CNN Adds O’Rourke to 2020 List as ‘Beto Mania’ Hits Ridiculous New Heights CNN Adds O’Rourke to 2020 List as ‘Beto Mania’ Hits Ridiculous New Heights – NTK Network

CNN Adds O’Rourke to 2020 List as ‘Beto Mania’ Hits Ridiculous New Heights

The Texas Democrat has not led in a single poll for his U.S. Senate race, according to RealClearPolitics. Now CNN’s Chris Cillizza says he’s the 10th most-likely Democrat to become president in 2020.

By NTK Staff | 09.13.2018 @3:00pm
CNN Adds O’Rourke to 2020 List as ‘Beto Mania’ Hits Ridiculous New Heights

To put it mildly, the media is obsessed with Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX). Roll Call’s Nathan Gonzalez tallied 15 different profiles published by national outlets in recent months about the El Paso congressman, and his bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

But ‘Beto Mania’ ratcheted up this week when CNN’s Chris Cillizza put O’Rourke on his insufferable list of top 10 Democrats to run for president in 2020.

Apparently those profiles are working because, despite all rational thought, Cillizza happily included O’Rourke on the myopic list he published Thursday.

10. Beto O’Rourke: Yes, we know that O’Rouke is currently just a House member in the minority party. And that he is still less than a 50-50 bet in his challenge to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this fall. BUT — and yes, it is a big “but” — if O’Rourke does beat Cruz, he will immediately be touted as one of the hottest things in Democratic politics. And buzz like that you simply can’t buy. Plus, O’Rourke has already proven he is a remarkably strong fundraiser; he has brought in $23 million in less than two years even while refusing all donations from political action committees. (Previous ranking: not ranked)

While O’Rourke has proven to be a capable fundraiser, he’s not yet completed his third term in Congress. And while O’Rourke has made the Texas U.S. Senate race a closer contest than many anticipated, he has trailed in every single public poll to date, according to RealClearPolitics.

If this is all sounding a little familiar, it’s because it is. Texas and national Democrats heralded Wendy Davis, the Democrat who ran against Gov. Greg Abbott in 2014, as the party’s future. Abbott absolutely clobbered Davis, winning by nearly a million votes.

By all accounts, the Texas U.S. Senate race in 2018 will be a closer contest, but no one should be surprised when O’Rourke’s rising star burns a little too bright and fades away.

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