The 2020 election has already begun.
Democrats are working overtime to find the perfect person to take down President Trump.
And after finding someone they thought was perfect, their campaign just ended for one crazy reason.
It seems that there isn’t a single Democrat that isn’t being floated as a possible candidate in 2020.
For the past year, the favorite has been former Vice President Joe Biden.
But in a party seeming to get younger, and more dedicated to pushing identity politics, an old white man is becoming less appealing to Democrats.
So they have begun pushing for somebody younger, and who can fit their “diversity” requirement.
Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke is somebody being floated around as a possibility.
He has even been performing well in polling, topping some polls.
Compared to Biden, O’Rourke is young, at 46 years old.
And with the nickname “Beto,” some think he’s Hispanic.
But in reality, he is an Irishman who goes by “Beto” to fake-out Hispanic voters in El Paso, Texas.
He just got off a campaign taking on Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas.
Despite losing, he has been able to make a name for himself as a national figure in the Democrat Party.
Raising an unthinkable $80 million, from donors all across the country, he now has a solid base of support.
During his run against Cruz, he was touted as a progressive hero.
Because compared to Cruz, anybody in the Democrat Party can easily do that.
But now that he’s not running against Cruz, his record is starting to be looked into more closely by Democrats.
And many now believe that he isn’t liberal enough to be their 2020 nominee for President.
This will be very bad for him in a Democrat primary, running against fellow Democrats in a party shifting radically to the left.
Because O’Rourke doesn’t seem to be a part of that shift, making it clear he is a “centrist” when questioned about whether he is a “progressive.”
This distinction may have been a way to try to court voters in the conservative state of Texas, and he may try to rebrand himself in a Democrat primary.
But that may not be enough, and if he does try to rebrand, he risks losing support from those who support him currently.
Already, he is facing criticism from the far-left of the Party.
Dan Derozier, chairman of the Houston Democratic Socialists of America electoral committee, has this to say about O’Rourke in a Houston Chronical op-ed:
“O’Rourke’s message covers rhetorical territory familiar from the Obama era: positive and innocuous, but noncommittal.”
But this, Derozier is making it clear that, unlike those on the far-left, his policies don’t seem to have a major agenda to it.
To those in the Democratic Socialists of America, they have a major goal of dismantling the capitalist system.
Like former President Obama, O’Rourke doesn’t seem to have those same defined goals, instead, simply using feel-good messaging to drive people towards supporting him.
But instead of gaining their support behind a concrete agenda, everything is much more muddled.
With the Democrat Party beginning to embrace the far-left more and more, this will become more of an issue for O’Rourke.
Centrism doesn’t seem to be what the Party is looking for anymore.
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