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Did Beto Blow It?: Texas Republicans believe Ted Cruz was beatable [tr]
Politico ^ | November 4, 2018 | Tim Alberta

Posted on 11/05/2018 7:54:30 AM PST by C19fan

In March 2017, a little-known Democratic congressman named Beto O’Rourke proposed something unusual to Will Hurd, a Republican colleague from a neighboring district: that they rent a car and embark on a 24-hour, 1,600-mile road trip from San Antonio to Washington. Their live-streamed odyssey wound up attracting blushing news coverage and evoking the bipartisan companionship of a bygone era. For Hurd, a pragmatic, swing-district moderate with numerous Democrats employed on his staff, the cross-aisle kumbaya was routine; few lawmakers hug the middle so tightly. For O’Rourke, the demonstration was less likely; he had done little to distinguish himself in the House of Representatives, and what reputation he owned was not that of a centrist. He won his congressional seat in 2012 by running to the left of an incumbent Democrat—a moderate Hispanic who warned voters of the El Paso councilman’s ultra-progressive policies—and spent the ensuing years compiling a safely liberal voting record.

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TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: beto; dnctalkingpoints; mediaelites; rinos; senate; tedcruz; texas
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Somewhere along the line, the rock-concert crowds and record-setting fundraising and JFK comparisons obscured a basic contradiction between Beto O’Rourke the national heartthrob and Beto O’Rourke the Texas heretic. While the coastal media’s narrative emphasized his appeals to common ground, framing him as an Obamaesque post-partisan figure, the candidate himself tacked unapologetically leftward. He endorsed Bernie Sanders’ "Medicare for all" plan. He called repeatedly for President Donald Trump’s impeachment—a position rejected by Nancy Pelosi, and nearly every other prominent Democrat in America, as futile and counterproductive. He flirted with the idea of abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He took these positions, and others, with a brash fearlessness that reinforced his superstardom in the eyes of the Democratic base nationwide. But it likely stunted his growth among a more important demographic: Texans.

RobertBeto kept Left because he realized he has become another Obamaesque figure who is prepping for a 2020 run. Once he decided that he had to stay Left.

1 posted on 11/05/2018 7:54:30 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

All of this talk is too premature until after tomorrow.


2 posted on 11/05/2018 7:56:31 AM PST by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: C19fan
I hope Hurd didn't let him drive. He's Kennedyesque when it comes to boozed up driving and post-accident getaways.


3 posted on 11/05/2018 7:57:30 AM PST by dead (Give everyone in the migrant horde lawnmowers and Mexico will have beautiful grass.)
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To: C19fan

I call him “Beat Off” O’Rourke.......................


4 posted on 11/05/2018 7:58:46 AM PST by Red Badger (FNo-platform us all you want. Ban us all you want. Smear us all you want. You can’t stop an idea...)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

To bad for old “Nacho Senator” O’Rourke. He’s a loser.


5 posted on 11/05/2018 7:59:22 AM PST by Autonomous User (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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To: C19fan
framing him as an Obamaesque post-partisan figure

There was absolutely NOTHING post-partisan about Barry Soetoro, the communist democRAT Party hack. Likewise, nothing post-partisan about Robert Francis O'Rourke, another communist democRAT Party hack.

6 posted on 11/05/2018 8:01:01 AM PST by NorthMountain (... the right of the peopIe to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed)
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To: Red Badger

“beta” works as well.

He was stupid enough to run commercials screaming “we need more gun control!”

Drinking one’s own Kool Aid is a bad idea in politics — particularly Texas politics.


7 posted on 11/05/2018 8:01:02 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Always believe women except: clinton rape, ellison assault, booker groping, ted kennedy murder)
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To: dead

He was in it for the cash, donated by old White men who are too chicken to be Communists so they hire younger Lefties to preach their fading revolution. The sooner these ‘60s rejects are buried, the better.


8 posted on 11/05/2018 8:01:49 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: C19fan

This is written by Politico. No Republican in their right mind would even consider trading in Ted Cruz for someone as liberal as the worst demoncrap in Washington.


9 posted on 11/05/2018 8:02:00 AM PST by Slyfox (Not my circus, not my monkeys)
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To: C19fan

For Hurd, a pragmatic, swing-district moderate
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Should read, Bush League Republican.


10 posted on 11/05/2018 8:02:07 AM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here of Citizen Parents__Know Islam, No Peace - No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: C19fan

What’s with the name BETO, is that a way to trick Hispanics into thinking he’s Hispanic? BETO short for ROBERTO?


11 posted on 11/05/2018 8:02:17 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: dead
Master Beto looks somewhat like Occasional Cortex.

And Hurd must be a turd.

12 posted on 11/05/2018 8:04:29 AM PST by bankwalker (Immigration without assimilation is an invasion.)
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To: 1Old Pro

The word is his father gave him that nick in his early childhood.
He was a judge in El Paso and his son was named Robert. Beto
is Spanish for the name thus it fits in with the locals.


13 posted on 11/05/2018 8:12:11 AM PST by deport
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To: Slyfox

The Texas Republicans who were against Criuz were the establishment Moderates who opposed his candidacy the first time around and things aren’t going so well for them these days.


14 posted on 11/05/2018 8:15:37 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Denounce DUAC - The Democrats Un-American Activists Committee)
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To: txrefugee

He isn’t in it for the cash. His father-in-law is worth $20 Billion.

He married a very great deal of money. His motives seem more social than monetary.


15 posted on 11/05/2018 8:17:18 AM PST by buwaya
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To: 1Old Pro

His real first name is Robert but somehow he Spanishized the name to Roberto then shortened to Beto. I think it maybe was due to him being from El Paso.


16 posted on 11/05/2018 8:17:21 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan
The young people get excited when a "hip" candidate comes along that speaks their language.

Back when I was 22, all hearts were a-flutter over Gary Hart (1984). He was speaking to us young people and was primed to be the first yuppie president (in fact the word yuppie was first coined during his campaign). He was the "Big Chill" candidate who was going to change everything.

For a while, it seemed that Hart was going to beat out Mondale for the nomination but he was really being primed for the 1988 race (as nobody was going to beat Reagan that year).

We all know what happened next. Donna Rice and the "Monkey Business". Such a scandal at the time. Had Gary Hart waited 10 more years, nobody would have cared. His timing was bad.

17 posted on 11/05/2018 8:24:58 AM PST by SamAdams76 ( If you are offended by what I have to say here then you can blame your parents for raising a wuss)
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To: C19fan

Beto puts mayo on his tacos and eats ‘em with a fork.


18 posted on 11/05/2018 8:34:19 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: deport
Reminds me of


19 posted on 11/05/2018 8:35:35 AM PST by antidisestablishment ( Xenophobia is the only sane response to multiculturalism’s irrational cultural exuberance)
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To: Lurkinanloomin
Will Hurd ran as a Republican because he couldn't beat Pete Gallego in the 'rat primary and won because Gallego didn't bother to run much of a campaign.

Gallego had been in office (either State or Federal) for 21 yrs in a district that has more cows than people and the 'rat primary is basically the election that counts. IOW Hurd snuck up on him but what do you expect from ex-CIA.

20 posted on 11/05/2018 8:50:10 AM PST by SanchoP
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