Ted Cruz may have won the U.S. Senate election last night in Texas, but Democrats are already fangirling about Beto O’Rourke running for president in 2020 – despite his big loss:
Beto O’Rourke achieved the closest statewide election in 20 years, revitalized a moribund party base even in the reddest counties of Texas, and launched himself as a national figure: https://t.co/BeAiasDPWy pic.twitter.com/mfk9KITrT3— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) November 7, 2018
Beto O'Rourke lost in Texas, but he won a whole lot of hearts nationwidehttps://t.co/Y6BbafyDnM— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) November 7, 2018
Beto lost? That’s ok. Now he can run for President.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 7, 2018
Democrats don’t care that Beto lost at all. He’s demonstrated to them that he could run a close race in a red state and fundraise like a boss, and there’s no doubt that Democrats are in love. They’ve found their guy.
If I had to guess right now, he’ll be more than happy to oblige them and run for president in 2020. After all he owes them big – to the tune of 70 million!
That’s not to say that everyone on the left will be happy about another white guy running for president on the Democratic ticket:
I like Beto a lot but it's wild to me that all these women of color won tonight and people go right to talking about how presidential the white guy who lost is— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) November 7, 2018
I will roll my eyes, bite my tongue and vote for Beto in 2020 if that’s what it takes, but you all are making me sick saying a straight white man who LOST—a good guy, sure—is our next “best” presidential candidate. Let’s not forget who actually won last night: WOMEN. POC. LGBTQ.— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) November 7, 2018
As a side note here’s a couple of other thoughts…
Give Beto O’Rourke credit for running the best race for Texas Democrats in a generation. But when you raise $70 million and spend $60 million in a Senate race.. your supporters are right to expect a win. https://t.co/2bRse1s6z2 pic.twitter.com/dWJ0gWesNO— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) November 7, 2018
By the way, what was with the staging of Beto’s concession speech last night? What was that supposed to look like, a concert? Spoken word poetry slam? HBO comedy special? https://t.co/2bRse1s6z2 pic.twitter.com/ok6C0bWtk1— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) November 7, 2018