Somehow the mainstream is comparing a privileged Irish American who grew up in a prominent Texas family to a half Kenyan, half white guy who grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia. MSN (that’s Microsoft News) has recently published an article saying that Beto O’Rourke is “Barack Obama, But White” while hyping him up a possible Presidential run in 2020.
From the MSN article, written by David Siders:
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Sparked by his narrow defeat in a Texas Senate race, Beto O’Rourke is scrambling the 2020 presidential primary field, freezing Democratic donors and potential campaign staffers in place as they await word of his plans.
Even prior to O’Rourke’s meteoric rise, many Democratic fundraisers had approached the large number of 2020 contenders with apprehension, fearful of committing early to one candidate. But the prospect of a presidential bid by O’Rourke, whose charismatic Senate candidacy captured the party’s imagination, has suddenly rewired the race.
Mikal Watts, a San Antonio-based lawyer and major Democratic money bundler, said several donors and political operatives in Iowa, after hearing from other potential candidates in recent days, have called to ask if O’Rourke is running, a sign of his impact in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
“They’re not wanting to sign on to other presidential campaigns until they know whether Beto is going,” Watts said. “And if Beto is running, what good progressive Democrat wouldn’t want to work for Beto O’Rourke?”
He said, “I can tell you that there has not been this kind of level of electric excitement about a candidate since” Barack Obama ran in 2008.
O’Rourke raised more than $70 million in total in his bid to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, mostly from small donors in a race that captured national attention. Though he fell short — losing 51 percent to 48 percent — his closer-than-expected performance in the largest red state on the map was credited with lifting at least two Democrats to victory over House Republican incumbents.
A POLITICO/Morning Consult presidential primary poll last week put O’Rourke in third place among Democratic voters, behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
“He’s game changing,” said Robert Wolf, an investment banker who helped raise Wall Street money for Obama in 2008 and 2012. “If he decides to run, he will be in the top five. You can’t deny the electricity and excitement around the guy.”
While other prominent Democrats, including Biden, Sanders and Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have support networks of their own, Wolf said, “Beto comes out of [the midterm elections] saying, ‘Oh my God, if a guy can do well in Texas, he certainly can do well throughout the country as a Democrat.”
The article then goes on to compare Beto to Robert Kennedy, as well as throwing in another Obama comparison, before claiming that what was Bernie’s Army in 2016 will become Beto’s Army in 2020.
Except Bernie is polling better than Beto right now for 2020. In fact, only Biden polls better than Bernie. A post-midterm Politico poll shows Biden in the lead with 26%, Bernie at 19%, with all of the others polling in the single digits, led by Beto at 8%. Those numbers at the top are similar to an October poll that also showed Biden and Bernie as the only two garnering double digit percentages.