“EL PASO, Texas — Beto O’Rourke, christening his presidential campaign at a boisterous rally in his hometown, cast himself on Saturday as a crusader against moneyed interests that he said have corrupted America’s democracy and a president he accused of capitalizing on politics of “fear and division.”
In what amounted to his maiden stump speech — delivered at the first large-scale, structured event of his nascent campaign — O’Rourke’s populist progressive framing evoked similar appeals from rivals Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
“This extraordinary, unprecedented concentration of wealth and power and privilege must be broken apart,” the former Texas congressman said to cheers, “and opportunity must be shared with all.” …”
I feel like Beto is trying to speak to populist voters in our language, but he honestly comes across here as a progressive pretty boy with rote talking points and no solutions.
I agree with Beto on the concentration of wealth in America, universal health care (what is his plan?) weed legalization (who cares?) and ending our involvement in foreign wars (is he serious?). Unfortunately, when Beto speaks in political correctness and panders to the Far Left by calling for tearing down the pathetic border fence, I just tune out. He is also running on the personality cult he built in Texas where he lost to the Zodiac Ted Cruz in a wave election who is known for his charisma.
Note: There is only one candidate on the Democratic side who has a real chance of building a strong populist-progressive coalition.