In her April 9th op-ed in Vogue’s magazine aimed at the New Generation, “Beto O’Rourke’s Thirst-Trap Politics Won’t Work on Me in the 2020 Democratic Primary,” political editor Lucy Diavolo presents a different perspective on the Texas Democrat
April 11, 2019
I am loath to admit it, but I had a huge crush on Beto O’Rourke last year. A charismatic former punk rocker from Texas with a flair for floral patterns, his rise to national prominence presented a tall and compelling candidate with a capacity for knowing how to crack a joke and when to be serious.
But the thirst-trap politics that made former representative O’Rourke (D-Texas) a national sensation in a 2018 midterms race against Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) seem less likely to make mouths like mine water in a crowded and complicated Democratic primary for the 2020 election.
This is partly because context matters: O’Rourke is no longer a foil to a nationally recognizable Republican in a political race that could swing an infamously red state to blue. The skateboarding Texan is now up against candidates who have spent years establishing and refining their roles on the national political stage, mostly playing for the same team. In the Democratic presidential primary, O’Rourke won’t look like such a scrappy darling next to them, the way he did up against Cruz, and their ability to pick apart his candidacy will be far more potent than Cruz’s, who blasted O’Rourke’s supposed support for hair dye and tofu.