O'Rourke probably couldn't ride the anti-Trump vote to a win against Cornyn
Spot on. I had early hopes for O'Rourke as the centrist candidate between Biden and Bernie. It didn't pan out as he was never able to capitalize on his earlier success in Texas. He has since taken all sorts of radical positions in an effort to catch the eyes of progressives, none of which would be popular if he ran against Cornyn.
I agree. When one changes their stripes, it usually doesn't work out although there has been some exceptions.
Authenticity works. Americans knew that Trump was a walking, talking rectum, and, lying, welsher - that's why nothing really sticks to him. It's not like he hid who he really was.
Trump, being Trump.
A friend of mind described the 2016 election as between the devil we didn't know and devil we did. Trump was a businessman, a TV personality, no one knew how he would govern. Trump's the devil we didn't know. Everyone knew exactly how Hillary would, she was the devil we knew. He concluded by stating we opted for the devil we didn't know over the devil we did. Perhaps Clinton was too well known.
Yes, Trump, the seven time party switcher was one who changed his stripes to run as a Republican. He did win. Romney was another who changed his stripes from a liberal, Rockefeller Republican to a conservative one, he lost. There are exceptions, true indeed.
Changing his Stripes didn't help O'Rourke in his presidential bid. There were too many authentic progressives for folks to support. Now staying as a moderate probably also would have doomed any presidential aspirations. But it would in my opinion have helped him in any statewide race in Texas. Be that senator, governor or any other office.
It's high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first instead of their political party. For way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.