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Oh, come on, don't go crazy. If you love "normal," as you say, you'd better observe the "served"/"fed" distinction.

I'm reading "Why are 2020 Democrats so weird?" by Michael Walther (in The Week). There's this:Meanwhile, there is Beto. I don't particularly care that in 1988 the young Robert Francis O'Rourke posted some erotic verses about cows ("Oh, Milky wonder, sing for us once more, / Live your life, everlusting [sic] joy" is one of the only bits I can quote on this family website) online. I didn't even know until yesterday that there was such a thing as "online" in 1988. Nor am I going to get all worked u...
Tags: Avocado, Beto O'Rourke, Excrement, Language, Normal

"Beto O’Rourke’s Presidential Platform Is Actually a Restaurant Countertop/Dude, people need to eat food off of those!"

Headline at Eater.The phenomenon has even spawned its own parody Twitter account, Beto Standing On Counters, with the tagline “Standing on Counters and other assorted furniture til ‘20.”It's viral. Example:Beto vs. the dog I took care of this weekend— Isaac Saul (@Ike_Saul) March 18, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, BETO, Ann Althouse, Beto O'Rourke

Beta O’Dork Speaks On AR-15s

The Libertarian Republic: In what seems to be an attempted balancing act to play to both gun owners and the gun confiscation crowd O’ Rourke said, “If you own an AR-15, keep it. Continue to use it responsibly and safely.” He then followed up his statement by adding “I just don’t think that we need to sell anymore weapons of war into this public.” [ … ] “If you purchased that AR-15, if you own it, keep it. Continue to use it responsibly,” O’Rourke said. “We have this proud rich tradition [in Texa...
Tags: Texas, Military, Gun Control, Rourke, O'Rourke, Beto O' Rourke

"Beto O'Rourke raised massive $6.1 million his first day in the 2020 race..."

According to his campaign, CNN reports.That tops the $5.9 million one-day total Sen. Bernie Sanders announced after he launched his campaign. The closest other 2020 Democratic candidate to publicize their first-day fundraising total was California Sen. Kamala Harris at $1.5 million....[O'Rourke's] refusal to release first-day fundraising totals over the weekend had raised doubts that O'Rourke had met fundraising expectations around his campaign launch. He remained coy about his fundraising for d...
Tags: Law, Cnn, Biden, Campaign Finance, BETO, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Bernie, Rourke, Washington Iowa, Joe Run, Ann Althouse, Beto O'Rourke, 2020 Campaign, Run Joe, California Sen Kamala Harris

Beto O'Rourke's hacker name was "Psychedelic Warlord," so that must mean he's done hallucinogenic drugs — right? — and is that something that's okay in a presidential candidate?

Scott Adams addresses the question whether Beto has done hallucinogens:Scott's first pass at the question is another question: "Have you seen Beto?" He giggles while waiting for the question to soak in. He says anyone who's taken hallucinogens (which Scott has) will have an "easier time" with the question.Eventually he gives his answer: He'd place a "large bet" on "yes."He's quick to add that it's not a criticism. "In fact, I might even prefer it." This preference interweaves with his reason for...
Tags: Art, Law, United States, Kim Jong-un, Propaganda, Kim, George Bernard Shaw, BETO, Trump, Lsd, Scott, Scott Adams, Kim Jong, Shaw, Robert F Kennedy, RFK

"Beto O'Rourke was the one to come up with the name 'Cult of the Dead Cow' for the hacker group in April 1985."

I'm reading the Wikipedia article "Cult of the Dead Cow" because I was blogging about Beto O'Rourke this morning, and in the comments Ron Winkleheimer said, "i'm way more interested in the fact that he was in the Cult of The Dead Cow." I said out loud, "Why did they call it Cult of the Dead Cow? Was it because they were eating hamburgers?"So I looked it up, and I see: "Beto O'Rourke was the one to come up with the name 'Cult of the Dead Cow' for the hacker group in April 1985." The footnote sent...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Fiction, Cows, Meade, Hamburger, Ann Althouse, Althouse + Meade, Beto O'Rourke, Ron Winkleheimer, Wikipediaese Beto O Rourke, Franken Gibe, FG Comatose Cow Club, PW Bye

"There’s still a big part of the party that wants to fall in love, and there’s another part of the party that will settle for anything that will beat Trump."

"I think that’s a real, daily tension in the party that’s going to play out in real time.... It just happened that in 2008 and 2012 we fell in love with the most electable candidate.... I would generally make the case that the Democratic Party should always be nominating the next-generation candidate... except I’m not sure any of the old rules apply."Said Democratic Senator Christopher S. Murphy, quoted in "Beto O’Rourke is 46. Bernie Sanders is 77. Does Age Matter Anymore for Democrats?" (NYT)....
Tags: Law, Love, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Democratic Party, Murphy, Chris Murphy, Ann Althouse, Election Emotion, Democratic Party in Trumpland, 2020 Campaign, I'm for Boring, Beto O'Rourke, Said Democratic, Christopher S Murphy

"Beto O'Rourke said Friday night that he had been wrong for joking... that his wife has been raising their three children 'sometimes with my help.'"

CNN reports."Not only will I not say that again, but I'll be more thoughtful going forward in the way that I talk about our marriage, and also the way in which I acknowledge the truth of the criticism that I have enjoyed white privilege," he said...."So yes, I think the criticism is right on. My ham-handed attempt to try to highlight the fact that Amy has the lion's share of the burden in our family -- that she actually works but is the primary parent in our family, especially when I served in C...
Tags: Marriage, Law, Congress, Fiction, Cnn, Teenagers, Apologies, Amy, Rourke, Aren, Ann Althouse, Gender Politics, Beto O'Rourke, Beto Don

"I’ve never seen so much hand movement. I said: 'Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?'... Study it. I'm sure you'll agree."

Said Trump, apparently trying to get us to see crazy when we look at Beto O'Rourke.Here you are:Study it. If you studied it, did you agree with Trump? Yes. Beto seems crazy. Yes, it looks crazy, but Beto's just acting that way. There's a lot of hand movement, but it doesn't look crazy, just bad. Eh. Beto gestures. It's not a problem and it doesn't mean anything. Trump gestures a lot and to good effect. He's trying to inhibit Beto and trip him up. free pol...
Tags: Law, Gestures, BETO, Trump, Said Trump, Ann Althouse, Beto O'Rourke, Trump styles

Making Beto seem like John Edwards....

Just remembered the last time a Conde Nast publication dressed a young Democratic hopeful in smart-casual workwear and posed them next to a dog and pickup truck in a cover story shot by Annie Leibovitz.— Freddie Campion (@FreddieCampion) March 13, 2019 Oh. My. God.— Freddie Campion (@FreddieCampion) March 13, 2019 ADDED: The Beto photo is much bettah. Humanizing politicians with a dog is so tired. Both men have a truck — are they guys who...
Tags: Texas, Law, White House, Conde Nast, Annie Leibovitz, Vanity Fair, BETO, Edwards, John Edwards, Ann Althouse, Beto O'Rourke

Beto's in.

"Beto O’Rourke, the 46-year-old former Texas congressman whose near-miss Senate run last year propelled him to Democratic stardom, announced on Thursday that he was running for president, betting that voters will prize his message of national unity and generational change in a 2020 primary teeming with committed progressives. His decision jolts an early election season already stuffed with contenders, adding to the mix a relentless campaigner with a small-dollar fund-raising army, the performati...
Tags: Texas, Law, Senate, Nyt, Biden, Vermont, Booker, BETO, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Sanders, Bernie, BBB, Ann Althouse, Joseph R Biden Jr, O'Rourke

"Do we want a livid warrior or a happy one? Someone eager to name and shame enemies, the way Donald Trump does, or someone with a less Manichaean outlook?"

"Someone poised to reciprocate Trump’s nastiness or someone incapable of it? I’m not entirely sure which type is more likely to defeat him. But I know which gives us a better chance at healing America — if that’s even possible — and moving us past a juncture of crippling animosity. It’s the type that Hickenlooper represents and maybe even exemplifies.... Optimism, warmth and joy matter. They propelled Ronald Reagan to the presidency. I think they’re even a small part of the Alexandria Ocasio-Cor...
Tags: Law, Senate, Happiness, Elizabeth Warren, America, Reagan, Ronald Reagan, John Kerry, Johnson, Rhetoric, Kerry, Smith, Donald Trump, Fdr, George W Bush, Kamala Harris

Whose is bigger? Trump versus O'Rourke.

In El Paso last night, :About 30 minutes into his rally, Trump said he had been challenged by "a young man who's got very little going for himself except he's got a great first name. ... So we have, let's say, 35,000 people tonight, he has 200 people, 300 people — not too good," Trump claimed. "That may be the end of his presidential bid." He said later that 10,000 people were inside the stadium. Donald Trump Jr. also tried to mock Beto's crowd size.Trump's audience inside the coliseum was 6,50...
Tags: Law, Bloomberg, BETO, Trump, El Paso, Rourke, Texas Tribune, Donald Trump Jr, El Paso Times, El Paso Fire Department, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Jennifer Epstein, O'Rourke, Beto O'Rourke, Trump's

"Trump gets just 41 or 42% in head to head match ups against 7 likely Democratic candidates for President."

"He trails Joe Biden 53-41, Bernie Sanders 51-41, Kamala Harris 48-41, Beto O’Rourke 47-41, Elizabeth Warren 48-42, and Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand each 47-42."PPP polls. (Full results .)Also in the poll: 45% think "members of Donald Trump’s campaign team worked in association with Russia to help Trump win the election for President." 43% say no. And 45% "think that Donald Trump has committed any crimes since he began running for President." 41% say no.There's also a series of "Who do yo...
Tags: Law, Russia, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Fox News, Donald Trump, Kirsten Gillibrand, PPP, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Cory Booker, MSM, Ann Althouse, Trump and the press, Trump 2020

"[Kamala] Harris is not, of course, alone in possessing 'baggage' that will attract criticism from within her own party and intense media scrutiny."

"Joe Biden famously has enough baggage to derail a train’s luggage car. Critics of Bernie Sanders always suspected that conservatives built a massive oppo research file on the Vermont socialist that they would have pushed with hundreds of millions of dollars of negative 'stories' and ads had he won the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, matching or exceeding the damage they did to Hillary Clinton. Elizabeth Warren has struggled to overcome the stupid but pervasive 'Pocohontas' taunt, along...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, Vermont, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Ed Kilgore, Hillary Clinton Elizabeth Warren, Ann Althouse, Democratic Party in Trumpland, 2020 Campaign, Beto O'Rourke, Kamala -RSB- Harris

Making Beto go away.

They know they have to do it. Here's what the early-stage ousting looks like on Drudge:Reading the links (in order):1. "MEDIA TURNING AGAINST 'BABBLING' BETO..." = "Preseason is over for Beto O'Rourke" (Carter Eskew in WaPo, reprinted at CT): The nation's best and toughest reporters have his number and want nothing more than to take his measure and knock him down.... The love bubble surrounding O'Rourke is leaking. To his would-be Democratic rivals, he's no longer the scrappy, truth-telling, uni...
Tags: Music, England, Texas, London, Law, Scotland, Senate, White House, Wikipedia, Cnn, The Who, Yale, Jack Kerouac, The Washington Post, BETO, Ray

Roll over, Beto, ven vill you go away?

Just a second post on the same topic as the last one because I thought of an alternative title. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, BETO, Ann Althouse, Beto O'Rourke

Beto bitter over El Paso police-union fight: Here's why that's okay

Grits must admit, I thought a bit more highly of Beto O'Rourke after reading this feature from The Intercept detailing his fraught relationship with the police union in El Paso when he was on the City Council.Police unions have increasingly found themselves in conflict with progressive Democrats in cities across the country, and are notorious for defending even the worst officers on the force against charges of assault or murder. Chris Evans, O’Rourke’s spokesperson, said that when he relayed Th...
Tags: Texas, Law, Senate, Boston, Austin, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, Council, AFL, Sierra Club, BETO, El Paso, Chris Perkins, Ron, Rourke, Moore

Things you can only do if you're in the top 1% of attractiveness.

Screenshot taken at "O'Rourke talks border during Instagram video at dentist" (The Hill). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Instagram, Law, Teeth, Ann Althouse, Beto O'Rourke

Can't be allowed?!

"Bernie Sanders' fans can't be allowed to poison another Democratic primary with personal attacks" — writes David Brock (at NBC News) with ludicrous disregard for the freedom of speech. And is Bernie's participation in the 2016 primaries to be characterized as personal attacks?I'm hardly the only political observer who blames Hillary Clinton's general election defeat to Donald Trump in part on personal attacks on Clinton first made by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his backers. Those attacks fr...
Tags: Law, Nbc News, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Hillary, Bernie Sanders, Clinton, Trump, Sanders, Brock, Bernie, Rourke, David Brock, Donald Trump Donald Trump, Sen Bernie Sanders I VT, Hillary 2016

The NYT looks for the Democratic Party candidate who "matches the moment," tells us what this "moment" is, and nudges the non-moment-matching would-bes to stay out of the way.

"It is hard to recall a recent presidential primary where, at the outset of the race, there was this much genuine mystery — not only about who would eventually emerge as the nominee, but who planned to run at all," write Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns in "2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Are Lining Up. Who Matches the Moment?" (NYT):Ms. Warren’s announcement Monday was expected. And it will not be a surprise when Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California ente...
Tags: Texas, Law, Obama, California, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, House, Iowa, New Jersey, Warren, Biden, Kirsten Gillibrand, Vermont, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders

I've been seeing the simultaneous crushing of the white male triad — Bernie, Beto, Biden — and I get it, but what's with "Why the Bernie Movement Must Crush Beto O’Rourke"?

That's the headline for this Jonathan Chait piece (in NY Magazine). 2 days ago, I was strongly impressed by the NYT article that promoted the Senate Foursome (Harris, Gillibrand, Warren, and Booker) and, on their behalf, gave the BBB triad a shove:For the Senate foursome, moving quickly into the race is also a pre-emptive effort to undercut the early advantages of a duo of universally known contenders, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who may enter...
Tags: Law, Obama, Senate, Socialism, PAC, Nyt, Biden, Names, Vermont, Kennedy, Booker, BETO, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Jonathan Chait, Bernie

"We — the people who worked on Bernie 2016... request a meeting... to discuss the issue of sexual violence and harasmment on the 2016 campaign...."

Oh, no! It's a letter from "more than two dozen women and men who worked on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign" — obtained by Politico and reprinted under the headline, "Bernie alumni seek meeting to address 'sexual violence' on ‘16 campaign/The signees are looking to change what they call a pervasive culture of toxic masculinity in the campaign world."The signees did not describe specific instances of “sexual violence and harassment” that occurred on the campaign.... Several people who ...
Tags: Law, Politico, Joe Biden, Sexual Harassment, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Bernie, Ann Althouse, Gender Politics, Beto O Rourke, 2020 Campaign

The NYT makes its 2020 presidential choice obvious.

On the front page:Inside, the text is clear. There's Kamala Harris and there are 3 other decent choices... and those 3 other guys need to step back and get out of the way:Senator Kamala Harris of California.... Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator... Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey... And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.... These four high-profile Democratic senators are poised to enter the 2020 presidential race in the next several weeks...The speed of the senators’ efforts reflects intense...
Tags: Law, California, Senate, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey, Nyt, Biden, Kirsten Gillibrand, Vermont, Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Sanders, Cory Booker

Beto O'Rourke's anti-Wall ad reframes the question around upscale American interests.

It's not about the longings of poverty-stricken outsiders anymore. Look! — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) December 28, 2018 It's about the aesthetics of the environment, Big Bend National Park-type vistas of the Rio Grande, the seizing of property from Americans through eminent domain, the "exile" of American land on the Mexican side, and the sealing off of corridors used by animals.It's like that ad were made precisely for me. Here's what I blogged in February 2016:Wh...
Tags: Law, Mexico, Animals, Advertising, America, Arizona, Environmentalism, San Pedro, Trump, Newsweek, Rio Grande, John Henry, Big Bend National Park, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Javelina Pecari

"People are tired of having their compassion weaponized and used against them."

Sats Glenn Reynolds (quoting something I wrote yesterday).ADDED: The soundness of what I wrote yesterday is evidenced by Beto O'Rourke's brilliant shift to a new approach to attacking the the wall. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Empathy, Instapundit, Ann Althouse, Trump and immigration, Beto O'Rourke, Sats Glenn Reynolds

One man's ceiling is another man's floor.

It's too *late* to wonder if O'Rourke is running, because he's already running.— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) December 29, 2018 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Nate Silver, Adam Nagourney, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, O Rourke, Beto O'Rourke, SKwrazTnMj Nate Silver

I don't think this is good news for Biden.

From "Iowa Poll: Biden, Sanders top early look at possible Democratic hopefuls in 2020 caucuses" (DeMoines Register). The question was: "Do you think the right person to defeat Donald Trump will be more of a political newcomer, as he was, or more of a seasoned political hand?" It's so normal to say a "seasoned hand" would be better and to be wary of a "newcomer," but not even half of the respondents had the obvious reaction to the generic question. And imagine if the question had been written in...
Tags: Law, Senate, Iowa, House Of Representatives, Biden, Donald Trump, BETO, Polls, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, Beto O'Rourke, Biden Sanders

"The fact that California delegates could be up for grabs even before Iowa’s caucuses begin has been a frequent topic of discussion among some Kamala Harris supporters..."

"... and Texas’s early potential delegate haul has not been lost on those trying to push Beto O’Rourke into the race. Ahead of a nationwide contest that could come down to a delegate-counting exercise simply because of the sheer number of potential candidates, the thinking goes, any marginal advantage counts. 'It won’t stop candidates from doing all the early state stuff, but it changes the calculus overall,' says one Democratic fundraiser aligned with Harris, who’s spoken with national strategi...
Tags: Texas, Law, California, Iowa, Kamala Harris, HARRIS, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, Beto O'Rourke

If Texas Is The New Bellwether For The Nation, Millennial And Minority Attorneys Have Plenty Of Reason To Remain Optimistic

Even after some emotional losses nationwide, the blue wave’s crest was able to topple the wall of incessant gerrymandering.
Tags: Politics, Texas, Law, Government, Diversity, Gerrymandering, Renwei Chung, Beto O'Rourke, Colin Allred

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