Betomania has befallen Washington elites: Democratic pundits – political operatives and influencers are having a collective swoon over Democratic representative Beto O’Rourke.
Now he is Washington’s version of Elvis Presley on Ed Sullivan – only the screaming teeny-boppers are Beltway politicos: one rainmaker touted him as “Obama, but white” – a Wall Street-funded group called Third Way declared that ‘we are big Beto fans’ and a former Obama aide penned an entire love letter touting O’Rourke 2020 – without even once mentioning where the Texas congressman stands on a single legislative issue.
Perhaps the fuzziness around O’Rourke’s political positions isn’t a mistake.
Maybe it is designed to obscure facts about his record that may prove to be inconvenient in a Democratic primary.
After all this is a lawmaker who abruptly backed off unequivocally supporting Medicare for All – aligned himself with the party’s Wall Street faction – voted to gut financial regulations – supported Republican-crafted tax cuts – boosted the fossil fuel industry – and then broke his own pledge to reject donations from oil and gas executives.