“Stopped outside of San Angelo. Windows down. Coyotes in the distance. Howling. Echoes. Like grey wolves far away. Our dreams are like that. It’s the future you hear in the canyons.”
Without context, one might think this a direct quote from one of the leaders of the hippie movement or an excerpt from a Saturday Night Live skit.
Instead, these are the prophetic words of Beto O’Rourke during his moratorium period between his narrow loss in Texas’s senatorial election and his inevitable candidacy for President of the United States.
Older members of the Republican party saw Ted Cruz’s surprisingly narrow margin of victory over Beto in the Senatorial election as perplexing.
How does a far left candidate, with minimal experience, and a flashy personality, nearly defeat one of the most established senators in Congress?
Beto ran his Senatorial campaign using the Obama template from the 2008 Presidential campaign, by being extraordinarily vague and having loads of charisma.
An independent researcher on candidates various political stances, Vote Smart, concluded that there was not a single issue during the previous campaign cycle that Beto O’Rourke addressed directly. In reality, this is good politics. If you never say anything controversial, it’s impossible to be a controversial candidate. When you combat his vagueness with his innate charm and charisma, he becomes a serious contender.
Beto is young, he’s energetic, and he’s relatable. Regardless of your political stance, these are the traits that make Beto O’Rourke a serious contender to win the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination.
Like Obama, his base is mostly made up of young, energetic, liberals from urban areas. But what Beto was able to do in his Senatorial election of 2018 is something that even Obama wasn’t able to do during his campaign. Beto was able to tap into a younger conservative base who make their political decisions based solely off of charisma.
The uninformed voter has always played a significant role in the American electorate. The definition of an uninformed voter is someone who will vote for a candidate without being very educated about the issues and platforms that candidate stands for. The uninformed voter will typically decide which candidate to support based on factors not related to policy and governing. These factors include race, gender, personality, what state the candidate is from, etc.
Beto O’Rourke is an enormous magnet for the uninformed voters on the right.
He pulls people in through his energy and charisma. Nowhere was that on better display than in his rally in El Paso on February 11th. Beto staged this rally in El Paso to directly combat the rally held by President Trump the same night.
Thousands of people came out to attend the Trump rally, but thousands of people also came out to see Beto.
Beto drove himself and his family to the rally, hopped out of the car, and immediately ignited excitement in his thousands of supporters. The energy at his rally is only comparable to an Obama or Trump rally.
Our nation is accustomed to seeing old, career long, politicians running for president. Needless to say, when you have men and women over the age of 60 running for president, energy is minimal. Our last two presidents have capitalized on the energy they bring, comparable to their opponent.
A young, charismatic Barrack Obama, was a more attractive candidate to uninformed voters than an older, more dull, John McCain.
A rambunxious, unpredictable Donald Trump, was a more attractive candidate to uninformed voters than a tiresome and boring, Hillary Clinton.
Energy wins you elections, especially among young people.
Regardless of political party, young people are young people. Young people are energetic, and they want to be entertained. This is precisely what Beto brings to young people, which is why he can be a severe threat to the Republican party if he manages to win the nomination for 2020.
Real conservatives do not agree, in principle, with Beto O’Rourke’s policies. If nominated by the Democrat Party, he should be viewed as a legitimate contender to Donald Trump.
If Republicans want to connect with younger generations, they would be wise to nominate candidates who radiate the similar charismatic energy that Beto O’Rourke embodies.