With Midterms Looming, Democrat Golden Boy, Beto O’Rourke, Is Not a Team Player

With Midterms Looming, Democrat Golden Boy, Beto O’Rourke, Is Not a Team Player October 16, 2018

Greed.

It’s not a virtue, guys.

The DNC is getting a crash course in that from one of their rising stars, and it’s hard to feel sorry for them.

The Democrats have really poured their hopes and dreams into Robert Francis O’Rourke, the Irish kid who took on the very Hispanic nickname of “Beto” and then went on to challenge Republican Senator Ted Cruz for his Senate seat.

It may be a gamble they come to regret.

Still, O’Rourke has done something for the record books. He’s raked in the largest fundraising haul in Senate race history – $38.1 million.

Impressive.

Up until now, the record for the largest fundraising haul belonged to Republican Congressman Rick Lazio (NY), who took in $23 million in his Senate contest against former First Lady Hillary Clinton in 2000.

Even with that hefty war chest, Lazio lost.

Just sayin’…

With O’Rourke, however, Democrats may have put all of their eggs in the Beto basket, and now they may be having some regrets.

For one thing, there are other Senate seats they could use extra funds for, and O’Rourke is, apparently, not a team player.

I think the slobbering celebrity that he’s been given, as Democrats desperately hope to flip Texas blue, has gone to his head.

When asked if he’d be willing to share some of his funds with his fellow Democrats, as they work to bring about this “blue wave” we keep hearing about, he was pretty blunt in his refusal.

“No,” O’Rourke told a reporter when asked if he would commit to sharing funds with Senate Democratic candidates who are in closer races. “I’m focused on Texas. Most of our contributions have come from Texas. All of them have come from people. Not a dime from PACs.”

“Folks contributed to this race because they want us to win this race. If they want to contribute to another campaign, of course they’re welcome to do that,” O’Rourke said. “No, we’re going to spare no expense. We will bear any burden to make sure that we deliver for this state and for this country. That means a victory on the 6th of November.”

“I’ve got to honor the commitment that those who’ve contributed to this campaign have made to me, and their desire that we use this to win this election,” O’Rourke said. “If they want to contribute to someone else, they should do so. If they want to contribute to a campaign that’s going to win this historic victory for Texas and the country, then I’m grateful for the contribution and I’m going to make the most of it, so that’s what we’re focused on.”

And I’m not going to say he doesn’t have a chance to win. He does.

For a while, the incumbent Senator Ted Cruz was barely holding on to his lead, but in recent weeks, most polls show Cruz pulling ahead.

Still, at this point, it really does seem that all the focus and celebrity being poured out on O’Rourke has been a waste.

And to be fair, Democrats are probably really hoping everyone will focus on “Beto” O’Rourke as the “bright future” of the DNC. They’d do anything or back anybody to keep the focus off of their NY-14 Congressional candidate, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Every time she opens her mouth on a subject, dumb pours out.

And she’ll likely win, which frees her up to continue to showcase her vacuous intellect.

It is endangered Democrat candidates in Florida, Indiana, and Missouri that the DNC were hoping to give an extra boost to, but it’s not about the party, at this point.

It’s about the Beto Show!

Senator Cruz made a good point over the weekend, when asked if his opponent should share a bit of the wealth with his fellow Democrat candidates.

“It would seem that if the Democratic Party wants to embrace the principles of socialism, they should take the money his campaign has raised and give it to all the campaigns that haven’t raised any money — and I wouldn’t put it past them,” Cruz told reporters after an event outside of Houston Saturday. “I’ll let Democratic Party strategists worry about their own party’s strategy.”

I mean, he’s not wrong. Democrats seem to like the idea of socialism, in theory, but when it comes to their own finances, they’re markedly less enthusiastic.

Imagine that.

Cruz and O’Rourke are scheduled for a second debate in San Antonio, TX tonight.

 

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  • Brian Orion

    I can’t stand Flunky Boy Cruz, but between him and Fake Hispanic Obama doppelganger (physically and ideologically), the choice is clear. Vote, Texans, like your lives depend on it.

  • chemical

    Yup. This Texan is voting for Beto. Funny you call Beto fake Hispanic, because I can call Ted Cruz fake white, as his name is actually Raphael Cruz. Oddly enough, he isn’t the only Republican I can think of that white washes his own name (Piyush Bobby Jindal)

    I understand your support for Cruz, though. He’s a man of principle. If Trump doesn’t like Cruz’s principles, Cruz will get new principles. During the primary Trump insulted Cruz’s wife and accused his father of assassinating JFK, and Cruz held out for all of 5 minutes before licking Trump’s boots. Cruz is little more than a Trump sycophant who feels like the best thing he could do for Texas is grovel at Trump’s feet.

    Texas is not a state that does groveling well.

    I do admire Cruz for fighting against his own interests — his Obamacare opposition — with much gusto. Most insurance companies would label “lack of spine” as a pre-existing condition which would make it impossible for soon-to-be former Sen. Cruz to get health insurance, and the ACA shot that down. I’m impressed that the GOP managed to brainwash Cruz so effectively in to fighting against something that would help him so much.

  • chemical

    A few things about Beto’s campaign financing:
    I don’t think you understand Texas liberal voters too well. We don’t like PACs, and many of us aren’t too thrilled with the Democratic party, either. Most of O’Rourke’s war chest is coming from small time donors. His donors don’t want that money going to the DNC or elsewhere, because they will just blow it on some feckless center-right Democrat or someone who energizes conservative voters, like Nancy Pelosi. I swear, half the Democratic leadership does a better job getting conservatives to the polls than liberals.

    Beto O’Rourke may not win the Texas senate race. Matter of fact, I don’t think the odds are in his favor. But he, and people like him, are the future of the Democratic party.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Cruz had my backing and even donations from Illinois when he was fighting for conservative, traditional values.

    He lost that backing (and funding) when he – as you say – got “new principles” and started licking Trump’s boots.

    Before that though, I’d already stopped supporting the GOP in any fashion and (knowing Cruz WOULD share his fundraising with Trumpian Republicans) that included donations of any kind to the GOP or to Cruz.

    Trump bragged during the 2016 elections that he did not want or need conservative votes. I’m doing what I can to insure he keeps that promise. It’s easier since the GOP has now openly rejected and is now fighting against anyone with conservative values.

  • chemical

    I know you’re a staunch conservative and we don’t agree on a lot of (if any) politics, but it’s nice to see conservatives recognizing the GOP for what it really is. For that, when the Democratic party loses its mind, I promise to abandon supporting them.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Please take a hard look at the Democrats – what they really are and what they’ve stood for in the past decade under Obama – not as the idealized, romanticized “fighters for American union workers” many of their supporters still see them as. Today’s DNC is all about BLM, Feminism, homosexuality, destruction of religion and Christian values in society, and bigger, more powerful government at all levels to make decisions by central-planning committees whose priorities are often personal profit over the good of those whose lives they are affecting.

    At this point the DNC socialism is only a softer, slightly slower path toward total loss of liberty for Americans in general than Trumpism. Trump is a wanna-be dictator. The Democrats have the same goals, but use more deceptive language as they attempt to consolidate all power into the federal government and the Presidency via court activism and Congressional grants of authority betrayals.

    Trump could not have made the power grabs he has if the Democrats had not paved his way under Obama by granting the President excessive authority to run the government without Congressional oversight and involvement under Obama & Clinton.

  • captcrisis

    To have a chance at winning in Texas O’Rourke has to be careful not to associate too closely with national Democrats. Is that too hard to understand?

  • IllinoisPatriot

    After thinking about this article for a bit, I find I must agree with Beto’s stated reasons for “not sharing” his cash with the DNC.

    As a (prior) Cruz supporter, I stopped donating or backing him when he “turned to the dark side” and abandoned the principles he made his reputation on in exchange for Trump’s and GOP support.

    Now I’m seeing Cruz be the “team player”, allowing his name (and reputation) to be used on fundraising emails for even the most extreme Trump boot-lickers.

    Perhaps THE primary reason I will no longer donate to Cruz’ campaigns or respond to his fundraising requests is that I know he will “share” his campaign income with the GOP that I now despise and that he (pretended to?) oppose for so long. I will NOT fund or support McConnell’s attacks against conservatism, nor will I fund or support the HOR attacks against conservative candidates or their ouster from committee positions with my time or money any more than I could “donate” when my company came around soliciting donations to Obama’s Democrats from their employees. I do not support the idea of forced union membership for the same reason. There is no sense in donating to Republicans if the Democrats are taking their funding straight out of my paycheck as a condition of my employment. I would be working against my own best interests.

    Likewise, since any money donated to Cruz will be shared with the GOP, that means I cannot in good faith donate to Cruz because I know at least part of my money will be going to support the policies of McConnell and Boehner and McCarthy that have made it their priorities to prevent any conservative values on GOP committees or any conservative influence in their respective houses of Congress.

    Therefore it would be hypocritical of me to lambaste Beto for keeping the money that his donors donated TO HIM. That money (as is true for any money I would have otherwise donated to Cruz) was not intended for the DNC at large or it would have been DONATED to the DNC at large via one of their PACs.

    Assuming Beto is being truthful about his money coming from individuals instead of PACs, I find I must both applaud and approve of his stance not to share his donated funds with the DNC which would likely be against the wishes of his individual donors who chose to support the candidate – not the political party.

    Since both parties apparently now demand a cut of EVERY dollar raised during elections, we have a situation where all the GOP in-fighting is just for show since they pool all their funds (from both sides of every dispute) and distribute the funds to the weakest candidates that they deem “electible”. This removes any choice or influence of voters that choose to donate to individual candidates and moves the real electoral power into the hands of the party bosses “leaders”.

    This logic may strike some as wrong, but I don’t see how there can be any argument with the logic itself or the conclusions that result….

  • WW

    I agree completely !

  • Brian Orion

    Never once said I “support” Cruz. He is slime, but the Ocasio-Cortezian radical anti-Israel socialist fake Hispanic is still worse.

  • TinnyWhistler

    That’s exactly what I’ve been telling my local Dem candidates. I’m voting for them because right now they’re better than the alternative. Two years from now, I’ll be watching to see what they’ve done with that.

  • Barros Serrano

    The closing comment about socialism was inane and displays the usual confusion on the Right about the topic.

    If you think you are meaning that the Democrats should share all money equally, that is Communism, not socialism. I doubt you know the difference.

    Demosocialism is the system of Germany, Denmark, France, Canada, Israel, NZ, UK… not Venequela and N Korea as you Rightists pretend.

    Demosocialism is the system of the rest of the developed world, all of which have superior societies to that of the U$A, a pathetic backwater since 1981.

    Anyone claiming that they had to vote for Trumpolini because Hillary was SO terrible (we still aren’t ever told just what is so bad about her… something about emails from Benghazi to Saul Alinsky, I think) should take a good look at the psychotic Ted Cruz and RUN to vote for Beto!

  • NancyM

    How did small time donors come out to equal $38 million?