As an exhausted electorate warily anticipates the upcoming 2020 presidential election, Democrats are desperately searching for a candidate to pit against President Trump. At the top of the list is former Vice President Joe Biden. Following behind him, though not closely, is the fiery yet polarizing progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders, a former presidential candidate himself.
Absent decades of experience in Washington, D.C., these two potential challengers don’t look any different from the “old, white, male” persona the Left works hard to avoid. Routinely, Democrats will chide Republicans for clinging to the type of politician that they themselves clearly prefer.
There is, however, growing interest in the young and passionate second-place finisher out of the Senate race in Texas: Beto O’Rourke.
Unsurprisingly, the curiosity and clamor surrounding O’Rourke have little to do with his limited track record and much to do with his Obama-like qualities. There are few truly viable candidates who would pose a legitimate threat to the man who beat Hillary Clinton. If Democrats learned anything before and during former President Barack Obama’s eight years in office, it’s that election success on a national scale is more about personality than policy. An idealistic and emotional plea from a young Democratic candidate may coalesce left-learning and undecided voters enough to bring them together at the polls to oppose the incumbent.