It’s about time. That’s how many within the Democratic Party are feeling this week after perpetually low-polling Beto O’Rourke drops out of the 2020 race.
O’Rourke was never truly seen as a top-level candidate and for good reason. His ideas on the Second Amendment alone were so radical that no centrist Democrat would be caught dead voting for him, let alone those who fear that Donald Trump himself could turn tyrannical. After all, there is only one way to oppose tyranny, and the right to bear arms factors heavily into that.
Beto’s bungling of his campaign was rather apparent as well, with multiple reinventions and reiterations, all meant to capture some spark of support among ever-smaller factions of the progressive populace.
Now, his chances are officially over, even though they were realistically extinguished long ago.
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Friday, telling supporters he couldn’t raise enough money to remain competitive with his party’s leading 2020 contenders.
He announced his exit hours before Iowa Democrats began their biggest evening of the year — with most of the party’s presidential field set to speak at the packed Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines for the Liberty and Justice Celebration.
“We have to clearly see at this point that we do not have means to pursue this campaign successfully,” he told disappointed supporters — some of whom had traveled from out of state to see him — at what had been planned as a pre-event rally.
It was a quiet end to a campaign that had begun with high expectations. O’Rourke had been encouraged late last year in a private meeting with former President Barack Obama. He’d been lauded by Oprah Winfrey in an interview before his entrance. He appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair the day before he officially became a candidate. And he raised $6 million on the first day of his campaign.
O’Rourke famously invoked the idea of “destiny” during the early stages of his run, telling Vanity Fair that he felt as though he was “born” to run for President.
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