When Beto was running against Ted Cruz, the circle of jerks from Washington covered him in unbelievably positive coverage. In fact, had the press not devoted so much attention to fluffing up Beto against Cruz, Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gilliam might have had real shots for national attention and additional fundraising to get over their Republican opponents.
But the press loved Beto against Cruz.
Beto is now not running against Cruz. He is running as a privileged white male married into money in a Democrat Party that wants anyone but a white heterosexual rich male as their nominee. Biden-O’Rourke would undoubtedly be a winning ticket able to split President Trump’s blue collar rust belt base while holding ideological liberals. But I have a hard time seeing it happen.
Democrats are already savaging Joe Biden for his record from forty years ago. Beto never got savaged. The press even ignored the DUI until Republicans made a huge ruckus. And there have long been other stories about Beto from his college years and after that Republicans tried to get the press to bite on. The press passed.
I am most interested in seeing the press coverage now. For sure, the young reporters who think history started yesterday are going to love Beto. But the intersectional journalists of Social Justice Warrior Troop 11011 are going to find no humor or love for Beto. His run is setting black women, black men, gay men, lesbians, and true progressives back. And in 2018, Beto hoarded a ton of cash potentially costing Democrats some Senate season addition to hogging all the attention at the expense of two black candidates. It is payback time for some Democrats.
Seeing which members of the press circle wagons around Beto and which ones target him for destruction will be informative.