As I ponder the impact of Beto O’Rourke’s entry into the burgeoning Democratic Party presidential primary field, I keep thinking of a distinct advantage he holds over most of the rest of the thundering herd.
He doesn’t have a job at the moment.
Beto once served in Congress. He represented El Paso in Congress for three terms. Then O’Rourke decided to give up his House seat. He ran for the U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz. O’Rourke ignited the Texas Democratic Party, which had been in a state of slumber, er . . . stupor for the past three decades.
O’Rourke almost won!
Now he wants to take the fight to an even higher level. He wants to become president of the United States.
He is running against a lot of U.S. senators, some governors and others who are gainfully employed. Beto doesn’t have a job.
One of the points he sought to make while losing narrowly to Cruz was that the junior senator from Texas spent too much time running for president and too little time casting votes in the Senate.
The many folks who are running against him for president in next year’s Democratic primary will be unable to slather him with mud from that particular pit. He’s jobless at the moment and can devote his waking moments full time to the task of running for POTUS.
He’ll be able to parlay that advantage at least for a little while.
Then he well might have to cope with another high-powered politician with no gainful employment.
Joe Biden? Are you out there?