Why Won’t Beto Just Run for Senate?

He has no chance at the Presidency, so why not step in to a race where he has a shot?

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Photo via Beto O’Rourke on Instagram

He isn’t my favorite politician by any means, but there’s no doubt that former Texas congressman and current presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is a fascinating character. After he first took the National spotlight in his senate race against powerful republican incumbent Ted Cruz and nearly won, many have watched to see where Beto’s seemingly promising political career would go.

Given that his performance in the primary has been lackluster to say the least, I don’t think many people feel his decision to run for President was a good one. Between the abysmal first debate performance and little to no ability to get his campaign readily off the ground, there’s no denying that he’s struggled. In a race where the left is weary of his blatant attempt to be the next Barack Obama and Biden and Harris already have the centrist vote locked in, there really wasn’t a good place for him to fit. But almost from the very beginning of the campaign, Beto himself gave democratic voters of all ideological backgrounds a reason to raise their eyebrows and question his intentions.

In his Vanity Faire interview shortly after his campaign launched, when asked why he was running Beto could come up with no better answer than “Man, I was just born to be in it.”

Man, I was just born to be in it.

Those nine little words, as harmless as they may seem, offer an interesting insight in to who Beto actually is, and — arguably more importantly — why he won’t just drop out of the Presidential race to give a Senate run another shot.

Recent calls for Beto to drop out and run for Senate instead have probably garnered more attention than his entire presidential campaign, and it doesn’t take too much thought to realize this doesn’t bode well for him. Nevertheless however, Beto remains persistent. If voters needed any more reason to speculate that Beto is just in the race for self serving, vanity purposes, he was more than happy to deliver. He took to national TV to state that in no scenario will he be running to Senate. I mean, why would he? He was born to be in the Presidential race after all.

While I understand that this is a vanity driven campaign, the most alarming aspect of all is how willing Beto is to throw away his entire political career for this one election. For someone so clearly hellbent on obtaining power, he really doesn’t seem to have very sound political calculations on how to get it. Maybe that’s why I find him so sad and fascinating all at once.

The longer he stays in this race, the more damage he does to his career. At some point it just becomes embarrassing, and with the cries for him to drop our growing louder and louder, we’re quickly approaching that point. There’s no doubt in my mind that with the newfound name recognition and Texas’ rapid evolvement into a purple state, Beto could easily take John Cornyn’s senate seat. Perhaps if he didn’t want to do that, he could run for Governor, and save the presidential run for later.

But for whatever reason Beto seems determined that his time is now, regardless of what that means for his career. He was a promising politician, but the longer he stays in this race the more he exposes himself as nothing but your standard, lackluster democratic politician with little to offer on a national stage. Maybe after the polls are released after the next debate in September, he’ll have a change of heart. If he waits much longer after that, it’ll be interesting to see what happens.

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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