Beto’s language woes

Poor Beto! First the left calls him sexist, because he appreciatively jokes that his wife bears most of their family’s childrearing duties. Now he’s taking heat from the right, for a subtle difference in the verbiage used on his Spanish-language campaign site:

Hours after O’Rourke announced he would run for president, the former Democratic congressman’s website became a focal point for many of his critics. In particular, some pointed out perceived differences between his English and Spanish websites.

The English version has the slogan “Beto for America.” while the Spanish version reads, “Beto para todos,” which translates to “Beto for all.”

I’m inclined to give Beto a pass on this one. In the Spanish language, the phrase, “para todos” appears much more frequently than does the equivalent phrase in English–especially in political campaigns.

That said, this will not be the last incidence of a Democratic Party candidate’s Spanish-language website falling under scrutiny. The Democratic Party has positioned itself as the party of open borders…so this will be an “issue” moving forward.

Spanish, moreover, is a not a secret code for the Democratic Party. Plenty of conservatives speak and read it, as Beto has just discovered.


No humor in the Democratic camp

Beto O’Rourke, whom many Democrats hope will morph into a modern-day RFK (good luck with that, by the way!), has just learned that there is no such thing as a sense of humor in the Democratic Party :

Beto O’Rourke said Friday night that he had been wrong for joking at several events in his first two days campaigning in Iowa that his wife has been raising their three children “sometimes with my help.”

The former congressman from Texas, who launched his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Thursday, addressed the remarks during a recording of the podcast Political Party LIVE! in Cedar Rapids. The comments triggered complaints from Democratic operatives and activists, many of them women, that female candidates could never similarly joke about their roles raising their children.

“Not only will I not say that again, but I’ll be more thoughtful going forward in the way that I talk about our marriage, and also the way in which I acknowledge the truth of the criticism that I have enjoyed white privilege,” he said.

Are the Democrats really this uptight and humorless nowadays? It’s enough to make one wish for the glory days of that corrupt but always entertaining Democratic congressman, James Traficant.

Beto’s little spiel reminds one of the self-criticism sessions endured by hapless Chinese citizens during the Maoist years. It’s very clear that Beto has not a chance of making much headway in the Democratic Party of 2019. Despite his nominal Latino credentials, he’ll be endlessly hampered by his evil, oppressive penis and his “white privilege.”

The Democratic Party has become sooo obsessed with identity-group politics that this is literally all they think about now.

Yes, it appears that Beto’s wife is a stay-at-home mom. Big deal. Does that mean that no women can run for political office? It only means that if you’re stupid.

Margaret Thatcher somehow managed to become Prime Minister of the UK in 1979, despite being a wife and mother. (Nor was Thatcher an ideological feminist.) In 1984, Geraldine Ferraro was Walter F. Mondale’s running mate.  The Mondale-Ferrarro ticket got clobbered at the ballot box, but any Democratic ticket would have lost to Ronald Reagan in 1984.

How many eggshells can you walk on, before all you’re doing is walking on eggshells? That’s the question that Democrats should be asking themselves.

Beto O’Rourke for president?

Beto O’Rourke has announced that he’s running for president in 2020.

O’Rourke failed to beat Ted Cruz in 2018 for a seat in the Senate.

Last year was not a good year for Republicans; and it’s no secret that Ted Cruz has plenty of detractors. The election, therefore, should have been O’Rourke’s to lose. Yet O’Rourke somehow managed to snatch a defeat from the jaws of victory.

O’Rourke’s resume is singularly unimpressive. He’s served a single term in the House of Representatives.

Oh…and a stint on the El Paso City Council. He did found a small web design company…which he no longer seems to be affiliated with.

Oh, and he kicked around on the indie music scene for a while.

In short, at the age of 46, Beto O’Rourke has very little to recommend him for the White House.  Even if you’re a leftwing Democrat, this one must be a tough sell.

The Democrats have at long last found a candidate who makes Kamala Harris seem eminently qualified.