There is a battle raging in the state of Texas between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke.
Cruz’s name we all recognize, obviously, from his extended battle with eventual President Donald Trump during the 2016 Presidential election. O’Rourke, a relative newcomer to the political scene in Texas, is Cruz’s challenger in the upcoming 2018 primaries, and his progressive, precocious outlook is resonating with young people across the state.
Of course, to achieve this, the O’Rourke campaign has been doing things that appeal to millennials…like rolling around on a skateboard in the parking lot of a regionally popular burger chain.
If I were a betting man, I’d be betting that this was staged. What random kid has the cinematic nuance to set up the shot? The arc from the Whataburger sign, along with O’Rourke’s perfect path in his figure-8 to insure that his face is prominent on both passes, is just too good.
Also, if I were a betting man, I’m betting that I’m a better skateboarder than O’Rourke and I’m a 36 year old conservative author from Georgia. (No kidding. Set up a showdown. I’ll snatch his “cool points” from him with ease).
Now, however, the young challenger has perhaps made a fatal error in his electoral plan by siding a little too heavily with the anti-cop crowd.
In a stop at Prairie A&M University, O’Rourke had the following to say about the state of policing in America:
“That injustice, to many more people here than I know firsthand, continues to persist today. That system of suspending somebody, solely based on the color of their skin; searching that person solely based on the color of their skin; stopping that person solely based on the color of their skin; shooting that person solely based on the color of their skin; throwing the book at that person and letting them rot behind bars solely based on the color of their skin, is why some have called this, I think it is an apt description, the new Jim Crow.”
As my mother always told me, “it’s not what you say, but how you say it”. In O’Rourke’s case, he’s gone nuclear here, and it will take quite a bit of work to get back in the good graces of law enforcement in the coming weeks.