Common Republican wisdom is that it is impossible for a Republican to win another gubernatorial race in Texas.
That wisdom stops looking so wise when we start talking about Beto O’Rourke.
Beto O’Rourke, the former El Paso congressman who became a darling of Democrats after nearly defeating Senator Ted Cruz in 2018, is inching closer to announcing a run for governor of Texas, according to three people who have spoken with him.
In recent weeks, Mr. O’Rourke has been making calls to Democratic leaders across Texas to inform them that he is seriously considering taking on Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican who is up for re-election next year. And he has begun talking to supporters about having them join his campaign staff. A decision could be made in the coming weeks, the three people said, possibly as soon as October.
Democrats in Texas have been urging Mr. O’Rourke to get into the race for governor almost from the moment he dropped out of the 2020 race for president, a quixotic effort that stumbled early and failed to gain traction amid a crowded primary field.
But despite his troubles on the national stage, Mr. O’Rourke has maintained a deep wellspring of support in Texas, where many Democrats still display the black-and-white Beto signs from the 2018 campaign on their lawns and on their cars.
Mr. O’Rourke did not respond to calls or text messages seeking comment.
Beto is loved by the media, and hated by everyone else.
The media doesn’t really understand the level of disconnect that exists between them and normal people, so they are basically certain to force through Beto as the Democrat candidate for Texas governor. And then he will probably lose.
But I hope that cripple gets challenged and beat in the primary, otherwise it doesn’t really make any difference. The cripple is basically as bad as Beto on every issue that matters.
Although the best thing would be if Abbott runs against Beto and then Abbott rides his wheelchair in a halfpipe competition against skater Beto.
In that case, I would have no choice but to support the winner of the competition.