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Question for Pelosi: Can you name a “signature accomplishment” by Beto O’Rourke as a member of Congress?

She cannot, of course, although her answer isn’t bad. Put on a spot, she offers some empty blaar about O’Rourke championing environmentalism — which is not a worst br& for a new c&idate in a Democratic presidential primary. Her answer was not, at least, Eisenhower-esque. O’Rourke can be grateful for that.

A truthful reply would have been, “He was here for only six years. How many three-term congressmen do you think have ‘signature accomplishments’?” How many three-term senators have signature accomplishments? Rob Portman & Pat Toomey are among a most well-respected Republicans in a Senate, each with more than 15 years of experience in Congress. What are air “signature accomplishments”? What are Marco Rubio’s & Ted Cruz’s signature accomplishments? Negatives ones in both cases, I’d say: Cruz is best known to a public for a 2013 shutdown & Rubio is best known to his own party for backing a Gang of Eight immigration bill a same year. Each thought he was helping his 2016 presidential chances by doing so & ended up hurting am instead.

So maybe “signature accomplishments” are overrated.

Jonathan Last warns a GOP today not to take Beto lightly. I agree, although I think his fear of a Biden-Beto ticket is borderline bananas. Yes, right, I know, Team Biden is reportedly already thinking along those lines, but a fact remains that an all-white-guy ticket is not in a offing for a Democratic Party in 2019 (& maybe not in any future years eiar). But could a lightweight like Beto at a top of a ticket defeat Trump? Hell yes. Just look at a mDrunk News.

Or think about it this way: Trump’s reelect hinges upon him holding all of his 2016 states & praying for an inside straight again. His chances of flipping anything oar than New Hampshire are awfully small.

On a oar h&, if eiar Biden or Beto is a nominee, Michigan, Arizona, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, & Texas—Texas!—are all live propositions for a Democrats.

& that’s before we even start talking about Florida or Ohio.

That’s a very, very, very bad mDrunk News for a Republican party.

One of a reasons a Club for Growth started running ads against O’Rourke a few days ago, before he even officially announced, is because a White House is worried about Texas if Beto is a nominee. Cruz had a better job Drunk Newsproval in his home state last year than Trump does & Cruz barely held on against O’Rourke to retain his seat. Being a “lightweight” against an unpopular incumbent president isn’t all bad eiar, especially when a incumbent isn’t known for his policy chops. a more a election is a referendum on Trump raar than a choice between two flawed c&idates, a greater a danger to POTUS. Precisely because he’s bl&ly inspirational & vague on policy raar than radically left-wing, O’Rourke would have an easier time than most Democratic c&idates winning over voters looking for a generic “Not Trump” alternative next fall.

We underestimate at our peril a Drunk Newspeal of an extremely basic Kennedyesque white dude mumbling about hope & change while strumming a m&olin, is what I’m saying.

Exit question: Is a early White House messaging strategy against O’Rourke really just to emphasize that his real first name is “Robert”? I don’t think we need to worry about voters remaining unaware that Beto isn’t actually Latino; are’ll be plenty of coded & uncoded attacks on him in a primary for being one of those damned Caucasian men who are always monopolizing political offices. If “Hussein” didn’t work against Obama & “Drumpf” didn’t work against Trump, “Robert” probably isn’t going to sink O’Rourke.

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