Just when you thought the Democratic presidential field for 2020 couldn’t get much larger, one more candidate is throwing his hat into the ring. That’s right: everybody’s favorite dental patient, Beto O’Rourke is jumping into the fray.
The Tony Hawk of politics told Oprah Winfrey earlier in February that he was considering a run for the White House, and now it’s official after he decided to forgo a Senate race against John Cornyn and aim higher.
The Dallas Morning News reports:
“Amy and I have made a decision about how we can best serve our country,” he said in an exclusive statement to The Dallas Morning News. “We are excited to share it with everyone soon.”
Since his close but historic loss to GOP Sen. Ted Cruz in November, O’Rourke has been weighing how to “best serve the country.” His political options have been to run for president or against Cornyn.
Interestingly enough, O’Rourke ranked high among Democrats in early polls. The Des Moines Register had him third in a December poll, while another survey from MoveOn.org had him at the top of the field.
Of course, these polls took place before other high profile Democrats like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker entered the race. I can’t help but wonder if the Democrats surveyed have seen his ridiculous travel blog.
Here’s one thing O’Rourke has going for him: he’s certain to have a built in fan base among his cultish followers. But is there really room for another white guy in the age of intersectionality? Will his demographics work against him? Can enough Democrats take his schtick seriously enough to give him the nomination? Time will tell.