Perhaps the greatest dream for the Democrats is the idea that they can transform the traditionally conservative state of Texas into a bastion of liberalism and the outside money is pouring into the Lone Star State.
In one of those signature wins that has thus far eluded them, the Dems are looking to topple Senator Ted Cruz in November and then ride the momentum all the way until 2020. Not an easy task in a state that hasn’t gone the party’s way in presidential elections over four decades but this year, the fever dream of Trump Derangement Syndrome has the impeachment party believing that their luck is about to change for the better.
And their great hope is Robert Francis O’Rourke who goes by the nickname of “Beto” to give him more credibility with Latino voters in the Lone Star State.
While the California cash sluices into his coffers, “Beto” is hitting all the right notes for the unhinged base but let’s be honest, for any liberal who hopes to navigate the vast expanses of Texas, there are plenty of landmines that could blow the party’s hopes if the candidate doesn’t tread carefully.
But Beto has thrown caution to the wind and now has taken sides in an acrimonious and divisive national debate that is very close to the hearts of voters in football-loving Texas.
He has firmly placed himself on the side of the multimillionaire cop-haters and racial grievance mongers who believe that dishonoring the flag is an appropriate way to express their anger over an election that didn’t go their way.
Beto has taken up with Colin Kaepernick, his motley crew of disciples and the media that cheers them all on by asserting that there is “nothing more American” than wealthy prima donnas who have never worked a real day in their lives dishonoring the flag and spitting on the troops.
‘I can think of nothing more American.’ — Beto O'Rourke — the man taking on Ted Cruz — brilliantly explains why NFL players kneeling during the anthem is not disrespectful pic.twitter.com/bEqOAYpxEL
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 21, 2018
Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat from El Paso, Texas, who is waging a credible challenge to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for his seat this November, defended NFL players’ right to protest in a video that has gone viral since it was posted on Tuesday.
O’Rourke was asked at a campaign town hall if he thought NFL players’ kneeling during the national anthem was disrespectful. The person asking the question said he found it “incredibly frustrating” that people supported such protests.
“My short answer is: No, I don’t think it’s disrespectful,” O’Rourke responded, which drew applause from the audience.
“Reasonable people can disagree on this issue. Let’s begin there. And it makes them no less American to come down on a different conclusion on this issue, right?” he added.
O’Rourke then connected the issue to the nonviolent protests during the Civil Rights Movement spurred by the 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, church bombing, which killed four young black girls, and the Freedom Riders who were terrorized while challenging segregation laws, among other events.
“Peaceful, nonviolent protests, including taking a knee at a football game to point out that black men, unarmed, black teenagers, unarmed, and black children, unarmed, are being killed at a frightening level right now, including by members of law enforcement, without accountability, and without justice,” O’Rourke said. “And this problem — as grave as it is — is not going to fix itself, and they’re frustrated, frankly, with people like me and those in positions of public trust and power, who have been unable to resolve this or bring justice for what has been done and to stop it from continuing to happen in this country.”
But did Beto just inadvertently stumble over a tripwire and blow himself up?
One would be wise to pay heed to an insightful column from Clay Travis of Outkick The Coverage who last month pointed out how the national anthem protests have taken a huge toll on NFL support in Texas.
Support for the NFL has collapsed in football mad Texas in the wake of the anthem controversy. Only 26% of state residents now have a favorable view of the NFL: https://t.co/sgnspgrccK
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 27, 2018
According to Travis’s excellent column entitled “NFL Support Has Collapsed In Texas”:
The state of Texas loves high school, college, and professional football more than just about any state in the country. This means Texas is a bellwether for heartland support for NFL football. That’s why NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and team owners Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys and Bob McNair of the Houston Texans have to be terrified of the poll results released this morning by the Texas Tribune, a non-partisan journalistic entity in the state, and the University of Texas.
You can read that entire article about the poll results here, but the headline is remarkable: “Football is popular in Texas. The NFL isn’t.”
According to that poll Texans have a 26% favorable rating and a 47% unfavorable rating of the NFL. That is, the NFL has a net unfavorability rating in Texas of -21.
The people protesting on behalf of Colin Kaepernick on social media? Most of them won’t sit and watch a single NFL game on Sunday. They aren’t sports fans, they’re political agitators who have grabbed onto sports as just another battlefield. To them, everything is political, even sports, which haven’t been political for nearly fifty years. That’s because sports are our American meritocracy, the one place where race, gender, class, political opinions, and sexual orientation don’t matter. The best man (or woman) wins.
It’s a hell of an analysis and it doesn’t bode well for Beto, check the entire article out HERE.
Ted Cruz moved quickly to seize the initiative and to chain the Hollywood whackos who adore Beto around his neck like a cinder block:
Most Texans stand for the flag, but Hollywood liberals are so excited that Beto is siding with NFL players protesting the national anthem that Kevin Bacon just retweeted it. That means all of us us can now win Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon! https://t.co/8oWpL1AuyF
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 23, 2018
It’s hard to see how the Democrats think that dissing the flag in a bastion of patriotism like Texas is going to work out well for them but hey when your enemy is hellbent at committing political suicide it’s best not to get in their way.