What’s exceptional about that piece — and it’s miles from the one one expressing the sentiment that O’Rourke ought to drop out of the presidential race and run in opposition to Republican Sen. John Cornyn in 2020 — is that it was sparked by what was, with out query, Beto’s greatest second as a presidential candidate in months.
Within the wake of the murders of 22 individuals in a mass capturing in El Paso earlier this month, O’Rourke was requested whether or not President Donald Trump bore some duty for the tragedy.
“Um, what do you assume?” O’Rourke stated. ” the s*** he is been saying. He is been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. I do not know. … Like, members of the press — what the f***? It is these questions that you realize the solutions to …”
It went viral and reminded many individuals of the eagerness and pleasure O’Rourke created throughout his 2018 marketing campaign in opposition to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. His coronary heart is in Texas, the argument goes. He can solely be the Beto we love when he’s working for workplace in Texas!
Now, O’Rourke’s marketing campaign for president is not entertaining the potential for switching races, in response to CNN’s Dana Bash. Which is smart! Whereas he has been a disappointment to this point within the presidential race, it is nonetheless solely August 2019. Issues can change!
But when they do not, there is a very robust case to be made for him to modify races. Think about:
2) Whereas there are a number of Democrats working for the nomination in opposition to Cornyn, none carry the cachet — or document of vote-getting — that O’Rourke does. Whereas he misplaced the 2018 race to Cruz, he got here nearer to victory than any Democrat in a really very long time in a statewide race in Texas.
3) O’Rourke has $5.2 million readily available in his presidential account. If he determined to run for Senate tomorrow, he may switch that whole sum right into a Senate account — a reasonably good quantity of seed cash to begin that race.
4) O’Rourke has no job proper now. He gave up his Home seat in 2018 to run for Senate. Which implies that if the presidential race continues to seem like a really lengthy shot, he has to make a real-world evaluation of what race offers him one of the best likelihood of being gainfully employed in politics come 2021.
The Level: O’Rourke does not must resolve on a Senate race at this time. However this storyline is not going away until he all of the sudden takes off within the presidential race.