It’s hard to generate interest in anything these days which is why so many of the Democratic Party candidates for President are going to find themselves in a bit of a mess over the next year and change.
There are just too many of them for one person to decide on if that’s the direction that they end up going for. With their voting pool so clearly diluted you are going to find people who think that they have good ideas but just cannot find enough people to hear them.
It’s like if you have a multiplex showing the same movie on ten screens at once. Eventually you are going to find a theater that is dead on empty.
The new-candidate smell has officially faded from Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke.
The former Texas congressman — whose primary claim to the Democratic nomination is almost, kind-of, getting close to unseating a Republican senator in Texas during a good year for Democrats in which he was sitting atop a pile of money — is down in recent polls.
Media attention has begun to focus on South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s story and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s policy proposals (insane as they might be). The Beto crowds on the campaign trail are getting a lot smaller.
And when I say a lot smaller, I mean that if they get any smaller than the crowd he drew at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas on Friday, you could have hosted the rally in a unisex campus restroom.
“Around 35 people here to see Beto O’Rourke at UNLV,” Bloomberg reporter Emma Kinery tweeted. “The rally was supposed to be held in the courtyard outside, but students told me no one is on campus on Fridays bc it’s mainly a commuter school.”
According to Kinery, O’Rourke didn’t even need amplification to speak to the crowd.
The O’Rourke campaign clearly had a bigger event in mind originally.
But, alas, that wasn’t to happen — and Twitter users had fun mocking O’Rourke over it.
And yes, this may be a commuter school, but it’s also in a fairly large metropolitan area. The fact that the O’Rourke campaign couldn’t rustle up more people to turn out is a problem for Beto, and not just because of the optics.