Are you interested in a quick tour of hagiographic heaven?
Then, by all means, read the Vanity Fair article on not-yet-but-apparently-soon-to-be Democrat presidential candidate Robert Frances “Beto” O’Rourke. It takes fawning – even drooling – over a potential Trump replacement to a level I have not seen before.
Despite the fact that O’Rourke is shown to have a profoundly foul mouth, including when he is with his pre-teen children, and an opinion of himself that rivals Trump’s, writer Joe Hagan (with photos by Annie Lieboviz) cannot get enough of him.
Here are three of Mr. O’Rourke’s quotes that, apparently, make Hagan swoon:
“The government at all levels is overly represented by white men,” he says. “That’s part of the problem, and I’m a white man. So if I were to run, I think it’s just so important that those who would comprise my team looked like this country. If I were to run, if I were to win, that my administration looks like this country. It’s the only way I know to meet that challenge.
“But I totally understand people who will make a decision based on the fact that almost every single one of our presidents has been a white man, and they want something different for this country. And I think that’s a very legitimate basis upon which to make a decision. Especially in the fact that there are some really great candidates out there right now.”
Identity politics? Check.
“If I bring something to this, I think it is my ability to listen to people, to help bring people together to do something that is thought to be impossible…”
“You can probably tell that I want to run. I do. I think I’d be good at it…
“I want to be in it. Man, I’m just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment.”
More ego, with a dose of self-overimportance? Check.
Politically, Robert Frances O’Rourke has served on the El Paso City council, then three uneventful terms in congress before losing his senate race to Ted Cruz last year. That’s pretty thin gruel for someone to attain the godly status Mr. Hagan seems so eager to confer on him.
In any event, I’ve provided a link to the article. Read it, if you care to, and maybe you’ll do better than me in figuring out where his “there” is.
UPDATE: this morning Robert Frances “Beto” O’Rourke formally announced he is running for the presidency.
He is the 13th Democrat to announce so far. But he won’t be the last.