All Articles on Beto ORourke

Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) during a debate with Sen. Ted Cruz during this year's campaign. Views
Beto, We Hardly Knew Ye
The Texas Democrat's actual political record deserves scrutiny, and it's not what progressives might expect from the overheated adulation that has sent his presidential balloon aloft
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My Advice to Progressives: Don't Back Down
"If all the Democrats can manage is to hark back to the past and focus on winning for its own sake, they're missing an opportunity to lay out a blueprint for the future."
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It's going to be a rough 18 months or so before someone comes out on top. (Illustrated | Alex Wong/Getty Images, Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo / Alamy Stock Photo, REUTERS/Mike Segar, John Sommers II/Getty Images) Views
Democrats' 2020 Battle Royale Is Going to Be Brutal, Dirty, and Totally Worthwhile
Since there is no avoiding policy and ideology, let's have that fight — in every state and over every inch of political ground
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Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Texas, speaks at a campaign event in Dallas, Nov. 2, 2018. During his campaign against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), O’Rourke said repeatedly he wouldn’t run for president in 2020. But on Monday, he said he had “made a decision not to rule anything out.” (Photo: Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times) Views
Beto O’Rourke Is Like Obama. That’s Not Necessarily a Good Thing
Before choosing O’Rourke as their next presidential nominee, Democrats would do well to reflect on the perils of preferring style over substance
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Why This Progressive Texan Can't Get Excited About Beto O'Rourke
I'm not sure we need another Obama, or another of any Democrat we've had recently: I think the times both call for and allow for a left-populist candidate with uncompromising progressive principles. I don't see that in O'Rourke.
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Welcome to the struggle for the country’s soul. We haven’t seen anything yet. (Photo: Susan Stocker / Associated Press) Views
Midterm America
A blue wave from another universe
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Voters line up as the polls open at David Park Community Center in Hollywood, Fla., on Nov. 6. (Susan Stocker / Associated Press) Views
Excited About the Big Voter Turnout in the 2018 Midterms? Don't Be
Yes, more than 116 million voted, but almost 120 million didn’t
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The Biggest Threat to Free Speech No One Is Talking About
It's not being mean to reporters, "The biggest freedom-of-the-press issue is that Trump is working with Comcast and AT&T and Verizon to end net neutrality."
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The border O’Rourke showed Texas wasn’t Cruz’s or Trump’s Wild West, where undocumented immigrants wreak havoc. It’s a city full of welcoming people who take pride in living in a binational community. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Beto O’Rourke’s Lasting Legacy
The competitive campaigns of red-state progressives like Beto redefined several states seemingly overnight
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Why didn’t the Democrats win more widely—taking back a full congressional majority and not just the U.S. House? The answer is because each state has two U.S. senators, regardless of its population. That blame lies with the country’s founders and the structure of federal representative government. Views
It Was a Blue Wave Election—And the Republicans Are Feeling the Fallout
But the country’s anti-democratic electoral structures and many legitimately conservative voters are very real
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