It’s a simple question, really, and should be a powder puff question for any politician in 2018, but when Beto O’Rourke was asked “Are you a progressive?”, he blew it. The darling of that portion of progressives who are influenced by the fact that he’s young and lean, just like a Kennedy, rides a skateboard, and broadcasts videos from inside his car, said something along the lines of “I don’t know if I’m a progressive.”
Wrong answer, loser dude. It doesn’t matter if you look like a real surfer on that board, and nobody really cares now if you say fuck a lot, and certainly nobody’s overwhelmed by the fact that you almost beat Ted Cruz. If you are uncertain about being a progressive, there’s no reason any progressive needs to vote for you.
You could have very easily answered by saying “Yes, of course I’m a progressive.” or “I don’t know if I’d call myself a progressive, but I’m for a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and getting big money out of politics.” Either of those statements would have made him palatable to progressives, and the three distinct issues mentioned in the second answer are all supported by large majorities of Americans. Is there anybody not in favor of saving the planet? Well, if there is, they can forget about the progressive vote.
So, I guess Beto O’Rourke is courting the ‘centrist’ Democrats, which is a huge political mistake, Put them all together, as we saw in 2016, and there still isn’t enough of them to win an election.
O’Rourke’s only shot was to make it as a progressive, and he just blew it.