In the perfect metaphor for his presidential campaign, which started like a hot-air balloon soaring into the sky supported by all the hot air the Left could muster but is now flat as a balloon punctured by the reality that he is a political lightweight who is flailing about in any way he can to draw attention to himself, former Congressman and current failed presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke released another video to try to bolster his image: fixing a flat tire on a truck.
Last December, in a straw poll of members of MoveOn.org, first obtained by NBC News, O’Rourke led the field at 15.6%, with former vice president Joe Biden close behind at 14.9%. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) came in third at 13.1%. NBC reported, “It’s another sign of O’Rourke’s surprising popularity among national Democrats and a potentially troubling indication for Sanders, whom MoveOn endorsed in the 2016 Democratic primary. That year, 78 percent of MoveOn members voted to back Sanders over Hillary Clinton.”
But the air has indeed gone out of O’Rourke’s candidacy; he is averaging a paltry 2% in the RealClearPolitics average, placing him behind former Vice-President Joe Biden (30.8%), Senator Elizabeth Warren (18.3%), Senator Bernie Sanders (16.5%), Senator Kamala Harris (8.3%), and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (6.5%).
O’Rourke’s persistent attempts to carve a self-image using a butter knife started well before he announced his presidential candidacy; The Daily Wire noted last January that O’Rourke issued a series of interminable videos of him driving during his senatorial campaign against Ted Cruz in 2018 in which he played rock music in the car, whether it was driving to Waco through the rain, driving to Houston at night, driving to Laredo, or driving to Killeen, among others.
Just prior to his election loss to Cruz, O’Rourke told MSNBC reporter Garrett Haake that he wasn’t interested in running for president in 2020, saying, “I will not be a candidate for president in 2020.”
After his loss to Cruz, O’Rourke spoke against the idea of a presidential run, saying on CBS’ 60 Minutes, “I don’t wanna do it. I will not do it. Amy and I are raisin’ an 11-year-old, a 10-year-old and a 7-year-old. And we spent the better part of the last two years not with each other, missing birthdays and anniversaries and time together. And we—we—our—our family could not survive more of that. We, we need to be together.”
Then, on January 10, O’Rourke livestreamed his visit to the dentist.
Finally, in March, O’Rourke announced his candidacy for the presidency. Shortly after that, he was jumping on tables to make speeches; the Daily Beast reported, “When Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke arrived for a campaign stop at Beancounter Coffeehouse in Burlington, Iowa, he hopped right up on the shop’s counter and addressed the masses below. During a visit to Narrow Way Cafe in Detroit, Michigan, O’Rourke grabbed a microphone and scrambled up onto the counter. At Sing-A-Long Bar and Grill in Mount Vernon, Iowa? You bet he got up on that counter.”
By May, O’Rourke was livestreaming his haircuts.
By June, in the first Democratic presidential debate, in an effort to distinguish himself from the other candidates, he answered questions in Spanish.