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This Is Why Nobody’s Taking Beto’s Latest Run Seriously

Failed Democratic presidential and Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke has decided to try his hand at running for governor of Texas, he announced Monday.

SO WHAT

Almost nobody’s buying it.

WHAT HAPPENED

O’Rourke, a former U.S. congressman from El Paso, who ran for president in 2020 pledging to ban guns and waxing poetic and partisan on magazine covers, suggested is his campaign launch video that he’s above all that now.

O’Rourke had at least one fan in Washington Post columnist Jen Rubin.

But pretty much everyone else agreed he has little chance of becoming governor, and Jonathan Tilove of the left-leaning Texas Monthly said so to the candidate’s face.

  • “Abbott’s popularity has waned, but you enter the race even less popular,” Tilove said in an interview published Monday. “Unlike in 2018, you are now a well-known and polarizing figure, and the Abbott campaign will make sure Texans repeatedly hear the statements you made when you ran for president that put you to the left of most Texas voters.”

Conservatives, meanwhile, smelled an easy win if O’Rourke makes it to the general election.

FLASHBACK

O’Rourke received famously fawning media coverage ahead of his 2020 presidential campaign, from Politico comparing him to Abraham Lincoln to a Vanity Fair cover story that quoted him saying, “I’m just born to be in it.”

Beto O'Rourke Says He Regrets Vanity Fair Cover on the View

 

 

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