OpEd: Newt Gingrich on Beto O’Rourke and 2020: I made a lot of assumptions about the candidate and I was wrong

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Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke’s first few days as a presidential candidate reminded me how much we miss the great talent of Tom Wolfe.

Wolfe had an amazing, profound capacity for looking beneath the glitter, the fakery and the hypocrisy that defines much of our culture. Wolfe’s 1970 publication of “Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers” challenged the political correctness and hypocritical posturing of the liberal elites.

The article goes on to state the following:

Wolfe would have loved O’Rourke. He would have understood from the opening moments of the “Beto Bandwagon” the “me-centered” nature of O’Rourke’s existence.

I must confess the evolution of O’Rourke since losing a Senate race to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in November has surprised me. It was clear O’Rourke was a champion of the left. Like the narrowly defeated Democrats in Georgia and Florida, he seemed to have gained more stature from defeat than the vast number of Democrats who actually won their election races.

However, I thought O’Rourke would take his $80 million donor base, his charm, and his remarkable nationwide name-ID (especially for a defeated candidate) and develop a thoughtful moral cause larger than himself.

For the first few days after O’Rourke’s loss to Cruz, I compared his position to that of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln had served one term in the U.S. House of Representatives. O’Rourke had served three terms.

When Lincoln ran for the Senate he lost narrowly to the incumbent, Stephen Douglas – just as O’Rourke lost narrowly to Cruz. However, in those days, voters elected members of the state Legislature, who then elected U.S. senators.

But the parallel between O’Rourke and Lincoln seemed to collapse after Election Day.

Gingrich goes on to state that O’Rourke’s message is simply all about himself, noting the difference from Lincoln’s “mature approach to leadership. He writes: I assumed O’Rourke would recognize that his donor base and name identification were only a springboard – that he would have to define a moral cause large enough to justify an outsider nomination and election to be president. I was wrong.

Gingrich concludes with this:  My hunch is we will look back on the announcement week as the high-water mark of the O’Rourke campaign, and then it will be “bye bye Beto.”

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