Both Buttigieg and Beto are ridiculously unqualified for the job they want.
by Daniel Greenfield
Both Buttigieg and Beto are ridiculously unqualified for the job they want. Buttigieg runs a failing city in Indiana. Beto lost a Senate election. Both are the sorts of privileged Ivy League brats who wear $200 blue collar shirts to identify with the working class and get all their ideas from listening to TED talks.
Their cliched rhetoric is almost identical because they come from the same hipster hive mind.
But Buttigieg beat Beto and took his image, his donors and his place because he understands that even when you’re touting your own indefinable mythology, you have to give people something to work with.
Beto jumped into the race, convinced that the less he told voters, the more they would like him. And for a brief shining moment in the dinner theater production of Camelot, it seemed as if he was right. A skinny white guy from Texas had mastered the Obama strategy of running as a personable mystery.
Robert Francis O’Rourke knew that his only shot was cultivating a mystique because he isn’t interesting.
And, some months later, despite his best efforts at becoming the next male model since Gerald Ford to win the White House, the mystique faded when Democrats realized that there wasn’t anything there.
Now, Beto is chasing the tattered shreds of his lost mystique by endorsing every radical cause.
At a CNN town hall in April, he urged the impeachment of President Trump. But while the applause comes in, it doesn’t actually translate into any progress. His numbers began cratering in April and they’ve been dipping ever since. In the clown car primary, calling for Trump’s head is no big deal.
Everyone’s doing it.
In June, he became one of the few candidates to take a direct shot at Joe Biden. Even though he claimed that Biden represented a return to the past, it was Beto who was trying to return to the recent past where he was a viable candidate, instead of frantically trying to figure out a way to get back ahead.
“We cannot return to the past,” he told MSNBC. He might have been writing his own political epitaph.
The real humiliation came when he stopped by the Late Show to promote his presidential campaign only to be told by Stephen Colbert to drop out and run for the Senate. Again.
Beto claimed his campaign was “special”. “I want to be in the most consequential position,” he whined.
If Colbert were a comedian, instead of a leftist apparatchik, the jokes would have written themselves.
During his disastrous CNN spot with Jake Tapper, he tried to argue that the polls don’t matter. “If I were to rely on polls right now, it would be as though that was going to decide the future of not just our race, but the country. And we can’t allow that to happen,” he rambled desperately. “I’ve never relied on polls running for Congress, running that race in Texas for the United States Senate.”
That’s the race he lost.
Beto O’Rourke is running out of money, out of polls and out of his mind. His proposals and rhetoric have become more radical even as his candidacy continues to stumble to the back of the 2020 clown car.
Why is he still running?
In the words of his faded Vanity Fair cover, “I just want to be in it.”
His hands are sweaty. His carefully mussed hair is drooping. But like every other Democrat, he can’t escape the political singularity of the 2020 election until it drops him out the other end with nothing.
Not even his mind.