Beto O’Rourke is exactly the kind of candidate that the Democrats need, argues Brad Bannon of The Hill. Young, highly charismatic, very popular and with a sound stance on policies, he seems to mirror the young Barack Obama. More than anything, the party needs to be revamped by new blood, to fight the stagnation that resulted in Donald Trump becoming president. O’Rourke’s did very well in the Texas Senate race, even though it is a highly conservative state. This could translate to Texas turning blue in a presidential race, as well as a strong nationwide performance. Everything suggests that O’Rourke could be a great candidate.
Running for president could be a waste for Beto O’Rourke, believes Christopher Hooks of the Texas Observer. Democrats may see an opportunity to oust the divisive president in 2020, but O’Rourke’s talent is needed in Texas. If he were to run and not end up elected, this would be an immense drain on resources while making him much less appealing as a future Texas politician. Presidential candidates aren’t seen as fondly as they were before running. Running for smaller positions within his state, O’Rourke could make a major difference in terms of policy-making, as well as bolstering Democrats’ popularity in such a conservative state.