Beto, the biggest one-hit wonder since Question Mark & The Mysterians

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Back in the fall of 1966, five young Mexican-American guys from Michigan released one of the top 45’s of the year.

The song had everything:  a killer organ, a lead vocalist called “?” and lyrics that made your Cuban mom look at you with “que dice” or “what’s he saying”?

I’m talking about “96 tears” or one of the greatest “one-hit wonders” of rock.

Well, let’s add Beto to that list of “one hit wonders.”

Why did Beto fail so miserably?

First, Beto really fell for the idea that the 2018 election was about him rather than a massive effort to defeat Senator Ted Cruz.

Second, and as they say in show business, Beto really believed his own press clippings.  He bought the whole idea, specially the nonsense about the late Senator Robert F Kennedy look.

Third, he chose to run to the left of everybody on the stage.  It was a strategic mistake because the party is looking for someone closer to the middle.

Finally, Beto did not stand for anything specific except confiscating AR-15s.  His agenda was a medley of ideas generated by others, and his goals were lofty nonsense. Beto’s exploitation of the El Paso shooting was obscene.

O’Rourke got away with it in 2018 because he “skateboarded” from rally to rally.

He was never forced to explain to Hispanic audiences his position on abortion after 20 weeks.

Beto also never got a question about how President Trump’s tax plan benefited his wealthy father-in-law.  Beto called it a gift to the rich, but was never asked if that included is wife’s family.

So bye-bye, Beto.  The good news is that “96 tears” survives as a great Hispanic rock story — but Beto won’t.

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Beto, stop lying about the country

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It would be better if we could talk to each other.  However, it’s hard to do when Beto speaks so poorly about the country.  

I like what Rich Lowry wrote about this:     

Beto O’Rourke — the losing Texas candidate for the US Senate who bootstrapped his way into becoming a losing presidential candidate — had a message for refugees who had come to America: Your new country is a hellhole.

The former congressman told a roundtable of refugees and immigrants in Nashville last week: “This country was founded on white supremacy. And every single structure that we have in this country still reflects the legacy of slavery and segregation and Jim Crow and suppression.”

Just in case the newcomers were inclined to believe that they had escaped to the greatest country on Earth — an open, dynamic, generous society that, whatever their struggles now, will afford them opportunities unimaginable back home — Beto was there to tell them of all its sins.

Wow.  Where did go off course in the U.S.?

Once upon a time, you would hear stuff like this about the U.S. in a speech at the UN or some left-wing “mental case” at a communist meeting.  

For the left, the world came to an end the night that President Trump was elected.  It has been driving them crazy for two-plus years.

For me, and many others who came here because we thought that it was the opposite of what Beto is saying, it makes me angry and sad.

I am sad because Beto knows better.  It’s hard to believe that he really believes that nonsense.

I am angry because this is confusing a lot of young people vulnerable to demagoguery like this.

Where did we go wrong?  I don’t know but it is very sad.

P.S.  You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.