Beto O’Rourke acutely aware of his biggest vulnerability — being a white man

Beto O’Rourke acutely aware of his biggest vulnerability — being a white man
Beto O'Rourke (Image: MSNBC screen grab)

According to the interview he gave to Vanity Fair, Beto O’Rourke is “acutely aware of his biggest vulnerability.” It is not, however, his history as a “hacktivist” with the Cult of the Dead Cow or a short story he wrote in which he fantasizes running down and killing children with his car. Neither is it his more ridiculous campaign promises, which include his vow to tear down extant border walls or his comparison of climate crusaders to “those who were on the beaches in Normandy.”

Nope, his biggest vulnerability is “being a white man in a Democratic Party yearning for a woman or a person of color.” Nor does O’Rourke see this as unfair. As he told interviewer Joe Hagan:

The government at all levels is overly represented by white men. That’s part of the problem, and I’m a white man. So if I were to run, I think it’s just so important that those who would comprise my team looked like this country.

But will peppering his campaign staff with a bunch of people of color be enough, especially now that he himself has publicly acknowledged that his skin color is a “problem.”

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This lunacy, which is rampant in the Democratic Party, could turn out to be its undoing in the 2020 election. In February, Sen. Kamala Harris was criticized for not being “black enough” because her mother was born in India and — even worse — she was married to a white man. The criticism of Harris, which was echoed in more than one media outlet, took a turn for the obscene when Tiffany Cross of “The Beat DC” appeared on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” where she said:

The African-American community expects more from people who look like us, particularly a candidate who represents us. She needs to find a strong, black man advocate who can be in her corner at some point in the campaign. …

Just imagine how well that remark would have gone down if the candidate under discussion had been presidential hopeful Bill de Blasio, who is married to a black woman, and was urged to find “a strong, white advocate.”

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."