The Wall Street Journal had one, and so do I.
The question now that he’s running for President is whether his elusive idealism can triumph in 2020 over the Democratic Party’s socialist and identity politics vanguard.
And he seems to be good at fund-raising; although I’m not convinced one way or the other based solely on his Senate campaign in 2018.
While he lost to Mr Cruz by three points, he won 59% of voters under 44, 51% of college graduates, 65% of moderates, and 62% of single women.
He got these numbers because Cruz was not all that popular in those demographics, not because ol’ Beto was attractive to them. Besides that, he’s earned the frustration and ire of his fellow Progressive-Democrats with his refusal to share his remaining campaign millions with those fellows.
But the remark that drew my attention was the one with which the WSJ opened its piece, this subheadline:
He’s the fresh, elusive outsider like Carter, Clinton, and Obama.
No, Hamlet on the Rio Grande is just an attention whore like Joe Biden, only less smooth.
Robert Francis O’Rourke has little chance of surviving the primaries, especially once Party’s identity politics starts taking him to task over his Hispanic cultural appropriation.
Still, Republicans need to take him seriously, especially were he to survive the primaries. That’s the path to easily despatch him, as he should be over his vague (because they’re not thought out, not because they’re tactically vague) ideology that contrasts with his thoughtless concretenesses like tearing down barriers that channel illegal aliens, drug smugglers, human traffickers.
It’s dangerous to underestimate even agonizing Hamlets.