

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  16. Is that the same capuchin as: 1) Ross had in Friends; and 2) the then-Anaheim Angels Rally Monkey?

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  17. @1. The medium is the message:

    Easy to listen to but incredibly difficult to watch, which distracts from what he is saying. Too animated; never gesture repeatedly for three and a half minutes in front of a static camera on a bouncy sofa.

    OTOH, don’t be so skeptical of the ‘Nancy Gaze’– worked for Ronnie.

    Personal suggestion- wear a coat and tie, Dexter; you’re announcing a run for POTUS– the most powerful position on Earth, not chairman of the El Paso PTA July 4th BBQ.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  18. Martha McSally at least had a cool dog on the couch with her, not a fancy miniature and not one of those thuggy Pit Bulls

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  19. agree, Col.
    stay bruce free

    mg (8cbc69)

  20. This beto reminds me of gigilo John Kerry.
    How great would it be for Kerry to get in!

    mg (8cbc69)

  21. So we have veronica mars on the west coast, and the would b Terry Fallon in the southland I can’t take this seriously.

    narciso (d1f714)

  22. If chandler bing moved to Texas, would he be as insufferable as Robert Francis orourke

    narciso (d1f714)

  23. justin jouvenal
    BREAKING: Connecticut Supreme Court rules gun maker Remington can be sued over Sandy Hook mass shooting, AP reports.

    harkin (09d352)

  24. Maybe he tried to cosplay Thomas Jefferson with an unwilling Sally Hemings.

    And whichever side of the divide an Italian-American chooses to be on, they go heavy (re #25). On that note, Gov. DeSantis had a good article about his approval rating (via Instapundit) and one commenter remarked it was time for the first Italian president. I would argue Trump is actually the first Italian president.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  25. What jackalope pull did they use to justify that lawsuit

    narciso (d1f714)

  26. Possible Ranch in Israel…stay tuned.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  27. from the movie the candidate “all my girl friends are voting for him because they think he’s cute!” get ready for president beto o;rourke. democrats think he looks like bobby kennedy and are looking for the next obama. democrats are ready to fall in love with beto. working class white women who voted for trump over the hillary witch think he is cute too! 6,00,000 democrats who voted in 2012 ;but didn’t vote in 2016 and 3,000,000 democrats who will have turned 18 by nov. 2020 also think he’s cute. of the 2,000,000 republicans who will have died by nov. 2020 many would be women who thank he is cute too!

    lany (3d20f3)

  28. Fako O”Rourke looks like he’s on white cross!!

    mg (8cbc69)

  29. In the video his wife gives me the feeling she would have drank the kool-aid at Jonestown.

    mg (8cbc69)

  30. “3,000,000 democrats who will have turned 18 by nov. 2020 also think he’s cute.”
    lany (3d20f3) — 3/14/2019 @ 1:30 pm

    If only they could stay 18 forever, and skip all that children, mortgage, taxes, real world stuff. A Democrat’s dream.

    Munroe (14a24e)

  31. Is it true Fredo O’Rourke went to College on a Table Tennis scholarship?

    mg (8cbc69)

  32. @36. Trump University.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  33. I’ve included President Trump’s reaction to Beto’s announcement in the post:

    “I’ve never seen so much hand movement,” Trump said to reporters, adding that he’d watched O’Rourke in what he called a news conference earlier that day. “I said: ‘Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?’”

    Dana (023079)

  34. Robert Francis O’Rourke – good Irish skateboarder that he be – is a cross between RF Kennedy and Bugs Bunny.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  35. “Beto gets away with drunken car accidents like a Kennedy, he appropriates other cultures like Elizabeth Warren, and he marries into wealth like John Kerry. He’s the total package!”

    —- Jim Treacher

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  36. unrelated, china blocked a un declaration on jaish al muhammed,

    narciso (d1f714)

  37. Beto and the Hand John ve

    I know a cat named Skateboardin’ Beto
    He’s got a hard-to-look-at-wife named Amy Hoover Sanders
    He can walk and talk and gesticulate
    But bein’ a prez just ain’t his fate
    Obama told Beto, just let it flow
    But that crazy hand jive has gotta go
    Beto told Barcky, don’t put me down
    My hands separate me from other clowns

    Hand jive, hand jive, hand jive, doin’ that crazy hand jive

    Mama, Mama look at Uncle Joe
    He’s doin’ that bad touch with sister Flo
    Uncle gave baby sister a dime
    Said, let’s pet that puppy one more time

    Kamala,the lawyer and teh fake Indian squaw
    They all like to flaunt the law
    Skateboardin’ Beto gave ’em all a treat
    When he did that hand jive with his feet

    Hand jive, hand jive, hand jive, doin’ that crazy hand jive

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  38. WTF… Beto and the Hand Jive

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  39. Col, re your 40, meet #46 if Betty incorporated blackface into his punk band stage show.

    urbanleftbehind (3439dc)

  40. Oh-oh Black Beto bama-lama
    Oh-oh Black Beto bama-lama

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  41. He seems to want it and I’m not against positive campaigning, but I’ll need to see policy.

    Nic (896fdf)

  42. The Dems need a moderate to flip Trump voters and this guy is going to present himself as one. Whether he actually is or not is kinda beside the point. Like most politicians he is gifted at talking a lot without saying anything. But he’s purty.

    JRH (8f59ea)

  43. 40. JRH (8f59ea) — 3/15/2019 @ 9:36 am

    49.The Dems need a moderate to flip Trump voters and this guy is going to present himself as one.

    No, no, that’s Joe Biden. Barack Obama is said to be quietly behind his candidacy, as he was against it in 2015.

    Michael Bloomberg put himself and Biden in the moderate category and didn’t get into the race on the grounds that there was room for only one.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  44. Hey Bernie, Don’t mess with Putin

    mg (8cbc69)

  45. Putin I think has trouble doingg things in the United States now. Their trolls don’t even make any original posts now.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  46. It doesn’t appear Bernie knows what a shower door is. My money is on Putin!

    mg (8cbc69)

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