The KENS debate showcased the liberalism of Beto O’Rourke What we saw of Beto in San Antonio was the strategy of a man who realizes he is 9 points down and sinking.

Home  »  Democrats  »  The KENS debate showcased the liberalism of Beto O’Rourke
Print This Post Print This Post
Oct 17, 2018 No Comments ›› admin

By Lynn Woolley

I knew that Robert Francis O’Rourke was liberal – but the debate in San Antonio made it clear that he is on the far left.

He’s all for “a woman’s right to choose,” and the global warming scare. But it literally floored me when he said El Paso is one of the safest cities – merely because immigrants live there.

That is liberal logic in a nutshell.

He could not wait to support DREAMERS – a subset of the illegal alien community. Cruz scored by pointing out that O’Rourke is a proponent of government-run healthcare.

Robert Francis O’Rourke and Ted Cruz at the KENS debate (TEGNA)

In defending the recent tax cuts, Cruz taught a lesson on how the economy works, while advocating for term limits and a balanced budget amendment to hold deficits down. The moderators, from KENS in San Antonio and WFAA in Dallas leaned left but did ask O’Rourke some tough questions which he was able to deflect.

WFAA’s Jason Whitely and KENS’s Sarah Forgany were the moderators.

They were fine enough, but allowed O’Rourke to avoid direct answers, and held Cruz to strict time limits, which he attempted to override. Also, Whitely often tried to hijack Cruz’s 60-second rebuttals to what O’Rourke had just said by injecting an additional question.

Video: O’Rourek on climate change and “Lyin’ Ted”

O’Rourke goes on the attack.

The Beto O’Rourke we saw in this debate was not the “Kennedy-esque” moderate portrayed in the media. What we saw was a desperate candidate who has come to realize that his fundraising is not enough to win. And so we heard him resurrect Trump’s old nickname for Sen. Cruz – “Lyin’ Ted.”

What we saw of Beto in San Antonio was the strategy of a man who realizes he is 9 points down and sinking.

Video: KTVT-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth reports on the debate

Cruz takes on the mob.

The question about the political divide was framed in a liberal manner. The moderator wanted to know if Cruz bears some responsibility for the current political climate since he could not think of a compliment to say about O’Rourke at the end of the first debate.

That, of course, was a silly question, but Cruz used it to advantage, pointing out that Beto says he would vote to impeach President Trump – and that would cause even more chaos in Washington and across the country.

Beto and women.

O’Rourke kept coming back to the abortion issue, saying again that women should have the right to abort their children.

This made me wonder two things. First, had O’Rourke seen the new movie “Gosnell” – a film that exposes the heinous nature of “choice”? Second, does Beto remember that abortion did not do well for Wendy Davis when she ran for governor on that issue?

There’s always a silly question.

This time, it was about something the candidates do that has nothing to do with politics. Cruz talked about his family and leaving his girls when he has to go to work. Beto picked up on the family thing, and actually agreed with Ted on how hard it is to be away all the time campaigning.

I was very happy to learn all this. Especially the part when Beto talked about the blind squirrel.

And the winner is….?

If you’re a liberal, then O’Rourke hit all the right buttons. Global warming, The wonderfulness of immigrants. Universal healthcare. All 254 counties. And especially abortion. He is REALLY for abortion.

Cruz pointed to the Reagan question – are you better off that you were two years ago? By that metric, Republicans win – and Cruz is part of the GOP-dominated Senate that got the Trump agenda through. That’s powerful when you think that the Dems would take us back to the bad old years of Obama.

It was a fun debate. My mind was already made up. Both candidates proved to me that I’ve been on the right side all along.

Tagged with: , , ,

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

%d bloggers like this: