The Beto media fantasy
...I do not seem much support for Beto in my area of Texas. I suspect he may be popular with Austin liberals but out where races in the state are decided I just do not see much support for him.
... The 45-year-old O’Rourke walks with a swagger, skateboards in restaurant parking lots, pulls all-nighters on the road, is up-front about youthful indiscretions and shoots iPhone videos that become 30-second ads — all making good copy for reporters and providing hope for Texan Democrats, who have been in the political desert here since 1994, the last time a Dem held statewide office.
In a recent phone interview, Cruz, 47, tells me that he gets Beto’s opening strike: buzz. “Every week we see fawning profiles in the media of my opponent that breathlessly describe him. The most frequent adjective used is Kennedy-esque.” he says of the lofty profiles O’Rourke has enjoyed.
O’Rourke’s campaign is fueled by celebrity and funded mostly by enthusiastic digital donors, while relying on a small, tight-knit group of young campaign workers who have pledged not to hire seasoned consultants.
But when it comes to the final stages of this fight, O’Rourke can’t duck the issues, Cruz says.
“Usually in Texas in a general election, Democrats at least pretend to go to the middle. Congressman O’Rourke is not doing that,” Cruz says. “He voted against the tax cut and he wants to raise taxes on Texans. He supports the Obama regulations that hammered the state of Texas in the oil and gas industries as well as farmers and ranchers. He wants to expand ObamaCare to full-on socialized medicine, putting the federal government in charge of health care and your doctors. He not only opposes a wall, but he supports sanctuary cities, and he has said he is open to abolishing ICE and the entire Department of Homeland Security. On gun control, he’s tweeted out how proud he is that he has an F rating from the NRA.
“And in 2014, he was one of only eight members of the House to vote against funding Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system while Hamas was raining rockets on Israel — something virtually every Republican and Democrat voted for.”
Despite Democrats pushing the idea that Texans are moving blue, the Dems in this state tend to be more conservative than Beto and they want to know how a candidate stands on issues....