Robert Francis O'Rourke is not an impressive candidate. He will not win in Texas. He has embraced extreme positions the media seems to love, but it isn't happening. Cruz has a double digit lead. O'Rourke has the nickname "Beto" and an arrest record for fleeing the scene of a vehicular collision he caused while he was drunk.
You'd never know that last part from the media profiles of him. Media outlets across the nation have written worshipful, hagiographic profiles of O'Rourke. They've cheered on his Kennedy good looks, his casual use of the word f**k, his willingness to tell truths to Texans, his rejection of gun culture, etc. You would think O'Rourke was the front runner or a Presidential candidate considering all the media attention he has gotten.
Certain reporters at the New York Times, BuzzFeed, MSNBC, CNN, Washington Post, etc. get thigh sweats and tingly feelings every time his name comes up. Male reporters want to throw their panties at him and the female reporters want to bear his children.
It is really kinda gross. And O'Rourke will not be the next Texas Senator. He will probably be the guy who replaces Larry O'Donnell's slot on MSNBC.
Contrast the media's coverage of O'Rourke with that of Stacey Abrams in Georgia. Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp are running in a tied race. There's no double digit lead for the Republican. Likewise, Abrams would be the first black female Governor in the nation's history if she won. Her race is historic. She has the policy chops O'Rourke does not have. She has a broader coalition than O'Rourke has. She should be getting the attention he is getting. Sure, Abrams got a Molly Ball profile in Time magazine, but that's about it.
I do not think Abrams will win. But she will give Kemp a run for his money that O'Rourke has never given Cruz despite what you've heard in the media.
Four years ago, the media salivated over Jason Carter, grandson of President Jimmy Carter. Jason Carter got national profiles and national media. Abrams will get closer to winning than Carter more likely than not given the changes in demographics in Georgia. But she is not getting comparable national attention.
I find it fascinating that the young white guy who ran in Georgia four years ago and the young white guy running in Texas this year, neither of whom ever had a shot at winning, get extraordinarily more coverage from the national political press than the young black progressive woman who is giving the GOP a run for its money in Georgia.
The reporters all claim to be tolerate supporters of diversity. But they all seem to get thigh sweats from the white guys and go very Mean Girls on the black lady.