Beto “I Don’t Know” O’Rourke speaks but says little

Beto “I Don’t Know” O’Rourke speaks but says little

Beto “I Don’t Know” O’Rourke speaks but says little

Beto O’Rourke, the golden boy of the Democratic Party, had a little sit down with the Washington Post and said a lot without saying much of anything. In fact, he gave his best imitation of Charles Durning as the Governor in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. There was a lot of side-stepping and dodging, especially when it came to immigration. I guess if you don’t give specifics, they can’t be used against you later. I don’t know about you, but I expect someone who represented El Paso for six years in Congress and who, prior to that, served several terms as a city councilman to have at least an inkling about what should be done. Surely, that isn’t asking too much.

When asked specifically about those who remain in the US after their visas expire, O’Rourke paused and then said, “I don’t know.” Eventually, he came up with, “The United States could harmonize its visa system with Mexico’s to keep better track of who is coming into the country and leaving it.” Pardon me while I laugh hysterically. We already know they are in the country. they had visas. They chose to break the law and not leave. How is “harmonizing” the system with Mexico going to help?

Then, in true Beto-fashion, he waffled back, perhaps fearing he had said too much.

That’s an answer,, but that’s something that we should be debating.”

He’s a big proponent of debate, as long as he doesn’t have to give specifics on where he stands on an issue.

From the Post:

When it comes to many of the biggest policy issues facing the country today, O’Rourke’s default stance is to call for a debate — even on issues related to the border and immigration, which he has heavily emphasized in videos posted to Facebook and Instagram over the past month.”

That’s all well and good, if you are in office and trying to pass legislation. But when you are running for office, it’s kind of nice to let voters know where you stand on the issues. And make no mistake, Beto is running. Whether he will declare for the 2020 presidential race or be tapped as someone’s running mate–or both–he gives every indication of a man on a mission. That mission is to get elected.

Hell, you would have had to live under a rock in a cave with the entrance blocked not to have realized it during his senatorial campaign. The DNC loved them some Beto and did everything they could to get him elected over Ted Cruz. Now he is once again taking the Beto Show on the road. Soon you’ll be able to see him not only on his incessant Twitter and Facebook feeds but with Oprah as well. Won’t that be fun?

That’s a problem when you’re like, ‘It will be a wall,’ or ‘It will be this,’ or ‘We can only do it with this,’’ O’Rourke said when asked why he doesn’t have firm stances. ‘The genius is we can nonviolently resolve our differences, though I won’t get to my version of perfect or I, working with you, will get to something better than what we have today . . . It’s rare that someone’s ever been able to impose their will unilaterally in this country. We don’t want that.’”

Say what?

That’s all Beto-speak for “I don’t want to tell you what I think because you might realize I have opinions you don’t agree with.” Instead, he told the Post that once we know “the facts and the story and the information and the opportunity,” we’ll come to the right decisions on how to deal with illegal immigration.

The problem with that is the decision isn’t something we make as some wonderful collective sitting around the campfire singing “Kumbaya”. This isn’t the socialist utopia Lenin promised and folks like Bernie Sanders and others dangle before voters like a carrot. This is the United States where we elect our representatives on local, state and national levels to pass laws and who are sworn to protect our Republic.

What else did Beto have to say? Not much and nothing very surprising. When asked about the withdrawal of troops from Syria, he said, he’d like to see “a debate, a discussion, a national conversation about why we’re there, why we fight, why we sacrifice the lives of American service members, why we’re willing to take the lives of others” everywhere the US is involved. He loved the Green New Deal recently proposed, calling it a “bold” move. Then he backpedaled yet again, saying it was a good place to start a discussion.

Gee, it’s starting to sound like he is all talk and no substance. Who would have thought?

As the Post points out, this sudden emphasis on the border and illegal immigration is new for Beto. His role in legislation on the issue while in Congress was “negligible”. Hmm, posturing for the cameras and the media much?

Perhaps the Washington Examiner says it best:

This honesty is refreshing. It is certainly preferable to the normal nonsensical boilerplate that politicians regurgitate when caught in questions they can’t answer. But this honesty is also alarming because O’Rourke has spent the last six years representing a border district in Congress.

Yet, according to the Washington Post, the border is “personal” for Beto.

Yep, it’s personal now that it is a key talking point for any politician running for office.

Here is perhaps the most alarming quote from his interview–and that’s saying a great deal. But when you have a former Congressman, someone who is clearly ramping up for another run for office, wonder if our country can still be governed by the principles laid out in the Constitution, you have worry.  Just as you have to worry when he is unsure if the country is capable of change.

I’m hesitant to answer it,” he said, “because I really feel like it deserves its due, and I don’t want to give you a — actually, just selfishly, I don’t want a sound bite of it reported, but, yeah, I think that’s the question of the moment: Does this still work?  Can an empire like ours with military presence in over 170 countries around the globe, with trading relationships . . . and security agreements in every continent, can it still be managed by the same principles that were set down 230-plus years ago?”

This is the man the DNC fell in love with and threw so much money behind in an attempt to elect him to the Senate. This is the man Hollywood adores. It isn’t far-fetched to wonder if they don’t look at him as the JFK of this generation. If so, perhaps they should take a closer look at their “King Arthur” and his Camelot. Like Kennedy, O’Rourke his human with more than a few skeletons in his closet. Being able to dance around issues while riding his skateboard won’t get him elected. At least I hope not.


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  • Wfjag says:

    He has no opinions on subjects he’s never thought about. Consequently, the only subject he has an opinion on is making sure everyone knows he’s gotten his teeth cleaned because he and the press agree that he’s so darn cute,

    • Amanda Green says:

      And he has no opinions that haven’t been approved of by his handlers. The problem is, his handlers haven’t decided if he’s going to be their candidate for POTUS or for VP, so they are letting him out on his own.

  • windbag says:

    We had a guy run for county commissioner a few years back. Every question that he was asked, he replied, “I don’t know, but if I’m elected, I’ll find out.” He was elected and served one term. As laughable as some of these idiots are, they can–and do–get elected, and the next thing you know, Guam is tipping over.

  • GWB says:

    When asked about the withdrawal of troops from Syria
    Well, I think that debate would be a very good thing to have. But … [with emphasis] What. About. Our. Troops. In Syria?

    This honesty is refreshing.
    It’s not honesty, it’s ignorance (and CYA).
    And it’s not refreshing, it’s double-talk.

    Can an empire like ours
    No. We are not now, and should never aspire to be, an empire. Period.

    with military presence in over 170 countries
    Define “military presence”? Because if you mean “more than a military attache and the embassy guards”, then I think you’re wrong about that number. WAY wrong.

    can [our country] still be managed by the same principles that were set down 230-plus years ago?”
    Darn well should be. Those principles are pretty basic. Of course, he’s a prog, so old things are always bad, somehow. Even principles.

    • Amanda Green says:

      Except he doesn’t really want debate. He just thinks it sounds good to say we need it. Your last comment nailed it. He is one of those who believes anything old, and not leaning very definitely toward his benefit, should be done away with.

      I find it exceedingly funny, and worrisome, that no one seems to consider his own background in all this. He is married to the daughter of a wealthy real estate developer from El Paso. While on the city council, Beto apparently championed and, iirc, voted for proposals that would benefit daddy-in-law’s company. But that doesn’t fit with the image the media and the party have so carefully crafted for him. He is the next JFK and that means appearance rather than substance matters.

  • Kathy says:

    Beto’s family made a lot of money directly from some of his actions when he was a city councilman. I wonder what they got when he was a Representative and what they expect if he were to win higher office. Just keep the dumb kid out of the way or what? He is obviously not a get real things done on his own type person.

    On the teeth thing, he may have been proving that he is young enough to still have his teeth. Old farts also running might have false teeth. That kind of thing matters to some.

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  • Craig Austin says:

    Dear America,
    We elected a very handsome devil who speaks the same non language as Mr Beto, his/her name is Justine Trudeau. You are advised to treat him like an Ebola infected bandage.
    Best wishes

  • Orvan Taurus says:

    Hang on, so this “Beto” character is Obama, Mark 2? Crud.

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