You can tuck in his shirt and allow his hair to turn a distinguished shade of salt an pepper, but you can’t save Beto O’Rourke from himself, apparently.
The young Texas democrat has been running a campaign that highlighted the differences between he and his opponent, longtime Texas Senator Ted Cruz, specifically in the realms of youth, hipness, and vigor.
Cruz is seen by the nation’s young people as an evangelical square whose pointed tone and metered speaking cadence lend an air of old-time politicking to his persona. Millennials and other young voters are weary of this, thanks to the perceptions of such speech patterns being exploited by writers in film and television who specialize in villainous dialogue.
Beto, on the other hand, was a skateboarding, young, rebellious alternative who sounded like a mix between Barack Obama and a 2nd-rate impersonation of John F. Kennedy. (Let’s not pretend that this wasn’t a conscious choice on the part of a professional public speaker).
Well, with the pressures of the election fading away after his loss, O’Rourke let his guard down, and in doing so may have caused MSNBC to catch a fine from the FCC.
I’m a little disappointed that the cameraman panned away from the American Sign Language interpreter, as I’m extremely curious how he would have handled that line.
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