When you are part of a political campaign, and you believe that you have the upper hand on the “coolness” contingent against your opponent, you must be absolutely certain before planting your flag.
Nothing is more memorable than such a societal and cultural faux pas. It’s the sort of thing that resonates between the defined generations and becomes the punchline for years to come. Just take look at Howard Dean’s infamous “yelling” moment. Or scream. Or whatever you’d like to call it.
Perhaps the best harpooning of this moment came to us from the consistency poignant Dave Chappelle.
One of these men is a national treasure…the other is Howard Dean.
In a similarly embarrassing fit of enthusiasm, Texas has decided to send a young man named Beto O’Rourke up against former presidential candidate Ted Cruz.
Or should we call him “Bobby”?
Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (/ˈbɛtoʊ/; born September 26, 1972) is an American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 16th congressional district since 2013. He is the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2018 Texas U.S. Senate race, running against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.
We have to hand it to him, though; Beto sounds pretty cool. Like a Jedi or something. I wonder what the median age of “Beto”‘s internship social media crew is?
O’Rourke isn’t just acting young, he also has some rookie mistakes that we can pin on him as well:
Texas Democrat senatorial candidate “Beto” O’Rourke on Friday denied he fled the scene of an accident following a drunken crash, contradicting information in a police report about the incident.
O’Rourke addressed the Sept. 1998 crash on Friday during a debate with Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz.
Asked about the accident, which led to a DWI arrest after O’Rourke failed breathalyzer test with 0.136 and 0.134 blood alcohol content (.08 is the legal limit), O’Rourke denied he committed a hit-and-run.
When you combine this with the conspicuously well-filmed clip of “Beto” coasting around on someone else’s skateboard in a WhataBurger parking lot, it would be easy to get the impression that he is nothing more than a well-timed anomaly in the history of the Lone Star State.