Already it seems Beto, the wanna-be Senator from Texas, won’t be getting quite the same fawning media treatment he received when he was head to head against Sen. Ted Cruz. A piece today in Vox took on comments Beto made about who does the heavy lifting parenting-wise in the O’Rourke household:
Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas senatorial candidate who announced his run for president on Thursday, has three children. Sometimes, he even takes care of them.
The issue of his family came to the fore on Thursday when O’Rourke told a crowd that his wife, Amy Sanders O’Rourke, was raising their kids “sometimes with my help.”
The comment, some said, was meant as self-deprecation and an acknowledgment of the hard work Amy O’Rourke did for their family. But despite his intentions, Beto O’Rourke revealed a fundamental inequality of American life: While men throughout history have been able to rely on their wives to provide child care while they fulfill their political ambitions, women have rarely been able to count on partners to do the same. And as New York Magazine writer Rebecca Traister pointed out, a woman who joked about being a part-time parent while on the campaign trail would be harshly criticized — and might find her political career over before it began.
The piece is, of course, framed in the fundamental unfairness of the roles of mothers and fathers. I’m not really biting; men and women have different biological roles in the family, and as much as the Left wants to undo the biological programming we have all come with, it’s impossible and futile.
There is something to be said for Beto’s involvement as a father. Just because his wife takes the lead (an acceptable choice made in a lot of households, including our own) doesn’t mean he can surrender his role as a father completely.
When he was asked last year if he was running, O’Rourke gave an unequivocal no, citing concern for his family.
Turn up the volume and listen to what Beto says here pic.twitter.com/jX2fz5KQ8h
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) March 14, 2019
So how did Beto come to the decision to run, despite having stated previously that his family couldn’t survive a run for the White House? Well, he went on a “find yourself” road trip. Without his family.
Things don’t have to be fair between men and women, but that doesn’t mean Beto’s commitment to the most important people in his life shouldn’t be questioned by folks considering him for the highest office in the land.*
* And yes, this is the biggest strike against the current President in my book. It says a lot about your character how you treat the most important people and commitments in your life.Published in