Just a few months ago, the media was holding up Beto O’Rourke as a rock star of politics. Some people were even calling him the white Obama. Now everything has suddenly changed.
The media has stopped paying very much attention to him, and when they do sometimes it’s negative.
Take a look at this piece from Politico:
Beto’s Long History of Failing Upward
The presidential run of Beto O’Rourke is a profoundly personality-driven exercise, his charisma and Kennedy-esque demeanor the topic of one profile after another, so it’s surprising to listen to his speeches on the stump in which he doesn’t talk a whole lot about himself.
In Iowa recently, over several days in a rainy, foggy, uncertain stretch of spring, O’Rourke delivered a series of speeches and held question-and-answer sessions in which he spoke at length about unity, civility and inclusivity, and only rarely touched on his personal story. There was one notable exception: When he did offer up bits of his biography, he leaned most heavily on his run last year against Ted Cruz for a spot in the United States Senate…
There’s a reason his biography doesn’t feature much in the campaign. For O’Rourke, the phenomenon on display in that race—failure without negative effects, and with perhaps even some kind of personal boost—is a feature of his life and career…
“With a charmed life like his, you can never really lose,” an ad commissioned by the conservative Club for Growth sneered last month. “That’s why Beto’s running for president—because he can.”
“A life of privilege,” David McIntosh, the president of the Club for Growth, told me.
When this guy was running against Ted Cruz, they treated him like a hero. Now that he’s running against other Democrats, he’s a zero.
Beto O'Rourke: From "Kennedyesque" to "Failing Upward" in one short election cycle! pic.twitter.com/7e5yqHpgws
— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) May 10, 2019
It is absolutely fascinating to read today's blistering recaps of Beto's ascent via mediocrity in life in juxtaposition to the the slobbering profiles of his Kennedy-esque charisma and political stardom a year ago. Other than losing to Ted Cruz, he's the same guy.
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) May 10, 2019
Media has completely turned on him
This clown is toasthttps://t.co/BiNqgoQhRC
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) May 10, 2019
It’s amazing how quickly it all changed for him.