Beto O’Rourke is a refreshingly authentic politician that can lead Texas towards unity rather than identity politics-driven division, suggests Michelle Goldberg of The New York Times. Ted Cruz has sought to undermine him with smear ads while trumpeting an exclusionary right-wing agenda. At a time when political tension has split the country, O’Rourke is channeling a new and positive energy that seeks to heal this divide. Such an idealistic view stands out from the stagnation of negativity in politics. Him winning could set an example for the whole country, how to bring Americans back together and growing in the same direction, rather than opposite ones.
Texas is a deeply conservative state that would not be adequately represented by a liberal like Beto O’Rourke, writes Ed Rogers in The Washington Post. While liberals across the country love him and compare him to JFK, his real politics aren’t so special. His understanding of the economy and the business-friendly policies that have made Texas so successful is poor. Small businesses strongly favor Ted Cruz. Democrats have emerged in the Lone Star State before, only to lose on voting day. O’Rourke has also been highly disingenuous about having tried to flee the scene after being caught drunk-driving. Such a man should not lead Texas.