If you vote in a national elementary school with almost 0%, you probably have nothing to lose.
Former Texan MP Beto O'Rourke has steered his Democratic bid by 2020 in a strange direction. He has adopted the strategy of doubly failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to personally attack Donald Trump's followers.
The moment came during an interview this weekend with Jake Tapper from CNN.
"You told me last week that you considered President Trump a white nationalist," the cable presenter began. "I'm just wondering, sir. President Trump won your home state of Texas with nine points. Almost 63 million Americans have voted for him. Do you consider it racist to vote for President Trump in 2020? "
" I think it's really difficult, after all we've seen, from his time as a candidate in 201
. @jaketapper : "Do you think it's racist to vote for President Trump in 2020?"
– State of the Union (@CNNSotu)
August 11, 2019
Question: How does a presidential candidate go about direct attack on his opponents? Answer: He does not do it. He has to live with it. We saw that in 2016, when Clinton chased after Trump voters with their mild "deplorable" joke. This remark severely damaged her voters and "unleashed hell" according to one of the 2016 Clinton campaign polls.
Also keep in mind that Clinton's candidacy for 2016, despite the damage done by the "deplorable" moments, was only suggesting the worst of parts of Trump's followers. O'Rourke is out here and suggests on national television that any support for President Trump is by definition racist .
In this case too, his message could boost his still young main campaign and give the democratic basis a supportive intoxication. But it's hard to see how this helps him in the general election if he somehow becomes the Democratic candidate. Why would a man with presidential aspirations publicly suggest that his adversary's supporters are racists?
The Hot Air Allahpundit has a decent theory: The former Congressman knows his Democratic campaign is a toast for 2020 – according to a RealClearPolitics poll average only 2% – and he tries to position himself as a liberal purist some future political run.
Maybe [O’Rourke is] play a long game. He knows that he will not be the candidate and he also knows that he is unlikely to win a Senate race against John Cornyn (and that his political career would probably be over in the Senate after two consecutive defeats). So this year, he will be using his platform to be the voice of the "right side of the story" in the field, raging on Trump's and Trump's fans for moral reasons, hoping to make an impression in his left hand on his moral clarity. Then, in five or ten years, when the population is more favorable for him in Texas and nationally, he will run again.
Do you remember when I was the conscience of our party when I spoke out against Trump? he will tell the democrats. You will remember. That is the best thing I can do to explain what he now strategically intends to do – he has to * make * something * out of this doomed presidential campaign, and if he can influence the liberal imagination, he has a future in the Party maybe. Last but not least, these passionate monologues about Trump will give him a great place as a moral nightmare at the next congress. This is his springboard until 2024.
That's as good a theory as I can imagine. On the other hand, we could think this over. It could be easier than that. It may be that O'Rourke is not so intelligent and has not taken into account the long-term political consequences that result from all support for Trump being racist.