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After a surprisingly brief venting about how bad their football teams are, Jim and Greg serve up three good martinis. They welcome New York Times polling showing Warren as the weakest major Democratic candidate against President Trump and an NYT editorial blasting Warren for falsely claiming that only billionaires would see higher taxes in her […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Bonfire of the Vanity Fair: Beto Drops Out

 

Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke began his presidential run with a Vanity Fair cover photo by Annie Leibovitz. It proved to be the high-water mark of his campaign.

Since then, Beto’s run has been a comedy of errors. A Kerouac-style vision quest driving aimlessly around the country that he journaled on his web diary. Instagramming a gross dental appointment. Leaping on tables, windmilling his arms, and shouting about the promise of hope to help change what is possible for the future of hopeful promises.

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I know Ricochet has members who are current or former police officers, and many of you have family or friends on the force. I’d appreciate you sharing your perspective on this topic. I’ve seen Beto O’Rourke talk about how the police will enforce his ban and confiscation plan for “assault weapons.”

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Solution to Gun Violence: Racism

 

When the University of Texas Football News, AKA The Austin American-Statesman ventures beyond sports commentary, the results can be truly appalling.* Take, for example, the advocacy of Beto O’Rourke. The Football News has been promoting him for president since the 2018 midterms. I haven’t picked on the Beto Male for a while, because, at this point, it would be the same as tripping a handicapped kid. The bloom left that rose a long time ago and Beto is circling the drain, but the Football News keeps flogging his candidacy like a dead horse on the deck of a sinking ship. Of course, since the stories don’t involve an ACL injury to the third-string quarterback, the coverage is completely credulous.

In August, the Football News did a hagiography of Beto:

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Join Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America as they serve up the final martinis of the week. First, they welcome the whimpering conclusion of the pointless presidential campaign of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. They also pop the popcorn as as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says no […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching some Democrats fret that Beto O’Rourke’s vow to take everyone’s AR-15 and AK-47 might convince voters that Democrats are after our guns. They also shudder as Iranian-funded and armed rebels in Yemen attack Saudi oil production facilities, leading to much higher tensions […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have mixed reactions to the news that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is not going to run for governor of his state in 2020 and will remain in the Senate until 2024. They also shudder at the obvious warning signs surrounding the latest mass […]

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 15, 2019 it is the FREE LUNCH (Yesss!) edition of the show, number 224 (omgggg) with you charmingly lunchable hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa. This week, we begin with an assessment of the Dems race to the bottom. Who can […]

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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Alabama legislators for passing a sweeping abortion ban but Alexandra wonders how well it will stand up to legal challenges. They also shake their heads as Beto O’Rourke relaunches his presidential campaign by apologizing for his privilege, calling Stacey Abrams his hero, and […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw for exhibiting the rare ability to make lots of good points in a short period of time in language anyone can understand. Crenshaw took to social media to explain why he opposes a bill from House Democrats and what […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer a much stronger than expected April unemployment report, showing the addition of 263,000 jobs and the lowest unemployment rate since December 1969. They also react to a New York Times report detailing how a second person tried to get George Papadopoulos to admit […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America admit that it’s good politics for President Trump and Republicans to postpone another effort to dismantle Obamacare until after the 2020 election but are frustrated that the GOP still doesn’t have a coherent plan almost a decade after Obamacare as passed. They also blast […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Julián and Beto Cage Match

 

Texas has been blessed with having two Democratic presidential candidates representing us in the 2020 race: Julián Castro and Robert “Beto” O’Rourke. As a public service and after extensive research, I am going to present a side by side comparison of the two contenders.

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The media have been swooning over the recently announced presidential candidacy of Robert Francis “Blotto” O’Rourke, the arm-waving DUI-violator from the great state of Texas. There has been a lot written and said about him, pro and con, but nothing so acute as the observations of one of the foremost bloggers and podcasters in America […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see not all Democrats have lost their minds after Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet begs 2020 candidates not to campaign on expanding the Supreme Court. They also hammer Beto O’Rourke and other liberals for using the New Zealand mosque massacre to push […]

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The college admissions scandal that captured the nation’s attention has sharpened the critiques of American institutions dedicated to social mobility. When do they succeed, and how have the failed? Also, Beto mania is sweeping… the press. Does the former congressman from Texas have a constituency outside center-left political media? More

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Daniel Foster of National Review Online and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see President Trump walk away with no deal with Kim Jong-Un rather than give in to Kim’s thoroughly unacceptable demands. They also slam Trump for taking Kim “at his word” that he knew nothing about the horrific treatment of American […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Beto O’Rourke Raises (and Spends) a Record Amount

 

The UT Football News (AKA The Austin American Statesman) occasionally does non-sports coverage. On December 7th, in fact, they reported that Robert “Beto” O’Rourke raised $80.4 million in his race to lose the Texas US Senate seat to Rafael “Ted” Cruz. Of course, being primarily college sports reporters, they don’t have quite the skill to either properly analyze the numbers relating to that contest or conceal damning information about the candidate they were obviously gaga for during the entire campaign.

Beto O’Rourke spent $77.6 million of that $80.4 million, almost twice what the Cruz campaign spent. He did end up with 822,924 more votes than the generic Democrat NPC who ran against Cruz in 2012, but spent $76.9 million more to do it. That means every extra vote cost more than $93. And that doesn’t include all the free publicity he got from the fawning national media. The Football News calls those numbers “eye-popping” and “record breaking,” but they can also be called “inefficient” and “wasteful.”

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