Democrat Beto O’Rourke, the Texas liberal who briefly ran for president in 2016 on an anti-gun platform, and who lost his Senate run to Ted Cruz in 2018, is back, this time with a run for the governorship of the Lone Star State. He opened up in a CNN interview on Sunday, arguing once again he is out to get the nation’s AR-15 rifles.
CNN host Dana Bash aired his past clip of saying, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15 and AK-47 and not going to allow it to be used against fellow Americans anymore.”
Bash then asked, “Is that what you would still do as governor of Texas?”
His rambling answer ended with an affirmative. O’Rourke’s conclusion was, “We should not allow our fellow Americans to own and use weapons that were originally designed for battlefield use that AR-15, that AK-47 has one single solitary purpose and that is killing people as effectively, as efficiently and great a number in as little time as possible.”
For someone running for the governorship of Texas, he might as well have gone ahead and conceded victory to current Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. Texans are known for being independent and caring about especially for their Second Amendment rights.
O’Rourke seems to have attacked both in one swipe.
The fanboy may pick up some cash from the Left Coast and grab more airtime on mainstream outlets, but nothing he does after those words will win enough votes to secure a victory in Texas.
He’s already proven he can’t win any elected office in the state. Having lost in 2018. And he gave up running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 before any of the primaries had even began. So why is O’Rourke running?
It’s a fair question. Why take on a battle you expect to lose? Some Republicans fear the same situation seen with Biden and Trump in 2020. The average American was largely for Trump’s policies, but he still lost. While it’s obvious there was some ballot harvesting by Democrats and voting machine tomfoolery that happened in a couple of key swing states, the greater argument for why Trump lost has been that too many Republicans didn’t show up on election day last year.
This is where O’Rourke feels he has an advantage. If he can mobilize enough Democrats to register and vote in the state, either early or mail-in or in person, he has a shot. This could especially be true with how many new people moved to the state from more liberal locations like California. California lost so many people to places like Texas that they lost an electoral vote and Texas gained one.
There’s a warning here for all Americans as the midterms are now less than a year away. The polls don’t matter much this far out. Unless enough people show up to vote on Election Day next year, Republicans will not win seats back from Democrats. The more people who show up, the more likely the true values of America will win out.
In Texas, this means Republican Governor Abbott will have to push harder than ever to make sure Texans register and show up in 2022. The same is true for House and Senate races nationwide. Don’t take the bait that “the big lie” means you should stay home. If you care enough about the nation to read articles and watch videos and talk and debate the issues with others, make sure you and everyone you can persuade shows up to vote on Election day.
If not, there could be a lot more O’Rourke’s running for office in the days ahead.