ALERT: The Journos Have Stopped Caring About Beto

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Robert Francis O’Rourke has lost his way and it is time to pack up and go.

Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic presidential candidate best known for fecal horseplay and his incessant apologizing, has gone from “woke” to “broke” in a matter of months. The candidate who was enthusiastically embraced by the Democratic establishment during his failed Senate bid against Ted Cruz in 2018 is discovering that no one really cares about him when he’s running against other Democrats.

The latest bit of bad news for Beto comes via the Daily Beast, which is reporting that political reporters have basically stopped trying to dig up dirt on the floundering candidate:

In the days leading up to Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign, a top Republican opposition research firm was brimming with requests from political reporters angling for dirt

America Rising, a political action committee that shared details of its internal inquiries with The Daily Beast, said the asks came from a dozen or more reporters and ranged from broad questions to more tailored points of interest.

But 10 weeks after O’Rourke’s official launch, those requests are virtually nonexistent.

“The requests for oppo on him have completely died off,” a staffer at the oppo group said.

It’s not an entirely unsurprising development, given Beto’s momentous decline in the early primary polls. He’s circling the drain of statistical significance in key states, such as New Hampshire, and currently occupies sixth place in the Real Clear Politics national polling average, after running a strong third shortly after his campaign launch in March. Few journalists are presumably interested in getting oppo on John Delaney, either.

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Beto Turns Conspiracy Theorist When Asked About Validity of 2016 Election

H/T Flag And Cross.

Robert Francis O’Rourke sees his 2020 presidential bid sinking faster the Titanic and he is trying to stay afloat.

Get out your tinfoil hats!

When you look around the internet today, there is one group of online rabble rousers who are being stamped out at an alarming rate:  Conspiracy theorists.

While many of these self-proclaimed “researchers” and “journalists” are truly incorrigible, (such as nutcase Alex Jones), the underlying fact remains that taking away their right to speak their minds in the internet’s public square is wholly un-American.

Remember always:  Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and forcing these dangerous ideas back underground is a surefire way to be blindsided by them when they rise again in a new, never-before-seen form.

The evils of censorship aside, there is another alarming trend within this trend, however.  It seems as though only certain conspiracy theories are now considered taboo…namely those emanating from the right side of the aisle.

For instance, when Beto O’Rourke tells an audience that he’s not sure how legitimate the 2016 election was, that’s just fine.

While appearing on MSNBC’s AM JoyO’Rourke dropped a bombshell opinion of his.

After referencing the Russian breach of the voting systems in two counties in Florida, host Joy Reid asked, “Do you have confidence that the 2016 election was not impacted in terms of, not just the use of propaganda on American voters, but literally that the electoral systems weren’t breached and that Donald Trump was elected fairly?”

O’Rourke answered, “I don’t have complete confidence. In part because of what you just shared about Florida, in part because we know from other secretaries of state in other states in the union that their systems were breached. We don’t know if vote tallies were changed, but that alone should be cause for concern.”

Of course, several lengthy and in-depth investigations into this very possibility have been conducted, including the 22-month long, $30 million probe helmed by Robert Mueller.

None of these investigatory efforts has shown evidence of a corrupted election.

Beto O’Rourke Schedules CNN Town Hall as Part of Campaign ‘Reboot’

H/T Breitbart.

Will Robert Francis O’Rourke be the first DemocRat out of the 2020 race?

Former Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (D-TX) will participate in a town hall hosted by CNN later this month as the 2020 White House hopeful is in the midst of a campaign “reboot” prompted by sagging poll numbers and dwindling media coverage.

CNN announced Monday morning that the town hall will take place May 21 at 10:00 EST at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. The event will be moderated by the network’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash.

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The announcement comes as the buzz surrounding O’Rourke’s candidacy has evaporated. Competing in a massive field of Democrat White House candidates, the former congressman has sagged in the polls. He has made few promises that resonated or produced headline-grabbing moments, instead driving around the country meeting with voters at mostly small events.

In a recognition that this approach isn’t working, O’Rourke is planning to try again, taking a hands-on role in staging a “reintroduction” ahead of next month’s premier Democrat presidential debate.

The Texas Democrat plans to step up his national media appearances after skipping most of that kind of exposure in recent months. He is scheduled to appear on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show on Monday night and ABC’s The View the following day.

He’s also set to offer more concrete policy plans on top issues. So far, O’Rourke issued just one, on climate change.

The White House hopeful acknowledges he has struggled to find his presidential campaign footing.

“I think, in part, I was just trying to keep up when I first started out,” he said after addressing about 40 people at a recent house party in Newton, Iowa. “I really feel like I’ve found my rhythm and my pace, and I just feel comfortable, and I feel like this is what I’m supposed to be doing.”

His top aides deny that a full reinvention, or “Beto 2.0,” is in the works. They note that O’Rourke plans to keep packing days with as many as half a dozen campaign events. He will still venture into off-the-beaten path locales that include rural, heavily Republican areas.

O’Rourke’s plummeting popularity has surprised many political observers, even attracting the attention of President Donald Trump. At his Panama City Beach, Florida, rally this month, the president mocked O’Rourke’s failing campaign, asking a fired up crowd: “Beto! Boy is he falling like a rock, what the hell happened to Beto?”

As Breitbart News reported, a recent Morning Consult survey shows O’Rourke is in sixth place among registered voters nationwide. A poll released over the weekend by Charleston newspaper Post and Courier says O’Rourke is tied for sixth place with technology entrepreneur Andrew Yang with a 2 percent among likely party primary voters in South Carolina.

Beto O’Rourke Unveils $5 Trillion Climate Change Plan

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

A five trillion dollar plan to fight something that does not exist.

I have a question for Robert Francis O’Rourke “Where is this money going to come from?”

Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman and failed Senate candidate jockeying for position in the crowded “straight white male” lane of the Democratic presidential primary, has finally unveiled a policy proposal. The candidate published on his campaign website Monday an ambitious plan to combat climate change—”the greatest threat we face”—to the tune of $5 trillion over the next decade.

“We have one last chance to unleash the ingenuity and political will of hundreds of millions of Americans to meet this moment before it’s too late,” O’Rourke said in a statement accompanying the plan’s release, echoing remarks he has made on the campaign trail comparing climate change to the threat the United States and the world faced from Nazi Germany and Japan during World War II.

The plan aims to achieve net-zero carbon emission in the United States by the year 2050, which O’Rourke’s campaign claims is “in line” with the ambitious goals laid out in the Green New Dealauthored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.). That is not entirely accurate. One of the first steps would involve introducing legislation in the first 100 days of O’Rourke’s administration that would establish a “legally enforceable standard” to ensure the United States gets halfway to net-zero emissions by 2030. However, a Green New Deal fact sheet published by Ocasio-Cortez’s office argued that the United States “must” fully achieve net-zero emissions by 2030 to ward off global catastrophe.

The plan would be financed via a “fully paid-for $1.5 trillion investment” generated by “structural changes to the tax code that ensure corporations and the wealthiest among us pay their fair share.” There is no explicit mention of a carbon tax, although the plan itself isn’t very explicit about anything. Nuclear energy, for example, is never mentioned. The plan simply proposes to “accelerate the scale up of nascent technologies enabling reductions in greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors, through efficiency and alternatives.”

What about the remaining $3.5 trillion? That’s not entirely clear. The additional funds would be “mobilized” and “directly leveraged” by the new tax revenue, and funneled through “proven existing financial institutions” such as the Rural Utility Service, as well as “a new dedicated finance authority, which will have on its board not only the brightest minds in finance but also members of the unions that would help build this infrastructure.”

The plan’s lack of specifics with respect to its true cost is politically expedient, given that most Americans are unwilling to spend even $10 per month to combat climate change, according to a recent poll.

Through a combination of executive action and legislation, O’Rourke pledges to achieve his ambitious goal by “unlocking technological breakthroughs,” “supporting regional hubs of expertise,” “catalyzing partnerships with private and philanthropic capital,” “[boosting] the diversity of the leaders whose businesses form the supply chain for climate change solutions.”

Indeed, the text of O’Rourke’s plan is littered with the vague, snazzy jargon typically found in neoliberal think tank proposals, “woke” corporate press releases, and Silicon Valley mission statements.  This paragraph, for example:

Innovation that will lead to pioneering solutions in energy, water, agriculture, industry, and mobility and to scientific discovery that makes us more safe and secure. $250 billion in direct resources that will catalyze follow-on private investment, creation of new businesses, and discovery of new science.

Apart from a bullet point pledging to “Re-enter the Paris Agreement and lead the negotiations for an even more ambitious global plan for 2030 and beyond,” there is little explanation of how the plan would address the far more significant challenge of limiting carbon emissions outside the United States, which only accounts for about 15 percent of global emission (and falling). ​