Unseen and powerful forces are pushing for Beto O'Rourke to run for president in 2020. Why? Because they want another Barack Obama. Establishment Democrats want someone who will win the White House while destroying the insurgent progressive left. He will appeal to younger voters (Millennials). And currently there are too many old people controlling the Democratic Party. He gives them a contrast they desperately need.
Beto O’Rourke is “neither a bold progressive nor a distinguished legislator”, according to Zaid Jilani at Current Affairs.
“While the Democratic base is coalescing around single-payer healthcare and free college, O’Rourke sponsored neither House bill. During his time in Congress, he never joined the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He has been, however, a member of the New Democratic Caucus, the group organized to carry on the ideas of Clintonite policies.”
Jilani says that for all the talk and excitement about an O’Rourke presidential bid, he is not the man to challenge Donald Trump.
O’Rourke has a decent record, but it’s not exactly spotless. He failed to get the AFL-CIO’s endorsement in his race against Cruz because of his vote to give Obama the power to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, lamely arguing that Obama would negotiate a more progressive deal than a Republican (he of course didn’t). This technically puts him to the right of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the issue. (He’s since voiced support for Trump’s NAFTA renegotiation.)
O’Rourke has also been curiously active in trying to chip away at the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. He voted to weaken the law in 2015, changed his mind when a delay on the Volcker Rule was inserted into the bill he voted for, then voted to weaken that same rule three years later anyway. He also voted to exempt certain non-bank financial institutions, such as mutual funds, from stress tests required under the law, a step supported by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), a trade group for banks, securities firms, and asset management firms.